A fruitless green smoothie, you ask? But why? Isn’t fruit supposed to be good for you? For healthy people, yes it is. But for some of us with weakened immune systems fruit can be just as harmful as sugar, especially when it’s blended or juiced (I promise! Even science says so). For many, fruit juice can cause their blood sugar to skyrocket and then crash, leading to overeating and weight gain. Believe me, I speak from experience. When I had Candida, not only did fruit make my blood sugar crash, but it also fed the Candida overgrowth in my body, making me worse. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, tired, moody or hungry after drinking a smoothie with fruit in it, let me suggest the Fruitless Green Smoothie.
After I was diagnosed with Candida, I was told to drink green smoothies because they were easy to digest. The problem was all the recipes I could find had fruit in them. Luckily, necessity is the mother of invention.
Behold, the Fruitless Green Smoothie (This could also be called, Not Your Mother’s Green Smoothie, because your mother will not drink it. Case in point, see story below.)
(Recipe is for a 64 ounce blender)
2 cups chopped cucumber
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups baby spinach or chopped spinach leaves
¼ bunch – ½ bunch chopped parsley
2 chopped avocados
Juice of 1 lemon (yes this is a fruit but it’s low-glycemic so it doesn’t count)
Juice of 1 lime (ditto about the low-glycemic fruit thing)
2 TBSP diced fresh ginger
4 cups water
Blend that bad boy up and enjoy!
I absolutely love this smoothie, so much so that after I got my Candida under control and was able to have fruit smoothies again, I stuck with my Fruitless Green Smoothie instead. I drink it every morning, and so does my husband.
Now, I should warn you, this smoothie is not for everyone, especially if your palate is accustomed to a regular intake of Oreo cookies and Butterfingers. My mother continues to make barfing sounds whenever I drink my Fruitless Green Smoothie in her presence. But up until a year ago when she switched to Paleo, her diet mostly consisted of popcorn, chocolate chips and brie, so she’s not a good barometer.
If you’re not ready to go full Fruitless Green Smoothie yet, may I suggest starting off with something easier like this green smoothie from Tara Stiles. It’s basically like a Piña Colada with some spinach in it. Nothing wrong with that! (Unless you have an inflammatory disorder, in which case there could be some itching, and later possibly some crying and overeating.)
For an itch free, low-glycemic option, stick to the one here.