Probiotic-Rich Smoothie Recipe With Avocado
The curvy yellow fruits are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber. They can also be a good way to get magnesium, vitamins C and B6. Bananas are high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals. They are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain.
A primary source of traditional fat throughout the tropics, coconut oil has a unique profile in its saturated fat content – specifically medium chain triglycerides. These fats don’t require pancreatic enzymes for digestion and are immediately available for energy. It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, and contains no trans fat. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
Egg yolks provide valuable vitamins (A, D, E and K), omega-3 fats and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. They are among the best dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that is incredibly important but most people aren’t getting enough of. One egg yolk contains nearly 215 mg of choline. The cholesterol in egg yolks is not associated with high blood cholesterol levels or heart disease. Free-range or “pastured” organic eggs are far superior when it comes to nutrient content.
Cacao is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate. Cacao beans can be considered a superfood offering a wealth of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals:
- Magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
- Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
- Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
The benefits of cacao are truly fantastic: it can improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy. Raw cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. To receive the greatest benefits from cacao, look for ‘raw’, non-roasted cacao beans.
Collagen is a protein that provides structure to much of your body, including bones, skin, tendons and ligaments. There are at least 16 types of collagen. According to studies, supplemental collagen may help improve skin texture, muscle mass and reduce osteoarthritis pain. Animal products such as bone broth, gelatin, chicken skin and pork skin are very high in collagen.
Probiotic-Rich Smoothie Recipe with Avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or other berries)
1 cup milk kefir (natural yogurt or fermented coconut water)
2 pastured raw egg yolks
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon of almond butter (optional – but taste better)
Mix ingredients together and blend with a handheld blender until smooth.
Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
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