Glycation: How to get your sugar fix the healthy way

-Aug 19, Naomi Buff, Nutrition -

Naomi Buff, who is a holistic nutritionist, knows what it’s like to battle a sweet tooth. Here she shares her recipe for a healthy swap which is perfect for when you’re craving something sugary. 

One of the biggest issues my clients face when they are embarking on a healthier lifestyle is that they feel they will be missing out on their treats. Luckily, you don’t have to miss out on anything when you start to experiment with healthier alternatives to your usual ‘dis-comfort’ food.

An easy one is my avocado chocolate mousse recipe, which will pull you from an afternoon slump, and away from a stack of chocolate chip cookies almost immediately. Or, as Bethany Meyers suggests, simply melting some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and dipping strawberries in the bowl is a brilliant, yet healthy, idea when you fancy something sweet.

If you’re a fan of espresso coffee, tea, or lattés, maybe switch one a day for a health-boosting matcha drink instead.

You can also whip up this fantastic coconut smoothie to satisfy your sugar cravings and avoid glycation which is a major factor in the war against wrinkles.

This simple recipe is packed with TWO superfoods, and I’ve even snuck some spinach in there, but you’d never know from the taste!

Recipe for a healthy coconut smoothie 

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup coconut mik

1 frozen banana

1 cube frozen spinach or 1 cup of fresh organic spinach

1 heaped tbs desiccated coconut

1 tbs raw cacao powder

1 tsp lucuma – optional


Garnish with: cacao nibs and extra coconut.




Blend everything in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass, top with cacao nibs and coconut and drink immediately with a gorgeous big smile!

Naomi’s TIP:  Freeze your bananas when they are ripe, peel them first, break in half and store in a freezer bag.  If you are not using frozen spinach you may want to add more ice to keep it super cool!

Nutritional nuggets of goodness:

Coconut milk:  A good source of the beneficial fat, lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy

Coconut water:  A source of potassium and electrolytes – great for rehydration!

Raw cacao:  A mood boosting and energising superfood

Spinach:  Rich in iron and vitamin C

Lucuma:  A skin healing superfood


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