Good morning! I’m sure many of you appreciate a good green smoothie, so today I’m sharing my favorite recipe that is my go-to standard blend I’ve made since college. The reason I love this one is because it’s low in SUGAR. It also has a low glycemic index so it keeps you satisfied for more than 10 minutes and doesn’t cause a spike and crash of your energy levels. I’m a big fan of natural sugars and don’t have an ish with fruits and starchy veggies. But, I do have an ish with green smoothies gone candy. The problem with a lot of green smoothie recipes out there is they go a little far with the sugar, size, and complexity. The point of a green smoothie is to make a few not so easy to eat ingredients like raw leafy greens and superfoods easy to digest and taste delish. The smoothies with 18 ingredients and tons of ice might as well be slow moving asphalt in your tummy because your body has to sort it all out to assimilate it and cold foods and beverages really slow digestion down. I have a green smoothie recipe book and lots of them call for things like 2 bananas, ½ a mango, 3 dates, a drizzle of raw honey, nut butter, coconut meat, chlorella, spirulina, maca, acai, turmeric, ginger, flax oil, kale, rice protein, and raw vanilla bean – in the same smoothie. That’s just too much and it’s not necessary to have 3 of the sweetest fruits and honey in there. While that is an extreme example, the point is, keep it simple and keep in mind that your body still has to digest whatever you put in the blender, so choose ingredients you’d sit down and eat together as a meal if you were chewing. The following is my favorite GS for that reason and so many more:
LOW SUGAR/LOW GLYCEMIC GREEN SMOOTHIE
– 1 small handful raspberries
– ½ small tart green apple
– 1 large handful spinach
– ½ cup full fat organic coconut milk
– 1 tablespoon chia seed
– 1 tablespoon flax seed
– ½ tablespoon almond butter
– juice of ½ lemon
– vanilla liquid stevia, to taste (optional)
– water, to desired consistency
Throw it all in the blender and whir away! I do not add ice to mine and enjoy it just cool from the ingredients from the fridge. If you must, go ahead and add a few cubes if that floats your boat, but remember, the colder the smoothie, the more brick-like it will be in your stomach.
A great part about this smoothie is its inclusion of healthy fats from the coconut milk, almond butter, chia, and flax. When you add fat to a meal, it lowers the glycemic index because fat takes longer than sugar and starches to break down. For example, f you eat a piece of bread, you ALWAYS want to put some avocado, butter, or nut butter on it to give it some staying power and avoid the blood sugar crash and burn. The same thing goes for baked potatoes, bagels, or pasta.
Try this smoothie and let me know what you think! What’s your favorite low sugar smoothie blend?