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Avocado Pit in Green Smoothies
Joy for Life Retreat
Victoria and Valya Tour Canada
Claymation Funny Video Clip about Sergei


Avocado Pit in Green Smoothies

Avocado

Last summer at the Raw & Living Spirit Retreat, my friend Gabrielle Chavez introduced me to a green smoothie made with an avocado pit blended as a part of its recipe, Since then I have been experimenting with adding avocado seeds to my smoothies, and now I use them frequently. Here is some information that I gathered about the nutritional properties of avocado seed.

  • The total antioxidant capacity and phenolic content of edible portions and seeds of avocado, jackfruit, longan, mango and tamarind were studied. … The seeds showed a much higher antioxidant activity … than the edible portions. The contribution of all the fruit seed fractions to the total antioxidant activity … was always more than 70%. Source

  • “Avocado seed contains relatively low amounts of calcium and magnesium, somewhat higher amounts of phosphorus, and high amounts of potassium.” Source

  • The seed of the avocado contains tannins, and these make it bitter or "puckery" to the taste. And some of the tannins can be mildly toxic, though an individual would have to eat a lot to see any effects, unless that individual had a food allergy. Source
  • Dr. Tom Wu: When I eat the avocado I always eat the seed. It is packed with very good nutrients. It has the life force. It is a very high Qi food! It’s also the highest in soluble fiber. This soluble fiber binds to the fat and excess cholesterol. Then we can lower cholesterol and improve heart function naturally. We can improve the blood circulation by pulling out all the fatty deposits in our circulatory system with the soluble fiber of the avocado seed. Soluble fiber is very difficult to get in our diet. Oatmeal has some, but it cannot compare with the avocado seed. Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed.

Based on these and other facts, I concluded that adding avocado seed in small proportion can be beneficial for nutritional needs. Also I have noticed that it helps to make a consistency of some smoothies less frothy, as in case with green smoothie that contains apples, cucumbers, or pineapples. I like to add ½ half avocado seed per 32 oz of most of my green smoothies; then it doesn’t affect the taste of smoothie but makes it a little thicker and provides additional nutritional benefits. Here is a sample recipe.


Green Smoothie Sweet and Sour Delight


4 Fuji apples, sliced
2 medium lemons without peel
1 banana, peeled
1 bunch parsley
1 cup spinach
1 stalk celery
Small piece ginger
½ avocado seed

Yields: 32 oz




Joy for Life Retreat

Joy for Life Group Photo Dear friends,

Yesterday my family returned from the “Joy for Life” retreat. This event went amazingly well and we all had a hard time leaving the Stewart Mineral Springs. Many participants commented that this retreat was the best retreat they have ever been to in their lifetime. The combination of living on green smoothies for one week along with a “mental cleanse” achieved with the help of “The Work“ of Byron Katie allowed everyone to improve their health and to gain clarity and balance. Everyone looked at least 10 years younger by the end of the week. Most of our guests testified about their significant health improvements. For example: two diabetic women had their blood sugars normalized on the fourth and fifth days. They didn’t have to take anymore medication. Other improvements included: cleared rash, headaches disappeared, hypertension relieved, hemorrhoid bleeding ceased, depression lifted, and others. Everyone commented on feeling light, energetic, and joyful.

Joy for Life

We will definitely have more “Joy For Life” retreats in the future. We enjoyed working in a small, intimate group and that is why we decided to limit the group of participants to 40 people.

Many people have been asking us about Byron Katie and her “Work”. I would like to share with you her letter to all people during tough economic times. It contains Katie’s own words of wisdom and samples of exercises that she calls “The Work”. Read more...


Victoria and Valya Tour Canada

April 9th to May 3rd

Please view details of our tour of British Columbia and Calgary here: Tour Schedule


Claymation Funny Video Clip about Sergei

In the time when unemployment is on the rise, one has to become creative while applying for a job. This is how Sergei recently applied for a fun job in Australia Turn on your speakers and enjoy!

Video Clip

Video Clip

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