Chocolate Almond Avocado Smoothie
Digestive Rebuilding Smoothie for Fat Dominant Types
Are You Digesting Dietary Fat Well Enough?
It’s crazy to think low-fat foods were once popularized and considered “healthy.” Fat in the food you eat is so important. We make hormones to adapt to stressful situations from it, cells use it to make a protective membrane, we even make our brain tissue from it. Fat from your diet is broken into Essential Fatty Acids that we use to run our bodies. They are essential to life. Therefore, if you have problems digesting your fat into smaller globules then you can experience a wide range of symptoms.
The Trouble with Fat Digestion
If you have trouble digesting fat then you may be dealing with symptoms like excessive burping, diarrhea, itchiness, and greasy or floating stools. Low bile and enzyme deficiency contribute to poor fat digestion meaning there is a risk of fat-rancidity in your body, creating unpleasant symptoms, inflammation, and disease. The ingredients in this smoothie were carefully chosen for their ability to increase bile in the liver and stimulate the production of lipase enzymes to get your digestion back on track.
#functionalfoods for the Fat Intolerant Individual
This smoothie is designed to support full digestion of fat. It contains high amounts of betaine from the beet leaves which helps create bile in your liver. You’ll find lots of bitter foods (lemon, beet leaves, and chocolate) that stimulate lipase enzymes and even more bile to break down fats. The avocado and sprouted almonds are made up of easy-to-digest fats. The figs and honey add a sweet flavor and extra digestive enzymes. Plant-based protein powder completes the smoothie, making it a nutritious meal or satiating snack.
This smoothie tastes like a chocolate shake.
Ingredients with Powerful Purpose
You may be surprised we are recommending a smoothie filled with healthy fats from avocados and nuts after learning you have trouble digesting fats. Let’s talk about it…
Fats are a vital macronutrient we need to create all cell membranes, provide a source of energy, regulate immunity, increase metabolism, moisturize skin, and provide anti-inflammatory effects. Instead of eliminating this important macro, focus on consuming more functional foods that stimulate bile and enzyme production in the primary fat-digesting glands. It’s as simple as adding these ingredients to your blender!
Dinner or dessert?
Beet leaves not only taste great, they are the highest natural source of Betaine. Especially the area where the beet top connects to the leaves. Throw that part right into the blender! Your body uses it to make more bile which will help digest the fat-filled ingredients of this recipe. Livers love it.2
Add an easy-to-digest liver cleanse in the form of beets.
Vegan & Organic Chocolate Protein Powder
To appeal to the chocolate lovers out there (almost everyone, right?), we crafted our recipe with the new SP Veg-E Complete Pro Chocolate powder. It supports the liver detoxing benefits of beets while adding some much-needed sweetness to this recipe. Time to get that liver back into shape!
Raw Honey and Avocados
Honey contains an enzyme called invertase that breaks down the sucrose found in figs and honey. Honey also masks the taste of the betaine in the beet leaves (if you don’t like that taste). Did you know avocados in this recipe contain large amounts of lipase enzymes? Other foods that contain loads of lipase enzymes include oats (like Oatly oat-milk), lentils (soaked, please), coconut (like “Just Coconut Chunks” from Trader Joes), and walnuts.1
The Case for Sprouted Almond Butter
Almonds add a light, buttery flavor and are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. It is important to note, the skin of an almond contains enzyme inhibitors the almond uses as a protective measure to prevent rancidity. To increase the digestibility of almonds, you can activate them by soaking overnight, slowly dehydrating, and throwing them into the smoothie when ready. You can purchase a sprouted almond butter which is more convenient, but more expensive than the “soak and blend” approach.
We favored this brand in our smoothie tests.
Take Your Digestive Health to the Next Level!
Enjoy your food again! Start by understanding your symptom patterns and how they relate to the food you’re eating. If you have fat intolerance issues, missing your gallbladder, prone to symptoms, or not sure where to start, you may benefit from professional help.
1) Tursi JM1, Phair PG, Barnes GL. Plant sources of acid stable lipases: potential therapy for cystic fibrosis. J Paediatr Child Health. 1994 Dec;30(6):539-43.
2) Kathirvel, Elango et al. “Betaine Improves Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver and Associated Hepatic Insulin Resistance: A Potential Mechanism for Hepatoprotection by Betaine.” American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 299.5 (2010): G1068–G1077. PMC. Web. 13 Apr. 2018.
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