5 Low Sugar Smoothies that Taste Amazing

Are you ready for some healthy low sugar smoothies (that still taste amazing)? Sugar can easily creep up in smoothie recipes, but today we’re keeping it in check with low sugar smoothie recipes and some sneaky vegetables.

Lisa Bryan standing next to a Vitamix blender with different colored smoothies.

Now that we’re in the thick of summer I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for smoothie recipes. But particularly for low sugar smoothies.

As you might imagine, many smoothie recipes are loaded with natural sugar from the fruits contained within the smoothie. Now, to be clear, I’m not against natural sugar from fruit. But when it comes to smoothies it’s really easy to over-indulge.

So what smoothies can you enjoy on regular rotation? The ones I’m sharing below! They’re still fruity (but not overly so) and have 15 grams of sugar or less per serving. Bonus: you can sneak in some extra veggies. I’ll show you how.

Are Smoothies High In Sugar?

A smoothie may sound like an ideal healthy snack, but it might be hiding more sugar than you think (like my favorite mango smoothie). Toss in some juice, maybe a drizzle of honey, banana slices, and before you know it, you’ve consumed 50+ grams of sugar!

But, this doesn’t mean you can’t create smoothies that will satisfy your sweet tooth while having lots of nutrients, protein, and fiber. With the right combination of specific fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy your smoothie without having to worry about your sugar intake.

Consuming Sugar in Moderation

I think we’re all aware that excessive sugar isn’t the best for your body, but as long as you consume it in moderation, you’ll be just fine. I’ll admit, I love fruit and include quite a bit of it into my weekly meals, but the key is understanding which fruits have higher or lower sugar content. Here is a quick breakdown:

Which Fruits Have High Sugar?

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate
  • Cherries
  • Grapes

Which Fruits Are Low In Sugar? 

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Lemons
  • Avocado

Lisa Bryan drinking a variety of smoothies

Ways To Add More Vegetables To Your Smoothies

Now that we’ve established to minimize certain fruits in smoothies, it’s time to bring in the power of greens! Yes, you can load your smoothie with tons of nutrients without ruining the taste.

Tip on adding vegetables:  two vegetables that are a great substitute for adding heft to your smoothie are blanched and frozen zucchini and frozen cauliflower. Blend these into your mix and you have the perfect replacement for your typical banana.

Now, here are a few vegetables options to add:

  • Avocado has the highest protein of any fruit and adds an unmatched creaminess to any smoothie.
  • Cucumber provides a light and fresh taste while providing a lot of water to stay hydrated.
  • Carrots are great for boosting your immune system and add a natural sweetness and color to your smoothie.
  • Leafy Greens are a great source of fiber, protein and antioxidants.
  • Beets can be used to sweeten an all veggie smoothie and boost energy levels.
  • Zucchini is high in fiber and water content to keep you full and is virtually tasteless in a smoothie.
  • Cauliflower is filled with Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and adds non-sugar creaminess.

Ways To Add Protein To Your Smoothies

If you’re looking to boost the protein in your low sugar smoothies, here are a few suggestions on ways to do it:

  • Nut Butter adds protein and healthy fats with just a single tablespoon.
  • Greek Yogurt is a great way to add a creamy, tangy texture.
  • Nuts and Seeds provide extra fiber and protein per tablespoon.
  • Protein Powder such as whey or plant-based is an easy way to include protein in the mix.
  • Collagen Powder boost your protein and supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.

5 Low Sugar Smoothie Recipes

Finding the right balance of flavor between lots of vegetables and minimal fruits can seem hard, but I’ve tested out for you a few of my favorite smoothie recipes that are veggie filled and keep sugar levels at a minimum. Watch the video below!

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This is a tropical fruit delight of creamy coconut milk, fresh pineapple, and a hint of ginger. Add any of the protein options mentioned above (I added Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Whey Protein) for a boost.

Pineapple coconut smoothie

Blackberry Cream Smoothie

A luscious blackberry smoothie mixed with greek yogurt and a sprinkle of hemp seeds. Plus, it’s packed with protein and a few sneaky cauliflower florets.

Blackberry Cream smoothie

Orange Carrot Smoothie

This blend of almond milk, orange, carrot and vanilla bean is like a creamsicle in a cup! But don’t look past the fact that it’s loaded with protein from cauliflower and a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

Orange carrot smoothie

Cucumber Kiwi Smoothie

A creamy yet refreshing smoothie loaded with fiber and protein. The mix of spinach, avocado, cucumber, kiwi, cauliflower, and almond butter makes for the ultimate green drink!

