These 2 Smoothies Will Conquer Your Sugar Cravings

The biggest threat to my diet is sugar. I can eat a packet of Tim Tam's or smash a bowl of ice cream without trouble. I crave to. But within 15 minutes I feel horrible. It's not guilt or a sugar spiking energy crash, my stomach just feels sick. My body feels as though I've put the wrong thing in it. Like going to a gas / petrol station and putting diesel in a car that runs on petrol. 

So how do I balance my sweet cravings with real food? Invariable, I make my own chocolate, roll my own bliss balls or make sweeter smoothies. The latter can be made in the afternoon or evening too. Let's not typecast smoothies people.

A key ingredient to a healthy sweet is dates. I buy the dried pitted ones, because I'm a Tight @ss Tim. The upperclass medjool's look better in stores and on blog recipes, but I keeps-it-real.

Dates are a decent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Importantly, they're genuinely sweet. You don't need many to sweeten things right up. And a little trick to make them pop in even more is adding sea salt. The combination works and it's the foundation of any sugar free 'salted caramel' product you'll find or make.

So get stuck into these smoothies whenever your sweet tooth is in need. For me that's in the middle of the afternoon or after dinner. You can always use less liquid and make these into smoothie bowls if you want a great dessert.

Lastly, don't be afraid to add some greens in too. I try to add spinach to all my smoothies, especially the sweeter ones.

green press pecan pie

Pecan Pie Smoothie

  • Takes 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 serving


  • Frozen banana - 1 1/2
  • Pecans - 1/2 cup
  • Pitted dates - 5
  • Vanilla paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Numeg - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Sea salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Almond milk - 1 cup
  • Optional - Spinach - 2 cups


  1. Blend until creamy

green press salted caramel smoothie

Salted Caramel Smoothie

  • Takes 4 minutes
  • Makes 1 serving


  • Frozen banana - 2
  • Pitted dates - 6
  • Sea salt - small pinch
  • Vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coconut water - 1 cup
  • Optional - Spinach - 2 cups


  1. Blend until creamy


Image credit: Sophia van den Hoek

About James

I co-founded Green Press in 2013. I grew up in Alice Springs, the Australian outback, with absolutely no understanding of what healthy food is. Mum...

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