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This low-sugar smoothie with blueberries and coconut is perfect for anyone who’s trying to limit their sugar intake and it’ll save you a whole lot of carbs with these couple of secret ingredients…
About 6 months ago, I decided to eliminate as much sugar from my diet as I could. I stopped eating high-sugar granola bars, protein bars, fruit juice, flavored yogurts, I even stopped making smoothies (did you know that one banana has approximately 12 grams of sugar?)!
And let me tell you, to me, someone who would have a smoothie for breakfast every single morning and then one more after my workout, this was pretty tough…
Don’t get me wrong though, I didn’t eliminate ALL sugar from my diet – I still had the occasional handful of berries, just not every day.
Then one day, when I really wanted a smoothie, I thought ‘hey, why don’t you try adding vegetables instead of fruit‘ (I previously could never imagine a smoothie without a banana). And guess what? That was the best day of my life because I introduced smoothies back into my diet!
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating just a teensy tiny bit – but it was a pretty good day.
The key to this low-sugar smoothie with blueberries and coconut is the protein powder – that’s where you get most of the sweetness from. The vegetables are really there just for the consistency and vitamins – you can’t even taste them!
Trust me, I know what you’re thinking… ‘Vegetables? In a smoothie?! Nuh-uh! No way!’. That was totally me before I tried it too. But just give it a shot – you’ll save a whole lot of carbs!
Let me warn you though, it obviously won’t be as sweet as your regular smoothie with fruits, so don’t get your expectations over the top, but for a smoothie with just 4.5 grams of sugar – it tastes pretty amazing!
3 tbsp 15 g coconut shreds
1 cup almond milk
⅓ cup (35 g) frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen zucchini
½ cup frozen cauliflower
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Bodylogix Natural Grass-Fed Whey Protein)
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Add almond milk and coconut shreds and blend on high for about 30 sec;
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached (the longer you blend the thinner this smoothie will get);
- Pour into glass and top with coconut shreds.
For a thicker consistency add less almond milk or more veggies.
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