Low-Sugar Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl
This low-sugar chocolate avocado smoothie bowl is ultra thick and creamy, loaded with nutrition and tastes like chocolate cake batter, despite containing no added sugar! By enjoying this smoothie you’ll be treating yourself to antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and most importantly, decadent chocolate flavour! Somewhere between ice cream, a smoothie, chocolate pudding and brownie batter, you will love this nutrient-rich, chocolate smoothie bowl!
Eating Less Sugar
I can’t believe it took me so long to make the choice to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet. I feel so, so, so much better. Like a fog has been lifted. I think I always new in the back of my mind that sugars were the culprit but I suppose I was in denial because I love higher-sugar fruits like bananas, dates and mango so much! I’m not talking about refined or processed sugars because I never ate those to begin with, when I talk about sugar, for me it’s the sugar in fruits and grains.
It’s come down to being more mindful and conscious of my food choices and really, truly thinking about how food makes me feel. I’m focusing on letting my health and wellbeing guide me, instead of my sight and taste. It’s simply taking a step back before I eat something and acknowledging how it will make me feel.
There are a few reasons why I made the decision to consciously eat less sugar. I was experiencing intense cravings which have all but disappeared, which is so freaking exciting! I was so tired of having food cravings rule my evenings. It always felt like such a mental fight.
The other reason was preventing the energy crashes I often experienced after higher sugar meals and snacks. I’ve found my energy levels to be much more stable throughout the day now, especially after eating.
When I take a moment to remind myself of these reasons before eating, sticking to lower sugar meals is 100% worth it. Plus, I still feel great a eating low-sugar chocolate avocado smoothie bowl so it’s all good! Instead of using banana and strawberries, this chocolate perfection is made with zucchini and avocado and it’s so, so good.
I’ve also made a version of this smoothie with frozen banana, cauliflower, almond butter and avocado, which is insanely creamy and delicious. You can check that one out here.
Less Grains, More Greens
I’m eating more fats now and not only do I have much more stable energy, I’m finding it easier to meet my protein requirements and staying fuller longer than when I was eating higher carb and lower fat. It hasn’t been a huge change by any means, nor am I eating what would be considered a low carb diet. I still get about 35-40% of my calories from carbohydrates, a reduction from about 50%. It’s a bit less fruit, a bit less grains, more high-quality fats and more vegetables.
My diet is a continuing evolution. How I eat today will change, as it’s changed from 6 months ago, a year ago and 5 years ago. We change. We learn. We adjust. At this time my focus is on eating to thrive, continuing to educated myself and seeing just how good I can feel.
Low-Sugar Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl
About this smoothie. It’s ultra thick and creamy. It’s mega rich and decadent with loads of chocolate flavour. With superfoods like chia, avocado and cacao, It’s high in magnesium, omega-3’s, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and protein. It tastes amazing! You will love it and you’ll be hooked on making all sorts of vegetable-based smoothie creations!Print
- 1 serving (44 g) Vega Performance Protein in Chocolate
- 2 tbsp (15 g) raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp (20 g) chia seeds
- 2 tbsp (30 g) sunflower seed, almond or cashew butter
- 1 cup (125 g) frozen zucchini chunks
- 1/4 cup (30 g) frozen avocado chunks
- 1/4 cup (30 g) frozen cooked sweet potato chunks
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan crystal salt or other unrefined sea salt (do not use table salt)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk or water
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and pulse until combined. To keep it extra thick, don’t over-mix or mix too long as the heat from the blender will melt it. Pulse until it’s all broken down and creamy but still a bit chunky.
To make this into a drinkable smoothie, increase liquid to 1 cup and then adjust as needed to reach desired consistency.