I’m writing this from the grave because clearly I have died from not having any wine in four days. Or brownies. You know, the things that make the world go ’round.
It’s not so bad really this time around – this whole 21 Day Sugar Detox thing. I was actually feeling really great for the first three days and figured it was because I was following the recommended allowances for “athletes” and having 1 serving of fruit (split into two throughout the day) and a 1/2 sweet potato. My energy was good, my WODs weren’t suffering. And then today happened. OH TODAY.
I hit a wall. With my face. Nay, my whole body. I had no gas in my tank, no fuel in my engine, no go in my go-go boots. So I did with anyone who works from home would do in that situation. I chugged a liter of water, ate a handful of almonds, and took a nap on my lunchbreak. Having a futon in your office has its perks.
It started out bad. It was my fault, really. I didn’t set the alarm. I woke up late which means I didn’t get to shower and check email and stuff before the kids woke up. Which means I was trying to get three of us out of the house in an hour. What I’m saying is that it wasn’t pretty. To make things worse, I had two back-to-back appointments this morning (I’m going to CUT THIS FOOT RIGHT OFF) and no time to cook for myself. I managed a few minutes to make my new go-to Whole 30 compliant smoothie that has been saving my ass when I need something fast.
The avocado gives this smoothie a very milkshake-like consistency and the banana adds a little sweetness without adding too much sugar. If you use Pure protein (just 100% grassfed whey and stevia) or another brand of plain whey, you can throw some of that in for some added protein. I tossed a handful of spinach in this morning too. You can use the base recipe and move from there.
The reality is this doesn’t look pretty when it’s finished. It’s a brownish green color and well, that’s just yucky. But it’s packed full of good fat, protein, and a little fruit so it works well as a meal replacement on the go. It’s heart healthy, too.
Recipe: Avocado Chocolate “Milkshake”
- 1/2 c. crushed ice
- 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 tsp. raw almond butter
- small handful of raw baby spinach (optional)
- 5-8 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- 1-2 c. unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- Place all items in blender or Magic Bullet.
- Use more or less almond milk (from 1-2 c.) depending on the consistency you prefer.
- Blend well.
Great in salads or used as as a spread instead of mayo, avocados are an excellent source of both fiber and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. One cup of pureed avocado has more than 15 grams of fiber — but also 368 calories and nearly 34 grams of fat, so don’t over-eat this little jewel.
TIP: You can substitute 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado for 1 tablespoon of butter when baking.
TIP: Add a slice of avocado in place of cheese on your favorite sandwich.
Bananas and Diabetes
Yes, diabetics can eat bananas. They’re an excellent source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Just remember that they do contain carbohydrates. All fruit has some carbohydrate, so make sure you count them in your diabetes meal plan.