Have you ever not blended a smoothie after seeing the sugar content? If so, then this post is for you! I’m sharing what fruits are low in sugar and highlighting my fav low sugar fruits, as well as sharing the best smoothie recipes using fruits with less sugar.

Why do I care about the sugar content of my smoothies? Well…

Best low sugar fruit for smoothie

Drinking one green smoothie a day is one of the simplest ways to maintain a healthy diet.

There’s just something about drinking 16 ounces of pure leafy green and fruit goodness that makes the skin glow. And if the sugar content is keeping you from drinking a daily smoothie, then I want to help!

Table of Contents
  1. Which Fruits are Low in Sugar?
  2. Natural Sugar VS Processed Sugar
  3. Green Smoothie Formula for Low Sugar Smoothies
  4. Fruit Smoothies with Less Sugar
  5. Low Sugar Fruits FAQs

Which Fruits are Low in Sugar?

I’m sure this question has everyone naming a variety of berries, yet berries aren’t the only fruits with less sugar. Check out this sweet list:

  • Lemon 1-2 grams per fruit
  • Lime 1-2 grams per fruit
  • Raspberry 5 grams per cup
  • Strawberry 7 grams per cup
  • Blackberry 7 grams per cup
  • Kiwi 6 grams per kiwi
  • Grapefruit 9 grams per 1/2 fruit
  • Avocado 1 gram per fruit
  • Watermelon 10 grams per cup
  • Cantaloupe 13 grams per cup
  • Orange 12 grams fruit
  • Peaches 13 grams per fruit
Fresh cherries and strawberries for a healthy smoothie

Since 1 serving of green smoothie has 1.5 cups of fruit, feel free to swap out a higher sugar fruit in any of my smoothie recipes for 1.5 cups of any fruit on this list. That will immediately lower the sugar content.

Natural Sugar VS Processed Sugar

It’s super important to note that not all sugar is created equal. 1 cup of refined sugar is NOT the same as 1 cup of fruit sugar. Why? because fruit not only contains sugar, but also fiber. Fiber is essential for breaking down sugar, and keeping our bodies from a sugar crash.

Daily consumption of fruit can actually combat obesity, according to a study done by the US National Library of Medicine. Yet, if fruit still causes your blood sugar to spike, then speak to your practitioner for the best diet plan for you.

Green Smoothie Formula for Low Sugar Smoothies

My tried and true green smoothie formula is this: 1.5 cups fruit + 1 cup leafy greens + 1 cup liquid. Use this and you can’t go wrong! Yet, if you’re trying to keep your blood sugar happy, then I’ve got a trick for you…. just flip the formula.

That’s right, turn that smoothie formula into 1.5 cups leafy greens + 1 cup fruit + 1 cup liquid. A deliciously sweet smoothie, yet lower in sugar! This way you can still enjoy a variety of fruits and also keep your body from experiencing a sugar crash. I’ve got quite a few smoothies for diabetics that meet this criteria!

Low sugar fruits for blending in smoothies

Fruit Smoothies with Less Sugar

These smoothies are my go-to when looking for a low sugar option. Try a few of these and then let me know what you think!

All of the smoothies above have less than 20 grams of sugar per serving. Plus, they’re loaded with fiber to help process that sugar into useable energy in the body.

More ways to process sugar in smoothies

If you want to lower the sugar in your smoothie even more, then boost it with protein + healthy fat. Your body needs carbs (sugar + fiber) and protein, as well as healthy fat to function properly. If you find yourself having a sugar crash after drinking a smoothie, then you should be boosting it to help process the carbs you just ingested.

My fav way to boost a smoothie is with a plant based protein powder, like homemade protein powder. This protein powder is designed especially for smoothies. 1 serving adds 10 grams of protein as well as 4 grams of fat to every smoothie.

Low Sugar Fruits FAQs

What fruits have no sugar?

While fruits naturally have some sugar, there are options that are low… and have fiber to help your body process that natural sugar to keep your glucose from spiking. This includes: papaya, lemons, watermelon, grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.

Which fruits are highest in sugar?

Pomegranates, mango, bananas and oranges are higher in natural sugar. Choose greener bananas for a lower sugar option and eat these after eating a meal loaded with vegetables, protein and healthy fat to lower a potential sugar spike.

What is the healthiest fruit for diabetics?

Stick to my low sugar fruit list for fruits that will give you the smallest amount of natural sugar, and eat those fruits after eating other foods like vegetables, protein and healthy fat. Eating fruit with things like almonds, cashews, nut butter, in a salad with plenty of vegetables and leafy greens, or with a meal or in a green smoothie can all help your body best process those fruits.

What are your fav low sugar fruits and how do you like to eat them? Drop a comment and share!

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. I try this recipes this morning, but instead of water I used organic coconut water and instead of adding protein power I added Chia seeds. It taste good.

  2. Hello- Should the fruit be fresh or frozen? Also, would it be okay to just add a plant based protein powder? Thank you.

