Avocados! We’re sharing a really good-tasting avocado smoothie with you today. If you don’t like avocados, or you’re not sure how to use them, we have a great way to transform it into a super immune-building, cholesterol and blood sugar busting smoothie when combined with fresh coconut and dark leafy greens. Not only is it good for lowering cholesterol, it's also highly alkaline and perfect for breakfast as it's filling and delicious.
Let's not forget that eating a vegan diet will really do the trick for your health! However, if you're not vegan, then try to add a few avocados into your daily diet as well as a plethora of fresh vegetable juices.
Avocados help regulate your blood sugar levels as well as lower cholesterol. This is an important benefit for most people, considering that one in four Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. This statistic is alarming! So please take note what you eat and what’s in your refrigerator and pantry. Avocados, dark leafy greens, carrots, beets, ginger root, garlic, onions, and a plethora of fresh fruits should be the base of our diets. If we do this, our cholesterol and blood sugars will balance out. Our bodies are smart! We just need to give them the fuel they need to balance themselves out.
While coconuts and coconut liquids are full of saturated fats, not all of it is bad for you. Much of the saturated fat content is lauric acid. This beneficial saturated fat can actually help boost your high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol that reduces your risk of heart disease.
Avocados contain high amounts of potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana), which can help balance our vitally important potassium to sodium ratio. For women going through menopause, as well as people with kidney imbalances, this can be quite important.
Due to its beneficial raw fat content, avocado enables our bodies to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein) in other foods eaten in conjunction.
Here's the smoothie that Dr. Young and Shelley Young shared with us several years ago at their health ranch (We love it!):
- 6 ribs celery
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 lemon without the peel (unless organic)
- 1 inch fresh ginger root
- 1 small cucumber
In your blender:
- 1 cup coconut water or purified water
- Meat from one young coconut (or 1 tablespoon coconut oil)
- 1 Haas avocados (peeled and pitted)
- Juice from Step 1
Blend and serve!