Avocado Smoothie

Turn Your Avocado into a Smoothie

In a jujitsu match, an MMA fight or a karate competition, you need strength and endurance to compete as well as the nutrition to supply that energy. The avocado will help you sustain your punching, kicking or grappling power. You may not be a fan of raw avocado, however, you can drink it, and, it taste like a vanilla.


Potassium

Fighters produce incredible amounts of sweat and a lot of potassium is lost through sweating. This essential electrolyte maintains the body's blood pressure and regulates muscular contractions and nerve impulses to maintain speed and power. Therefore, it is one of the most important to be replaced. The RDA of potassium is 3.7- 4.2 grams a day.

  • 100 grams of avocado is .351g of potassium.
  • The total smoothie has 1.2g of potassium.

Healthy Fat

Healthy Fats

chopra.brightspotcdn.com

You will need energy to perform many static moves, multiple takedowns or various explosive kicks and punches. Out of 100 grams of avocado:

  • 10.1g is monounsaturated fat
  • 2g are polyunsaturated
  • 2g is saturated
The RDA for saturated fat is about 20 grams per day. Saturated fat is only harmful when you consume too much. It actually protects the respiratory, immune, and nervous system, so, don't neglect it.

An important note, because of the high grams of fat in avocado, it is excellent source to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins: A, B, D, E, and K. These vitamins need fats to be absorbed into cells.

Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Avocado has numerous antioxidants that act as a natural anti-inflammatory for the immune system, muscles, joints and diseases like arthritis and Alzheimer's.

Omega-3 and 6

Omega 3 and 6 are important for a fighter because they help reduce inflammation in muscles, joints, the respiratory and cardiovascular system. They are also essential to develop the nervous system and the brain to enhance nerve potentiation. Furthermore, they also counteract heart disease by increasing HDL's.

The avocado is actually lower in Omega-3 than 6. However, you can boost Omega 3 benefits by adding chia seeds. Chia has the best proportion of Omega 3 to 6 per tablespoon. You can add other seeds like flaxseeds that have more grams of Omega 3 per tablespoon. However, balancing the two Omegas, in a 1:1 ratio at 3g is how they work efficiently and most effectively.

Omega 6 seems to have given itself a bad name. Omega 6 is more widely consumed and is bad because it is treated with heat that denaturalizes them in refined oils, processed foods, and margarines. People consume about 10-15 times more of the bad rather than the good Omega 6. On the other hand, you get the good Omega-6, as well as Omega 3, from seeds, fruits, and plants that are not denaturalized nor radicalized.

Omega 3 and 6 basically have many of the same health enhancing factors. They are important regulators to produce anti-inflammatory responses. However, Omega 3 has slightly more benefits like EPA and DHA not found in Omega 6.

Avocado has .17g of Omega-3 and 1.7g of Omega-6 in 100 grams.

2 Tbsp of chia seeds has 2.1g of Omega 3 and .7 of Omega 6.

Adding chia will balance the ratio to almost 1:1, boosting Omega 3 to 2.3g and Omega-6 to 2.4g. The ratio should be 3:3 per day.

Fiber

McGregor Weigh In

combatpress.com

Fiber reduces inflammation and controls blood sugar from spiking. It decreases the risk of other diseases like heart disease and cancer. About 20-25% of the avocado is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is beneficial for a martial artist because it slows digestion to feel full longer and less tired. Great for weigh-ins!

  • Avocado has 5.6 grams of fiber in 100g.
  • Chia seeds have 4g of fiber per tablespoon

Smoothie Process

  • Use 100g of avocado. I use the Florida grown.
  • Add 2-3 cups of regular milk or a soymilk, both taste good but it is your choice. You can add more or less milk. It is up to you. I use 2 cups of 1% milk because it has .834g of potassium (Many kinds of milk are higher or lower potassium).
  • Add sugar for taste. I use 2-3 tablespoons but you have to add the amount according to your taste. Using a sweetened soymilk, like vanilla, you may add less sugar.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional).
  • Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.
  • Blend.

The smoothie is excellent for after a match, practice, or training drink.

Enjoy!

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Executioners From Shaolin
Executioners From Shaolin / Lau Kar-leung

Dr. Craig’s Martial Arts Movie Lounge

In Part I, I covered the following films from 1970-1976 in order of the years the films came out: Brothers Five; The Avenger; Fist of Fury; Black Tavern; Chinese Iron Man; Defensive Power of Aikido; Fists of Vengeance; The Gallant;Pacific Connection; and The Tongfather. The last 10 films are presented in a similar fashion.
Keep Reading Show less
Bruce Lee’s “10,000 Kicks” Challenge – Complete 10,000 Kicks in 10 Days

2021 Update!

The Power of the Martial Spirit = Master Yourself so You Can Be of Service to the World.
For millions of Americans, hungry kids are their reality. Not enough money to buy groceries. Not enough food to last until the next paycheck.

Black Belt Magazine, The Bruce Lee Foundation, and Sifu Harinder Singh are calling all Martial Artists and School Owners to come together to Kick Off the New Year and unite to Kick Hunger Away. Let’s make #10000KICKS go viral.

Keep Reading Show less
Liam Harrison
Few countries can claim to be truly ‘great’ at Muay Thai. France historically has been the best country outside of Thailand when it comes to Muay Thai – but this is probably due to fighters like Rafi Bohic who live and train on a camp in Thailand – the same way that boxers from Thailand do, as opposed to an inherently superior training system.
Keep Reading Show less