What better way to start your day than a smoothie made with plant-based healthy fats, lots of fresh veggies and only a few fruits? This combo adds vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients to your smoothie, keeping the sugar level in the healthy range. Meet you new Almond Milk Spicy Smoothie!
Too much fruit is not ok
Smoothies are great but the problem is that most of them are prepared using too many fruits and only a few veggies, if any. Contrary to what most people think, the fructose found in all these fruits is not great for health, unless used for recovery. Simply put, sugar (or fructose if it comes from fruit) will lead to blood sugar spikes that are simply hard to manage by your system, especially if this becomes a habit.
In the long run, excess fructose can lead to obesity, stress, inflammation, gut health problems, liver damage, metabolic dysfunctions, weight gain, cognitive diseases and so on. Bottom line, too much sugar is not healthy for anyone and smoothies shouldn’t be used as an excuse to drink “sugar bombs”.
Elements of a healthy smoothie
Are you looking for a simple formula to make a low-carb smoothie packed with healthy nutrients? Want to get vitamins, minerals and fiber without the excess sugar? Consider using these simple rules and you’ll easily be making healthier smoothies:
- Healthy Fats – Make a habit of adding as many healthy fats as possible – avocado, coconut oil, nut milk.
- Minimum Fructose – Always keep sugar/fructose level to a minimum, using max 2-3 fruits overall. Good news is that you can use as many berries as you like, they don’t come with that much sugar.
- Protein – Keep protein at a decent level, based on your activity level, but not too much or you’ll risk stressing your liver and kidneys.
- Love Veggies – The real trick is to make sure you use 10 different veggies if you can (yes! 10 different veggies).
- Health Benefits – Using this formula you’ll get plenty of healthy fats, quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, enzymes and fiber, all the nutrients that you really need.
Check-out my recipe below and you’ll discover a low-carb smoothie that’s very creamy and pleasant to drink. It works great in the morning, after a long fast; but since it’s packed with plenty of healthy fats and protein, it can also work great as a meal replacement or a snack in-between meals.
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Marcel over. Enjoy your new smoothie!
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Almond Milk Spicy Smoothie
- 100 ml almond milk (homemade, or cashew milk)
- 2 medium avocado (skin and seed removed)
- 1 bok choy (chopped big)
- 1 golden apple (chopped big)
- 1 mandarin (skin removed)
- 1/2 cucumber fabio (sliced)
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 fennel (chopped small)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
- fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 500-600 ml water
- Add all the ingredients into your blender.
- Add the almond milk and the water. If you decide to add more almond milk, make sure to use less water overall.
- Blend on medium to high speed until you reach the desired texture.
- That’s it! Serve fresh or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- Color: pale green to yellow (more yellow)
- Texture: very pleasant to drink, it’s quite thick and perfect for drinking on an empty stomach after a long fast.
- Taste: a bit spicy and otherwise neutral plant-based taste