Using Cantaloupe in my dairy-free green smoothies is one of my favorite fruits to use. It makes them so creamy & delicious! And it took me a long time to realize that smoothies could be made with other fruit beside bananas! What a revelation!
When I first started making smoothies way back when as a daily breakfast, I was a banana WHORE. No joke, I had at least 2 frozen bananas per smoothie every single day, plus all the other fixings like nut and seed butters for protein, spinach, non-dairy milk and tons of superfoods. So I thought, heck yeah! I’m super healthy.
What I didn’t realize was that for someone who has to watch their sugars, 2 bananas a day, every single day was actually not so healthy. Yes, bananas are a glorious fruit! I love them. And I even miss them. But I didn’t eat them in moderation. I ate them as if I was a monkey and I needed bananas to survive! And a few not so great things happened to me from my daily banana fix:
- I developed a severe sensitivity that landed me having to completely eliminate bananas in May 2014 to this very day! I can’t even take a bit without my throat getting scratchy. I’m hoping one day I can add them back in (in moderation!!), but that day has not come yet.
- I also developed a serious bout of Candida Overgrowth in my intestine, which then fed the bad bacteria in my gut landing me with SIBO. It’s quite possible the Candida was already overgrowing – BUT those daily banana smoothies actually fed the problem because bananas are really high in sugar. And Eating them over drinking them is going to act differently in your digestive tract.
- I also had a lot of acne during my high sugar days. Can I say Duh? But I thought at the time, it can’t be the bananas, they are natural. Well, yes they are, BUT not every body can handle or tolerate that much sugar on a daily basis. Every BODY is different. And it wasn’t just the bananas that had sugar. Keep in mind almost everything that is packaged for the most part contains some form of sugar Especially, ESPECIALLY those gluten-free packaged goods.
So around May 2014 bananas were 100% removed from my diet. What a BUZZKILL in the smoothie department because how was I going to make them creamy? I had to really remove a lot of high sugar fruits, so that ruled out mango too. And because I developed SO many food sensitivities thereafter, I had no other choice but to put the creativity thinking cap on and redesign my smoothies so that they were both healthy for me and tasted really good. I can now say I am QUEEN of creating healthy, sugar-free green smoothies and it’s totally my jam!
In comes melon. Hello Honeydew, hello Cantaloupe, hello Canary melon. These three, let’s call them the 3 musketeers are bomb in smoothies! They are just the right amount of sweet and they add a bit of thickness. Throw some avocado in there and you have a creamy smoothie party!
So let’s talk smoothie benefits. The idea IS that it tastes great and is LOADED with vitamins, nutrients and veggies!! I prefer to drastically reduce the sugar sources without compromising taste. Why? Because when you drink sugar it floods your bloodstream faster then when you eat it, giving you WAY too much sugar in your system too fast which leads to a sugar-rush, and a sugar-crash, plus too much sugar in our bodies is not good for us. Our body is not meant to process that much sugar on a daily basis. (see above banana story) Plus I live a pretty low key sugar-free lifestyle now, so if I can cut it, it get’s cut.
In this smoothie I chose to use Parsley as my green because Parsley is so ridiculously loaded with vitamin C, that it packs a super powerful punch to your smoothie! You guys, it’s not just a garnish at Passover. This green is beyond delish! My tastebuds have changed so much that I actually request additional garnish and eat it plain!
Tigernut Milk which you will see in MANY of my recipes is a nut-free non-dairy milk alternative. It’s actually one of my favorites. It is paleo, AIP, nut-free, vegan, certified gluten-free, dairy-free and a pre-biotic, which is good for the gut! It’s a tuber root veggie actually and not a nut at all! Don’t be fooled by it’s nut looking exterior. I like to make it homemade, and I happen to have a tigernut milk recipe that is really easy to make. But if you need to buy it, look for the brand Organic Gemini, and hop on over to Whole Foods to grab it. You can also check their website to see other retailers they sell it to.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup unsweetened Tigernut Milk (not a nut)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ripe chopped cantaloupe
1 large handful parsley
1/2 small avocado
2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
1 Tablespoon flax seeds or ground flax
Liquid stevia to taste (Nu Naturals Liquid Stevia alcohol free)
1 cup ice
optional: 1 teaspoon unflavored cod liver oil (Carlson’s)
Blend all the ingredients together WELL except the ice until completely blended in a high speed blender.
Then add the ice and blend again.
Serves 1 32 oz smoothie
I like to make my tigernut milk homemade. Here’s the tigernut milk recipe.
If you want to buy the tigernut milk, then look for the brand Organic Gemini which is sold at Whole Foods and other various places. Check their website for other locations.
If you don’t like flax seeds, you can sub in chia seeds.
Don’t be afraid to grab that large handful of parsley! : )
- 1 cup unsweetened Tigernut Milk (not a nut)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup ripe chopped cantaloupe
- 1 large handful parsley
- ½ small avocado
- 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds or ground flax
- Liquid stevia to taste (Nu Naturals Liquid Stevia alcohol free)
- 1 cup ice
- optional: 1 teaspoon unflavored cod liver oil (Carlson's)
- Blend all the ingredients together WELL except the ice until completely blended in a high speed blender.
- Then add the ice and blend again.
Love & Banana Free Green Smoothies!