Avocados are one of the most delicious and versatile ingredients to have in your kitchen. Technically a fruit, these scrumptious and flavorful tropical delights go great in salads, smoothies, sauces, dips and even work in healthy baking recipes. Avocado facts: They are high in healthy fats, have no sugar or cholesterol, and did we mention that they taste good too?
After the ‘fat is bad’ scare that rattled North America in the 90s, avocados were considered a sinful food for those trying to be healthy, until researchers proved what we had probably known all along. Fat doesn’t actually make you fat, it is an unfortunate blooper of the English language. In fact, we need lots of healthy fats to promote brain function, for healthy skin and hair, and to absorb vitamins (many vitamins are fat-soluble, so can ONLY be absorbed when eaten with healthy fats). Avocado nutrition also boast more potassium than bananas, which is super important for recovering from intense exercise. They are loaded with fiber, and monounsaturated fatty acids, which help you feel full and satiated and therefore happy!
So, now that most people are seeing the light, and understand that nuts, avocados and olives are much healthier choices than fat-free-splenda-sweetened yogurt, we can start enjoying these whole foods with reckless abandon!
Below is one of our favourite hangover cures – a high-fat, high-vitamin smoothie that is way better for you than deep friend waffles or whatever it is that most greasy spoons serve.
Makes 2 Large Smoothies:
1 whole avocado
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or coconut water
large handful of greens (kale, chard, spinach)
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 of a cucumber
a few ice cubes
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Blend, pour into champagne glasses, and serve!! You can add more or less almond milk to achieve desired consistency. Enjoy your hangover cure!