Licuados are popular in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Sometimes called batidos, they are made by mixing fruit, milk, sugar and cinnamon and are a popular quick breakfast, either homemade or purchased from street vendors. They are refreshing and light, especially in hot weather. Although in some ways licuados resemble milkshakes, they have a thinner consistency and do not use ice cream.
Traditionally, licuados are made from bananas, whole milk, lots of brown sugar, and cinnamon (via mexican food diary). As they grew in popularity throughout Latin America and eventually the United States, the use of all kinds of fruits and vegetables became the norm. Try mangoes, berries, pineapple, peaches, papaya, and watermelon, or if you need to up your vegetable intake, a handful of spinach, kale, celery, or cucumber will do the trick. ‘affair. Not a fan of cow’s milk? Substitute coconut, soy, oat or almond milk depending on your preference. For a thicker licuado, you can use frozen fruit, replace the milk with Greek yogurt, or mix ice into the drink. Adding protein powder, oats, or nut butter can make licuados heartier and add a kick of nutrition (via From Las Mías).
If you are looking for a delicious breakfast or a healthy snack, try different fruits and supplements to discover your perfect licuado.