I recently visited my naturopath because I have a nagging ten pounds that doesn’t want to budge. Despite my best efforts to exercise and eat a diet rich in whole foods, my body has been holding onto extra weight…and after running some tests it became clear to her that I have a fermentation problem.
Aren’t Fermented Foods A Good Thing?
Fermented foods such as kefir, miso and sauerkraut are excellent for healthy digestion, however having a fermentation issue is another matter. It seems as though I consume too many grains, and although they are whole, organic grains, they are fermenting inside me, which leads to bloating and difficulty losing weight.
So in addition to upping my probiotics, my naturopath prescribed more protein (at every meal) and has limited my grain consumption to one serving per day.
For the past three months I have endeavored to eat a plant based diet, which explains why I have been consuming a grain-centric diet. So when I was told to eat more protein, initially I thought I may have to go back to eating meat.
But after some in-depth research it came to my attention that protein is found in some of the most unlikely sources!
Avocados for Healthy Fats…and Protein!
Avocado, which is a rich source of heart healthy fats, helps to lower our cholesterol naturally – but did you know that avocados boast 7 gram of protein per?!
And if that doesn’t sound like a lot to you, consider this: eggs have only 6 grams of protein!
Avocados find themselves well placed in pestos, sauces and of course guacamole, but they are also a lovely addition to a smoothie. When an avocado is added to a smoothie it offers a rich creaminess that mimics that of yogurt. So for those who have adopted a vegan way of life, but miss the creaminess of yogurt in their smoothies, avocados are for you!
This smoothie has been on high rotation since my fermentation diagnosis as it’s loaded with protein from the avocado. So next time you look at an avocado, think outside of the box – think of this smoothie!
Red Berry Avocado Smoothie
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup raspberry juice
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
Puree avocado, orange juice, raspberry juice and raspberries in a blender until smooth – enjoy!