Featured Recipe from Chef V’s Book: Making Cleansing Easier
Creamy Green Smoothie
1 small ripe avocado
2 large leaves green kale
1 cup spinach
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 lemon, juice only
A pinch of cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1½ cups filtered water
1 cup ice
Process all ingredients in a Vitamix for 1 to 2 minutes, or
until smooth. Pour in a mason jar and enjoy!
This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, raw, paleo, & kid friendly
Why are Avocados so good for you?
I can’t help crack up everytime I see one of those t-shirts that say, “Yes, I know guacamole is extra!”
But the health benefits of avocados are no laughing matter. Especially for somebody like me who relies on liquid breakfasts to power me through until lunch.
Before I begin telling you about my personal love affair with avocados, let me explain why I’m just not a bacon and eggs kind of breakfast person.
Part of the reason why is I just don’t crave a big sit-down meal first thing in the morning. And the other main factor why I typically don’t cook breakfast: I just don’t have the time. (I’m sure you can relate.)
So how can you stay satisfied until it’s time to eat lunch?
Well, for me, I either have 16 oz of Green Drink. And sometimes I’ll mix it up by making myself a Creamy Green Smoothie.
If you’re wondering how a smoothie can help you feel full until lunch, that’s a great question and one I get asked frequently. The answer: the fat from the avocado holds me over.
“But isn’t fat bad for you? Isn’t fat, well, fattening?”
These are a couple other questions I’m asked often. And as a certified nutritional therapist, it’s sometimes a challenge for me to explain to people that certain fats don’t make you fat. In fact, on the contrary, they can help you lose weight.
Avocados are one of those fats. Again, I’ll get into the benefits of avocados in just a little bit. But let me first explain the fat paradox.
I wish fats were actually called by their more appropriate scientific name, lipids. Then, people wouldn’t be so fat-phobic. You see, the biggest reason why the healthy fat content in avocado is so beneficial, in my opinion, is, it helps you stay full.
If you avoid fat, you tend to eat more carbs, especially junk carbs like bread, pasta, cookies, cakes and the like. But eating a small amount of natural fat like avocado helps you feel fuller. Avocados provide you with slow and steady energy and don’t raise your insulin levels.
Now, it’s true that fat contains more than twice as many calories per gram as carbs. And that’s why if you’re trying to lose weight, you should limit your portion sizes of natural fats. But it’s that small amount of fat in avocados that prevents cravings for junk carbs!
So without further ado, here are some reasons why I think avocados are a superfood that should be consumed regularly.
Avocado Nutrition Facts
- Good for your heart: high in heart-healthy monounsaturated oleic acid, which is also abundant in olive oil.
- Packed with nutrients, high in: vitamins B5, B6 & B9; fiber; vitamin K; copper; vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium (contain more potassium than bananas and have virtually no sugar unlike bananas)
- Help fight inflammation and arthritis in your body
- Improve cholesterol levels
- Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants
- Protects your eyes because of its high lutein content
- Safe from pesticides
Now do you see why I love avocados?
It’s not just because they make guacamole taste great.
So next time you’re asked if you know avocado is extra, you can say yes with a big smile on your face and not feel guilty eating it.
Cheers to your health!