I LOVE LOVE LOVE smoothies and smoothie bowls. They are one of my favorite things to eat. But a single smoothie bowl can leave you consuming more sugar than you should be consuming in three or more days combined! And even though the sugar from fresh fruit and vegetables is a heck of a lot better for you than the refined sugar found in processed foods, it can still pack on the pounds and leave you feeling sluggish and brain-fogged. Ugh!!! But guess what! You can enjoy a delicious smoothie bowl without a ton of sugar and excess calories.
The answer to our smoothie-sugar dilemma: ZUCCHINI! Yep, you read that right. Zucchini adds bulk to your smoothie with minimal calories and sugar. When you lightly steam fresh zucchini, puree it, and freeze it, you can add it to a smoothie without adding any odd aftertaste or other yuckiness. All you’re adding is antioxidants and fiber, leaving you feeling completely satisfied AND full! It’s completely flavorless, so all you’ll taste is the other ingredients. Yasss!!!
All you do is wash the zucchini, cut it up, and steam it. I like to steam my zucchini in a heat-proof sieve right on top of my boiling water in a saucepan. I simply add enough water so that it just barely touches the bottom of the sieve. Then I add my zucchini to the sieve and steam for about 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how big your chunks are. When it is fork-tender, let the zucchini cool before pureeing in a blender or food processor. Then transfer to ice cube trays (preferably BPA-free) and freeze overnight before transferring the cubes to an airtight, freezer-proof container. Store in your freezer for up to a couple of months and use to make delicious, low-calorie, low-sugar smoothies and smoothie bowls.