When putting together a low-sugar smoothie, you need to get your sources from “naturally occurring sugars from antioxidant-rich fruits, like berries or raw cacao, which has minerals, fiber, flavonols, and polyphenols,” says Kelly LeVeque holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach. “I limit fruit to ¼ cup or 1 serving.” Focus on protein, fiber, and fat instead.
By limiting your shakes to one carb source, that also has a fair amount of fiber, you’ll keep blood sugar levels balanced.
This green smoothie recipe below—from LeVeque’s new book Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever—is a prime example of how to add the right amount of fruit.
Nutritional information (per serving):
- 10g fat
- 27g carbs
- 18g fiber
- 30g protein
Makes 1 (16oz) servings
- 1 serving organic pea protein
- ¼ avocado
- 1 Tbsp organic acacia fiber powder
- 2 cups chopped kale
- ½ green apple
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
How to make it