Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies

Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies

Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies.. 

Smoothie smoothie smoothie time!

I’ve been getting tons of questions on

1- do these cauliflower + zucchini based smoothies actually taste good ..?

2- why I like them so damn thick…

and 3- why I use cauliflower + zucchini as a base

First of all…

I’m gonna be so honest with this next statement.

I will not eat something if it taste bad unless I am recipe testing and whatever mixtures I combined don’t come out as planned.. in that case, trust me babes you won’t ever actually see the recipe.

I am not gonna sit here and promote something that I won’t look forward to enjoying…

I mean I might not the biggest fan of wheatgrass shots, but I will have them..

 I’m the girl who literally wakes up because of breakfast and continues on throughout the day because I am thinking about food so much…

My constant debate in the mornings is which route to take, the thick eat with a spoon smoothie or the fried buttery egg one. I have two loves in this world eggs and smoothie okay truth be told there might be more on that list.. like umm…. avocado. fat balls. any nut butter, matcha, oh man chocolate, wait what were we discussing.

Gonna have to go back and read, totally got distracted thinking about food..

Okay so I remember I used literally make my smoothies with like 5 bananas. I would buy the large boxes of bananas at whole foods and felt like I was such a boss.

Umm until I realized that too much of anything isn’t good and even though bananas are high in potassium and so much more, they are also really high in natural sugars and with the combo of my PCOS and manic depressive disorder it helps to spread out my sugar and carb intake to not upset my mood and hormones which go hand in hand.

I was a little taken a back when the cauli + zucchini based smoothies hit the wellness scene, cause just like you I was little iffy.

I remember talking to a friend and honestly being like, dude I don’t know about cauliflower based smoothies and she just laughed because it was literally popping into 80% of our conversations. She literally told me, make it and go from there.

TRUST ME… I am a convert and LOVE LOVE them.

I get a lot of questions and really wanted to outline it for you all, if you have any questions, babes feel free to either comment on IG or below or even email me. It literally makes my day hehehe.

VEGGIES AKA DA BASE 

+ Cauliflower: I’ve been using cauliflower in my smoothies for a little over 10 months. I think, yeah.. pretty sure. I like to purchase the organic fresh cauliflower in either Whole Foods, Sprouts or my local Co-op. I normally hit the supermarket on Friday’s cause most people are going out and it’s pretty empty so I get to roam from aisle to aisle which I LOVE. I also meal prep on Saturdays. I normally go on a hike on Saturday morning so it makes sense to me. I steam mine prior to freezing. So I take a large pot that also has a steamer and let that go. I cut the cauliflower into small bite size florets and steam away. I steam mine until they are tender, seven to eight minutes. Why steam them? I found that I digest cauliflower easier when it is steamed. I store mine in glass containers in the freezer. I personally don’t think you can taste it, it just adds this creamy, luxurious consistency without any added sugar. I started off with 1/2 cup and half a banana and have worked my way up to 1 -1.5 cup and sometimes half a banana. It depends on my mood, what else I’m adding and so on.

+ Zucchini: I also love adding frozen zucchini into the mix. I buy organic zucchini and wash it of course and then slice it up, steam it and then freeze them in a cookie sheet and then when they are hard I add them into these baggies that I LOVE cause they are reusable and no plastic. COOL. COOL.

+ Sweet potato, white sweet potato or purple: I actually started adding roasted then frozen sweet potato to my smoothies cause I saw that Bethany from lilsipper did and I love all of her recipes. Not only do they add a beautiful hue depending on the color you use but they are full of healthy fiber, carbs and make them super filling + creamy. I roast them and then freeze them and transfer to a glass container.

FRUITS

+ Blueberries/ Raspberries/ Blackberries/ Strawberries : I love using berries because they are a low glycemic fruit and taste amazing. Plus they have so many health benefits. I either buy organic frozen berries from Costco cause I go through such a large amount or if they happen to be on sale I’ll freeze them myself.

+Papaya: While papaya is a little high in natural sugars, it helps so much with your digestion and gut lining that I make an exception with this creamy, tropical fruit I actually grew up on. While before I would make a smoothie with papaya and bananas, now I use cauliflower and 1/4 of the amount of papaya + some avocado. I buy papaya and then peel it, cut it up in cubes and freeze then transfer to a glass container.

 FATS ON FATS

Adding healthy fats into your smoothie is so important because one they make them more filling and two healthy fats should honestly be part of your regular meal consumption. I love using things like nut butters, coconut milk, coconut butter, avocado and more. I try to switch up the ones I use just because it can get repetitive and honestly switching up the healthy fats you use really can make a HUGE difference in flavor and with your body.

+ Coconut Butter: My favorite coconut butter brand is for sure is  Pearl Butter cause of the gorgeous color and how effing good they are for you. PLUS the ingredients are way clean.  Oh and the fact that they add adaptogens to their butters is a biggie on my book. I also really like Eating Evolved’s toasted coconut butter, I use the unsweetened kind. SO yum. I buy Dastony coconut butter and use it a lot when I want a more neutral flavor. I like that it is raw and organic.

+ Avocado: I know avocado is technically a fruit, BUT it adds so much healthy fats and also this creaminess that I personally LOVEEEE. I cut up my avocado and freeze it in a cookie sheet and then transfer it to a silicon baggie.

+ Sunflower Seed Butter: Sunflower seed butter is the perfect way to add creaminess, some healthy fats and also keeping things nut free which is great at times.

 + Dastony Raw Butters: I love using their sesame seed butter, cashew butter and also their almond butter. They are stone ground raw and organic.

PROTEIN

I used to use protein powders but earlier this year realized that is messes with my digestion system and causes bloat.  I now stick to using either hemp seeds and/ or collagen peptides and gelatin.

