I am always looking for ways to help my muscles recover more easily. In addition to supplementation, I get asked what foods will help promote these results. Recently, many of my patients have also expressed concern about hair growth, nail strength and dry skin. Avocados can help with all of this, and that’s why they’re so popular in the wellness world!
These beautiful and creamy fruits are packed with folate and vitamins B5, B6, K and E, which all help support the healthy growth of hair, skin, and nails. In addition, avocados are loaded with good fats and omega 3’s, both of which help reduce inflammation in the body.
I always recommend avocados for daily smoothies, especially post workout, as they are a good source of electrolytes with their high doses of potassium, magnesium and calcium. This makes them a great alternative to popular, sugary sports drinks and other fruits. Just adding a quarter to a third of an avocado can make your daily smoothie deliciously creamy and green, without all the extra sugar.
To give my patients and readers inspiration, here is the recipe for one of my top post workout smoothies:
Supergreen Superfood Smoothie
- 1 packet of Be Well Sustain Protein powder
- 1 cup almond milk (or non-dairy non-soy milk)
- 1 Tablespoon Be Well MCT Oil
- 1 kiwi
- ½ cup spinach
- ½ cup kale
- ¼ avocado
- ⅓ Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons spirulina
- Be Well L-Glutamine (You can use the powder of 2 capsules.)
- ½ – 1 packet of Stevia, if you prefer your smoothie on the sweeter side
For those of you who have not yet ventured into the world of smoothies, try my savory guacamole! It’s a great addition to most meals and a satiating, healthy snack! Just grab a big bowl and mix together the ingredients listed below, one at a time, and enjoy!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 small ripe vine tomato, finely cubed
- ⅓ jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (You can add more, depending how spicy you like it.)
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 5 sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped
- Sea salt to taste
For more about this superfood, read this post Get to Know the Avocado by Dr. Lipman.