By this point, most people know how healthy avocados are, with high amounts of good-for-you fatty acids, very low amounts of cholesterol, and a wide range of vitamins including calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese and zinc — but did you know that avocado seeds are almost just as healthy?
Most people throw out the big pits without a second thought, but according to a 2013 research study, the avocado seed is often used as a natural treatment for “inflammatory conditions,” and is where 70 percent of the antioxidants are hiding. The seed also has more soluble fiber than most other foods.
The next time you use an avocado for a salad or smoothie, consider cutting the seed into quarters (it’s easier to cut than it looks), and grinding up one of the quarters in a spice or coffee grinder. Because the pit can be very bitter, it’s a good idea to add half of that quarter to a smoothie and see how it affects the taste. If you don’t taste anything, add a full quarter of the seed in your next drink.
The majority of Americans aren’t getting enough fiber on a daily basis, and instead of using a supplement (which usually has extra sugar and flavorings), you can get a good dose from a natural source.
In case you’re looking for an excuse to get more avocado (and avocado seeds) into your diet, we’re including some of our favorite avocadolicious smoothies below.
Avocado Blueberry Bliss
Native to the Amazon rainforest, Camu camu is practically glowing with vitamin C -- it has 60 times more vitamin C per serving than an orange! Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants, as is swiss chard (also from Brooklyn Grange), and avocados are full of beneficial fats. If you’re looking for midday recharge, this smoothie will not only amp up your energy, but will make you feel stronger, thanks to those healthy avocado fats and almond protein.
Almond Honeydew Avocado
This creamy-nutty-sweet-green treat packs in so many nutrients and flavors. After walnuts, almonds have the most omega-3 fatty acids of any nuts. These fatty acids are not naturally produced by the body, and in addition to many other health benefits, give the skin radiance! Coconut water and honeydew are a super-hydrating duo. Avocados contain omega-9, which is yet another skin-smoothing oleic acid. Spirulina boost energy with micronutrients!
Almond Avocado Matcha
You hear a lot about the “good fat” in avocados, but what does that mean, exactly? The main fat in avocados is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid also present in olive oil. Oleic acid is good for healthy skin and hair, helps reduce inflammation, and may have cancer-fighting properties. Paired with matcha, a powdered green tea with more antioxidants than any other superfood, this smooth and nutty green smoothie will help you be healthy inside and out!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake
Who doesn’t like to indulge a little on vacation? The good thing about this smoothie is that it tastes like an indulgence -- but it’s actually healthy! Most people don’t realize this, but jicama is full of vitamin C. It’s also full of fiber, which means that it makes a satisfying, blendable base. Avocados help lower cholesterol and provide a good dose of vitamin K, which increases bone health by aiding in calcium absorption. Cacao is high in antioxidants and magnesium, a key osteoporosis-fighting nutrient. Add in some banana for a little island flair and potassium, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for any time of day. Pro tip: Save half of the avocado for the spicy mango smoothie.
Spicy Apple Mango
Even though they almost taste like candy, mangos are a truly nutrient-dense fruit. The high amount of fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mangos makes them excellent at lowering cholesterol, the vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy, and the tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acid in mangoes helps to keep your body alkalized. Cayenne has been proven to boost metabolism immediately after consumption, and may also help to ease digestion issues and joint pain. Add in some creamy avocado (full of healthy fat), low calorie carrots, and some lime, and you’ve got a relaxing tropical drink that’ll give your immune system an immediate boost. Pro tip: Save half of the avocado for the chocolate peanut butter milkshake smoothie.
Carrot Mango Kiwi
Baobab has been used for centuries in Africa, but America is just discovering the powder made from this sweetly sour fruit. Like camu camu, baobab powder is one of the best sources of vitamin C in the world. It also has a healthy dose of both calcium and iron. Mango is another vitamin C powerhouse, while carrots have the beta carotene both your skin and eyes love. Turmeric is a crazy good anti-inflammatory, and avocados are full of the healthy fat we all need to stay full and satisfied.
Creamy Matcha Cardamom Iced Latte
Calling all caffeine lovers! If you’re looking for the perfect buzz without the crash that comes later, this combination of matcha and green coffee has your name on it. In addition to giving you non-jittery energy, Matcha has the amino acid L-theanine, which helps to improve clarity and concentration. Green coffee powder, which is made from coffee beans that have not yet been roasted, is high in antioxidants, and both the green coffee and matcha have been involved in weight loss studies. Add some creamy avocado and squash, and the comfy spice of cardamom, and you may have found the perfect replacement for that morning latte.
Cinnamon Chocolate Maca Madness
Foods like avocado and cacao have revitalizing properties that will smooth and strengthen the skin. Cacao contains more than 300 antioxidant varieties. The antioxidants in the South American beans can boost collagen levels and protect the skin against infection. Avocado has plenty of omega fatty acids help de-stress and plump the skin cells. Maca is excellent for skin; it can decrease sensitivity to extreme temperatures and help calm blemishes!
Pistachio Cream Pie
Avocado is loaded with potassium and can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Besides being an addictive snack, pistachios provide fiber and healthy fats. Pistachios are filling and full of fiber and can help control weight. Spirulina is rich in Omega-3s and Chlorophyll, and contains more than 20 times the amount of calcium as milk! Banana and vanilla almond milk make this a truly creamy treat.
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