Tasty green smoothies that aren't too natural-sugar heavy can be a challenge ... well I cracked it!
Let's face it, green smoothies aren't Paleo - partly there's too high natural sugar in them and partly I'm not sure many of our paleolithic ancestors had access to a nutribullet and a power source ;-)
However, in our fast-paced world, we struggle to get all the right nutrients into us at the right time of the day, every day (well, i do!).
Green smoothies for me are a great way of upping my (Raw) green veg count for the day, I can get protein too if I'm adding chia seeds and fats from avocado or coconut oil.
So once of twice a week, I green smoothie (they can make an ideal meal-on-the-go option - yes, yes I know we should eat our meals at a table and be mindful but sometimes that just doesn't work). I don't have any other fruit on days when I have a green smoothie, to keep my natural sugar levels in check.
The hard part is keeping the natural sugar load down - so I've put together a smoothie with low glycaemic load fruits. Glycaemic load shows how much your blood sugar level will be raised by consuming a standard portion of (in this case) fruit. The higher your blood sugar level, the harder your body has to work to respond to it and break it down.
Nectarines are also the star of the show here while they are in season, grab em while you can!
|1 large nectarine, destoned|
|1 avocado, destoned|
|1 small orange, peeled|
|1/2 cup raspberries|
|1/2 cup strawberries|
|2 large handfuls spinach|
|2 tbsp chia seeds (soaked in a little water for 5 minutes first)|
|250ml water (to taste)|
Combine all ingredients in your blender and mix well - add as much or as little water as you like, to your desired consistency.
Don't forget to soak those chia seeds to make them easier to digest. If you don't have any, substitute flax seeds.
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