If there was a meteor heading towards earth and I had an hour to live, I'd spend it eating avocados - guacamole, avocado pudding, avocado ice cream, avocado dressing, avocado gazpacho, avocado toast, avocado tempura, and anything else could stuff an avo into! I eat two to three avocados a day, and I have no intention of stopping.
Also known as God's butter, this green goddess is full of fabulous fats that are mostly heart-healthy monounsaturates that tame toxins; neutralize acids, balance blood sugar and hormones; support the adrenals, metabolize fats; regulate cholesterol; and nourish the skin, tissues, and joints. Amped up with antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E, and K and glutathione; alkalizing chlorophyll, fiber, potassium, and B vitamins, this anti-inflammatory avenger is a detox diva. Throw in the fabulous flavor and it's no wonder that there's always a rotation of avocados in our house.
I add avocados to smoothies to boost nutrient potential, thicken blends and add a creamy quality, and temper the effects of high-sugar fruits. Except for an avocado gazpacho-style smoothie, our beloved avo is rarely the star of a sweet smoothie.
I continue to be haunted by a phenomenal avocado pudding my friends and I scoffed at a macrobiotic restaurant in Portugal while we were touring with a theater show years ago. We'd walk 30 minutes there and back to get our fix. Then, some years later on the other side of the world in Indonesia I had my first experience with an avocado smoothie. It was heavenly, but drenched in heavy sugar syrup.
I had to replicate the avocado divinity with a healthier halo. This quick, easy avocado smoothie does the trick for me, and feeds my avo addiction.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.