As the New Year just begun, I know a lot of people are doing sugar-free cleanses to reset themselves after a holiday full of overindulgence on sugary foods. I know some people are allowed to have the “good” kind of sugar from fruit, however, some of you will avoid fruit, even its just for a couple days.
Green smoothies always tend to have some kind of fruit, to make them taste good. Cleanse or no cleanse, food should taste good because if it doesn’t you are less likely to stick to eating healthy and go back to eating garbage. I created this smoothie quite some time ago for myself when I was experiencing a candida overgrowth. To spare you the details, I was experiencing fatigue, digestive issues, skin issues and severe sugar cravings. Candida feeds and grows off sugar so I had to cut sugar (including fruit) out for a few weeks.
For those of you who know me, know that I drink a smoothie at least 5 times a week for breakfast. I realized that even my extra green smoothies had at least a little bit of fruit in them. I mean, who wants blended spinach water? So through many trials and gagging, I finally found a recipe that was good. I drank this recipe when I gave up sugar for a few weeks and ended up curing my candida overgrowth that I had for almost TWO years.
This smoothie is creamy, refreshing and filling. It contains coconut milk and avocados, which have extremely low levels of natural sugar, however, since they are both high in healthy fats they actually help lower blood sugar levels.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (ensure its unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/2 avocado
- 3 sprigs of mint leaves (or 30 leaves)
- 2 cups spinach
- pinch of vanilla bean powder* (optional)
- 12 ice cubes**
What to do:
- place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
*vanilla bean powder is completely optional. I have made this smoothie plenty of times without it and its still a delicious creamy mint smoothie. The vanilla powder makes it taste a bit more dessert-like and really brings together the coconut and mint flavours. I recommend only using vanilla bean powder not vanilla extract because the extract is usually in some type of base i.e. alcohol or glycerin and neither of those taste good in a raw smoothie.
**ice really helps to create the perfect texture in this smoothie so its important not to skip this ingredient. Green smoothies also taste better when they’re cold.