Wait...what? Yep, you read it right.
Backup real quick- why potassium? Maintaining a proper sodium to potassium ratio is key for cell health as well as maintaining fluid and PH balance within the body. A healthy ratio of potassium to sodium intake is about 5:1, but most Americans are consuming an excess of sodium and not near enough potassium, creating a ratio something like 1:20!! Getting some extra potassium in the diet will help improve heart health, reduce fatigue, relieve muscle aches/soreness, reduce water retention/bloating, and is especially beneficial for those who exercise and sweat often.
Bananas seem to be the obvious source of K, but did you know that 1 avocado has almost 4 x the amount of a banana? Tomatoes, peaches, chicken, lima beans, and apricots are also great sources.
So, given what you now know about potassium you can either start poppin' the K supplements, or indulge in some creamy, chocolate, potassium ice cream. The decision should be an easy one.
Potassium Ice Cream
Makes 2 Servings
Freeze time: 1 hour
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1/2 avocado
- 4 tsp cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Honey or other sweetener to taste (optional, I think the sweetness of the banana is enough)
Remove both the bananas and avo from their peels and cut into pieces. Put both in freezer until frozen. Once you've got frozen bananas and avos, it's so easy from there. Put them in a blender or food processor with the other ingredients and blend until you have a nice smooth consistency.
This recipe is absolutely scrumptious, but I'm already fantasizing about other possible variations (coconut, pumpkin, peanut butter chocolate- please throw out your ideas in the comments!
Enjoy, knowing that you're doing a GOOD thing for your body with this one!