Strawberry Avocado Smoothie with Dates and Hemp Seeds

February 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

This smoothie is easy on the eyes but a nutritional powerhouse for the heart!


1 cup of GOOD Hemp milk
2 dates, soaked in water overnight in refrigerator
1/2 cup (100gm) fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 of an avocado
1 1/2 tablespoons (15gm) hemp hearts
1 tablespoon soaking liquid from dates
1 packet stevia, or to taste
a few ice cubes (optional, add if you’re using fresh strawberries and want a colder smoothie)


Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender and process until smooth.

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving
Calories 269.5
Total Fat 16.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 185.8 mg
Potassium 655.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 29.1 g
Dietary Fiber 8.2 g
Sugars 15.2 g
Protein 7.6 g

We’ve all heard that despite being high in fat, avocados contain the “good” kind of fat. True indeed, the fat content in avocados is primarily comprised of oleic acid and omega-3 containing alpha-linolenic acid, both of which support a healthy cardiovascular system. In addition, avocados provide plenty of B6 and folic acid, which regulate homocysteine levels, another component to heart health. Finally, comparison studies show that those who regularly consume avocados have a lower body mass index than those who don’t.

Blueberries might be the most cited heart-healthy berry, but don’t overlook the others! A healthy fiber intake is crucial to maintaining good cholesterol levels, and 100 grams of strawberries (the amount used in this recipe!) supplies 2 grams of fiber. Additionally, studies suggest that the pigments occurring in naturally red foods, like strawberries, tomatoes and red peppers, contain powerful antioxidants.

Dates provide much of the fiber and potassium in this smoothie. Studies suggest that consuming 400mg of potassium per day can reduce the risk of stroke by 40% (source). This smoothie provides more than that!

Hemp Hearts
Hemp hearts, also known as shelled hemp seeds, are considered by some to be nature’s ultimate power food. They are the only plant source known to contain all of the necessary amino acids and fatty acids in the most desirable ratio for human needs (source). They are also comprised of 40% fiber. Because of this and the optimal ratio of fatty acids, it is easy to see why these satisfying seeds have a powerful effect on lowering blood pressure and preventing heart disease.  (Try: GOOD Shelled Hemp Seeds)


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