Avocado and Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
Post workout fuels are at best, always using bananas as the main base in the smoothie.
Here, I present to you one that is made with avocado instead to get that smooth creaminess. Honestly, I did not know what kind of shake I was going to make but it ended up tasting so good that I had to share it!
This smoothie is full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, non dairy and I used it as part of my seed cycling process.
Benefits of Avocado
Pretty sure everyone knows the benefits of avocado and how this fruit boosts healthy fats. Just in case you have not heard though.. here are why avocados are great for your health!
The kind of fats contained in avocado is monounsaturated fat - meaning that it is great for your heart and for your brain. They are also known to contain a lot of minerals, vitamins A, E , K , B ,C and dietary fibre. Talk about being nutrient dense! Off the top of my head, Vitamin A E and K are great not only for our hair and nails but they are all fat soluble vitamins that have a role in growth, reproduction and more. Avocados have been shown to not increase oxidative activity and inflammation as compared to junk food such as ice cream, probably due to the presence of the thousands of phytonutrients as a plant based food. It probably would not be surprising that research has been done on the avocado seed and it might contain more antioxidants than the pulp that we are so used to eating.
Benefits of Cacao
I had the surprising yummy taste of chocolate in my mouth that is not particular unhealthy tasting when i mixed cacao powder and dates together! I love adding cacao to my oatmeal bowls and love having them in tonics as well because they give that chocolate satisfaction with a tinge of bitterness - sort of like having dark chocolate for breakfast.
Now, cacao is not the same as the usual chocolate you get. Cold unroasted unpressed cacao beans yield this powder that is nutrient dense and has a good amount of antioxidants within it. Cacao contains magnesium, potassium and iron and is a great healthy dessert option to eat after dinner or before bed. When you have cravings for chocolate, chances are your body needs magnesium - and as it is well known, magnesium is a magic mineral for PMS symptoms, getting rid of painful cramps and helps to calm you down before bedtime. So much so that I love this reishi cacao hot mix from Four Sigmatics. (no affiliation here).
*Note cocoa powder used in plenty of baking recipes is a refined version of cacao because the beans have been roasted and heavily processed, thereby not maintaining its nutritional profile.
Dates: Healthy Alternative
Staying clear of sugar? If you’re anything like me and have the occasional sweet tooth, I love having dates in my fridge so I can use them as a healthy sweetener. There is a good list of sugary options that uses dates including truffles and mocha and these valentines day brownies. Of course, avoiding refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and splenda should be a rule in your diet, but what about healthier sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and dates? Dates have most of their calories coming from carbohydrates and little protein. However, they have some amounts of potassium and magnesium, plus antioxidants and fibre. As with all sugars and high caloric content, consume these in moderation.
Pea Milk: A Plant Based Milk
I did not hear of the option of pea milk until I listened to a podcast about Ripple! Most non dairy milks we are used to include almond, cashew, walnut, hemp and flax milk so when I heard of pea milk, I had to try it! Pea milk dervied from yellow peas are friendly towards to the environment because they help to replenish the nitrogen content in the soil. It has a high amount of protein and less the amount of sugar as compared to almond milk. it also contains more bioavailable calcium and the fact that sold it to me was that it takes a lot less water to make pea milk as compared to other kinds of non dairy milk. If you know me, I am all about caring for the environment! Peas are basically legumes and this milk is pretty impressive because it is not genetically modified and does not contain gums or the emulsifier carrageenan.
Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
one avocado, chopped
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp cacao powder
1/2 cup pea milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
Place everything into a blender or powerful mixer like a Nutribullet.
Adjust the amount of liquid to get the preferred texture. Mine turned out a little thick so I ate it with a spoon instead of a straw.
This may not be the most appealing photograph but I promise that it’s so delicious! The avocado lends a creaminess that the pea milk balances out. Peanut butter, cacao and dates were a great combination to give that nuttiness and adding protein powder would make it a good post workout smoothie! Let me know if you have tried it out.