Strawberry Avocado & Hemp Smoothie {elephant Tuesday’s}

As posted on elephant journal

I have an unhealthy obsession with avocados. I eat them almost every day, in any way I can…smoothie, hummus, salad, wrap, or the good old go-two guacamole.

Adding 1/2 avocado to a smoothie first thing in the morning is an awesome way to start out your day. It makes any smoothie super thick and creamy, curves your appetite all morning, and gives you tons of good fats to use as energy for whatever your day has in store…morning yoga class, run, walkin’ the pup! It’s a extra special added bonus when you can combine avocado’s with protein, like Hemp. This is a raw, vegan (non-animal) source of complete protein and packs a ton of nutrients to boot including fiber and essential fatty acids.

Eating protein and fats together in a meal can stabilize blood-sugar levels that would normally be spiked from carbohydrates, and make your body switch from glucose burning metabolism to a fat burning metabolism. This protein/fat combo is actually best in the winter time when your body needs to store the excess fat and protein for warmth and energy, but in a cooling smoothie mixed with fresh strawberries, it can work well in the summer too!

Now, go get ’em, Tiger!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 6-10 fresh strawberries (green included)
  • handful of your favorite greens (I used spinach as I had some on-hand from the Bloomsdale Salad)
  • 1 scoop Ruth’s Foods Hemp Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 3 ice cubes
  • optional: vanilla/vanilla bean, honey, agave

Directions:

  1. Blend.
  2. Give Thanks.
  3. Enjoy!

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About Caley Alyssa

As a D-1 collegiate athlete with a background in nutrition and anatomy, and an internship with a naturopathic center for healing, I found myself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. I quickly came to realize that I wanted to work with preventative therapeutic methods promoting active, energetic lifestyles rather then focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, I moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing a 200 hour training with Yoga Tree. From there I've studied with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, my quest to bring health and happiness to others lead me to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a holistic health coach. Currently, I live in LA and am training with Dharma Mittra to obtain my 500 hour yoga certification. I love to share my lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!
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