March is finally here and spring is on the horizon. Personally, this time of year represents a few things: college basketball, recommitting to my New Year’s resolutions (hello 6 a.m. Bikram yoga class!) and… the Shamrock Shake. Now I’ve been eating clean and juicing my little heart out for a few years, but once March rolls around, the siren call of the golden arches is sometimes too tough to ignore. Rather than shamefully zipping into the drive-thru and hastily slurping down the artificially colored/sweetened/produced minty concoction, I went in search of something that would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while being kind to my body and spirit. Enter: the Ethiopian spris!
Sure the name is funny and it comes from a country most of us have never visited, but the Ethiopian spris is essentially a layered drink, usually made from fruit, with a thick consistency. After poking around on Pinterest, I tweaked a recipe that I really enjoyed and I think you will too. Plus, it just so happens that this little gem of a drink is green and orange – perfect for toasting St. Patrick and the Irish. Serve it up in a clear, tall glass so that the layers are visible and make sure to include a spoon!
This yummy and healthy drink offers the same, rich consistency of a shake without all the calories, fat, and regret. The benefits to your body are numerous: the avocado provides healthy unsaturated fat to help lubricate your joints, folate for heart health and stroke protection , and Vitamin E. Mango, the orange part of our spris, is equally beneficial and offers fiber, iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and more! While Ethiopians traditionally use water to help blend the fruit, I employ fresh kale and carrot juice as a way to increase the nutritional punch even more.
2 fresh avocados
¾ cup of fresh kale juice
Juice from ½ lime
Agave/stevia to taste
2 fresh mangoes
½ cup fresh carrot juice
Blend the avocados, kale juice, lime juice and sweetener until the consistency of thick cake batter. Pour into a clear, tall glass. Clean out the blender and follow the same steps with the mango and carrot juice. Carefully pour on top of the avocado mixture. Add a twist of lime and enjoy.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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