Obviously, we’re big fans of fruit. What’s not to love? Fruit tastes sweet, is usually full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, gives us natural energy, makes our skin and hair look healthy, and is good for everyone.
Well, almost everyone. If you’re watching your sugar intake (as many people are), fruit can be difficult to fit in. While it’s always better to snack on something naturally sweet than something processed, many people diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or who are just naturally concerned with the amount of sugar they eat, will sometimes avoid fruit in general because they just don’t know how much sugar they’re exactly ingesting.
In our minds, fruit shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 fruits that are low in sugar, but not in flavor.
This small, sour citrus fruit packs a punch in terms of flavor and health benefits. Valued back in the day for helping to prevent and treat scurvy because of its high vitamin C content, limes are also full of antioxidants and fiber. With one whole lime coming in at only 1g of sugar and just about 2g of fiber, it’s the perfect fruit to add tart sweetness to smoothies, liven up water, and squeeze on tacos.
For a luxurious lime drink try our Carrot Coconut Lime smoothie.
Like lime, this citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C and fiber, aiding in digestion and keeping skin looking lovely. Extremely alkalizing, lemon can help get your PH level back to a healthy place. With 1.5g of sugar and 1.6g of fiber per serving (one whole fruit), you can get your dose of vitamin C without bumping up insulin levels.
Stay hydrated with lemons and sip on our Rambutan Lavender Lemonade smoothie.
According to some newer studies, a phytonutrient in raspberries called raspberry ketone may be extremely beneficial to weight loss. By interfering directly with fat cells, raspberry ketone may actually help keep the body from digesting and absorbing fat. In addition to this great waist-trimming benefit, raspberries are full of vitamin C, manganese and fiber, and have a lot of helpful antioxidants.
Ten raspberries (which is a good serving for a smoothie) have a little less than one gram of sugar, one gram of fiber, and only 10 calories, making them the perfect addition to any midday snack or dessert.
The tart flavor of raspberries is the perfect contrast to the sweet banana and orange in this Raspberry Orange smoothie.
Low in calories but loaded with vitamin C, blackberries are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Recent studies also point to blackberries as having both cancer-fighting benefits as well as brain health benefits, which means they should really be a staple in your diet! With 3.5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and even a gram of protein in a half cup, blackberries are a surprisingly well-rounded fruit, and the perfect addition to any smoothie.
Get your blackberry fix with this Sage Blackberry smoothie.
Blueberries are packed with vitamins, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin K — all of which contribute to bone health. Because of their high amount of fiber, blueberries are also great at helping to ward off heart disease. Like blackberries, blueberries may lower the risk of cognitive decline and diseases like Parkinson’s.
Fifty blueberries (which is a pretty hefty serving!) will net about 7 grams of sugar and a little less than 2 grams of fiber.
Sip on our Blueberry Crumble smoothie and feel the benefits of this small but powerful berry.
Yes, avocados are considered a fruit! Full of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and potassium, avocados also have a healthy serving of the monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, which has been connected to a reduction of inflammation in the body as well as the lowering of bad cholesterol.
One avocado contains 1.3 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fiber.
For a decadent yet healthy treat, try our Chocolate Covered Pomegranate smoothie.
This tart fruit that gains popularity every holiday season is perhaps best known as being a natural treatment for UTIs. The large amount of proanthocyanidins in cranberries make it difficult for certain bacteria to attach to urinary tract walls, and easier for the immune system to fight off infections. In the same way, cranberries may also be good for oral health.
Full of vitamin C, E and low in calories, a half cup of raw cranberries comes out to 2.2 grams of sugar and 2.5 grams of fiber.
Spice things up without the sugar and sip on our Cranberry Kumquat Tart smoothie.
Ranking as one of the top 10 fruits in terms of antioxidant power, strawberries are full of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and even some calcium. Even though they’re incredibly sweet, they’ve only got 7 grams of sugar in a one cup serving, along with 3 grams of fiber and one gram of protein.
Strawberries truly shine in our Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie smoothie.
Low in calories but full of fiber, Vitamins C and A, and potassium, grapefruit has been studied as a weight loss and insulin resistance aid. Citrus fruits like grapefruit have also been studied as possibly helping to prevent strokes.
A half grapefruit has about 52 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of sugar, and contains only 13 grams of carbs.
Give your tastebuds a real treat with this Minty Grapefruit with Lime smoothie.
Honeydew is one of those fruits that goes perfectly into a smoothie because of how easily it mixes with other flavors. Packed with vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B-6 (which is connected to the production of serotonin in the body), honeydew is a great alternative to bananas or pineapples if you’re looking to sweeten a green smoothie without adding too much sugar.
One large wedge of honeydew has 52 calories, 10 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber.
Honeydew takes center stage in our Honeydew Lavender Lift smoothie.
You can taste even more healthy and delicious fruit combinations when you join the Green Blender Smoothie Club!