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5 Low Sugar Smoothies that Taste Amazing

Smoothies are a great way to get some fruit into your diet without having to eat an entire piece of fruit. They're also a really easy way to make sure you're getting enough protein, because protein is found in almost every type
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5 Low Sugar Smoothies that Taste Amazing

5 Low Sugar Smoothies that Taste Amazing

Are you ready for some healthy low sugar smoothies (that still taste amazing)? Sugar can easily creep up in smoothie recipes, but today we’re keeping it in check with low sugar smoothie recipes and some sneaky vegetables.

Lisa Bryan standing next to a Vitamix blender with different colored smoothies.

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Now that we’re in the thick of summer I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for smoothie recipes. But particularly for low sugar smoothies.

As you might imagine, many smoothie recipes are loaded with natural sugar from the fruits contained within the smoothie. Now, to be clear, I’m not against natural sugar from fruit. But when it comes to smoothies it’s really easy to over-indulge.

So what smoothies can you enjoy on regular rotation? The ones I’m sharing below! They’re still fruity (but not overly so) and have 15 grams of sugar or less per serving. Bonus: you can sneak in some extra veggies. I’ll show you how.

Are Smoothies High In Sugar?

A smoothie may sound like an ideal healthy snack, but it might be hiding more sugar than you think (like my favorite mango smoothie). Toss in some juice, maybe a drizzle of honey, banana slices, and before you know it, you’ve consumed 50+ grams of sugar!

But, this doesn’t mean you can’t create smoothies that will satisfy your sweet tooth while having lots of nutrients, protein, and fiber. With the right combination of specific fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy your smoothie without having to worry about your sugar intake.

Consuming Sugar in Moderation

I think we’re all aware that excessive sugar isn’t the best for your body, but as long as you consume it in moderation, you’ll be just fine. I’ll admit, I love fruit and include quite a bit of it into my weekly meals, but the key is understanding which fruits have higher or lower sugar content. Here is a quick breakdown:

Which Fruits Have High Sugar?

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate
  • Cherries
  • Grapes

Which Fruits Are Low In Sugar?

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Lemons
  • Avocado

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Lisa Bryan drinking a variety of smoothies

Ways To Add More Vegetables To Your Smoothies

Now that we’ve established to minimize certain fruits in smoothies, it’s time to bring in the power of greens! Yes, you can load your smoothie with tons of nutrients without ruining the taste.

Tip on adding vegetables: two vegetables that are a great substitute for adding heft to your smoothie are blanched and frozen zucchini and frozen cauliflower. Blend these into your mix and you have the perfect replacement for your typical banana.

Now, here are a few vegetables options to add:

  • Avocado has the highest protein of any fruit and adds an unmatched creaminess to any smoothie.
  • Cucumber provides a light and fresh taste while providing a lot of water to stay hydrated.
  • Carrots are great for boosting your immune system and add a natural sweetness and color to your smoothie.
  • Leafy Greens are a great source of fiber, protein and antioxidants.
  • Beets can be used to sweeten an all veggie smoothie and boost energy levels.
  • Zucchini is high in fiber and water content to keep you full and is virtually tasteless in a smoothie.
  • Cauliflower is filled with Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and adds non-sugar creaminess.

Ways To Add Protein To Your Smoothies

If you’re looking to boost the protein in your low sugar smoothies, here are a few suggestions on ways to do it:

  • Nut Butter adds protein and healthy fats with just a single tablespoon.
  • Greek Yogurt is a great way to add a creamy, tangy texture.
  • Nuts and Seeds provide extra fiber and protein per tablespoon.
  • Protein Powder such as whey or plant-based is an easy way to include protein in the mix.
  • Collagen Powder boost your protein and supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.

5 Low Sugar Smoothie Recipes

Finding the right balance of flavor between lots of vegetables and minimal fruits can seem hard, but I’ve tested out for you a few of my favorite smoothie recipes that are veggie filled and keep sugar levels at a minimum. Watch the video below!

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This is a tropical fruit delight of creamy coconut milk, fresh pineapple, and a hint of ginger. Add any of the protein options mentioned above (I added Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Whey Protein) for a boost.

Pineapple coconut smoothie

Blackberry Cream Smoothie

A luscious blackberry smoothie mixed with greek yogurt and a sprinkle of hemp seeds. Plus, it’s packed with protein and a few sneaky cauliflower florets.

Blackberry Cream smoothie

Orange Carrot Smoothie

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This blend of almond milk, orange, carrot and vanilla bean is like a creamsicle in a cup! But don’t look past the fact that it’s loaded with protein from cauliflower and a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

Orange carrot smoothie

Cucumber Kiwi Smoothie

A creamy yet refreshing smoothie loaded with fiber and protein. The mix of spinach, avocado, cucumber, kiwi, cauliflower, and almond butter makes for the ultimate green drink!

Cucumber kiwi smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

A Downshiftology classic recipe made from a rich blend of mixed berries, spinach, chia seeds and avocado. Ditch the banana for zucchini and you’ve got yourself a delicious low sugar smoothie recipe.

Berry spinach smoothie

5 low sugar smoothies in glasses.

Remember that I have separate recipes for homemade almond milk, cashew milk and almond butter if you’d like to make your own. Happy smoothie-making!

Thanks to Vitamix for partnering on today’s video!

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