Hey guys! It’s Jules!
Today’s recipe was inspired by my sister who has a strong aversion to bananas, but for years has asked me for a deliciously creamy green smoothie sans fruit!
As a self-proclaimed fruit lover and full-blown banana addict myself, to say that I’ve been resistant to ditching fruit from my diet would be putting it lightly. After all, fruit is as natural as it comes. I have thrived on a high-fruit diet for months at a time (one of my many food experiments)! Plus fruit is a whole food that comes from the earth and has been known as one of the most healing foods we have on the planet. How could it be bad for us?
I’ve wrestled with this question for a long time and it is without a doubt a complex topic. In simple terms what I’ve come to realize is this – The modern day body has become overly acidic, inflamed, and toxic. Many people are walking around with blood sugar imbalances, candida, yeast and mold overgrowth. Our guts are all out of whack and the result is intense sugar cravings and sugar sensitivity (not sure if that’s you? Be sure to check out our Sugar Sensitivity quiz here). For these people sugar IS sugar IS sugar. And eating fruit (or any other natural sweeteners) will only add to the gas, bloating, constipation, brain fog, mood swings, exhaustion, and weight gain. And this is exactly why we developed our new Low Sugar Plan as part of our live support Cleanse (get info about our next cleanse here).
So, while I’m personally not swearing off fruit for good, I have been on a month-long sabbatical from all forms of sugar….apples, bananas, dates and all! And it’s been a real eye-opener to see all the ways in which I reach for something sweet (even if natural) over the dark leafy greens and more alkaline foods like cucumbers and celery.
I love fruit for the energy and great bowel movements that it gives me, but I’ve also loved taking a break from it. The bottom line is this – eat fruit in moderation, focus on low glycemic fruits, and if you feel like you can’t go without it, take a hiatus and see how you feel.
Are you ready to start blending? Today’s green smoothie is a delicious, low sugar, fruit free smoothie that is loaded with healthy fat and green veggies. I hope you love it and it helps you break free from your fruit addiction.
Are you confused about fruit? Be sure to leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
With fruit free love,
Fruit Free Green Smoothie
Yield: 1 Quart
- 1½ cups almond or hemp milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups spinach
- ½ avocado, peeled
- ½ cucumber
- 1 TB. nut butter (we used almond but sunbutter is delicious too)
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Handful of ice (optional)
Place the almond or hemp milk, water, spinach, avocado, cucumber, nut butter, cinnamon, and ice (optional) in a high speed blender. Blend until creamy.