Are you up for trying something new?
I can’t wait to share this smoothie with you! It’s very different from my usual smoothie recipes in that it’s not sweet.
Now before we go on, let me just call out the elephant in the room here. A non-sweet smoothie? What are you thinking, Hallie? Yuck!
Well don’t slam on the brakes just yet, because I have good reason for sharing this new—albeit a little unusual—smoothie with you. I’ve been giving non-sweet smoothies I try for about 2 weeks now. They contain virtually zero sugar, so there’s very little increase in blood sugar levels when this is gulped down. As delicious as they are, I’ve found that fruit smoothies can contribute to bloating and digestive distress for many people—including myself. Taking the sweet fruit out of the equation and instead focusing on lots of healthy fats is a key step in eliminating smoothie-related blood sugar spikes, bloating, and the I’m-hungry-1-hour-later problem.
This Low Glycemic Green Smoothie has a very low glycemic load (meaning that you’ll be energized without spiking your blood sugar to the roof), and packs in some nutrient density at the same time.
Let’s take a look at our ingredients, and then I’ll get to the part about how I’m adjusting to “non-sweetness.” :)
- Avocado: This is an essential ingredient for this smoothie! It makes it creamy, a little extra rich, and very palatable despite the lack of sweetness.
- Cucumber: While technically a fruit, cucumbers contain zero sugar while offering great moisture and subtle refreshing flavor for this smoothie.
- Almond butter: We’re getting protein, fat, and flavor from our trusty almond butter here, but feel free to swap in sunflower seed butter or coconut butter for a different flavor that’s still rich and satisfying.
- Hemp seeds: These all-stars boost our protein content just a bit more, so we say satisfied longer with this beverage in our bellies.
- Spinach: You know I love my greens! Any lovely leafy will work here. Spinach is my go-to.
- Cinnamon and ginger: While both are anti-inflammatory, ginger in particular is a great choice for soothing the gut and alleviating tummy troubles. Cinnamon is very balancing for blood sugar and also tastes naturally sweet.
Now, about the non-sweetness factor. Upon first sip, you’ll likely be thinking, “Hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about this.” I say this from experience, because I completely felt that way when I first started drinking these. But now that I’ve been enjoying them almost daily for about 2 weeks, I’m completely hooked! My taste buds have grown to love the creaminess and the all the energizing nutrients this drink supplies.
My absolute favorite thing about drinking these non-sweet smoothies is that I truly believe they’ve changed my palate. I wake up CRAVING my smoothie, and not because I’m craving a sugar boost. My body has truly grown to crave the greens, the avocado, the cucumber, the spices…the entire thing has just won my heart.
So if you can get through the initial phase of adjusting to the lack of sweetness and instead appreciate the creaminess, the metabolic stability you’re get from the healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory powers of the spices, you’ll be loving them in no time!
Did you know that the average American consumes 150+ pounds of sugar per year? I’m not joking.
We’ve got a serious sugar addiction problem! And unfortunately there’s no easy way to cut the sugar out beyond doing just that—cutting the sugar out. Breakfast is a great place to start, because when you think about it, most breakfast staples in kitchens across American are starchy and sugary fake foods like cereal, pastries, baked goods, and convenience shakes made from a bunch of junk.
Start your day with a smoothie like this one and you’ll be well on your way to a day of balanced blood sugar.
A few notes before you get blending:
- Change is uncomfortable. If you’re used to sweet smoothies made with bananas, mangoes, dates, yogurt, and other sweet ingredients, this one will likely come as a shock to your taste buds. I promise it won’t taste bad, just different! Embrace the change and give your palate time to adapt.
- If you must sweeten up your smoothie a bit, I recommend adding some pure liquid stevia (4-5 drops should do it), or a very small amount of honey or maple syrup (1-2 teaspoons). Gradually you can back off of the sweetener until your taste buds adjust.
- This recipe is a starting point. If you drink this and find yourself hungry within 1-2 hours, then add more avocado, almond butter, or hemp seeds. The recipe as I’ve written it generally keeps me satisfied until lunch, but you’re not me. So bump up the ingredient quantities if needed to meet the needs of your own unique body.
I’d love to know what you think of the smoothie if you give it a try. Cheers to embracing something new! :)
- 1 (4-inch) chunk of cucumber (I prefer to peel mine)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- ¼ - ½ ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or coconut butter
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 (1/2 to 1-inch) chunk fresh ginger root (peeled)
- ½ - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup spinach or other greens
- ⅔ cup water or unsweetened almond or hemp milk (more if needed)
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender in the order listed. (I use a Vita Mix.) Blend on high until creamy and smooth. (Add more water/milk if needed to reach the desired thickness.)
- Enjoy immediately.
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