Autumn is here; and although I haven’t gone back to class, I like to use the dawn of a new season as a time to reset my body and my goals. I don’t know about you but I consider the start of a new year to be in September and not January- twenty years of schooling is to blame.
In an effort to reset my body, it was brought to my attention that I have a fermentation problem; meaning I eat too many grains, and not enough protein, which has caused all these grains in my tummy to ferment, which is not to be confused with fermented foods (kefir, miso etc.), which are amazing. So all this fermentation is causing my body to hang on to extra weight; yes, even I have a nagging ten pounds that just doesn’t want to go anywhere, and all my grain consumption is to blame- and here I thought it was all the summer sippin’! So I’ve been prescribed more protein and less grains, one grain a day to be exact; so at least I don’t have to bid farewell to my beloved quinoa!
Enter the pitted fruit that is the avocado.
Avocados are an amazing food, aside from being a powerhouse when it comes to heart healthy fats, avocado is a protein dynamo as well. One medium sized avocado has a whopping 7 grams of protein, and although that might not seem like much, consider this, one egg has 6 grams of protein. And if you have steered clear of avocado because of their fat content, don’t let the anti-fat possee get to you; the saturated fat found in avocado is the good kind, meaning it’s not from French fries or hormone addled meat, nope, it’s from a natural, whole food- and our bodies eat it up!
You may have noticed that half of the recent guestpostswere about skincare, and this is because I’m obsessed with glowing skin. I will freely admit that I tirelessly pursue glowing skin everyday and avocados are a skincare junkie’s best friend, and find themselves well placed in glowing skin smoothie creations- of all kinds! Lutein, abundant in avocados, is a carotenoid that aids in the maintenance of healthy skin; when applied topically in mask form, avocado moisturizes the skin and when consumed it nourishes the skin from the inside out. And they’re protein rich!
Now this glowing skin smoothie is jam packed with protein, from the hemp seeds, to the raw protein powder to the avocado, this quencher is not short on the stuff! You are welcome to take liberties with your creation; if you don’t have protein powder, take it out; if you don’t like the tartness of lemon, feel free to remove it- I’ve said it once, if I’ve said it ten times, you are the author of your own smoothie, so go wild!
½ cup kefir
½ ripe avocado
1 cup spinach leaves
1 green apple, cored and cubed
½ cup hemp milk
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 lemon, peeled and seeded
1 scoop raw vegan protein
1 cup ice water
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Drink immediately. Or turn into smoothie cubes!