This is a simple, quick, and delicious soup for a summer’s evening. Avocado offers healthy monounsaturated fats, and cucumber is alkalizing. Avocados are a perfect way to integrate clean, healthy omega-3 fatty acids into your diet—which are essential for your body to function!
Avocado Cucumber Summer Soup
- 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 2 green onions, roughly chopped
- 2 apples (crisp and tart apples like Granny Smith or Spartan)
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Handful of sunflower sprouts
- Parsley or cilantro for garnish
How It’s Made:
In a blender, process all ingredients (except the garnish) until smooth. Chill until ready to serve and garnish with fresh herbs.
Fatty acids can be divided into three categories: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The first two types can be manufactured within the human body, and therefore we are not required to add to them to our diet. Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) on the other hand, which are made up of polyunsaturated fats, are the fats that our body cannot produce on its own. What this means is that we are responsible for adding two essential polyunsaturated fats, Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) and alpha-Linoleic Acid (Omega-3), to our diet for survival.
Why do we need EFA’s in our diet? Omega-3 and Omega-6 are extremely important for proper body functionality. Some of the benefits include: proper cellular and brain development, stopping blood clotting and heart problems, prevention of disease, and regulation of blood pressure, immune response, and liver function. Without proper amounts of these polyunsaturated fats the body will face an increased risk of mood swings, memory loss, hair and skin problems, heart disease, dementia, and learning and behavioral problems.
If we need EFA’s in our diet, why is everyone so scared of eating fat? For years, low fat diets have been a popular trend. The problem is that instead of concentrating on how much fat we are consuming, we need to be focusing on the type of fat. Trans fats and some saturated fats will raise your cholesterol levels and put you at major risk for heart disease. These fats are commonly used to enhance the taste, texture, and freshness of food. To maintain a healthy diet, trans fats are not required. Baked goods, fried food, margarine, and other many pre-packaged foods are likely to be high in trans fats, and therefore should be avoided.
Here are some ways to load up on the “good” fats:
1. Flaxseed: Flaxseeds are said to be the world’s healthiest food in terms of omega-3 content. So try adding some ground flaxseed into your smoothies or baked goods! The fat in flaxseed can remain stable for up to three hours of cooking, which means it is a great way to sneak some extra omega-3 into your favorite foods.
2. Nuts: (almonds, cashews, walnuts): Nuts will help fill you up and keep you full for hours. Be careful though, because they are high in calories. Even though one handful of nuts a day will satisfy your hunger and improve your health, too many can lead to a weight increase. Make sure to avoid eating roasted or candied nuts.
3. Soybeans: Replacing meat and dairy with organic and fermented soy not only eliminates some of the unwanted fats from our diet, but will help increase the good fats. Try eating sprouted tofu, tempeh, and edamame for a great source of protein.
4. Oils: Make sure to consume high quality oils, and only use certain oils at high temperatures, such as coconut and grapeseed oil. While choosing flax, hemp, and chia for salads and raw items.
5. Supplements: When purchasing EFA supplements, be sure to contact the manufacturer to determine the carrier oil if it isn’t listed on the label. Ideally, you want to consume about 1,000 milligrams of omega 3 a day. It is best to take the supplements with food in order to decrease side effects.
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