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Green Dream, The Plant Paradox Smoothie

Plant Paradox Smoothie

Everyone starts The Plant Paradox program with Dr. Gundry’s green smoothie, but I didn’t. I started it by baking orange-cranberry muffins.

That says something about me, right? Joke aside, I didn’t make a smoothie for two weeks because I had no blender. I ordered a blender, waited for it to come, and started experimenting with the original Dr. Gundry green smoothie from the book until I reached a mix I was satisfied with.

I call it Green Dream because when I shared the smoothie for the first time on my Instagram, someone commented that it looked like a green dream. I asked that person for permission to use this as the official name. He agreed.

The Dr. Gundry Plant Paradox smoothie is nutritious, clean, tasty, refreshing

It’s hard to find a lectin-free, sugar-free smoothie ready-made. Usually, green smoothies contain at least one fruit and/or cucumber. But this is so easy to make, and it tastes so good, not to mention it is much cheaper and environmentally friendly.

It’s made of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, mint, ginger, coconut butter, hemp hearts, avocado and lemon juice. This can successfully replace one meal a day and will give you a copious amount of greens, healthy fats, and a little bit of plant protein. I know that everyone following the Plant Paradox program and a lectin-free diet has added their own contribution to this lectin-free staple. So feel free to tweak it to suit your palate and dietary needs.

I don’t make the Green Dream plant paradox smoothie every day. My body asks for it when it’s time for a reset. I usually break my fast with it late morning, but to tell you a secret, you will feel excellent if you have it for dinner (very helpful when you want to shed a few pounds). I make a full blender each time, making three portions (more or less depending on how big your appetite for smoothies is).

More green smoothie recipes

If you are up for another great-tasting, nutritionally dense, superfood green smoothie, try the Avocado and Collard Greens Superfoods Smoothie.

This recipe is part of The Ultimate Lectin-Free Breakfast Guide, Recipe Round-Up, check it out for more tasty and satisfying lectin-free breakfast ideas.

Green Dream, The Plant Paradox Smoothie

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 3
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes

Start your health journey with this lectin-free green smoothie.


  • 6 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 piece of raw ginger, the size of a thumb
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint (stems and leaves)
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 3 cups of water



Wash, chop and measure the ingredients (rough chopped lettuce takes more space than spinach, so I fill the blender with lettuce first up to the 6 cup mark, then stuff as much spinach as I can, and leave a little space for the avocado and the rest of the ingredients).


Stuff your blender with all the ingredients, adding water on top (I have a 9 cup Ninja blender and I fill it all the way up) and blend on high until smooth.


Taste and check thickness, add more water if necessary.


Store in an air-tight glass container, in the fridge, for up to three days. I like to refrigerate at least one hour before drinking. Alternatively, if you are in a rush, replace some of the water with ice.


Lectin-free, suitable for Plant Paradox Phase 2 and 3, for the Phase 1 cleanse coconut butter and hemp hearts should be avoided. Sugar-free. Gluten-free. Vegan.

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  • Reply
    October 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Claudia, is there an alternative to coconut butter? Coconut never sits well with me.
    Thanks in advance.

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      October 25, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Hmmm, not sure. I add it for taste and a little fat intake, you can add another type of fat or just skip it. Just have the green smoothie without the butter and up your fat intake in other meals (like evoo).

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    January 3, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Is coconut butter just like coconut oil?

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      January 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      No it’s not. Coconut butter is also sold under the name ‘coconut manna’ – it contains both the oil and the pulp and you usually have to warm it up and mix it before you use it, because the oils separate. I think I have a link to the one I use in my shopping page.

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    February 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have an avocado allergy (so sad, I know!)… what can I replace avocado with? MCT oil?

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      February 2, 2019 at 11:21 am

      It’s not going to get you the same texture, but sure, from a nutritional pov, you can replace the fat in avocado with MCT oil.

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      February 25, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Cathy have you tried microwaving the avacado for 5 sec? It supposed to kill the allergen with a try?

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    March 16, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I have a lettuce allergy. What should I substitute for the romaine?

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      March 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Donna, you can use any green leaves: spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale. Of course, is not going to taste or look exactlly the same but it will work. In fact I have a new green smoothie recipe on the website that is made only with collard greens and avocado.

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    April 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Do you ever put Dr. Gundry supplements in your smoothie?
    I have added Vital Reds and prebiotic thrive to mine. Does that Dilute
    The effectiveness of them?

    • Reply
      April 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Sometimes I do, I don’t see any issues with that.

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    carolyn lewis
    May 2, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I made a green smoothie with romaine, spinach, stevia glycerin, avocado, lemon juice, mint and a date. I had a reaction. My joints reacted with gout like pain. Any ideas why that might have happened? I drank for several days before I realized it was the smoothie that I was reacting to.

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      May 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Carolyn, firstly I would remove the date and stevia, and try again. If you still have the same reaction look into the avocado, spinach, and lemon, which are high histamine.

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    July 14, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Are you ever worried about raw spinach and oxalates? I’ve recently given up putting raw greens in my smoothies. So much information out there, I just don’t know what to believe. I would sincerely appreciate your thoughts.

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      July 21, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Hi Dede, I didn’t use to worry too much about it, but now that I have found out I have a histamine overload and a hard time breaking down histamines, I am more careful with these things. If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t have to remove them, but be careful of how much of it you eat and how frequent, and how you combine them. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, unfortunately. I hope this helps. xx

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    April 10, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Is this recipe enough for 3 mornings smoothies? I assumed since there was so much. Thanks!

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