This yummy healthy Cantaloupe Green Smoothie is creamy, thick, and tastes like a milkshake but dairy-free, nut-free and banana-free! Using cantaloupe and avocado for taste, texture, sweetness, and creamy factor, parsley as a pop of green and plant-based milk.
Using Cantaloupe in my dairy-free green smoothies is one of my favorite fruits to use. It makes them so creamy, sweet & delicious! It took me a long time to realize that smoothies could be made with other fruit besides bananas! What a revelation!
When I first started making smoothies way back as a breakfast smoothie, I was a banana lover. No joke, I had at least 2 frozen bananas per smoothie every single day, plus all the other fixings like a nut and seed butter 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. And someone who is healing their gut would and could develop food sensitivities to banana or foods on repetition.
WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS ROTATE YOUR FOODS DURING GUT HEALING:
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 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. 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 everybody 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.
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.
BENEFITS OF CANTALOUPE IN SMOOTHIES:
In comes melon. Hello Honeydew, Cantaloupe, and Canary melon! These three, let’s call them the 3 musketeers are the bomb in smoothies!
- Melons add sweetness without adding sugar
- Melons are low in sugar and low glycemic
- Melons create thickness and texture in smoothies
- Cantaloupe melon is loaded with beta carotene and vitamin A
- Cantaloupe melon is loaded with vitamin C
- Cantaloupe is filling
- Cantaloupe and other melons hide the taste of leafy green in smoothies the same way a banana, pineapple or mango would sans high sugar
BENEFITS OF SMOOTHIES:
- Loaded with vitamins
- Reduces sugar load
- Loaded with nutrients
- Gives your digestive tract a break
- Loaded with vegetables
- Loaded with fiber
- Can even be used as a breakfast meal replacement
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.
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! Parsley contains more vitamin C than a barrel of oranges! And you don’t need to use a lot.
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, paleo, AIP milk alternative. It’s actually one of my favorites. It is certified paleo, gluten-free and is a prebiotic which means it is good for your gut!
I like to make it homemade, and I happen to have a tiger nut milk recipe that is really easy to make. But if you need to need to buy it look for Organic Gemini or buy different plant-based milk of choice.
MY BLENDER CHOICES:
I’ll always use either a Nutribullet or a Vitamix because to me they are the best high-speed blenders and extractors! These blenders blast all the nutrients together and give you a lump-free smoothie.
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Want more cantaloupe? Try these recipes too!
- Cantaloupe Strawberry Smoothie (paleo)
- Cantaloupe Strawberry Popsicles
- Cantaloupe Pumpkin Smoothie
- Cantaloupe Honeydew Yogurt Popsicles (dairy-free)
Healthy Cantaloupe Green Smoothie (dairy-free)
- high-speed blender
- 1 cup unsweetened tiger nut milk
- 1/2 cup spring water
- 1 cup chopped cantaloupe, ripe
- 1 large handful curly parsley
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1-2 drops liquid stevia
- 1 cup ice
- 1 tsp optional: cod liver oil
- Blast all the ingredients together (except ice) in a high-speed blender till well blended.
- Then add the ice and blend again.
- I like to make my tiger nut milk homemade. Here’s the tiger nut milk recipe.
- Tiger nuts are actually not a nut but a tuber root veggie that is certified paleo, gluten-free, and vegan.
- If you want to buy the tiger nut 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 want to use tiger nuts, then use your preferred plant milk.
- If you don’t like flax seeds, you can sub in chia seeds.
- Don’t be afraid to grab that large handful of parsley! : )
SMOOTHIE BOOST OPTION:
- optional: 1 teaspoon unflavored cod liver oil (Carlson’s)
Love & Banana Free Green Smoothies!