Cucumber kiwi smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

A Downshiftology classic recipe made from a rich blend of mixed berries, spinach, chia seeds and avocado. Ditch the banana for zucchini and you’ve got yourself a delicious low sugar smoothie recipe.

Berry spinach smoothie

5 low sugar smoothies in glasses.

Remember that I have separate recipes for homemade almond milk, cashew milk and almond butter if you’d like to make your own. Happy smoothie-making!

 

Lisa Bryan drinking a variety of smoothies

5 Low Sugar Smoothies That Taste Amazing

4.94 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Lisa Bryan
Enjoy these 5 low sugar smoothies that are packed with nutrients, a little bit of fruit and sneaky veggies. Watch the video above to see me make them! And don't forget to read the extra tips listed below.

Ingredients

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger , approx 1 teaspoon minced or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Blackberry Cream Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup blanched then frozen cauliflower , optional

Orange Carrot Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 scoop collagen powder
  • 1/4 cup blanched then frozen cauliflower , optional

Cucumber Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup blanched then frozen cauliflower , optional

Berry Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries , (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • small handful of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 cup blanched then frozen zucchini , optional

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you're new to low sugar smoothies you can always add half a banana or apple to help bridge the gap until your taste buds adjust to the lower sugar quantity.
  • I've added veggies to increase the nutrients and volume of each smoothie. These are optional and I recommend you adjust to the low sugar smoothie first, then get creative with vegetables.
  • You may taste the cauliflower more than the zucchini, so if you can't decide which veggie to add, start with the zucchini first. 
  • Have fun with the flavors, low sugar fruits, sneaky vegetables and protein options. If you make a smoothie variation that you love, share it in the comments below! 
  • These are the glass straws I use and love. 
  • The nutrition information listed below is for the Berry Spinach Smoothie. Here's the breakdown of the others (I didn't include any powders):
    • Pineapple Coconut Smoothie: calories: 334, fat: 25, carbs: 26, sugar: 14, protein: 4
    • Blackberry Cream Smoothie: calories: 275, fat: 17, carbs: 23, sugar: 14, protein: 11
    • Orange Carrot Smoothie: calories: 216, fat: 7, carbs: 25, sugar: 15, protein: 15
    • Cucumber Kiwi Smoothie: calories: 226, fat: 14, carbs: 24, sugar: 11, protein: 7

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 24mg, Potassium: 538mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 269IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy smoothies, low sugar smoothie recipes, low sugar smoothies
©Downshiftology. Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?Leave a comment below and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @downshiftology and hashtag it #downshiftology.

Thanks to Vitamix for partnering on today’s video!

Leave a Comment

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Recipe Rating




Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

116 comments on “5 Low Sugar Smoothies that Taste Amazing”

  1. Hello, how come you blanch the cauliflower? I thought it would be best to consume raw, but I am totally open to learning lol. Please explain the difference when using raw vs blanched in a smoothie. I use raw all the time, that is the only reason I am curious… am I missing a step to make my smoothies nutritious and delicious?! Thanks for your time and help!

    Oh and these recipes look DELICIOUS!! Thank you!

    • Hi Cassandra – The blanching was to freeze your cauliflower for later use! That way you also have a frozen ingredient to add to your smoothies to make it cold and creamy :)

  2. Where do you purchase ground vanilla bean?

  3. I’m excited to get trying these recipes.

  4. I made the berry smoothie. I used frozen cauliflower rice and it was creamy and delicious! I felt good knowing it was low sugar.  5 stars

    • Glad you enjoyed that recipe Angela!

    • Thanks for the ideas!! I was wondering, someone asked this question, too, but is there a difference between doing the blanching and freezing myself, and purchasing frozen veggies for the smoothie?

      Thank you for your help!

      • You can do either way Amanda! This is just an option if you happen to have vegetables in your fridge you need to use up!

  5. I drink a lot of Herbalife shakes.  I like the flavor, quick and easy to make.  I feel like it’s missing that fresh from the garden flavor.  

    Have you ever calculated the cost of a fresh smoothie?

    Just curious, I think I’ll make the change regardless to see if it leaves me feeling more energized and healthier. 

    • I would say the price is a smidge cheaper than store-bought smoothies. Also, making it home means you know exactly what’s going into the smoothie with no extra additives :)

Downshiftology