SMOOTHIE TIME: FRUIT FREE GREEN SMOOTHIE
Sometimes I find if there is too much fruit in a smoothie my tummy doesn’t agree with it. Fruit has lots of sugar, fructose in fact. And once upon a time it was news to me that fructose isn’t any better than good old table sugar.
You see, fructose is the type of sugar that our bodies do not know how to say ‘NO MORE’ to. We have evolved over many, many years in response to environment, food, situations, lifestyle. Sugar, back in yonder day (we are talking cave-man time, people) wasn’t available in excess, but it was a necessary form of energy. Hard to come by – no supermarkets with aisles of fruit, berries and sugary snacks. So, when we did come by it we ate and ate and ate. And our smart little bodies decided it would be better to NOT use sugar immediately as energy but to store it as fat. Perfect for times during food shortage. Cold winter months with no game to kill and eat. You get the idea.
Back then I say smart move. Yay to our super bio-computer bodies! Today… we have sugar literally thrown at us, yet our bodies still process fructose in the exact same way. Fructose is found in agave, honey, standard sugar, certain veggies. It’s everywhere. Yes, we do need it, but not in the quantities we are getting it.
Fruit and fructose are not the enemy, but it certainly is something we need not gorge on. Me, I prefer to cut out all other added/refined sugars and enjoy my fruit, because it’s packed with energy, fibre and nutrients.
But, sometimes I get busy and I might have a few days of eating out. Even though I choose healthy cafes and options, there are still hidden sugars in alot of these meals (I died when I found out that About Life’s porridge is laden with agave) really start to irritate my gut. Sugar breeds yeast and other bacteria. Not just in me, but in all of us.
This is when my body literally asks me, “Please, I just want something fresh and green and sugar-free!” If only it was that clear, but it’s taken me years to understand the signs my body sends.
Now that I get it, I gladly respond with a sugar-free super green smoothie. Green, light, flexible energy packed with all the good stuff and minus the bacteria breeding baddies.
This is all you need:
- 2 handfuls of chopped silverbeet
- 1 celery stalk diced (or even 1/2 of a large one)
- 300 mls of coconut water – fresh baby coconut or one of the tetra pack kinds (This has some sugar, but not alot of fructose)
- 2 tbls of dehydrated (sugar-free!) coconut flakes
- 2 tbls cacao
- 1 heaped tsp of Spirulina
- 1 tbls chia seeds
- 1/2 lemon – remove rind and chop
Blend and enjoy. If you are lucky enough to own a Vitamix then you won’t need to chop or de-rind anything, chuck it all in. I’m not. Still waiting for the Vitamix fairy to leave me under my pillow.
This smoothie has a particular taste – I love it, it’s fresh, but it tastes “green” and not super sweet. Not for the faint-hearted. But you will feel amazing on it. Trust me. If you do struggle with the lack of sweetness add in some stevia.
Give it a shot. Play around with the recipe and see how you go with this super charged, super green smoothie.
Enjoy and saha to you.
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