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December 12th, 2009

Yeah… I am a fan of smoothies

by Tim, 6 Comments »

Yeah, I am a big fan of smoothies. I like to blend things in the blender almost everyday. I particularly like real milk, berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), banana, cocoa, and eggs. That is probably my favorite combination. This particular morning I thought I would mix it up a bit with an avocado since I was all out of bananas. I am a big fan of avocados too. Am I saying ‘fan’ too much?

Avocados promote HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol). They are full of monounsaturated fat (oleic acid) which is good for heart health. They are also bursting with nutrients… bursting I tell you! Avocados contain vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, H, K, minerals like folate, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, and all of the essential amino acids that our body needs.

Now, now… adding avocados to a smoothie may be a little too weird for you. It is a different taste. But no fear, I have experimented several times and I rather enjoy it myself. I first wanted to try it after reading how in other parts of the world avocado shakes and durian shakes were common fare. I have never had durian fruit, but hey I have avocados! And off I went blending and combining.

I would recommend trying a little at first and seeing what you think. I like 1 cup of milk, a banana and then I add all of my other ingredients to taste. Smoothies are a great way to get goodness into your body… especially since digestion takes so much of your body’s energy. Preferably you don’t give your body a crazy insulin swing with way too much sugar in your smoothie. AND Yes, my smoothie is in a wine glass… that’s just how I roll. Not really, I was just in a goofy mood and wanted to put it in a wine glass this particular day.

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  • I love smoothies, especially now that I have a little immersion blender that is so! easy! to! clean! but I have to ask about the egg thing. So you're just eating the eggs raw. That's cool? No worries about salmonella or whatever?

    The avocado thing I could do and will have to try it soon.

  • You betcha I eat the eggs raw… you assimilate more of the protein that way. They have the highest quality protein available and nearly every vitamin except vitamin C.

    The odds of salmonella infected eggs I think hovers around 1 in 30,000… and that's from conventional eggs with whatever standards. Buying higher quality reduces it drastically. Plus you can examine the egg.

    Also, most Americans are deficient in good bacteria (probiotics) and would probably get sick, but with lots of good bacteria you wouldn't hardly notice you had salmonella… hence the street food in other countries doesn't typically affect the people that live there… just the people visiting who are deficient in good germs to fight the bad germs. Does that make sense?

  • I have always wanted to try an immersion blender… to see if I like it. ha

  • So by eating the good bacteria in most eggs, you increase your resistance against bad bacteria, should you encounter it, in a bad one later? Gosh, I am so conditioned to think raw egg = bad, it will be hard to get around it. That reminds me though – some company e-mailed me about Safe Eggs. Have you heard of them? http://www.facebook.com/SafeEggs?v=app_49497528….

    And immersion blender = awesome. Best thing ever.

  • That's right (about eating the good bacteria)… except it's true of everything… just like you can get salmonella from spinach or peanut butter or milk or meat. The issue is the quality of the product and the health of your gut.

    I actually I have heard of Safe Eggs but I haven't really paid them much mind cause they pasteurize their eggs. So when you pasteurize milk or eggs… sure you kill the bad bacteria but you also kill the good. So with pasteurized milk for example, you are drinking a bunch of dead bacteria… they don't/can't strain it out. It typically causes a lot of under the radar health problems.

  • That's right (about eating the good bacteria)… except it's true of everything… just like you can get salmonella from spinach or peanut butter or milk or meat. The issue is the quality of the product and the health of your gut.

    I actually I have heard of Safe Eggs but I haven't really paid them much mind cause they pasteurize their eggs. So when you pasteurize milk or eggs… sure you kill the bad bacteria but you also kill the good. So with pasteurized milk for example, you are drinking a bunch of dead bacteria… they don't/can't strain it out. It typically causes a lot of under the radar health problems.