Strawberry, Avocado & Hemp Smoothie. {elephant Tuesdays}

Via on Jun 5, 2012

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-to guacamole.

Adding half an 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, curbs 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 avocados 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 combo is actually best in the winter time when your body needs to store the excess fat and protein for warmth and energy, but as a cooling smoothie, it can work well in the summer too! It gives you all the energy you need to make it through your day.

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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Editor: Kate Bartolotta

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, Caley Alyssa found herself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. She quickly came to realize that she wanted to promote preventative and therapeutic methods encouraging active, energetic lifestyles rather than focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, Caley moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing her 200 hour training with Yoga Tree with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Elise Lorimer. From there she went onto study with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, Caley’s quest to bring health and happiness to others lead her to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a Holistic Health Coach, registered with the American Drugless Practitioners. Caley now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She designs and leads seasonal cleanses for individuals, yoga studios and corporate businesses sharing her lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!

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7 Responses to “Strawberry, Avocado & Hemp Smoothie. {elephant Tuesdays}”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness and Green.
    ~Mamaste

  2. Looove avocado in my smoothies! Trying this tomorrow. Thanks Caley!

  3. @LivPeicanni says:

    AVOCADO ADDICT TOO!!

  4. Caley Alyssa says:

    Yeah Liv! ;)

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