Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

This year, I desire….

  • to feel empowered in my body.
  • to speak my truth.
  • to feel vibrantly alive.
  • to trust my intuition.
  • to be madly in love.
  • to feel creative and inspired.
  • to eat green things and nourish my body.

Instead of starting the year with body hate/guilt/remorse, let’s start the year feeling strong and showing our bodies compassion and love.

Instead of starting the year on a diet and thinking about restricting, start the year feeling nourished and enjoying an abundance of real food.

Instead of starting the year thinking about what you want to change, focus on what you love about yourself.

This year if you’re desiring to take better care of yourself, have more energy, and feel comfortable in your body, start by choosing high-quality real food.

I know a lot of folks struggle with where to start when it comes to eating real food.  They feel overwhelmed by the choices and decisions to make:

Should I go vegan? Should I try a paleo diet? I’ve heard bad things about gluten! My friend just went raw – what does that even mean?! Should I hire a nutritionist? Help!

So let’s just keep it simple: 

  • Eat more dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, collard greens, etc)
  • Eat lots of seasonal veggies and aim for variety
  • Eat protein from quality sources (either plant-based or through sustainable animal products)
  • Cut back on the sugar and processed foods

It’s all about keeping it simple and making better choices each day.

And, if you need some real food recipe inspiration, be sure to check out my eCookbook, The Seasonal Comfort Food Cookbook, which contains over 55 recipes made from real food which are 100% free of grains, gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar. I specifically created these recipes using a variety of seasonal vegetables to create the creamiest and dreamiest dishes you can imagine – and they’re actually good for you.

I really love what this reader said about the cookbook:

“I love, love, love the cookbook! The Seasonal Comfort Cookbook is perfect for those of us who dream of macaroni and cheese and pot pie regardless of the season, but are trying to be more conscious about the food that we put in our bodies. The recipes in this cookbook are similar to those in the author’s blog, they take the fear and anxiety out of cooking for the novice and leave you wanting more… My mind is blown.” – Sam W. 

Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

And now, let’s talk green smoothies… A lot of folks struggle to get enough greens into their diet and if you fall into this category, blending your greens up in a smoothie might just do the trick for you. Plus, with this recipe, you’ll get all the fiber and nutrients from the greens with the added bonus of less sugar since there’s no fruit!

I’ve made a lot of green smoothies in my time (you can see a full list over on my recipes page), but all of them have included fruit. Until now.

Most smoothies use banana and other fruits for the base, but a lot of folks don’t like the taste of banana or, for a variety of reasons, need to avoid fruit and added sugar. For this reason I’ve been on a mission to create a fruit-free green smoothie that is alkalizing, cleansing, and loaded with nutrients from fresh greens. I promise you’ll thank me later.

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Fruit-Free Green Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • ½ organic cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ lemon, peeled
  • ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cups organic, raw spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 6 ice cubes
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.


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  1. says

    This looks perfect! I’m on an anti-candida diet right now so avoiding fruit but am missing my smoothies.
    Look forward to trying it.

    • M says

      I also have been on a candida diet for a while now and just discovered this smoothi. Hooray for the no fruit. I did goof and used almond milk before thinking, side affect of candida is my excuse, added protein powder then enjoyed every drop of it!

  2. says

    Oh my, this looks so green & delicious!! I used to do a green smoothie every morning, but it was just too much (fruit) sugar, so I had to stop. This looks like the perfect solution, thank you so much. I will try your recipe this weekend :)

    • Sonnet says

      Technically coconut is a fruit, but my goal with the smoothie was to exclude the typical fruits (e.g. banana, mangos, etc). If coconut is a problem, then sub almond milk or another liquid of your choice. :)

      • Bunny says

        I made the green smoothie this morning and absolutely love it! I added just a little salt and a little hot sauce to enhance the flavor and found it absolutely delicious and refreshing.

      • Rachael says

        Actually, coconut is a tree nut, avocado and cucumber are fruits. Anything with seeds is, by definition, a fruit. This only matters if you consider good combining. If low sugar is the goal, non-sweet fruits like the aforementioned are great. Plus avocado and coconut have some seriously satiating fats! BONUS!!!

      • Michell says

        Realize that this thread is quite old but in case you would still like to know, the coconut is actually a seed. Not a fruit or nut…

  3. adoring fan Lorrie says

    Sonnet, I dont know how you have not been swept up yet. Except that it has not been your time yet. I, for one am grateful. It seems lately that every time I have consigned myself to an all day search on the computer for a specific thing to help my daughter, there you show up with exactly what I’m looking for! I love this smoothie ! We are also extremely grateful for your shampoo/ conditioner alternatives! Now as said daughter turns 9, she started exercise, we now love your deodorant! :) THANK YOU for all your hard work and Tallent! You have been our answer to serious prayer. I worry that some wonderful man will finally come along and realize how intensely awesome you are! Then keep you too busy to keep heping those of us who are behind you on your journey. Just so you can know, maybe why you have gone through some of what you’ve gone through. We hope you the best of happiness ! If I had a grown son, I would be proud to have you as a daughter in law! You are amazing.

  4. adoring fan Lorrie says

    Can you please explain to me, how to get protein in her diet without meat? If you already covered this in your book, sorry for asking. I don’t have a PayPal acount, nor a electronic device I would feel comfortable download ing to. Can I buy a printed copy from you? Even in a rough form? The recipes you have shared look perfect.

