I'm trying out this whole ketogenic diet, and it's day 3 of 21. I've been getting creative in the kitchen, health hacking recipes and making-over a lot of my favorites. My morning smoothies and smoothie bowls all have gotten a makeover.
I'd be lying if I said this was easy. It's not. It's been a matter of reteaching how to eat a keto diet. This whole eating ketogenic food has been a struggle, because, like most people, I love fruit and have been daydreaming about bananas and blueberries these last couple of days. Yesterday, I felt like I completed a 12-step program for carbs. I'm now feeling great and more specifically because I made a smoothie that didn’t have me missing bananas.
Keto aside, fats are good for your health and really shouldn't be avoided. Did you know that saturated fatty acids makeup over 50% of the cell membrane and give them necessary stiffness and integrity for proper functioning?
They also help promote good bone health by helping calcium to be incorporated into the skeleton; although to be effective, at least 50% of dietary fats should be saturated. Healthy Omega-3 fats, like those found in avocados, are better used by the body when the diet is rich in saturated fats. Because, you see, the fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated, drawing on this reserve in times of stress. (The preferred saturated fats for the heart are stearic acid and palmitic acid.)
What about the cholesterol in saturated fats?
It's not the bad guy either! Inflammation causes heart disease. The inflammatory fats and oils are those that are highly refined and too high in Omega-6 oils. A diet high in sugar is the culprit that causes inflammation, too. And, no, fats will not make you fat; Sugars and a high carb diet are what will make you fat.
What You'll Need
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 small avocado
1 cups spinach*
1 scoop protein powder (I used this brand)
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Optional: 1 Tbsp MCT or Brain Octane oil
4-5 ice cubes
What You'll Need To Know
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour, sip and enjoy.
* Do note that I boiled my spinach ahead of time.
Total Carbohydrate 21g / Dietary Fiber 13g / Net Carbs: 12g / Protein 21 g