Lectin-Free Smoothie Recipes

5 Lectin-Free Smoothie Recipes (Plant Paradox Diet)

Dr. Steven Gundry’s book The Plant Paradox Diet has been flying off the shelves, a lot of people are talking about the lectin-free diet.

In his Book, Dr. Gundry claims that lectins may cause inflammation and could be the cause of many modern diseases.

Dr. Gundry’s famous green smoothie recipe may be your first taste of the Plant Paradox Diet. Since I couldn’t find many other lectin-free smoothie recipes online, I created a few plant paradox smoothie recipes myself. I also added Dr. Gundry’s “3 Day Cleanse Green Smoothie Recipe” a little down below.

Before I get to Dr. Gundry’s smoothie recipe and my favorite plant paradox smoothies, let’s clear up why a lectin-free diet may be right for you. I’ll also cover which ingredients are best to choose for lectin-free smoothies.

What’s the Plant Paradox Diet All About?

According to the Plant Paradox Diet, plants have defense mechanisms. They use lectins, a type of protein, to deter us from eating them. You probably heard about gluten? Gluten is actually a lectin, but it’s not the only lectin there is.

Not only may lectins mess up your GI tract, but eating lectins may also lead to weight gain. According to the doctor, lectins act similarly to insulin in your body.

To heal our bodies and restore our health, Dr. Gundry advises us to eat a lectin-free diet.

Lectins are found naturally in many foods that most of us have been perceived as being healthy like

  • beans
  • cashews
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • peppers

Lectins are also found in many processed foods like corn syrup. Skipping highly processed foods is always a good choice!

Although I couldn’t find scientific evidence for the efficiency of a lectin-free diet, some celebrities swear about the benefits.

Kelly Clarkson, for example, lost nearly 40 pounds following the Plant Paradox Diet. She initially tried the diet to help with her autoimmune disease and ended up shedding pounds.

If you decided that following a lectin-free diet is for you, you’ll want to make sure to only add lectin-free ingredients to your smoothies. Many foods that are restricted in the Plant Paradox Diet contain fiber.

Fiber is essential, so please make sure to eat enough fiber-rich foods to compensate for it. Always make sure to visit your physician prior to making dietary changes.

Best Ingredients for Lectin-Free Smoothies

Kale on TableHere are some of the best ingredients you can add to your lectin-free smoothies.

Dark Leafy Greens

Leafy green vegetables like Spinach, Kale, and Collards are nutritional powerhouses. They’re low in calories but rich in healthy minerals, vitamins, and fiber. Eating leafy greens have been linked to a reduced risk of obesity, diabetesheart disease, and high blood pressure.

Dr. Gundry recommends consuming more of the bitter greens. In fact, “More bitter, more better” is his favorite expression. According to him, leafy bitter greens are the most perfect food. They contain high levels of polyphenols, which may boost your energy levels, improve digestion, and may keep you healthy overall. That’s why I added a lot of leafy greens to the lectin-free smoothie recipes down below.

Avocadoes

Avocadoes are another superfood that Dr. Gundry recommends adding to your shopping cart every time you go to the supermarket.

Avocadoes are rich in heart-healthy fats and low in sugar. Although most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, don’t shy away. It’s the kind of “good fat” that can lower bad cholesterol. For more information and cholesterol-lowering smoothies, check out our 10 smoothie recipes to lower cholesterol.

This fruit (yes, technically it’s a fruit) is not only rich in healthy fats but also fiber. This combination can help you feel full longer and may help you lose weight.

One study shows that people who added half an avocado to their lunch had reduced appetite 3 to 5 hours after the meal. They also experienced a significant reduction in their insulin level over a 3 hour period. All of this may lead to less snacking during meals.

So, if you’re a heavy snacker, why not try adding some avocadoes to your lectin-free smoothies?

Extra Dark Chocolate

Dark ChocolateWho doesn’t love chocolate? Dr. Gundry recommends eating extra dark chocolate, that means 72% cacao or more.

