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10 low sugar smoothie recipes

Smoothies! We all love the foamy texture, ease of preparation, and the on-the-go attributes of smoothies. Sometimes though they can contain too much extra sugar. Adding fruit to smoothies makes them yummy and fresh. Prediabetics and diabetics must be wary of fruits that have high sugar levels. People on low carbohydrate diets must watch for excessive sugars, too. Either way, low sugar smoothies are doable and just as nutritious.

Fruits are loaded with phytonutrients, complex carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. They are a powerhouse of fuel. Fruits low in sugar include blackberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papayas, strawberries, guava, and cantaloupe. Other great low sugar ingredients include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, and cabbage), leafy greens, tomatoes and radishes.

Enjoy these recipes with vanilla or unflavored almond milk versus cow’s milk. Almond milk has that wonderful almond taste as well as a myriad of nutrients. If you like your smoothies less dense add spring water or coconut water.

Here are 10 smoothies that will tantalize your tastebuds.

1. Strawberry Sensation

A berry blend loaded with antioxidants! Juice until smooth.

Pour over crushed iced for a refreshing flavor burst!

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Stevia to taste

2. Green Giant

A blend of healthy, low sugar green goodness and berries that deliver. Juice until smooth.

  • 1 handful spinach leaves
  • ½ avocado
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ½ tsp flaxseeds

3. Papaya Power

Nothing but lusciousness. Juice until blended. Serve chilled.

  • 1 handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 papaya
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup walnuts

4. Vitamin C Smoothie

Citrus is known for sunshine and nutrient value; a good source of vitamin C, fiber, collagen, niacin, and potassium. Blend until smooth.

  • ½ cup fresh grapefruit
  • 8 ounces vanilla flavored almond milk
  • ½ cup green grapes
  • 1 medium orange
  • Splash of lemon juice

5. Raspberry Revival

The best time for raspberries is when they are in season, but the frozen variety packs the same nutrients and low sugar attributes. Blend until smooth.

  • ½ cup grapefruit
  • 8 ounces vanilla flavored almond milk
  • ¾ cup raspberries
  • Stevia to taste

6. Cacao Smoothie

Decadent chocolate. Yum. Cacao is a great antioxidant. Blend until smooth.

  • ½ Tbsp raw cacao
  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate flavored almond milk
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • Stevia to taste

7. April Showers Smoothie

The fresh ingredients in smoothies can help to prevent dry skin. April Showers Smoothie is a delicious blend of berries. Blend until smooth.

  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut water  
  • ¼ cup walnuts

8. Breakfast Tomato Smoothie

Spirulina is a great source of energy and makes a great start to your day. Combined with tomatoes and greens, this smoothie will keep you going until lunch. Blend until smooth.

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 handful kale
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • Stevia to taste

9. Low Sugar Fruit Smoothie

Always a favorite, fruit smoothies are a hit with every family member. Blend until smooth.

  • ¼ cup red grapes
  • ¼ cup cantaloupe
  • 8 ounces vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup strawberries

10. Sunshine smoothie

Blend these ingredients to create a smoothie that will quickly become a favorite.

  • ½ cup raw broccoli
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium tangelo
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Stevia to taste

Avoid high sugar smoothie additives such as fruit juices and dried fruit. Fresh greens and nuts are always a great choice. Choose organic, pesticide-free varieties of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Green tea and flavored teas can be added to smoothies to create a unique flavor blend. Experiment with the flavors you love and come up with your own low sugar smoothie favorite!

 

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