Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant Rich
Avocados are healthy fat that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocados are also packed with nutrients that help curb inflammation, including phytosterols. Studies show that phytosterols may lead to lower levels of certain inflammation boosting proteins. Plant sterols can block cholesterol from getting into your bloodstream, which may help lower your cholesterol levels. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that cocoa which comes in the form of cacao powder can improve heart health, lower blood pressure and reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Cacao is high in magnesium and iron and also contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
Yes, dessert can be healthy for you, just swap out the ingredients:
- 1 avocado
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 TBS cacao powder
- 2 TBS honey or maple syrup, or 4 to 5 medjool dates
- 1 TSP vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt and cinnamon to enhance flavor
Combine ingredients in food processor or blender..(pit dates first) Blend for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. If you feel it is a bit dense you can add a small amount of water or coconut water to lighten it up. Put in fridge to set.
Optional : a sprinkling of chia seeds, sliced banana or slivered almonds for topping.