My Paleo 21 Day Sugar Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Finished product of my paleo 21dsd smoothie

Finished product of my Paleo 21 DSD smoothie

So on April 1st I started my first 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD), and that is no April’s Fool joke. Don’t know what I am talking about? Never heard of the the 21 Day Sugar Detox? Check it out here.  Well renowned nutritionist, Diane Sanfilippo, created this detox to help us get in check with our bodies where we, basically, show our bodies whose boss. The detox is a natural way we can help our bodies break free from those carb and sugar cravings that effect our bodies and brains on a daily basis. Benefits to the detox are experiencing more energy throughout the day but more so to help us understand that even natural sugars can add a lot of unneeded sugars/toxins to our bodies.

When I attended PaleoFx, I learned that many of the followers of the Paleo lifestyle unbeknownst to them, lead a slippery slope and can fall down the same pitfalls that Adkins dieters did in the late 90s. People assume if you are Paleo you have carte blanche to eat all the meat you want. To extent that is true, but it is not the whole truth. By volume, the most type of food we should consume on daily basis is not meat but VEGETABLES, then animal proteins, then fruits and then your good fats like avocados, nuts, etc. Wow! I like to think of myself as a healthy person and I kind of knew that already but to hear it from knowledgeable people in the Paleo industry say it made it even more real. The old adage, don’t forget to eat your veggies, brings on a new meaning to me. Having that said, what I have personally learned from embarking on my first sugar detox is that despite being coined as such a healthy eater, I still needed to increase my veggies intake and at the same time decrease my fruit intake. Pre cleanse, I think by consumption, I ate a lot of fruit, then animal protein and then veggies. After the 21DSD, I am more in tune with my body and can better prioritize my servings.

Yesterday was Day 21 and I thought it was only appropriate to share what got me through my first sugar detox challenge. Again while the entire cleanse was not too difficult for me to follow since I eat pretty clean, the only thing that took me a bit to adjust to was limiting my fruit intake to only 1 green tipped banana or 1 Granny Smith green apple a day. That was rough at first, but like everything else my body got used to it and I was satisfied with my 1 serving of fruit after just a few days. I am utterly amazed how your body just adjusts after a few short days. I can imagine this is what a junkie goes through, where it is hell the first two days without your drugs and after that your body just readjusts. That is how I was with fruit. After a few days of having sugar withdrawals and the “shakes”, I didn’t miss my grapes, watermelons, berries, grapefruits, etc as the days progressed.

Getting back to what saved me through the detox, I don’t know if it was a Godsend or not but my blender broke in the beginning of the challenge and my wonderful in-laws surprised me and bought me a Vitamix for my birthday. My life has been so exciting with my Vitamix that I wonder how did I ever live?  I LOVE IT and perhaps that might have to do with some of my recent enthusiasm with this wonderful “Green Monster” smoothie. I call it Green Monster of course because of its color and in honor of the amazing city where I went to college (Boston College) and the city that was effected by such a travesty this past week during the Boston Marathon. The real Green Monster are green “bleacher” seats at the oldest baseball stadium, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. My New York Yankee loving family would kill me for mentioning the Sox on the blog, but I think they will understand this one time. And the best part of this smoothie, you ask? Despite the ample amounts of spinach (and kale), my boys love this smoothie and I am excited because that might be the only way I can get them to eat/ drink over 2 cups of spinach in 1 sitting these days so I will take it!


4.5 from 4 reviews

Paleo 21DSD Smoothie
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This 21 Day Sugar Detox Paleo Green Monster Smoothie will have your whole family begging to buy more spinach (or kale or whatever other greens you like) just so you can make this smoothie again. Best part about it is, the smoothie is kid tested and Paleo Mother approved!
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Paleo
Serves: 1
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 cup/ big handful of fresh spinach (although recently I double the leafy green ingredient to 2 cups/ big handfuls to get more nutrients in the smoothie and I like it because it cuts down on the sweetness). You can also sub kale or swiss chard for the spinach or do a combination. The possibilities are endless.
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 spoonful of almond butter
  1. Place all ingredients in your mighty blender.
  2. Blend and prepare to have a party in your mouth. This smoothie is amazing!



So have you ever completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox? If so, how did you feel? And what did you eat for your first “cheat” meal after day 21? Mine was pizza of course, but I am back on “the horse”!

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31 Responses to “My Paleo 21 Day Sugar Detox Green Monster Smoothie”

  1. KelseyApril 25, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Side of mac and cheese with my brisket with BBQ sauce 🙂

  2. EdelAugust 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Am on day 4 of 21dsd …just wondering if you’ve ever mad this with coconut milk instead of almond?

    • LauraAugust 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Yes I think coconut milk would be great too as long as you use coconut milk from a parishable milk carton and not the can, if that makes sense. Let me know how it goes.

      • EðelAugust 8, 2013 at 4:01 am #

        Thanks Laura, I made it this morning using kale instead of spinach and coconut milk instead of almond, I did double the quantity in the hope my 3year old would try some but he wasn’t falling for it lol, however I thought it was quite nice. Not as sweet as the coco-monkie one that I usually have but that is probably a good thing! I’m going to buy some almond milk today I think and try it that way also.
        Thanks for replying so soon

        • LauraAugust 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

          What is your coco-monkey recipe? Sounds delish.

