my coco cilantro green smoothie
sugar, sugar or honey, honey? sugar and sugar alternatives are all the rage. it’s no secret too much sugar does not do a body good. everyone and their sister would like to knock it out of their diet in every which way, shape and form. however, many struggle before ultimately giving up. been there. done that. and it was a miserable experience.
for health purposes there was a period of time i quit consuming sugar in every form. including fruit. fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and bananas to name a few were on the forbidden list. there was a time and place for this to help heal but for the long term it’s unenjoyable and awfully challenging.
complete avoidance led to severe backlash in my world. backlash in the form of mad sugar cravings and the backlash far outweighed any progress i’d made for myself. it made me feel like a yo-yo. on a roller coaster. in a world without gravity.
dramatic? yes. but it felt desperate and i decided there had to be a better way to keep sugar low. when consuming sugar i wanted it in its most natural state. in my experience when i add sweet flavors in the form of fruits earlier in the day, sugar cravings are non-existent. or at least few and far between.
for the moments that a sugar craving gets the better of me i have a few tricks up my sleeve for ultimate recovery. it’s like when my favorite teams lose. instead of whiskey in my smoothie i opt for chocolate chip, peanut butter or sunbutter cookies in bed. ok. not really the same thing but sort of.
my favorite sugar craving binge recovery plan is as follows:
- drink plenty of quality water.
- eat unpasteurized raw fermented foods…incidentally when used ahead of a sugar craving binge can also push the craving to the back of your mind until its urgency is forgotten.
- forget about it and treat yourself to a turmeric-inphyused latte and DIY face mask.
this smoothie is an alfalfa’s market original. alfalfa’s is a totally organic and pretty awesome locally owned business i enjoy supporting. however, in my typical make-it-at-home-manner i did just that and am excited to share my recipe with you.
i’m also a huge fan of the date me, blue diva and green sweetie so stay tuned for more DIY smoothie hacks coming to inphyusion soon.
my coco cilantro
2 cups of water or coconut water
1 frozen or fresh banana
1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems and all
2-3 large handfuls of baby spinach
juice of 1 lime (optional)
place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. makes about 1qt. serves 1-2.
fresh or frozen fruits can be used. typically i use frozen because i prefer the consistency and it’s easy to store fruit in bulk in the freezer without having to worry about spoilage.