Blueberry-Avocado Nice Cream
Happy to see that it’s blueberry season, and they are everywhere at half the price I usually pay. When I buy berries and bananas, they go right in the freezer. I wash the berries off first and remove any stems. I wait until the bananas are ripe and the skins are brownish, peel and chop them in thirds, then I place them in big freezer bags. This is how I make my nice cream smoothie bowls, just throwing some of the frozen ingredients in the blender with a fresh peach or pear, orange, avocado, etc. It’s that easy, almost, except for coming up with just the right combination.
In case you haven’t seen my other nice cream posts, nice cream is an ice cream that is made from just frozen chopped bananas thrown in the blender or food processor and nothing else. They churn and mash up then start whipping, becoming a creamy thick texture. I make nice cream a lot and love to combine it with the right ingredients and lend ideas. It’s a treat that you can really look forward too.
Blueberries are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. They contain phenols, resveratrol, proanthocyanidin, gallic acid, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin k and c, manganese, and fiber. If you’re wondering what those first five things I mentioned are then let me give you a simple run down of what they can do; anti-cancer, great for skin health, weight management, boosts brain function and memory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, heart healthy, and good for digestion. These little berries pack so much power, are cell protective, low on the glycemic index, and taste so good. There are so many variations in how you can prepare them.
Avocados are a unique fruit, high in fat rather than carbohydrates and sugar. They are nutrient dense containing high amounts of potassium (more than a banana), folate, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, K, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. The monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid) in avocados promote heart health, have no cholesterol, prevent cancer, maintain weight, balance appetite, and reduce inflammation. Avocados are especially great for fighting breast and ovarian cancer thanks to their oleic acid. They are also more resistant to oxidation by heat so it is ok to use this oil in cooking without destroying the all the benefits. Include this superfood in your diet when you can. You won’t regret it.
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