Who doesn’t love a green smoothie? Smoothies and juicing have exploded on the health food scene ever since Dr. Oz peddled his own recipe for a green smoothie. But are these smoothies really that good for you? Make sure you load up on your greens and keep your fruits in check.
According to Everyday Paleo, “Fruit is not inherently bad, there are just some things you need to know. Fructose, a primary sugar in fruit, is not quite as user-friendly in the human body as glucose. It is easily stored as fat and can be problematic for the liver.”
Fructose, a primary sugar in fruit, is not quite as user-friendly in the human body as glucose.
So, fruit isn’t bad for your, but eating too much fruit can be detrimental to your weight loss goal. That being said, here are some of the best fruits to use in smoothies because of their low sugar content: lemon, lime, rhubarb, raspberries, and blackberries. Low to medium sugar content includes: blueberries, cantaloupes, casaba melon, watermelon, nectarines, papayas, peaches, and strawberries. High sugar fruits include: oranges, kiwis, pears, pineapples, and plums.
Try to stick with the first two categories when juicing and smoothie-ing and you’ll be good to go. Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes – not too sweet and tasty as ever. Read on!
Gather your ingredients: spinach or kale, coconut water, unsweetened coconut/almond/coconut-almond milk, ice, and pineapple.
Add the ingredients to your blender and switch on. ::whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr::
Pour in a large glass, top with a straw, and enjoy!
You can replace the fruit with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a lower sugar option. Not sweet enough? Add a scoop of vanilla protein for an extra yummy treat. Enjoy!
Paleo-Friendly Meals: Green Smoothie 2
Total Time: 5 minutes
Per Serving 188 calories
Fat 12 g
Carbs 19 g
Protein 6 g
- 1 cup spinach or kale leaves
- 1 cup pineapple (or fruit of your choice)
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut/almond/coconut-almond milk
- Protein powder (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, and serve with a straw! Enjoy!