+Collagen Peptides : I only use Vital Protein when it comes to collagen. I’ve used other brand and honestly feel like my body notices a difference PLUS it’s brand that I trust  A LOT. I use their marine collagen and their grass fed collagen. I’m digging the new flavors that they are coming out with, their vanilla is a staple in my pantry. I am also addicted to their mixed berry one.

+Grass Fed Gelatin: Again when it comes to gelatin I have tried a bunch and have stuck to Vital Protein for about a year and half now. I love adding gelatin and the collagen not just for the protein boost but also because it adds this fluffiness to the smoothie that I love.

SUPER SUPER SUPERFOODS 

When I first started making smoothies I was overwhelmed and also in love with all the super foods out there. I would add a crazy amount of superfoods into my smoothies and with time have realized that it is better to stick to a couple then try to dump my entire pantry in my smoothies. I stick to 1-2 tops.

+hemp seeds: I am a huge advocate for hemp seeds. Not only are they a great plant based protein but they are also a natural anti inflammatory. They are high in magnesium, vitamin D, E B2, B6 and more.  Hemp seeds are a great stress reliever, remember that magnesiums is the chill pill of the natural supplement world. I’m sure this needs an entire post dedicated to it and I probably will work on one soon… I either make hemp milk and use that as my liquid of choice or add it to my smoothies.

+bee pollen: As someone who gets seasonal allegories, adding local bee pollen has been game changing! Not only that but they are such a great aid in giving you a immunity boost. Say bye to colds ..! I either add them to my smoothie or top my bowls with them.

+cacao nibs: are high in magnesiums and the health benefits of magnesium are endless. PLUS they add a great chocolate flavor. They will boost your mood also. Such a great little addition to your smoothies. I either like to top my smoothies with it or add it into the base.

+chia seeds : Not only are they going to thicken your smoothies but they will also add a bunch of health benefits. Another great high omega-3 superfood. PS- they contain more omega-3 than salmon, so it’s a great plant based substitution.

+flax seeds: I love that flaxseeds they are full of omega -3 which are a crucial part of balancing my mood disorder naturally with food. Again also high in magnesium. YES please.

+brain octane: I started using brain octane because it would give me a boost of energy without the jittery feeling that caffeine can give me. Also research shows that brain octane can help people who suffer from seizures. There is a link between anti seizures medication and mood disorders. A lot of the anti seizure medication is also used for mood disorder patients. OH and it is essentially coconut oil.

MY MAGIC POTIONS

I’ve been using adaptogens for a couple years now and they have been such a strong base to keeping my mood disorder and hormonal imbalance in check naturally. I love how they help steer my mood in the right direction. I wrote a whole post why I love them so much. Here’s the thing it, I only use 2-3 in a a recipe. If you use too much of them your body will be overwhelmed and nothing will happen. Also remember that it’s a journey, not an overnight thing.

I love using either mixes like the ones I get from moondeli or on their own.

Bliss Booster 

Energy Tonic 

Ashwagandha 

Chaga 

Cordyceps 

I shared the links of where I get mine from, you can totally get them also from Mountain Rose Herbs, I buy a lot of things in bulk there, so much better for your wallet.

Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies

I poured this one in bowl and topped it with fresh raspberries and half a crumbled fat ball and half of a fat ball. You can get my recipe for fat balls here.

MY GO TO BLUEBERRY CAULI SMOOTHIE

+ 1 cup of coconut milk

+ 1/2 – 1 cup of water

+ 1 cup of frozen cauliflower

+ 1 cup of frozen blueberries

+ a pinch of salt

+ 2 scoops of collagen peptides

+ 1 T of ground flaxseeds

+ 1 tsp of cordyceps (optional)

Add all ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until completely smooth. You can top it with super foods, granola, coconut flakes, fresh berries if you like. Enjoy!

Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies

GOOD FOR YOUR GUT GREEN SMOOTHIE

 + 1 cup of coconut milk

+ 1/2 – 1 cup of water

+1/4 of an avocado

+1/2 cup of fresh spinach

+1/2 cup of fresh mint

+ 1.5 cups of frozen cauliflower

+ 1/2 cup of frozen papaya

+ 1 T of lime juice + zest

+2 T of chia seeds

+ 2 scoops of collagen peptides

+ 1/2 scoop of grass fed gelatin

Add all ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until completely smooth. You can top it with super foods, granola, coconut flakes, fresh berries if you like. Enjoy!

Low Sugar Smoothies 101 + My Favorite Smoothies

MOOD BOOSTING CACAO SMOOTHIE 

+2 cups of homemade hemp milk

+1/4 of an avocado

+ 2 T of chia seeds

+ 1.5 cups of frozen cauliflower

+1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

+ 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

+ 2 T of cacao nibs

+ 2 T of raw cacao powder

+ 2 scoops of collagen peptides

1/2 tsp of Bliss Booster (optional)

Add all ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until completely smooth. You can top it with super foods, granola, coconut flakes, fresh berries if you like. Enjoy!

Andrea Broom

Hi! I'm Andrea. A girl who loves her chocolate as much as her greens.

16 Comments
  1. I am going to have to try one of these. I am definitely considering cutting back my sugar intake and this is a great way to start.

  2. I never would have thought to use cauliflower in a smoothie or zucchini. I just bought a blender so I have been looking for recipes and I will definitely try this. I love thick and creamy smoothies and cauliflower might be what I was missing!

  3. I love zuchinni and never have considered putting it into a smoothie! I’ll definitely have to try it. I love smoothies and it’s such a great way to get healthy foods in your daily diet.

    1. You totally need to try it Debbie! They make them crazy creamy and add no added sugar. PLUS they don’t add any flavor so mix well with whatever you want.

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