Happy New Year!
I love the clean slate feeling of a fresh year. I love the opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things that happened the year before and wonder, with anticipation, what new friends and new adventures the new year will bring.
And I love new years resolutions. I first became vegan because of a new years resolution. I was doing a different challenge every month for a year, and my friend Julie asked if I’d like to go vegan with her for a month. It sounded fun, so I figured I’d give it a try. And that was the starting point of this beautiful adventure.
Many people use new years resolutions to set unrealistic goals and then self flagellate when they don’t achieve them. I really see no point in this. You have this blank page of a year- why muddy it with your own self loathing? If you want to set a new years resolution at all, think about something you are curious about. What would it look like to start exploring it? What would be the first step? Start there and see where the journey takes you.
This Avocado Shake is something I’d forgotten about until recently. I was flipping through images from early drafts of my cookbook (another new years resolution project). This shake didn’t end up making the final cut, but it’s the perfect type of new years recipe: healthy, fast, easy.
It may sound strange, but I promise you it isn’t. It’s actually a very common Brazilian recipe. Brazilians blend avocados with milk and sugar; I blend them with coconut milk and a little agave or coconut nectar. This is a great recipe to make the morning after a long, indulgent night. Avocados make the shake thick and creamy, while adding lots of fiber, vitamin k and vitamin e. Coconut adds lots of medium chain triglycerides and a tropical flavor.
It’s a perfect recipe, no matter what diet you’re on. Though it is an especially great recipe for my loved ones who are managing their neurological diseases through diets rich in veggies and coconut!
Love and Happy New Year,
This makes quite a thick shake. But the beauty of the recipe is that you can adjust any ingredient to suit your preferences. If you like it thinner, add more coconut milk. If you like it sweeter, add some ripe banana, one medjool date, or a little extra coconut nectar. If you want to add some extra veggies, through in a handful of spinach- it will yield a bright green color. Enjoy!
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- handful of ice
- 1/2 tablespoon agave, coconut nectar, or maple syrup (optional)
- pinch salt
- Blend all ingredients until totally smooth.
For a paleo diet: use coconut nectar.
For a whole foods plant based diet: replace the liquid sweetener with a medjool date or 1/2 ripe banana.
For a raw foods diet: use the meat and water from one young coconut.