I guess that saying “you live and you learn” is very true. I’ve experienced it many times especially in the last couple of months. It seems like my world of nutrition has turned upside down. It just proves to me again that you can be very experienced in somethings and be mistaken or not fully informed at the same time.
I’ve been a huge proponent of daily smoothies and especially incorporating greens daily. We live in the age of Vitamix when people make efforts to improve their health by making daily green smoothies. For almost a year I’ve been making smoothies thinking I did my body good by adding kale and spinach, and other greens into them. Undeniably, it is good! However, you won’t reap the benefits of all the vitamins and minerals of fruits and veggies unless you add some fat into smoothies as a lot of the nutrients in those vegetables are fat-soluble.
This means that you can only absorb them by eating fat. “If you want to utilize more from your fruits and vegetables, you have to pair them correctly with fat-based dressings,” said Mario Ferruzzi, the study’s lead author and a Purdue associate professor of food science. Obviously, adding bacon wouldn’t be a good idea, not because the fat in bacon is not good for you, but because I don’t think it would taste good. Or maybe it is just your cup of tea! Simply add in a few tablespoons of coconut oil when you are blending everything together, or blend an avocado in which creates a smoother texture for your smoothies.
Additionally, avocados are full of vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fat which is good for your heart.