First, two yummy looking and sounding smoothie recipes to try, thanks to a post by Dr. Joseph Mercola. Then, news of a great-sounding free event that starts tomorrow…..
LUSCIOUS HEALTHY LEMON CURD SMOOTHIE RECIPE
If you ask me what the best fruit to use in your smoothies is, there’s one top choice that I would absolutely recommend: avocado. It’s incredibly versatile, has a mildly sweet (but not overpowering) flavor, and gives your smoothie a thick consistency. Plus, it’s brimming with health-boosting nutrients like B vitamins, fiber, and folic acid.
You’ve probably tried my Avocado Super Smoothie recipe, but if you want another variation, here’s a delicious recipe from one of my readers, Mary Lyon.
Her Lemon Curd Smoothie combines the tart flavor of lemon and pineapple with the rich goodness of avocado to create a unique but absolutely refreshing drink that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere.
- ½ organic pineapple
- 2 to 3 organic lemons
- 1 banana
- 2 avocados
- Handful of organic greens such as spinach or watercress
- 1Tbsp. coconut oil
- Keep the rind on the pineapple and lemon. Cut in small pieces and run through a juicer to separate the juice from the pulp (rinds should not be blended into juice).
- Combine pineapple/lemon juice, banana, avocados, greens, and 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in blender, and blend until smooth.
This recipe makes 4 servings.
TIP: GET CREATIVE WHEN MAKING SMOOTHIES
Some people tend to drink only one type of smoothie all the time, and while it might seem healthy and convenient, I would advise you to switch up your smoothie ingredients regularly instead so you can get a wide variety of nutrients in your diet.
I highly recommend this smoothie recipe because it truly a packs a nutritional wallop. Not only do you get healthy monounsaturated fats from avocado, but also vitamin C and flavonoids from lemon and pineapple, which can combat inflammation. The latter also contains fiber, and bromelain, an enzyme that is found to have cancer-fighting benefits.
Adding greens like spinach or watercress also upgrades the nutritional content of this smoothie. Many people dislike using greens in their blended drinks because they can be slightly bitter, but the lemon and pineapple will help mask their strong flavor.
I recommend using organic fruits (and vegetables) when making smoothies, as conventional produce are usually loaded with pesticides and genetically engineered. Plus, if you’re insulin- or leptin-resistant, I advise you not to overdo the fruit. In fact, you should limit your fructose intake to 15 grams of fructose per day from ALL sources, including whole fruit.
And here’s the avocado smoothie recipe Dr. Mercola mentioned…..
AVOCADO SUPER SMOOTHIE RECIPE
This avocado super smoothie recipe, which is adapted from one posted by the Little Epicurean, works great for breakfast (and is a far healthier choice than cereal, bagels, or pancakes). It can also fill in as a light lunch or a snack – the kind that will actually give you energy and “stick to your ribs” (not your hips), so you’re left satiated instead of starving five minutes later.
Perhaps best of all, every ingredient in this smoothie serves an important purpose nutritionally and, when you blend them all together, it’s absolutely delicious!
- 1 whole avocado
- 1 cup of torn kale leaves, no stem
- ½ cup organic blueberries
- ½ cup fresh pineapple
- 1 cup of organic baby spinach
- ½ sliced cucumber
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
Pour coconut water into blender. Add the avocado, kale, blueberries, pineapple, spinach, and cucumber. Cover with lid and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
WHAT MAKES THE AVOCADO SUPER SMOOTHIE SO HEALTHY?
Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat (which is easily burned for energy), and research has confirmed the avocado’s ability to benefit vascular function and heart health.
Avocados are also very high in potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana) and will help balance your vitally important potassium-to-sodium ratio. Avocados also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including fiber, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. Besides eating them raw, you can use avocado as a fat substitute in recipes calling for butter or other oils.
Research has also found that avocados are helpful for regulating your blood sugar levels, and they might help improve lipid profiles, both in healthy individuals and in those with mild hypercholesterolemia (elevated cholesterol levels).
Plus, by adding an avocado to your smoothie there’s a good chance it will help you absorb more of the antioxidants it contains. Due to avocados’ beneficial raw fat content, avocado enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein) in other foods eaten in conjunction.
One 2005 study found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoid antioxidant molecules.
Another boon of avocados—they’re one of the safest fruits you can buy conventionally grown, so you don’t need to spend more for organic ones. Their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides.
Related Self-help Health post: Avocados – A Perfect Food
And now for the details about the upcoming event I mentioned. Here’s the invite from Jennifer McLean, host of Healing With the Masters…..
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BTW, I’ve signed up for this, plus am still listening to interviews from some of the other events going on right now. Yesterday I caught the replay of Dave Asprey’s presentation on The Fat Summit, which I mentioned in a previous post, and enjoyed it even more than I thought I would, plus learned a ton of new and useful information. Just wish I had more free time to listen to all the great things that are available these days!
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.