    • Sonnet says

      I don’t have hard copies of the book, but this might change at some point. :) The best way to get plant-based protein is to eat a variety of foods. When I was exclusively plant-based I ate a lot of legumes and whole grains. If you check out my recipes page and look at the vegetarian or vegan entrees you’ll see lots of good suggestions. Hope this is helpful! :)

  5. Stella S says

    Hi Sonnet!
    I can’t wait to try this. I’ve been looking for low carb smoothies, and this looks perfect. :-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Michele says

    This looks great!

    I have a question for you- what do you do with the other 1/2 of the avocado? Freeze or store somehow for another day? I see avocado in smoothie recipes sometimes and I’m hesitant to make smoothies where I only use 1/4 or 1/2 of an avocado, because my attempts at storing them in the fridge have never worked, as the avocado always turns brown quickly. Just wondering if you had a tip or anything, because this looks delicious and I’d love to make it, but don’t want to waste avocado and don’t necessarily want to eat an entire avocado in one day either.

    Thanks! Michele

    • Sonnet says

      I just save half the avocado in an airtight container and use it the next day or the day after (either in a smoothie or on a salad, etc). It does turn brown, but it’s perfectly edible. Hope this helps! :)

    • Alex says

      A good trick for avocados: keep the pit in, and the skin on the half you are storing. This way, only the exposed part of the avocado (a very small part) turns brown!

    • Rachel says

      Squeeze a little lemon juice on the saved half . Leave the pit in, and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

  7. anomaly_23 says

    Is this a great way to lose weight? I have a smoothie I’m trying with the soy milk, but of course it contains fruit. Will this feel me up as well?

    • Sonnet says

      My best advice when it comes to weight loss and changing your body is to focus on adding more nutritious, whole foods in and crowding out the processed/less nutritious foods… so, in that case, yes, this would help you lose weight, but it’s not a quick fix. I hope that makes sense. :)

  8. Di says

    Thanks for this great smoothie recipe. Could I use coconut milk instead of coconut water? I’ve been sugar free for five weeks and coconut milk/ cream has become my friend.

  9. Susan says

    You can sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice on the avocado to prevent it from turning brown.

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this when I was getting a craving for something bad for me and it was delicious!

  10. Kara says

    I made this twice this week! The first time it was very “different” tasting, but the second time I really liked it! I noticed when I start my day with this, I tend to eat much healthier for the remainder of the day.
    I see this becoming a 2-3 times per week breakfast!

  11. Rosalyn says

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I am about to embark on waiting sugar for 8 weeks. Everything I’ve read says you must fully eliminate fruit in the first couple of weeks. I drink a lot if hot water and lemon and noticed this recipe also contains lemon. Could you suggest a sugar free lemon substitute or can I ask your opinion on keeping lemon within the sugar free diet for my 8 weeks? Thanks

    • Sonnet says

      You can definitely leave the lemon out! The lemon helps cut some of the bitterness of the greens, but since you’ll be removing sugar from your diet, you probably wouldn’t notice any bitterness as much as if you were used to consuming sweeter smoothies with fruit. Hope it goes well! :)

    • Sonnet says

      I peeled a lemon, cut it in half, then added this to the blender. If you don’t have a high-powered blender that can blend up the peel, you can also just add the lemon juice. Hope this helps! :)

  12. Olivia says

    Do you think I could substitute coconut water for just water? I cannot seem to find any coconut water without egregious amounts of sugar. :(

    Although it is probably because I was looking in supermarkets.

    • Sonnet says

      I used coconut water in this recipe (not coconut milk), but if that is a problem you could also substitute for plain water. Hope that helps. :)

  13. Kate says

    Hi Sonnet,
    Thanks so much for this recipe. I am new on the journey and really enjoyed it. However, I didn’t have any coconut water so used coconut cream mixed with water and ended up with about 700mls of smoothie. You say it is one serving but I just couldn’t finish it all. When you calculate one serving, can you tell me what this is based on? Is it that I need to consume this much so I get the health benefits or is it just convenient to make it half and avocado & half a lemon?
    Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Sonnet says

      Hi Kate – you can always adjust the serving if it’s too much. This is typically how much I drink, but sometimes I’ll split it into two and have half early in the day and the other half in the afternoon. Hope that helps. :)

  14. Connie Mancini says

    I’ve been drinking a similar green smoothie for a few months now due to my candida problem. I also use celery or fennel & raw garlic. I too, save the other 1/2 avocado with lemon juice & I put some garlic in it also. Then I mash it with an little salt & olive oil & use it later for salad dressing or as a dip for green beans or other veggies. I love all your recipes Sonnet! Thank you SO much!!!

  15. Alisa says

    This recipe has fruit in it (lemon, coconut water, avocado). I’m allergic to fruit. Are there any recipes you suggest that have no fruit in them? I’d love to be able to make a green smoothie.

    • Sonnet says

      Hi Alisa,
      You can definitely leave these items out. I’m sorry the title is misleading – most recipes use fruits like banana, peaches, apple, etc for the base of the smoothie so I was trying to distinguish that this recipe did not use those items. Try substituting milk of your choice, leaving out the lemon and avocado, and adding a little extra cucumber. It won’t be as sweet, but you can add stevia if you want to sweeten it up a bit. Hope that helps! :)

  16. Lauren says

    Also, if you would like to try something sweeter, I make “green smoothies” all the time for my yoga class with kale, spinach, Greek yogurt and hot chocolate mix! Sounds weird but they love it!

  17. Rose says

    Hello, This looks so very delicious, however, I am looking for a smoothie that doesn’t have coconut water as a sweetener and no other fruit or sweetener.. Do you or anyone know of a good recipe? Thank you!

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