Hey gang! If you haven’t been following my Insta lately, I just got back from the most magical yoga retreat in Marrakech, Morocco. I’m essentially speechless trying to describe this majestic place, as it’s just so vastly different from anywhere I’ve ever been– and I consider myself fortunate to be fairly well traveled. But if I had to had to pick one word (like ‘Family Feud’ style), I’m gonna go with COLORFUL. Final answer. Even in the most modest environments, these beautiful people created COLOR. Which brings me to the reason for this post (stay with me). By human nature, we are drawn to the vibrancy of chromatic hues. It “wows” us. It’s why we’re captivated by sunsets, flowers in bloom, and yes– that ‘Unicorn’ smoothie that just exploded all over your social media newsfeed, complete with it’s own mythical emoji. Because let’s be honest– it’s the colors that created all the intrigue, right?
Maybe my memory is failing me, but I can’t think of any other beverage that has caused such an uproar in recent history. I actually witnessed grown women arguing about this stupid drink, throwing around words like “hypocrisy” (as in “how can anyone eat Easter candy and two days later condemn this smoothie? Bunch of hypocrites”) and “death (“I drank it and I’m not dead yet”). Let me be very clear. While I am 100% opposed to consuming anything that has 70 something grams of sugar in it, it’s a SMOOTHIE. I’ll say it again– A SMOOTHIE. So can we all agree to take any sort of moral superiority or debate out of this and simply discuss the facts? If you purchased it– hell, even enjoyed every second of it– you are NOT a bad person/mom/dad/hypocrite/whatever other vituperative words I saw crucify these smoothie “offenders”. I feel silly even writing this and I hope you feel silly reading it, because that’s how silly the judgy-ness (this should be a word) is that I stumbled upon on my social media feeds.
That being said, the notion that people were discussing sugar consumption AT ALL had me giddy. To the person that posted “I drank it and am not dead yet”– well, sure… sugar isn’t a gun. That’s not how it works. Sugar offers it’s victims that long, slow, torturous kinda kill– sorta like Kathy Bates character in ‘Misery’. But it is lethal, as in it has the potential to create and feed fatal diseases in your body. One of the many challenges we have in fighting sugar and sugar addiction is that it’s EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING, so it’s conceivable to understand why this epidemic is so widely overlooked. Companies that consumers support and generally trust serve it up so nonchalantly. As a result, it’s rare for a single product to raise a loud enough alarm for people to dig below the surface into the ingredients. Sans sugar, I won’t touch on the ingredient list of “said-smoothie”, although you can read more about it on Food Babe’s thorough post here .
Before I give ya the bright, shiny, colorful alternative recipe I created, here are some reasons, in regards to sugar, that I chose not to shell out money and become a unicorn. Insert crying emoji.
- According to the CDC, in 1990 no state had an obesity rate of greater than 15%. In 2010, just 20 years later, NO state had LESS than a 20% obesity rate. In fact 36 states had an equal or greater than 25% prevalence of obesity and 12 states were greater than 30%!
So what happened? Well, world consumption of sugar has nearly doubled from 1985-2010– from 98 million tons to 160 million tons. And, not surprisingly, global Diabetes rates have grown tenfold in that same timeframe– from 30 million people to 346 million people! (*source)
And potential reasons for this explosion of sugar and Diabetes?
- People used to eat whole fruits, complete with fiber to help breakdown the sugar. Now, we have the option to consume fruit juice, which equals a lot more sugar than 1 single serving of a piece of fruit. Worst of all? This juice as promoted as healthy. Sigh.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (an artificial sweetener, derived from corn) is in just about everything– cereals, cakes, salad dressing, protein bars… the list goes on and on.
- Manufacturers have exploited our “bliss point”. There’s a tipping point in our brain companies search for when deciding how much sugar to add into their product. This is known as the “bliss point”, and it’s targeted frequently. Eyes wide open, folks. (*source)
Good news? I have a smoothie recipe that’s pretty, colorful, and hopefully will make you feel a lil’ magical from the inside out…minus all that sugar ; )
- organic unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 avocado
- E3 Live’s Blue Majik or spirulina (Blue Majik gives more of a blue hue than spirulina’s greenish color)
- 1 carton of organic raspberries
- 1 carton of organic strawberries
- 1 carton organic blueberries
- stevia, to sweeten to your desired taste
1. Blend in a high powered blender- 1/2 avocado, 1 cup coconut milk, handful of raspberries and strawberries (slice strawberries first), a bit of stevia, and ice.
2. Empty contents into cup. Thoroughly wash blender before you blend the “blue portion” next.
3. Blend the other 1/2 of the avocado, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1 scoop of Blue Majik, a handful of blueberries, stevia, and ice.
4. Layer blue portion on top of pink portion. Garnish to your delight!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.