By: Esther Vasa
AVOCADO is a fruit that comes packed with a mine of health benefits. Helps in fighting inflammation, rich in antioxidants, prevents or fights cancer by providing oxidative stress on cancer cells, good for eyes due to the presence of lutein, helps lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease through its high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids, B6 and folic acid. If this is not sufficient, the buttery texture of the fruit and its taste are simply superb.
HEMP SEEDS are an incredible vegan source of biologically available and easily digested protein. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids.
3 tbsp of Hemp Seeds = 11 grams of protein!!!
Hemp seeds contain a healthy anti-inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fat. Hemp seeds contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is a direct building block of good anti-inflammatory hormones. Hemp seeds may be the only edible food source of GLA. While it’s true your body can convert the typical food version of unprocessed omega-6 called linoleic acid (LA) into the “useable” GLA form your body needs, the conversion process can be thwarted by many internal and external factors. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, infections, and even stress can reduce your body’s ability to convert dietary LA into GLA. This is a bad deal because GLA is very important for achieving optimal health. But simply by incorporating hemp seeds into your diet on a regular basis you can be sure of getting a healthy dose of GLA.
SESAME SEEDS are a very good source of manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. Sesame seeds contain two unique substances called sesamin and sesamolin that belong to the group of beneficial fibers called lignans. Lignans help in lowering cholesterol, preventing high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies. Sesamin especially protects the liver from oxidative damage.
COCONUT MEAT contains a large amount of medium chain fatty acids. Remember that meat based saturated fats are long chain fatty acids but coconut meat has medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are broken down much faster than long chain fatty acids, so they do not contribute to high cholesterol as long chain fatty acids do. In fact, studies show that the fat in coconut may possibly help to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. Despite these possible benefits, if you have high cholesterol or heart disease, you should check with your doctor before consuming coconut meat.
|Avocado Hemp Sesame Ice Cream|
Frozen Bananas - 2 (cut into chunks)
Frozen Avocado - 1 (cut into pieces)
Hemp Seeds - 1 tbsp
Sesame Seeds - 1 tbsp
Coconut Powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Water - 1/4th cup
Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
In a power blender like Vitamix, add water, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, coconut powder, avocado and frozen bananas in that order and blend with tamper in place until smooth. Scoop out the ice cream and top it off with the toppings listed or any of your favorite toppings. Bee pollen's multi-colors make it look like sprinkles but with a whole pack of nutrients. Try and use all organic ingredients, if you can.