Don’t throw away that avocado seed!

The Magic Bullet containing ingredients that I use to make power smoothies. (Picture source: Loretto Leary)

The Magic Bullet containing ingredients that I use to make power smoothies. (Picture source: Loretto Leary)

If you’ve been following along with my blog for the last few weeks you’ll know that I’ve started to eat more raw foods in smoothies that I make at home. I call them “Smoothies with Benefits!”

In an attempt to avoid wheat, and there are a lot of culprits to eliminate, I am using a blender called a Nutri Bullet by Magic Bullet which can blend fruit smoothies and mill seeds into a fine powder. It is small and compact. I brought mine on vacation with me to help keep me on track and avoid wheat as much as possible.

The end result may not look all that appealing, but there are fantastic health benefits to be had from drinking smoothies made from fruits and vegetables.

In addition to adding fruits and veg, I now add seeds, like flax seeds to aid peristalsis, the ability for the intestine to move food along and eliminate it from our bodies. With age peristalsis can become sluggish, but seeds like flax seeds and other high fiber foods like kale help peristalsis function in the body.

Maybe not so lovely to look at, but it tastes great and is good for you. (Image source: Loretto Leary)

Maybe not so lovely to look at, but it tastes great and is good for you. (Image source: Loretto Leary)

Kale has become my new super food, and I add it to my smoothie every day. Along with that I add a large heaped teaspoon of ground up avocado seed. If you’ve been throwing those avocado seeds away, stop it right now!

There are huge health benefits to adding these ground up seeds to smoothies and they also make a fantastic smoothing skin scrub!So listen up! Save those avocado seeds and make as much use of them as possible.

Here’s what I do to prepare the avocado see for milling. When you slice the avocado in two, insert the tip of a knife into the seed, give it a gentle twist, and the seed should now easily lift out.

 

Avocado Seed (Image source: Healthy Eating SFGate.com)

Avocado Seed (Image source: Healthy Eating SFGate.com)

Wash it in cold water to remove any pulp, dry it off, and then store it in an air tight container to let it dry for a week or so. In a powerful blender you will be able to grind the seed up into a powder.

The powder will be an orangey- brown color. You can then store the powder in the fridge, adding a teaspoon at a time to your smoothie for added health benefits.

The avocado seeds are antimicrobial, which means they prevent the growth of fungi, antioxidant, which means that it counteracts the damage against cells and tissue by free radicals and oxidation. The seed may also benefit those who have high cholesterol.

Ground up avocado seed (Image source: Untouchmyhair.com)

Ground up avocado seed (Image source: Untouchmyhair.com)

The ground up seed tastes a little bitter and “woodsy.” That’s the best I can do to help you with how it tastes! So mix it with fruit to camouflage the flavor if you find it too much to handle.

Flax seed can also leave your breath tasting heavy and dank. To counteract this add a good handful of parsley to your smoothies when using flax seeds.

Stay tuned for more smoothie hints to better living!

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4 thoughts on “Don’t throw away that avocado seed!

  1. Hmm…will have to try the avocado seeds. I use some avocado–1/4 to 1/2 in my drinks since I am not a huge fan of bananas. Have you tried chia seeds? Those work well for the same reasons flax does.

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