Healthy Food for Two: Fresh fruit and nut smoothies or pudding, a summer delicacy

by Ania Robertson

The consistency of this refreshing dessert depends on how much water you add to it. It can be a smoothie or pudding, depending on your mood.

The pudding texture comes from ground chia seeds, which have a noteworthy property in the warmer months: they deeply support the body’s hydration and promote vitality, endurance, sustainability and the establishment of immunity. According to Ayurveda, pure-in-nature, or sattvic, chia seeds create a natural warming effect within the body-mind, which supports a balanced metabolism. They are an excellent source of high-quality fiber that controls blood sugar and blood lipids. This superfood has been linked to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Avocado is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and various important nutrients. It contains more potassium than banana and numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol and also blood triglycerides.

Ayurveda claims that almonds are sattvic nuts that support immunity. They nourish, energize and balance the mind. About 10 almonds a day is the general recommendation. What more could you ask for in this splendor? Oh, mango, another immense supporter of good health.

Strawberry-Mango-Avocado-Almond Pudding

20 raw almonds soaked in water overnight and blanched

1/2 of a 1 lb. container of strawberries, no stems

2 champagne mangos, peeled without the pit

1/2 an avocado

2 Medjool dates

fresh juice from 1/2 orange

1.5 tablespoons of ground chia seeds. Set aside.

1 teaspoon raw local honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

dash of cinnamon

pinch of cardamom

filtered water if needed

Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth.

Add chia seed powder, mix and serve garnished with a strawberry.

Ania Robertson is a certified life coach with additional certification in Ayurveda and Feng Shui.