The Sweet November Smoothie is all about getting fat adapted and teaching your body how to burn fat for energy. It’s the perfect fuel for those cold and wet autumn days, when it’s raining outside. You know … autumn. Just blend and enjoy!
It’s early November, it’s not very cold outside and the sun still shines a bit. We are fortunate to live in Romania right now, where the autumn days are not all that gray. In fact, this autumn we had more sunny days compared to previous years and it was so beautiful to take long walks in the city.
The days are shorter and shorter now and everybody’s thinking ahead at winter. I’m preparing my smoothie while looking through the big kitchen window, thinking that autumn is not so bad after all. I’m looking ahead to winter and all the opportunities and the wonderful moments that come with it. The white snow, shorter days, that revitalizing cold, the cozy mood. For me, autumn and winter are the seasons of homemade smoothies, long walks and hot coffee served with coconut milk or full-fat cream (more on this later).
Low in carbs. High in healthy fats.
What started as an experiment a few weeks ago, became a daily habit for me. I literally can’t start my day without one of these homemade smoothies and today is no exception.
Today’s smoothie is all about getting fat adapted and teaching your body how to burn fat for energy. By making sure that your daily smoothie contains at least 2 sources of healthy fats and by keeping the fructose (sugar) content to a minimum, you teach your body how to burn fat for energy.
When I say keeping the sugar to a minimum, I’m talking about using only about 1-2 sweet fruits for the entire smoothie batch. No refined sugar or any other sweetener of any kind is added (not even coconut sugar)! That’s one apple and one pear, or maybe one small mango and one banana, or two bananas. Avocado doesn’t count since the avocado has more healthy fats while being very low on carbs.
Wanna know the good news? Yes, there’s a good news! Since berries are very low in carb (fructose), they won’t raise your blood sugar so you can use as many as you like. This is also true for veggies since veggies are also low in carbs and, whatever carbs they might have are going to be used as energy for digestion anyway.
Going back to healthy fats and using fat for energy, I decided to use 3 different sources of healthy fats for this smoothie. That’s avocado, extra virgin coconut oil and a few cashew nuts. It’s safe to say that we’re in for a creamy smoothie.
Burning fat for energy
As I’m starting to add my ingredients into the blender, I’m thinking that today I’m making another step towards health. You see, I truly believe that smoothies are one of the best and easiest ways to include many different nutrients into your diet; things like enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and quality proteins, are very easy to eat/drink in smoothies. Even the carbs in smoothies are healthy and, as I’ve explained above, it’s very easy to stay in the low-carb fat-burning zone, if you’re not using too many sugary fruits.
I believe that, in order to be healthy, our goal should be to teach our body how to burn fat for energy. Why? Here are a few reasons why our bodies love healthy fats and burning fat for energy:
- healthy fats are a great source of energy for the brain
- they help us absorb vitamins and minerals
- they are the foundation of hormones
- they increase satiety, helping you eat less and keeping hunger away for longer periods
- burning fat for energy means your cells are burning a “cleaner fuel” (no free radicals when burning fat)
- you won’t get those 5 o’clock energy binges or mood swings – instead, you’ll have steady energy all day long
- it’s going to be easier to fast for longer periods – I can easily go without food for 12-14 hours
- healthy fats promote better skin, hair or nails
- healthy fats help lower blood glucose since your body will rely more on fat for energy
Of course, all these benefits don’t happen overnight and the key to making them happen is consistency and habit. But the important thing to keep in mind is that you now know all of this info, you have the solution to unlocking your body’s potential and natural health. From now on there’s only a matter of making it happen and one smoothie a day will take you closer to achieving your health goals.
Dessert, surprise, love.
My smoothie is ready now and I’m taking the first sip. I don’t know what to expect because these days every smoothie seems to turn out different and wonderful. It seems this one turned out quite thick and creamy, perfectly sweet (I used a few dates) and with a light cacao taste. I also shared it with my wife and she absolutely loved it, which can only make me so happy. Now we’re both ready to start our day but not after we spend a few minutes remembering all the ingredients and quantities. This recipe is a keeper and, if you’re reading this post, it means it has already made it into the blog.
Need more reasons to make this smoothie? It was:
Red to dark pink
Loaded with veggies
Low in carbs
Wanna know my secret for making smoothies? Follow the natural ingredients, do it yourself, do it with love and don’t be afraid to experiment. Plants are wonderful, nature is wonderful, we just need to remember this every day.
If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, share a picture, or maybe tag a photo #refreshmyhealth on Instagram. Enjoy your smoothie!
What’s your favorite kind of smoothie? Share below!
Smoothie Sweet November
- 1 medium avocado (seeded and skin removed)
- 1 golden apple (seeded)
- 3 tbsp frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop whey protein powder (or pea protein)
- 1 stick celery (chopped)
- 1 slice fennel (chopped)
- 2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 3 dried dates (chopped small)
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- pinch of vanilla powder
- 400-500 ml water
- decorate with raw cashew nuts and dried dates (optional)
- Add everything into the blender, add water and blend until you reach a creamy consistency.
- Pour in glasses and decorate with dried dates, raw cashew nuts or both. You can always decorate with anything you want, these are just my suggestions 🙂
- Serve fresh or store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
- Color: red to dark pink
- Taste: perfectly sweet, light cacao taste
- Texture: creamy and thick