Dark chocolate not only tastes great in our smoothie recipes, but it’s healthy as well.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. According to this study, cacao seeds may even have more antioxidants than antioxidant-powerhouses such as acai berries and blueberries.

Adding more dark chocolate to your diet may reduce the risk of heart disease and help lower “bad” cholesterol levels.

Since dark chocolate is high in calories, it’s best to limit yourself to 1 oz (28g) a day.

Asparagus

You may not have tried asparagus in smoothies, but I urge you to try it. Asparagus is low in calories but high in nutrients. It’s a great source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. It’s also a good source of antioxidants that may reduce your risk of chronic diseases and keep you healthy overall.

There are many ways to sneak in more asparagus to your diet. Try it raw or cooked in salads, have it as a side dish, or simply add a stalk of asparagus to your smoothie or juice recipes. For more ways check out my article: Can You Eat Asparagus Raw? 

In-Season Fruits & Berries

BlueberriesAsparagus’ earthy taste can easily be hidden by adding some fruits and berries to your smoothies.

Dr. Gundry recommends eating fruits, except avocadoes, in moderation. Try to shop for in-season fruits only for your smoothies.

Here are some great fruits and berries you can include in your lectin-free recipes:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons and Limes
  • Kiwis
  • Pomegranates

I love to add berries to my smoothies. Not only are they rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, but they’re also high in fiber. It’s important to get enough fiber in your diet, especially if you’re following Dr. Gundry’s diet.

Nuts & Seeds

Here is where the Plant Paradox Diet gets more complicated. Some nuts and seeds are lectin-free why others aren’t.

Here are some of the nuts and seeds that you may want to include in your lectin-free diet:

  • almonds (blanched)
  • hazelnuts
  • macadamia nut
  • walnuts
  • flaxseeds
  • hemp seeds

Here are a few nuts and seeds to stay away from:

  • cashews
  • chia seeds
  • peanuts
  • sunflower seeds

For a full list of nuts and seeds you are allowed to eat in the Plant Paradox Diet, I recommend downloading Dr. Gundry’s “Yes” and “No” lists. In all cases, it’s best to limit yourself to half a cup a day since nuts are calorie-dense.

Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk

Almond milk is made by blending almonds and mixing them with water. It almost looks like milk, but the taste is quite different. It has a nutty taste and is low in calories compared to cow’s milk. In fact, it contains a whopping 65%-80% fewer calories than its dairy counterpart!

Almond milk can be a good source of calcium and is also often fortified with Vitamin E. Keep in mind that only the unsweetened version is compatible with the Plant Paradox Diet.

Unsweetened almond milk doesn’t sound too appealing to you? Why not sweeten it up a bit with some natural sweeteners?

Sweeteners

Since we have to limit our intake of fruits while we’re on the Plant Paradox Diet, you may want to consider adding sweeteners to your smoothie recipes. Here are some sweeteners we are allowed to use:

  • Stevia (Sweet Leaf is Dr. Gundry’s favorite brand)
  • Xylitol
  • Monk Fruit ( Dr. Gundry likes the Nutresse brand)

These are my favorite three natural sugar replacements out of Dr. Gundry’s shopping list. For more alternatives, check out his full list here.

5 Lectin-Free Smoothies for the Plant Paradox Diet

Now that you’ve got a feel for what kind of ingredients to add to your lectin-free smoothies, why not give these Plant Paradox smoothie recipes a try?

The 3-Day Detox Green Smoothie Recipe

Lectin-Free Avocado SmoothieLet’s start with Dr. Gundry’s smoothie recipe first. I love this green smoothie! It’s super nutritious and tastes great. It combines nutrient-dense leafy greens with heart-healthy fats. The freshly squeezed lemon juice balances out the green flavor and stevia add sweetness to it.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup tap or filtered water
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce or any dark green lettuce
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • 1 mint spring, with stem
  • ½ avocado
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 to 6 drops of stevia
  • ¼ cup of ice cubes

How to Prepare

Simply place the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You’ll need a high-powered blender to get that fluffy, silk-smooth consistency we all crave.

