Smoothies are a great way to pack in a large portion of your fruit and veggie servings quickly. They are especially helpful when it comes to hiding these foods in your picky eater’s diets! However, a cursory search of smoothies on Pinterest will show you that most are based around multiple fruits, which can add up in the sugar department pretty fast. If you are trying to cut down on sugar or have to avoid it due to a health concern, you need to check out some non-fruit smoothies! I personally have been on the hunt for these so I don’t experience a sugar crash and I have to say these all look delicious.
Here are 5 great non-fruit smoothies for when you want to reduce sugar.
Then head over to our 5 green smoothie recipes for beginners!
1. Fruit-Free Green Smoothie
Ok, I’ll admit that technically, this smoothie has fruit in it, because as we all know, the avocado is a fruit! You knew that, right? In addition to the avocado, this frosty treat also contains spinach, cucumber, parsley and a bit of lemon (yeah, 1 more fruit). It’s a smoothie that is detoxifying and alkalizing, and taste better than chomping on a bit of celery all morning!
Visit InSonnetsKitchen.com for the full recipe!
2. Cookie Dough Smoothie
Rest assured, this is still a healthy smoothie even with a name that involves Cookie Dough! You don’t have to sacrifice flavor, just because you aren’t including the sweet taste of fruit. The walnut butter gives the rich, cookie flavor that most of us can’t say no to. Add in some ground flaxseed, almond milk, spinach, vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon and this is going to taste more like a milkshake then a healthy smoothie.
Check out LindsayLivesWell.com for the recipe, and other ways to up your nutritional game.
3. Raw Green Smoothie
Get ready to embrace the green with this raw non-fruit smoothie. Packed with kale, spinach, cucumber and avocado, this smoothie is all about embracing the foods in their raw form. Add a little bit of lemon and coconut oil, and you’ll be packing your body with loads of Vitamin C and iron for the day.
Find 3 more healthy smoothie options at SheKnows.com.
4. Double Chocolate Avocado Paleo Green Smoothie
Avocado, carrots, and spinach- yep they’re all hiding in this chocolaty smoothie! A pinch of cayenne, some unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, almond butter and some almond milk (yep, this is no quick smoothie) really take this breakfast treat to the next level.
Check out the entire recipe at NatashaLH.com.
5. Sweet Potato Ginger Smoothie
When you still want that sweet taste, but want to forgo the fruit, try sweet potato! Place in blender with coconut milk, some cinnamon and ginger to get your digestive tract going and fit in some great veggie servings for the day. This is light enough to not make you feel overly full, but will help get you going in the morning.
Check out SparkleKitchen.com for the recipe, and 6 other ideas for fruitless smoothies.
Let us know in the comments below which of these non-fruit smoothies was your favorite!
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