Republished with permission from youngandraw.com
Eating healthy fats is essential to having balanced hormones, healthy skin, shiny hair and adrenal energy. If you’re experiencing fatigue, imbalance or sugar cravings – it’s possible that you need to add more fat into your diet.
Stress and other emotional triggers can cause intense hunger cravings for sugar rich foods like ice cream, so finding healthful ways to satiate hungry and alleviate cravings is important if you truly want to sustain a clean diet. This recipe is delicious, rich in healthy fats and calories to help give you the fuel you need to sustain yourself and possibly even grab a workout.
This is a small batch recipe that you can make in your blender, however you can double or triple the recipe if you want and throw it in your ice cream maker if you’ve got one for even cooler results . There is sugar in this recipe from the maple syrup or honey, so be mindful not to eat too much.
Editor’s note from Family Life Goals: the below information is additional to the post by young and raw.
Before we go into how to actually make this delicious and nutritious ice cream, first we’ll go through all of the benefits of the two main ingredients.
Avocados are one of the best sources of healthy fats that you can eat. One avocado contains 22 grams of fat, with only 3 of those grams being saturated fat and containing zero trans fats! This fat content makes in incredible for treating high cholesterol. Researchers have found that eating a diet rich in avocado lowers “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or “LPL” cholesterol) while increasing “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or “HPL” cholesterol).
Nuts, such as cashews, are similar to avocados as they contain high levels of healthy fat, low levels of saturated fat and absolutely no trans fat. One major difference, though, is that nuts also contain a high amount of protein. This is very beneficial for fat-loss and overall health as eating protein fires up your metabolism, which helps burn the calories you gain from food, and also increases satiety which helps prevent overeating.
However, due to their high healthy fat content it should not come as a surprise to find out that they provide many of the same health benefits that avocados do. One of these is the reduction of bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. Nuts have also been shown to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart diseases. Researchers have found that people consume nuts two or more times a week cut their risk of developing coronary heart diseases in half (47% reduction).
Avocado Ice Cream Smoothie
From Young and Raw
Prep time: 10 minutes
1/3 cup cashews
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
1/3 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed
3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
1.5 cups almond, coconut or hemp milk
Blend on high in your blender until smooth. You can pop it in the freezer for an hour or two if you like, or enjoy right away for a smoothie rather than ice cream.