You know what sucks about being an adult?
We know we shouldn’t eat certain things. Which I find crazy hard at breakfast; the meal centered around delectable pastries, cereals and smoothies.
But what if I were to tell you there are low carb breakfasts that’ll satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling healthy and full?
It’s true. A low carb breakfast without eggs, packed with protein, antioxidants, no added sugar and just the right amount of sweetness…
I introduce to you my favorite low carb strawberry smoothie recipe.
Trust… your tastebuds, mind, body, and waste line will be so thankful you started your day with this blended cup of nutrients!
Growing up, Jamba Juice was the thing.
My drink of choice was Strawberry’s Wild… so good… but yikes. Literally 55 grams of sugar, in a small!
Clearly not one of the low carb smoothies for diabetics I should’ve been drinking!
And although this sounds alarming, most restaurant smoothies use the same ingredients. So let’s face it, if you’re looking for low carb smoothies, eating out is not the way to go.
Now this strawberry coconut milk smoothie is a different story…
Most of us looking for low carb breakfast recipes don’t just want low carb. We want low carb recipes with a nice balance of macronutrients (protein and fat).
I know what you’re thinking… “low carb low sugar smoothies”… sounds like an oxymoron.
Fruit is naturally packed with sugar, and what type of protein could you possibly add to a smoothie?! Low carb smoothies keto friendly? Not a chance…
Enter Fage, My Protein Packed Best Friend.
Fage is a brand of Greek Yogurt that’s significantly higher in protein than others.
It has a nice, smooth taste and is full of creamy, probiotic goodness! Not to mention, it’s the secret ingredients in all my low carb breakfast smoothies!
I know, yogurt is not a traditional smoothie ingredient…
But trust. Its quasi-tart nature is masked by the sweetness of the fruit. Picky eaters wont even know it’s there.
Plus, it adds that creamy texture to your smoothie you usually add a banana to achieve!
A lot of low carb strawberry smoothies use heavy cream to achieve this consistency. However, I’d prefer the protein from the Fage.
If you’re new to the Greek yogurt game, let me share what I’ve learned…
Greek yogurt is yogurt that’s been extensively strained to remove much of the liquid, whey and lactose (a sugar found in milk products).
This produces a thicker, lower sugar, higher protein yogurt that’s often regarded as a tangier, less sweet alternative.
As with traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt is packed with gut healing bacteria.
As I said above, I always opt for Fage Total. Trader Joe’s also has a great version (my family swears it’s sweeter).
One serving of Fage contains 18 grams of protein (and 8 grams of carbs)!
Be leery of labels flaunting “Greek-style”. It’s not Greek yogurt, and in my book, is a no go. With a 10 second glance of the label, you’ll find a list of thickening agents used to emulate the desired consistency of a true Greek yogurt.
These have been added in lieu of the traditional straining method – therefore, eliminating the benefits of straining.If you’re vegan or dairy free, you can substitute this for coconut or almond yogurt.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a low carb yogurt as high in protein as my beloved Fage. If you find something, let me know!
Although… I’m currently crushing hard on all the amazing Kite Hill products.
They make a mean vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and – get this – a pretty epic almond yogurt. Not very high in protein, however it’s carb content makes for a balanced low carb snack when compared to other vegan options. Check it out!
If yogurt isn’t your thing, no worries….
You can swap it with whatever low carb milk or milk alternative you’re working with.
The drink will be more liquid-y – but will still taste delish.
Milk is not as high in protein as Fage, which can be remedied with the addition of your favorite low carb protein powder! I think chocolate protein powder would taste absolutely delicious in this <3
Protein powder is an awesome way to make a more balanced version of your favorite smoothies! I love making low carb peanut butter smoothie (recipe coming soon!)
If you’re looking for simpler low carb smoothies Atkins has a few prepackaged options.
Even More Protein…
If you’re looking to sneak extra protein into your smoothie, add a few tablespoons of hemp seeds (buy them here).
Get this, 3 Tablespoons of hemp hearts adds 10 grams of protein, only 3 grams of carbs and 13 grams of fat! Making them a great addition to balance the sugar and carbs in your fruit packed smoothie.
Is that not the best news you’ve heard all day or what?!
Hemps seeds have a faint nutty flavor, and a soft and subtle texture.
They’re the perfect addition to smoothies to help balance the macronutrients due to the low fat and protein content of fruit and veggies.
If you like your smoothies a little sweeter…
I typically add stevia. Stevia is definitely an acquired taste.
If you know you like the flavor, then make sure you purchase pure stevia and not stevia combined with chemical laden sugar free alternatives.
If you aren’t worried about carbs, I’d go with maple syrup, agave or honey before blending.
Bonus points… for using frozen fruit!
An awesome way to make your smoothie nice and cold is to use frozen fruit.
Pro tip: If you ever happen to freeze bananas, make sure to take off the peel (it’s literally impossible to take off when frozen) and cut into thin slices (a huge frozen banana is hard for any blender to break down).
Pack your nutrients into one fast and easy blended cup of deliciousness with this low carb meal, guaranteed to start your day right 🙂
If you’re looking for other smoothie recipes, check out our low carb blueberry smoothie!
Let me know your favorite low carb drink in the comments below!
- Toss all ingredients in blender and blend away!
Swap the Fage for coconut yogurt if you're looking for a vegan or dairy free option <3