          • EdelAugust 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

            It’s primal toads recipe …
            1 cup coconut water
            1 green tipped frozen banana
            1 tbsp almond butter
            2 tbsp coconut cream concentrate
            4-6 ice cubes
            1/2 tsp vanilla extract
            Pinch of sea salt.
            Whizz it up and enjoy!
            Personally I did not add the vanilla as it was sweet enough for my taste without, you can also add 1-2tbspn 100% cocoa powder though I haven’t tried that yet!

          • LauraAugust 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

            Sounds delish. I will have to try that for sure.

  3. JamieAugust 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    how many times do you drink this a day?

    • LauraAugust 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      When I drink it, I usually just drink one. It’s not intended to be a meal replacement but it can if you are not used to eating a lot in the mornings. I drink it as a snack times during the day when I am home between lunch and dinner or after a workout too.

  4. CindyOctober 13, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I’m confused, why do you say use coconut milk out of a
    carton rather than the can. Doesn’t the almond and coconut milk out
    of the carton contain some form of sugar and other ingredients we
    are not suppose to consume on Paleo?

    • LauraOctober 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      Cindy, I guess it depends on how strict Paleo you are and what makes you feel comfortable. I make this recipe with a local grocery store brand (Sprouts) unsweetened almond milk that has minimal if any “off limit ingredients.” When I wrote you can use coconut milk from carton, I was only making that suggestion because I wanted others to know it was a similar texture.

      You are right though, the canned coconut milk and the coconut “milk” in cartons are two completely different animals because the ingredients and the nutrition info on each are different. Some canned coconut milk has only coconut milk and guar gum for ingredients. It is very thick and creamy with a very high fat content (which is why I said use the carton to reach the same consistency). Because of the fat content, it will typically be separated into a soft solid, almost like soft butter in consistency with a little liquid in the bottom of the can. All will need to be scooped out with a spatula and then mixed up with a whisk to get it to a uniform state.

      Some “milk” in the cartons is like soy milk, almond milk, etc. in consistency. It is much lower in fat and calories and does contains other taboo ingredients. Here’s the ingredient list from So Delicious brand coconut “milk” (carton type): INGREDIENTS: Coconut Cream (Water, Coconut, Guar Gum), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D-2, L-Selenomethionine (Selenium), Zinc Oxide, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12. Obviously there are lots more chemicals.

      So I guess at the end of the day, it’s your choice. If you do try the can version because you prefer it, let me know how it goes. After doing all this research to answer your comment I am intrigued and wonder how my fave smoothie tastes with the real thing.

      Hope this helped.

      • CindyOctober 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

        Hi Laura,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I typically use coconut water in my smoothies but sometimes add coconut cream (canned) from Trader Joe’s or any canned coconut milk I have on hand. I’ve looked at the So Delicious but was spooked by the cane juice. I am going to take a look at it again and give it a try. Thank you.

  5. KaleeOctober 17, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Laura, I definitely want to try this smoothie! I’m new to
    paleo and would love to have something quick and easy I can take
    with me when I’m on the go. I do have a couple questions for you:
    If limiting sugar intake is the goal when drinking this smoothie
    can the banana be replaced with a fruit that has a lower sugar
    content than bananas. My goal is to lose weight with paleo and
    although bananas contain good sugars I still try to watch my intake
    throughout the day. Also, do you need to drink this smoothie with
    every meal? I noticed you said you were limiting your fruit intake
    to one piece a day. One last question, what brand of almond butter
    do you recommend?

  6. StellaOctober 18, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I have a hard time with smoothies, especially in the morning when all I want is something warm and savory. Lately, though, I’ve been experimenting since we’re pretty short on time in the a.m. For the past week, or so, I’ve been choking down various versions of green smoothies but always just felt like I was drinking banana and grass puree. This was AWESOME!!!! I used unsweetened vanilla quinoa milk and the flavor of this thing is AMAZING!! Thanks for posting it, I’m just sorry I waited so long!

  7. rhondaNovember 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    What can you substitute if you have been told not to eat bananas for the sugar detox green monster smoothie, we were told by a herbologist to not eat bananas because or bodies take too long to digest them and they are high in sugar, i so want to try this recipe and am hoping there is something else i can substitute for the bananas

    • LauraJanuary 25, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      Any fruit would be fine like pineapple, peaches, apples, etc. Good luck!

  8. AnneBApril 5, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    3 Year Veteran 21DSD-er here & have slipped into bad habits for a few months. Just started up again and saw this link on my Day 2 email from Diane. Duh … never had it before!!!

    I made this for breakfast with a few modifications:
    Only used 1/2 banana
    2 cups for sure of spinach
    Added 1/2 avocado to provide more substance as a meal

    I don’t usually eat my breakfast until I get to work (8am) and this held me until lunch at noon without any snacking between meals.

    Now, if I want to make MOO-LESS MOUSSE tonight (1/2 recipe), I can still have it as it would only need a 1/2 banana… 😉 (Nice logic, huh?)

    • AnneBApril 5, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      PS – My magic bullet worked just fine… No Vitamix here! 🙁


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