Avocados are one of my favorite foods. Not only are they incredibly versatile and work well in a variety of sweet and savory keto dishes, but they also have incredible health benefits. Avocados are a wonderfully immune-supportive food.
Avocados are high in fiber (9 grams in a single avocado!) that supports the microbiome. More than 70% of the immune system is in the digestive system, so anything we do for digestive health also supports immunity. This is one reason that my avocado-rich High Fiber Keto diet is so immune protective. A fun way to enjoy avocados in daily life is with a keto avocado smoothie. A typical smoothie is high in sugar, carbs and very sweet. Popular smoothie spots will combine cups of fruit with juice, which is something that my system definitely cannot handle.
The blood sugar spike and crash would be sure to leave me feeling hungry, irritable and ready for a nap! Not to mention that spike in blood sugar can decrease the immune system’s ability to respond to viral exposure for several hours. Instead, I recommend fat-based smoothies. An avocado adds an important fat to a smoothie that can be combined with MCTs, nut milk, coconut and seeds.
For protein, I love grass-fed collagen powder in smoothies. Add some extra veggies or berries and you have yourself a winner, sure to hold you until your next meal and give your immune system some love.
Here are some of my favorite smoothie avocado recipes, keto style:
- Berries and Cream Keto Smoothie – This is such a favorite because it combines high fiber favorites such as cucumber, blackberries, prebiotics and avocado!
- Clean and Green Smoothie – This green smoothie packs in the greens, hemp seeds, lemon and turmeric, along with avocado, for a delicious creamy option.
- Collagen Double Chocolate Shake – This recipe doesn’t list avocado, but I often add it for even more good fat and satiation power! Did I mention how well avocado and chocolate go together?