Every once in a while I stumble upon something that ends up really working for me. Recently I have been reducing the amount of fat in my diet (in an attempt to get more swimsuit ready) and I have been missing the thickness that avocado gives to my smoothies. I have found a suitable replacement texture-wise and that is to add clear fiber to my smoothies.
Fiber is always a good thing when it comes to health as it provides for:
Better weight management
Healthier blood sugar levels
And a general feeling of well being
While the fiber does not provide the creaminess that the avocado does, it helps thicken my green smoothies and the fiber helps keep me full.
I was sent the Organic Clear Fiber by Renew Life to test a while ago and that is what I have been using lately. Other popular brands of clear fiber that are widely available are Metamucil and Benefiber. After doing some research I am very impressed with the Organic Clear Fiber by Renew Life because it is truly gluten-free and organic. Benefiber claims to be gluten-free, however on the label it states “Gluten-free (less than 20 ppm gluten).” Many people with gluten allergies can’t tolerate ANY gluten, so this is something to watch for.
Lately my green smoothie consists of:
1 cup So Delicious coconut milk
1/2 cucumber or 1 zucchini
1-2 cups spinach or romaine
2 scoops vegan protein powder (Plant Fusion, Sun Warrior, or Vega…I often mix them)
3 packets Sweetleaf Stevia (My favorite brand because it does not turn bitter)
3 tsp Organic Clear Fiber
1 tsp each spirulina and chlorella
1/2 frozen banana
2-3 handfuls of ice
Place everything in the blender (with the exception of the banana and ice). I usually layer my smoothies in the container like this…liquid, some of the veggies, all the powders, the rest of the veggies. Blend until COMPLETELY smooth. Now add the banana (break into chunks first) and blend to incorporate, then add the ice and blend until smooth.
You will be surprised by how filling this is. Oftentimes I can’t finish it in one sitting and end up saving some in the fridge for my afternoon snack.
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