I’ll never forget the day I quit binging on pastries at work; it was the day I started including healthy fats into my diet. Healthy fats, like the hemp seeds and almond butter in this smoothie, are great for your diet, because they help you to feel more satiated.
When I first started following a vegetarian lifestyle six years ago, the fat in my meals came from unhealthy sources: dairy, peanut butter, and refined oils-mostly from mayonnaise. Now I get my fats from avocados, healthier nut butters-like almond and cashew, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil and a huge variety of nuts and seeds. Including healthier fats in my meals or snacks has helped me to feel more satisfied after I eat, thus preventing me from binging on unhealthy foods.
When was the last time you’ve felt truly satisfied after a meal? Not the kind of satisfaction you’d get from finishing a veggie burger and all the fries that came with it, but feeling completely satiated without the bloat. Have you ever felt satisfied after eating without feeling bloated? Feeling satiated after a meal can help you eat less crap between meals.
Imagine eating a salad for lunch with avocado, sunflower seeds and a olive oil based dressing. Sound unhealthy? Those are actually good fats that will keep you full, thus helping you to avoid unnecessary snacking between meals. Now imagine eating a sandwich or bowl of pasta for lunch. How do you feel right after you eat that? Or even an hour after that? You’ll probably need that second cup of coffee in the afternoon, because your lunch was filled with too many carbohydrates and not enough good fat. It’d be easy to eat big bowl of pasta for lunch, but probably impossible to eat two avocados.
Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes, that I’ve made countless times, which include good fats:
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding– by Raw Vegan Not Gross
- Raw Chocolate Truffles– by Raw Vegan Not Gross
- Peanut Butter Cacao Fudge Bars– by Healthy Happy Life
- Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing–by Plant Powered Kitchen
- Lemon Avocado Toast with Basil Pesto– by Healthy Happy Life
- Spicy Thai Cabbage Salad with Cashew Dressing–by Markus Rothkranz
- Chocolate Chia Recovery Drink–by Minimalist Baker
- Banana Mango Avocado Green Smoothie– by Emilie Eats
Lastly, my recipe for The Fatty Pumpkin Smoothie.
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 4 frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 cup water
- Optional toppings- more almond butter, cinnamon, sprouted granola (link below), nuts, raisins, cacao nibs
- Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy as is, or add toppings of your choice. To make into a smoothie bowl, add more ice or frozen bananas for a thicker consistency.
I used some amazing Chia Ginger cereal as topping for this smoothie. It was pretty crunchy at first, but after soaking into the smoothie for a few minutes, it had the perfect texture. I can’t wait to try this cereal with some homemade almond milk and sliced banana. I found it at Whole Foods for $7.50, a little pricy for cereal, but totally worth it if you enjoy a crunchy topping on your smoothies like me! The brand is Living Intentions and I was unable to find it online any cheaper.
You can also make this recipe into a smoothie bowl by adding extra frozen bananas or ice, giving it an even thicker, spoonable consistency. I topped it with more almond butter, some of that amazing cereal and a pinch of cinnamon.