I first posted this low sugar smoothie recipe in the DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES: Alternatives for Refined Sugar. This recipe deserves its own entire post for this amazing healthy strawberry smoothie to shine. The natural sweetness comes from maple syrup. No refined sugar here. Strawberries are a low sugar fruit. You can read more about the health and beauty benefits of strawberries, as well as the full nutritional report on strawberries.
I have a feeling that once you take one sip of this delicious low sugar strawberry smoothie, it will be love at first sip. The naturally sweet flavor of the strawberries combined with the healthy sugar alternative, maple syrup, is exactly what you need to curb any sugar cravings you may have. This is terrific immediately after a workout to quickly replenish your glycogen stores and get in some protein the first thing in the morning. If you love strawberry smoothie bowl recipes, then this recipe is something you will like.
Maple syrup contains around half the calories of refined sugar and is a much more nutritious choice. It’s loaded with antioxidants that protect your body’s cells from damage and reduce the visible signs of aging. Maple syrup is also a brilliant source of manganese and zinc which boost your metabolism and your immune system. In addition to this, it’s perfect for your skin and can protect against skin blemishes, dry skin, and redness. Finally, maple syrup has been shown to protect against various chronic ailments and diseases including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and heart disease.
Zucchini is rich in vitamins B6 and C, potassium, folate, magnesium, carotenoids, and omega-3 and omega-9. This vegetable is refreshing because it has high water content. Foods rich in water content are tremendous for the skin, especially if you suffer from dry skin. In the winter more people suffer from dry skin, so by adding extra zucchini into your diet in the cooler months, you can moisturize the skin from within to eliminate any dry flaky skin.
Not only is zucchini full of antioxidants that are important for the skin, but it is a low-calorie vegetable and full of fiber. Eating “zoodles” zucchini spiralized into spaghetti noodles is a great lower-calorie and low-carb option to pasta. It is also a terrific option for those avoiding gluten by replacing gluten-filled pasta with zucchini noodles. The magnesium and potassium in zucchini help calm the nervous system. When you relax the nervous system, you help lower your blood pressure.
Each time you make a pasta dish, simply consider slowly swapping out the regular pasta with zoodles until you are eventually eating only the zoodles.
ZUCCHINI KEY NUTRIENTS:
Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, folate, potassium, carotenoids, omega-3, oleic acid.
Strawberries are a low sugar fruit. They also help boost collagen production. They are also rich in vitamin C. One handful of strawberries contains more vitamin C than one orange. Ellagic acid helps stabilize blood sugar and promote healthy cells for radiance.
They are also rich in manganese, which supports mitochondrial defense. Strawberries help cool the body because they help generate hydrating fluids, this is especially beneficial for strong supple skin.
STRAWBERRY KEY NUTRIENTS:
Flavonoids, anthocyanins, vitamin C, vitamin A, omega-3, potassium, magnesium, silica.Print
LET ME KNOW IF YOU MAKE THIS HEALTHY STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE!
Have you considered any low sugar strawberry smoothie recipes before? Let me know in the comments below. I also would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva