Let’s talk about smoothies. They’re a fantastic way to pack a bunch of produce into a single meal, but throw in a handful of mango, a cup of strawberries, and a banana and you’ve also turned your smoothie into a sugar bomb. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing! Fruit is still super healthy, especially if you go with low-sugar options and add some veggies in there. But if you’re doing a serious sugar detox, you may need to cut fruit out of your diet temporarily.
That doesn’t mean you have to skip those morning smoothies, though. These seven sippables range from sweet to savory, and they all have one thing in common: they’re no-fruit smoothies (with a tiny exception: some do have lemon). And if they call for maple syrup or another type of sweetener, feel free to leave that out.
7 No-Fruit Smoothie Recipes
Want to give them a try? Read on for the details and links to the recipes.
1. Detox Probiotic Smoothie
Not only will you reap the benefits of the helpful strains of bacteria and yeast for a gut health smoothie, but kefir also has plenty of calcium, protein and vitamin D. Cucumber is very hydrating and anti-inflammatory while cilantro is a great detoxifier. Similar to a lassi in consistency, you can sip on this smoothie between meals as a snack.
2. Healthy Cookie Dough Milkshake
This non-dairy milk and almond butter based smoothie tastes like dessert but there’s no added sugar to make you feel guilty in this Healthy Cookie Dough Milkshake from Liz Moody. You can even skip the maple syrup if want!
3. Immune Boost Smoothie
Fight off the winter crud with this easy smoothie that harnesses the immune-boosting power of red pepper (which contains beta carotene), kale, parsley, and ginger. You can leave the honey out or keep it in there for even more cold-fighting benefits—it’s especially helpful if you’ve got a cough or sore throat.
4. Sweet Potato Energy Shake
5. Ultimate Gut Health Smoothie
This green smoothie is not for the faint of heart. It’s packed with probiotics, greens and aloe vera juice, which works wonders on the digestive system. Cinnamon and vanilla sweeten it up a bit, but feel free to add a handful of berries if you just can’t handle it. If you regularly tolerate dairy, you can use unsweetened dairy yogurt.
6. Matcha Avocado Smoothie
Okay, we know that avocado is technically a fruit. But a large avocado only contains about 1 gram of sugar in the entire fruit so we’re giving it a pass. High in protein and healthy fats, this matcha avocado smoothie from Abra’s Kitchen is your new breakfast bestie! It’s rich and creamy, and has no hidden sugar.
7. Drinkable Salad Savory Green Smoothie
For when you’re serious serious about cutting sugar, there’s this Drinkable Salad Savory Green Smoothie from Kitchen Nostalgia. Similar to a chilled soup, it’s got a bit of a kick thanks to the addition of a jalapeño pepper.