About three months ago I realized that I needed to start cutting back on sugar… sugar of all kinds. Yes, I know, an awful realization.
I was dealing with hypoglycemia and reactive hormone-imbalance, and therefore I decided that I had to make a change in regards to my diet. What that meant was an elimination of all sugars, including natural sugars such as honey, molasses, coconut sugar etc. and a cut back on fruit and even root vegetables. This was all well and good except my favorite morning green smoothies were loaded with tasty treats such as bananas, pineapple, watermelon, dates and pears, all things I would now have to eliminate.
So as all good health warriors would, I had to start racking my brain on how to alter my green smoothie recipe so it would remain my happy morning meal, full of nutrition, but still tasty. Now this was not an easy feat, because if you are in the habit of something sweet, your taste buds are going to put of a fight when they denied. The good news is that they WILL get used to the change, and by changing the flavor profile to a more savory and decadent one, you will feel even more satisfied than ever – remember, healthy fats do not make you fat.
The following is my new recipe for a low-sugar green smoothie, that is jammed packed with all the good-stuff and still tastes amazing. The avocado replaces the creamy texture brought by the typical banana, and the blueberries (a low-sugar fruit) in addition to the stevia and vanilla protein powder makes this smoothie just sweet enough. I also like to top my smoothies with nuts, seeds, bee pollen and coconut, because the process of having something crunchy to chew on helps to keep you satiated, and that’s a deal breaker when trying to stay slim.
I want to let you know that once you start eliminating sugar, weight loss happens pretty rapidly, and your cravings for sugar, carbohydrates and alcohol decline, all huge wins in my opinion. So take a leap of faith, and start your day right with this new smoothie recipe. This is the perfect breakfast replacement, and yes, it does in fact contain kale too!
Low-Sugar, Green Smoothie for Weight Loss
(gluten-free, raw, vegan)
1.5 cups Almond Milk (homemade is best)
1 cup Kale, lightly chopped
1/2 cup Blueberries, organic
1/2 Avocado, peeled and pitted
1 tbs. Hemp Seeds
1 tbs. Chia Seeds
1 tbs. Cacao Powder
2 tbs. Vanilla Protein Powder (organic whey or Sunwarrior Warrior Blend)
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3 drops Stevia
Optional Toppings: Coconut Flakes, Bee Pollen and Raw Almond Slices
Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until creamy. Top with coconut, pollen and almond slices.
To sweeten: add additional stevia