    1. Awesome questions! The fruit can be fresh or frozen, yet using at least 1 frozen helps to make your smoothie colder. And a plant based protein powder is def a great idea! Check out our Protein Smoothie Boost – 10g of clean organic protein per serving.

  3. 5 stars
    My father-in-law is diabetic, love having these ingredients on hand to help keep his sugar levels low.

  4. I did not have strawberries and blueberries so i used just spinach ginger turmeric banana and pineapple. I actually liked the taste and blending the greens and water first makes a whole lot of sense

    1. That sounds delicious and we are big advocates of blending greens + liquid first. It makes for a nice, creamy smoothie!

  5. I read this online – is it true? :
    If you blend fruit, the natural sugars are released from within the cell walls of the fruit and become “free sugars”. Free sugars include any added sugars (including honey and maple syrup) and are the kind we should all be cutting down on to protect our teeth as well as lower our energy intake to help maintain a healthy weight. Even if they have some added vegetables like spinach or kale, they are still likely to be high in sugar.

    1. Hi Karen. Blending fruit does not increase its sugar content. If you have 1 1/4 cup of berries with 17g of carbohydrates, 5g of fiber and 11g of sugar, that nutritional information will stay the same. What does change is how quickly that fruit gets absorbed into your body. I’m not sure where you read that blending fruit creates “free sugars” but that is incorrect. Blending fruit will not alter or change the type of sugar fruit contains. If you are worried about the sugar content in your smoothies, use more leafy greens, vegetables (e.g., celery, cucumber), and herbs and less fruit.

    2. Hi Sarah. The article you link to makes these claims but they don’t cite any studies that back up what they are saying. Furthermore, the video they link to under #3 speaks only about juices and soft drinks, not about smoothies.

      Melissa Montalto, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, writes for the Whole U at the University of Washington. She states that “with smoothies, you retain the fiber [of fruits], which can help you feel fuller and improve your digestive health.” The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health confirms that whole fruit smoothies containing skin, pulp and flesh retain the nutrients and fiber present in the fresh fruit. This is one reason we are Simple Green Smoothies, not Simple Green Juices; we love that blending keeps all the wonderful fiber you get from whole fruits and veggies.

      Again, what does change when you blend a whole fruit is how quickly that fruit + its nutrients, fiber, and sugars are absorbed into your body.

      You will notice that the majority of our smoothie recipes calls for at least one leafy green or vegetable, if not more. It’s important to remember you always have the option of using more leafy greens, more vegetables, and more herbs in your smoothies and less fruit. Our recipes are made to be tweaked and changed according to an individual’s tastes and dietary needs.

  6. Please I really want to be clarified of this to make my smoothies worth enjoying for me. Can I say that 2 cups of apples, pear, peach, is equivalent to 4 medium size of each. Also can 2 sticks of banana be a equivalent to 2 cups of banana.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Njideka! There’s really no exact science to blending green smoothies. For the purposes of our smoothies, we usually say one apple, banana, pear, or peach is roughly equal to one cup of that fruit.

  7. Hi! I’ve been using your green smoothie recipes on-and-off for a few years. Is there a way to search for recipes that use specific ingredients on your website (like you can on the app)? I recently started a low carb diet, and I am looking at your recipes that use the lower sugar fruits. My diet cuts out fruits for the first phase, although I can have an apple a day. I have also been reading about the health benefits of celery juice. I am looking for a low carb recipe that incorporates a lot of celery. I am thinking … celery, cucumber, and apple to sweeten it up? Or maybe add avocado? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Christina,

      At the top right of our website you will see a search bar and if you type in “celery” all of our recipes with that ingredient will show up. However if you are wanting recipes with a combination of specific ingredients you should check out our Daily Blends App! You will be able to search specific ingredients and the recipe will show up for you.

      Hope that helps!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Edwige,

      You are welcome!! So happy it was helpful to you 🙂

  8. Thanks much for the recipes. I particularly like the idea of using more greens to help cut down on the sugar as I am pre-diabetic and working hard to maintain a very low sugar level. Thanks much.

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Doris,

      So glad that this recipe was helpful to you!

      We make sure we try our best to accommodate everyone’s needs and I am so glad yours was one of them! 🙂

  9. I can maintain my weight consuming fruitful green smoothies, but I don’t lose weight unless I cut way back on the fruit. So this is my basic low sugar combo: Greens, green apple, carrot, celery with unsweetened nut milk. Sound bland? Here’s the fun part: Add 1/4-inch peeled ginger, 1/8-inch slice of well cleaned organic lemon with the rind, and some vanilla protein powder. Works best in a Vita-Mix; I tried it with a Kitchen-Aid and it was way too chunky.

    1. Hey Daun,

      That sounds like a really delicious recipe! Love that you have found what works best for you and made it your own.

      Cheers!

  10. Thank you for this article! I need to cut back on natural sugars to heal my body, and knowing these low sugar fruits will definitely help with the transition!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Amy,

      So happy this recipe was helpful to you! Wishing you the best with your health journey.

      xoxoxo