I have a few friends that are really into smoothies. Like they would invite you to grab a smoothie over coffee. I know, crazy!
Unfortunately for me, I have a banana and avocado allergy, which pretty much makes smoothie consumption impossible. There just aren’t that many choices that don’t contain one or both of these elusive fruits. I mean–how is it that every freaking smoothie out there has avocado or banana or both?!
The two are actually linked allergy-wise. Both contain similar proteins. Apparently, it’s pretty common to have a banana and/or avocado allergy, but I’ve yet to meet another person in my circle of friends or my city, that shares my struggle.
If you’re not sure if you’re allergic to avocados or bananas, here are some signs to look out for:
- When you eat bananas or avocados you get a nasty headache–that’s how it all started for me when I was about 19. This type of allergy can often develop later in life.
- When you consume either avocado or banana, it feels like aliens are fighting in your stomach. The worst!
- You vomit … everywhere. Double worst.
- And the scariest … you go into anaphylaxis. Your throat starts to close. You get hives or experience itchiness on your hands and face. Your cheeks turn red or purple.
I’ve experienced all of these signs of allergic reaction. It’s really important to be careful and recognize the signs of an allergic reaction. My first symptoms were headaches from eating bananas at breakfast in college. More recently, when I turned 40, I ate deviled eggs made with avocado oil and went into anaphylaxis–I had to save my own life, which was less than awesome. It seems like a lot of restaurants are using avocado oil to prepare food, so beware! I’ve seen many posts on Instagram and in blogs that talk about how to beat an avocado or banana allergy–please be careful! My personal experience with this allergy is that it has progressively gotten worse, not better with age.
But back to smoothie eating … in my attempt to eat more healthy, fresh foods, I decided to be more consistent with eating breakfast. I own two boutique fitness studios and my life is really active keeping up with my employees, my business, and my family. I’m not usually hungry when I wake up and by the time I am hungry later in the morning, it’s almost lunch, so I wait to eat then. Not the best way to start the day!
So, I thought … I need a breakfast that’s easy to prepare and portable. And, of course, it has to taste amazing. Thus … smoothies!
What’s a busy #girlboss to do? Make a plan and work that plan! I researched cookbooks and websites for easy breakfast ideas and tasty smoothies. I was so excited to find the Simply Real Health Cookbook, written by Sarah Adler. Check out her website www.simplyrealhealth.com and love, love her Instagram @simplyrealhealth
With all the great smoothie recipes in my Simply Real Health Cookbook, I wanted to give breakfast its due—plus running out the door with a smoothie I could consume as I went about my morning seemed like a good breakfast comprise. There was just one problem … EVERY SMOOTHIE RECIPE HAD AVOCADO AND BANANA. Dammit.
So, how to substitute banana and avocado? Well, I realized if the recipe called for ½ cup banana and ½ cup avocado, I could substitute cashews (1 cup) and blend with all the other ingredients for the same consistency and taste. And the best part is, I’m not substituting something processed or full of sugar. Victory!
Pro tip: If you use a high-speed blender like Vitamix, you don’t need to soak the cashews overnight. Just blend until all ingredients are smooth and flowing freely. If your blender isn’t super-powerful–get a Vitamix! Or, you could soak the cashews overnight in a bowl of filtered water. Totally fine, but you do have to be on the ball and plan ahead the night before.
I love that Sarah Adler, recommends changing your smoothie at least seasonally so you can use the freshest ingredients and not get bored with your healthy morning routine.
Good advice. I try to change mine each week–I get enough ingredients for 1 week at a time, which makes for efficient grocery shopping, but I’m still switching it up so I don’t get into that dreaded breakfast rut.
So there you go, enjoy your smoothie even if you can’t eat bananas or avocados! You will no longer be left behind at breakfast.
Check out more of my tried and true smoothie recipes free of avocado and banana. I’ve also learned how to make avocado-less guacamole (faux guac). I call it fuacamole! Yes, it is amazing and will change your avocado and banana-free life. #forreal
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