Lectin-Free Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Lectin-Free SmoothieThis lectin-free smoothie recipe is a great way to give you an energy boost early in the morning. Dark leafy greens like spinach are good sources of nutrients that can help you maintain high energy levels during your day. Avocadoes may promote satiety and can help you reduce your calorie intake. Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and healthy fats. They may be beneficial to weight loss as long as you consume them in moderation. The fiber and the protein may suppress your appetite and therefore can help you prevent overeating.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • ½ small avocado
  • 3-4 mint leaves, fresh
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 4-6 drops stevia (I prefer vanilla stevia)
  • 1 cup of ice cubes

How to Prepare

Simply add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. You can add ½ green apple for further sweetness if desired.

Plant Paradox Detox Smoothie

Plant Paradox Detox SmoothieThis Plant Paradox detox smoothie is bursting with nutrients and brain-healthy fats. Walnuts have higher levels of antioxidants than most nuts. They’re also higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut. Omega-3 fat may help you prevent heart disease and can lower blood pressure. For more information check out my 10 smoothie recipes to lower blood pressure.

The benefits of arugula are manifold. It’s high in calcium, which is necessary for bone health and muscle function. This peppery-tasting green originated in the Mediterranean and is one of my favorite ingredients in smoothies. In fact, I love arugula so much that I’ve written a whole article about it. For more arugula smoothies, check out my 10 arugula smoothie recipes.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cup arugula
  • ½ cup organic walnuts
  • 1 cup blueberries (when in season)
  • a few mint leaves
  • 3-4 drops stevia
  • 4 tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 4-6 ice cubes

How to Prepare

Simply add all the ingredients to the blender jar and mix until well incorporated. You can add water or unsweetened almond milk if you desire a thinner consistency.

Lectin-Free Chocolate Smoothie

Lectin Free Chocolate SmoothieHmm.. chocolate. Who doesn’t like a sweet treat? For this lectin-free chocolate smoothie, we’re using dark chocolate with at least 72% cocoa. Dark chocolate is packed with nutrients that may boost your brain function. The flavonoids in chocolate are also believed to play a role in heart health and weight loss.

Since dark chocolate tastes quite bitter, you can sweeten it up with stevia or any other natural sweetener that Dr. Gundry approves. You can find a full list of sweeteners here.

I, personally, love monk fruit, since it doesn’t have much of an aftertaste. Monk fruit has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

You can’t really taste the avocado, but it makes the smoothie super smooth and creamy.

What You’ll Need 

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ avocado
  • 4-6 drops stevia (again, I prefer vanilla stevia)
  • 2 tbsp raw organic cocoa powder (non-alkalized) or 72%+ dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)

How to Prepare

Simply add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. You can add some ice cubes for a more refreshing chocolate smoothie.

Lectin-Free Breakfast Smoothie

Lectin Free Breakfast SmoothieStart your day the right way with this delicious lectin-free breakfast smoothie. The combination of satiating healthy fats and protein can keep you full till lunch.

Magic Spoon cereals are on Dr. Gundry’s “Yes” list. It’s the world’s first low-carb, high-protein, lectin-free breakfast cereal. They taste delicious and are 100% guilt-free. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need

  • 6 tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 5-6 tbsp Magic Spoon frosted cereals
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tbsp raw organic cocoa powder (non-alkalized)
  • ½ cup almonds (blanched)
  • 4-5 hazelnuts
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (when in season)
  • 4-6 drops stevia
  • ½ scoop grass-fed whey protein powder

How to Prepare

Simply add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. You can replace the strawberries with 3-4 tbsp Magic Spoon fruity cereals.

These were my favorite lectin-free smoothie recipes for the Plant Paradox Diet. Do you have any lectin-free smoothie recipes you want to share? If you have any questions about the Plant Paradox Diet or any of these recipes, let me know in the comments below. I’ll be happy to help you out! Stay vibrant, happy & healthy.

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