Hey guys! It has been a super sunny day today in the UK! While I was walking back from uni, a had a crave for avocados and smoothie, so why not put them together. The last time I had an avocado shake was in Shanghai with Tweedle D. The shake was smooth and creamy and filling too!
Avocados are a superfood
Avoados are relatively high in fat and calories but they’re also one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds. Here are three great reasons to eat them regularly.
1. Valuable Fat Not all fat is bad for your body, and monounsaturated fat is what constitutes the first health benefit of an avocado. In a typical avocado, most of the calories you receive come from monounsaturated fat. The monounsaturated fat in an avocado is healthy for you. Foods like avocados that contain monounsaturated fat lessen your LDL cholesterol, which is harmful to your body. On the other hand, HDL cholesterol has been called “good cholesterol,” and there is speculation that monounsaturated fat actually raises this type of cholesterol.
2. High Fibre Content A typical avocado will contain both insoluble and soluble fibre which makes it very powerful, as not many foods brag about containing both kids of fibre. In an average avocado, it is approximately 75% insoluble fibre to 25% soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre is great at cleaning out your bowels by way of increasingly efficient bowel movement. Not only will you stand a lesser chance of getting constipated, but you also will reduce your chance of getting colorectal cancer. Soluble fibre is great for appetite control. It has the effect of making you feel full because it turns into a gel that sits in your stomach for a while when it comes into contact with water.
3. Vitamins The presence of vitamins makes up the third health benefit of an average avocado. The vitamins that you can find in an avocado are B vitamins along with vitamin K and vitamin E. B vitamins help your body’s metabolism and its maintenance of a healthy skin tone, while vitamin K plays a fundamental role in making sure that your bones grow properly and that your bone density is maintained in later life. Vitamin E is necessary to avoid conditions like retinopathy.
250ml – 400ml Milk of choice or water
1tsp Agave Nectar or Stevia or Honey (sweetened to taste)
Combine all ingredients together in a blender, blend until smooth and serve. You can adjust the consistency depending on the thickness you want. Thicker consistencies are also perfect for smoothie bowls!
Can you see how creamy this is? If you want to drink this after your workout, you can always add a bunch of spinach to the shake for protein. This yummy shake not only fills you up but it really does suppress your appetite, especially when this time of year where exams are coming and I’m always wanting to snack on crisps and popcorn. Sometimes I would make sweet potato crisps and my another snacking option – QUEST BARS! Instead of just eating the bar plain, I would roll them out, cut them into small pieces (cookie size) and put it in the oven for a couple of minutes. These bars are high in protein (20g per bar), only 1g of sugar per bar and only has 3g net carbs! Let me know what you think about the Avocado Shake and if you like it or not. Also if you have tried Quest Bars before, what is your favourite flavour and do you make any recipes out of it!
Lots of Love x