Are you trying to make a low sugar green smoothie for breakfast this morning? Green smoothies are a great addition to any diet. But sometimes you have to be careful about going overboard with the sugar—one smoothie can easily have all your sugar and fruit needs for the day. Check out these seven ingredients you can use to make a low sugar green smoothie that tastes great and is great for you!
1. Green Apples
Green applies are one of the best fruits to use for a low sugar green smoothie. They have much less sugar than red apples, but they’ll still add a sweet edge to your drink. Simply chop a green apple up into medium sized chunks and add it to your smoothie in the morning instead of high sugar fruits like bananas and grapes. Depending on the kind of blender you have, chop the apples smaller so they’ll break down and combine well with your other smoothie ingredients.
2. Lemons and Limes
Lemons, limes, and other low sugar citrus fruits are great in low sugar green smoothies. Lemons can help bring out the sweetness in your smoothie. They also have a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the body that can promote weight loss, digestion, and a bunch of other things that are good for your health. I add half of a fresh lemon to my smoothie every day—it’s been one of the best additions I’ve made to my daily smoothie routine!
We all know that sugar is not good for us and that artificial sweeteners are just as bad (if not worse). Thankfully, stevia and stevia products are a great alternative for those who want something sweet that’s also healthy. Stevia comes from the stevia plant, meaning it’s a much more natural alternative to sugar. It’s also safe for diabetics. Obviously don’t go overboard with stevia, but a sprinkling of stevia powder will certainly help get you over your sugar addiction.
4. Romaine Lettuce and Spinach
When making low sugar green smoothies, I’ve noticed greens like kale, Swiss chard, and especially dandelion greens can be especially bitter and not the most pleasant-tasting. If you’re new to green smoothies, I recommend starting off with mild flavors like spinach and romaine lettuce, gradually adding more bitter greens until you get used to them.
5. Chia Seeds
Sometimes low sugar green smoothies lack the body and thickness of a smoothie made with frozen mangoes or bananas (both of which are high sugar). Instead, try adding a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds that you’ve soaked in a little water the night before. Chia seeds not only make your smoothie thicker and more palatable, they also help with digestion, constipation, and aid in the removal of toxins.
6. Ice Cubes
In the warmer months, there’s nothing more refreshing than a chilled or even frozen smoothie to start the day. Adding ice cubes to your smoothie can make it more palatable and easier to drink. This way you won’t miss the sugar as much.
After green apples and lemons/limes, berries have some of lowest sugar levels in the fruit world. Adding fresh or frozen berries to your smoothie is another smart strategy instead of using fruits that rank high on the glycemic index.
This isn’t to say that all sweet and sugary fruits are bad! But for some people, a lower sugar green smoothie is what works best for them. What are some of your favorite things to include in a low sugar green smoothie?