Making smoothies without fruit, and a recipe
As I’ve mentioned before I follow a very low carbohydrate diet. This means fruit is at a minimum… I do eat fruit, but not every day and I time it very specifically and eat in small amounts. Give me toasted coconut and nut butter over high sugar fruit any day.
This means fruit packed smoothies have gone out the window for me. Since I often have smoothies mid morning or as my first meal of the day (often around 11am), fruit is a big no no as I prefer to limit carbohydrates as much as possible until later in the day. I do this to set my body up for sustained fat burning energy and avoid blood sugar and insulin spikes. My main goal in the first part of the day is to have as little of an affect on my blood sugar (and therefore insulin) as possible.
After lots of experimentation and a few watery tasteless smoothies, I think I’ve finally nailed it. This is one of my go-to’s and just look how good it looks! It’s vegan too… recipe below.
- 1 zucchini, chopped and frozen
- 1/3 cup cauliflower, chopped and frozen
- 1 scoop vegan protein powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cubes frozen coconut cream
- 3–4 drops liquid stevia
- Almond milk to fill up blender
- My fave toppings: cacao nibs, raw cacao powder and coconut flakes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, add more water as necessary to blend.
- Pour into a bowl and top with cacao nibs, raw cacao powder and coconut flakes.
For more low-sugar smoothie recipes…