To make Pure Avocado Energy, you will need:
- 2 ripe avocados
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salish alder smoked sea salt
- High quality Seabuckthorn berry oil (hemp seed oil, or another high frequency botanical oil)
Peel and slice the avocados in half. Remove seed. Place 2 halves with “bowls” up on each plate.
Sprinkle cayenne and Salish smoked salt over the avocados, and drizzle lightly with seabuckthorn berry oil. Serve immediately. Serves 2.
Avocados are one of the most nutritious foods for regenerating the digestive system. They are nutrient dense, meaning they provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories.
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit.
Folic acid helps produce and maintain new cells. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth. Both adults and children need folic acid to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Avocado has sometimes received a “bad rap” as a vegetable too high in fat. While it is true that avocado is a high-fat food (about 85% of its calories come from fat), the fat contained in avocado is unusual and provides strong health benefits. It can even promote weight loss for those who have excess weight and are nutritionally depleted.
Recent research has shown that absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—increases significantly when fresh avocado is added to an otherwise avocado-free salad. One cup of fresh avocado (150 grams) added to a salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots increased absorption of carotenoids from this salad between 200-400%.
We tend to think about carotenoids as most concentrated in bright orange or red vegetables like carrots or tomatoes.
While these vegetables are fantastic sources of carotenoids, avocado is now known to contain a spectacular array of carotenoids. Researchers believe that avocado’s amazing carotenoid diversity is a key factor in the anti-inflammatory properties of this vegetable.
The list of carotenoids found in avocado include well-known ones like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also many lesser known carotenoids including neochrome, neoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin.