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Mojito Detox Smoothie (Sugar Free)

by Brittany on June 9, 2012

I’m detoxing, like crazy. Turns out for months (potentially even years) I have had Candida. It had to get really bad before it became painfully obvious what was going on. Its more than clear now why my blood sugar went buck wild, why digestive distress has been a constant battle, why my adrenals became so exhausted.  Finding the underlying cause of illness is so important.

A few friends suggested green juice and smoothies to me, as a way to encourage detoxification. I have never been a fan of either.. until now.

Turns out with the use of a little stevia and flavoring agents such as Lime and Mint that green can be REALLY good. I have enjoyed this smoothie for breakfast the past 3 mornings. I can’t get enough. Its filling thanks to the avocado, and it energizes me. Normally I depend on b vitamins to maintain my energy levels enough to get through the day, I have’t needed them.

Most smoothies are filled to the brim with all kinds of fruit. Fruit of course is healthy.. but for the candida ridden, adrenal fatigued, metabolic syndrome me.. fruit can ruin my day. Finding  a solution to making an indulgent smoothie without the sugar was exciting. Detoxing can be delicious.

Though even if you don’t need to detox, and you can have fruit.. I think you’ll enjoy this just the same.

Mojito Smoothie

5 Ice Cubes
1 Avocado (pitted and skin removed)
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
1 handful of soaked nuts (any variety)
Lime Juice to taste (1-3 TBS)
Stevia to taste 
pinch of sea salt.
Add- Water or Milk to gain desired thickness.

Combine all ingredients in blender. Taste test as you go.

Note: For those sensitive to nuts, they can be left out. They do not have to be soaked in order to blend. I just soak mine to increase their digestibility.  If you leave out the nuts, try using coconut milk or another type of milk instead of water.



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Heather June 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Thank you for this! I have candida issues also, so sometimes I'll have a berry smoothie, but that's not the greatest.


Brittany June 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Oh Berries! I'm not to the point yet that I can have them without the candida flourishing out of control again. All the beautiful fresh fruit this time of year is taunting me!


Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) June 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Such a purty color!!! I am SO into green smoothies and can't wait to add this one to my list. I'm in the process of developing a cleanse for my health coaching clients that will focus on smoothies and juicing and whole foods, so your concoction is right up my alley. Thank you Brittany!!! I'm so glad you were finally able to pin down the Candida. My understanding is that almost everyone has it, even though we don't know it. Keep up the good work and I hope you continue to improve your health!


Brittany June 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thanks Ellen!! We do all have it.. and we are supposed to. It just becomes problematic when it becomes too rampant, which happens quite easily if we have a not so great immune system. And as we all know.. any of us with autoimmunity have very confused, very messed up systems :) It started for me in my colon during a long spell in which I had terrible digestions and went undiagnosed with hypothyroidism.


Margaret June 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I'm gonna buy some frozen coconut meat and try this with no avocado (I'm severely allergic to em all of a sudden). Looks delicious!


Brittany June 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Good Idea! It will be less creamy- but with the ice it should still be really good :)


Amanda June 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thank you so much for this post. I have hashimoto's, allergies, adrenal fatigue, and candida. I really appreciate all of the information and recipes you provide. I was wondering what else you are doing to treat the candida. Do you think candida could cause Hashimoto's?


Brittany June 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Sounds like we are in the same boat! All I know is that 3 years ago my digestions was AWFUL. So so slow. I had hypothyroidism and went undiagnosed for a solid few years. I'm pretty sure during this time, the slow digestions caused the candida because I started noticing way back then the "irritated" inflamed feeling I often get in my colon. Sometimes I wish I could scratch the insides of my intestines (gross right?) But they are that irritated. My health spiraled out of control after that point (and I developed hashi's after as well). So I do think it could have had something to do with it. I guess candida can cause leaky gut.. which then allows for an abundance of food intolerances and allergies. Its defiantly all connected somehow. Candida also tends to really mess with blood sugar levels which in turn causes adrenal fatigue. To bad healing is such a long, slow process!

I'll be writing a post soon on what I do to combat the yeast beast! :)


Amanda June 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Yes, I believe we are on the same boat. It can be very discouraging at times so I am glad I found your blog. I am always looking for new ways to improve my health. Your website and podcasts are a blessing. Keep up the good work!


Brittany June 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Discouraging for sure. I think its so important to keep it positive as much as possible. Feel free to message me if you ever get stuck. I don't have all the answers (still figuring it all out :) But considering that we are dealing with the same stuff.. maybe I can help a little! xo


Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free June 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe!!! I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis (slow emptying of the stomach) and I was put on medicine that helps but I'm SO TIRED during the day that I can hardly function. I also have hypoglycemia and hypothyroidism... Now I'm thinking I also might have adrenal fatigue and maybe candida, but I'm still researching it and trying to figure out how to treat it. Thanks again for this recipe and I'm looking forward to your post on yeast.



Brittany June 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

You poor thing :( Totally been there.. I have spent so many days barely able to get out of bed! Keep looking for your answers. You'll get them!! xo


Margaret June 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Cassidy - you may want to try a grain free diet for a few months if you can. I was diagnosed with severe gastroparesis a couple years ago when I also had my gallbladder removed. It has since gotten much better (It ended up causing heartburn and gastritis - both of which I never deal with anymore). Before I went grain free I had to be cautious about raw fruit and veggies, and take antacids/heartburn medication regularly and now they don't bother me at all. I've also been struggling with Candida, so I'm trying a no sugar diet for the next month w/ lots of extra garlic & coconut oil to see if that complements the dose of diflucan (that made me feel like death for 3 days). I hope you feel better!!


Kate @ eatrecyclerepeat June 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

This looks delicious! I've been wondering if I have candida issues, as I have Hashimoto's & PCOS. It is so hard to pin down specifics sometimes. I've recently picked up a book called "Sweet Potato Power" that has proven to be helpful, and I'm lucky to have a chiropractic neurologist in my family who specializes in this sort of stuff. But he doesn't create recipes! So thanks again for all your good work.


Faye @ RawLawyer June 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I've been struggling with adrenal issues, candida and digestive issues as well. Thanks so much for sharing. I didn't realize the link between candida and adrenal issues before...Are you aware of any good sources for more information on the link? I'd like to dig into with my holistic doctor.


Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I'm on the Body Ecology Diet right now to kill Candida too...I've been on it for a little over 2 months. I've "forgotten" about smoothies, assuming that there are no "non-fruit" smoothies that wouldn't be a nightmare to choke down. But THIS one sounds delicious!! and so healthy too! i'll definitely have to try it! i hope your detox continues to go well!


SunnyB@andloveittoo June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Having this for breakfast, right now! So refreshing. Thank you, Brittany. xo


Brittany June 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

You and me both :)


Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free June 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Thanks for the nice comments! Margaret - I'm mostly grain free but haven't committed to it... yet. I might have to try it.

I LOVED this smoothie recipe. I've been trying tons of green smoothies lately and this one is BY FAR the best!!! Thanks so much for the recipe, I put a link to it on my "Recipes That Shine" page on my site - and I'm sure I'll be linking many more :)


Val @ Tips on Healthy Living June 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

The Anti-Candida Diet can be tough to stick to but working through the levels and taking it one day at a time helps. Weirdly the hardest thing can be giving up fermented foods and foods with vinegar. Good luck with it and keep drinking this awesome looking smoothie!


Brittany June 12, 2012 at 3:52 am

That's a good point Val! I didn't realize for awhile that vinegar was a no-no.
For a period I was consuming quite a bit and confused why I was feeling worse. Candida is one complicated beast!


Rebecca June 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The vinegar/fermented foods have been the hardest for me as well! I can't wait to try this smoothie! My go to breakfast has been chia seeds, shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, stevia, and water. It will be nice to change it up a bit. :-)


Jedha June 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I've had candida in the past and it is such a pain to get rid of. Thing is it often has a way of flaring up again later down the track. I guess the good thing is it makes us really *clean up* our act. Thanks for the smoothies recipe. Looks delicious :) Good luck with your detox and reclaiming your health.


Brittany June 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

So true! An absolute crazy pain in the butt to get under control. You have to attack it from many different angles at once and be extremely patient.
Sometimes I'll make great progress and then with one little mistake find I'm practically back to square one. It's a process for sure!


Amy July 1, 2012 at 2:15 am

Hi Brittany,

This recipe looks great and I want to try it. I'm wondering what the lime juice is for since I react to citrus. Usually my substitute is pure ascorbic acid or vitamin C crystals (forget which one and I'm not in the kitchen!). Any advice?

Thank you :-)


Brittany July 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

The lime is in there for flavor! Mojitos = mint and lime :) however you could technically leave it out and just have the smoothie taste minty. The only thing is that without the lime the smoothie may turn brown if it sits out for awhile since avocados tend to do that if they don't have any lemon or lime on them..


Veralyn February 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Thanks Brittany!!! I just recently discovered my yeast beast, so I am excited to try out your detox drink, as well as your other anti-candida green drink!!! I was gluten free, dairy free, corn free, low-glycemic sugars already, but with the discovery of the beast, I once again found that there are very few safe foods to eat, espcecially after just buying a box of apples, oranges, bananas, rice and potatoes......sigh. I have tried some of your recipes before, but I am excited that I can still use many of your recipes to help me figure out what to eat. Good luck with your battle!!


Veralyn February 15, 2013 at 12:56 am

I couldn't find any mint anywhere, so instead of a mint lime mojito, I had a basil lemon smoothie. Not too bad, but I would still like to try the mint sometime.`


Jen April 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful information, as well as amazing recipes. I want to try a green smoothie, I'm not a creative cook, but I have a severe allergy to avocado. Do you have a suggestion for a replacement?


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