Kick-off your mornings with a low carb green smoothie!
If you’re searching for quick, healthy recipes, look no more! Whether it’s for breakfast or on-the-go healthy snacks, low carb smoothies are delicious and take only 5 minutes to make!
In my low carb recipes, I like to use a few simple swaps that can make a big difference in a low carb lifestyle. For example, instead of using bananas, I use avocados, which have less than half the amount of carbs while still adding incredible texture and flavor to the smoothie.
Let me show you just how easy this treat is to throw together!
What’s not to love?! Full of creamy goodness and body-loving nutrients, low carb green smoothies are:
- An easy way to get an extra servings of veggies
- Filling, so you won’t be hungry throughout the day
- Convenient to meal prep
- Super quick to blend and go!
With only 5 minutes needed to prep and blend the ingredients, this recipe is a life-saver for busy days. Healthy smoothies are also customizable which helps keep them exciting!
Low Carb Smoothie Ingredient Notes
My low carb green smoothie calls for some basic ingredient substitutions from a typical smoothie recipe. The small changes make a world of difference in carb content, while still providing all the health benefits you want from a green smoothie!
Bananas are commonly used in smoothies for their sweetness and texture. I like to replace them with avocados because they add the same wonderful creaminess while reducing the carb content by more than half!
For milk, you can use low carb milk of your choice. I like unsweetened almond milk because it has a slightly nutty flavor without being overpowering. You can use a little less or more than called for in the recipe if you want to change the thickness of your smoothie.
Protein powder is key to my low carb green smoothie! It’ll give you the needed protein to keep you satiated. However, make sure you’re using a powder that you like the taste of — a yucky tasting powder will make a yucky tasting smoothie.
The mint is a touch I add because it adds a refreshing twist to the smoothie.
Tools To Make
You’ll need a blender to mix your ingredients. That’s it!
A smoothie can be kept in the fridge for a few days, but it best served immediately. Just make sure you shake it up before drinking!
Can You Freeze This?
When I’m preparing for a busy week (or if I’m feeling too lazy to clean my blender throughout the week), I’ll double the recipe and freeze it for a week’s worth of smoothies.
I freeze my smoothies by pouring them into mason jars. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with freezing jars. Mine are not freezer safe, but I just make sure to pour 1-inch below the curve of the jar. This prevents the glass from shattering as the frozen liquid expands. Then, I’ll either defrost the smoothie in the fridge overnight or pack it with my lunch and let it unfreeze throughout the day.
If you don’t want to freeze the smoothie whole, you can also…
Meal Prepping Tips
Freeze the ingredients in individual serving sized baggies!
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Grab a few airtight bags, throw all the solid ingredients together, then freeze it. When you’re craving a low carb green smoothie, take it out of the freezer and add milk to blend! Voila!
You can customize this recipe to suit your needs! With some fruits and toppings, you can switch things up to make low carb drinks even more delicious.
What Kind Of Fruit Can I Add To This For Low Carb Snacks?
Fruits are a great source of vitamins, and they’ll add natural sweetener to your low carb green smoothie. But you’ll have to be mindful of which fruits you use and how much because carb content varies wildly from fruit to fruit. For example, raspberries are a better low carb addition than mangos.
That doesn’t mean high carb fruits like blueberries are off-limits, though! You can still enjoy them in smaller portions.
If you’re craving low carb snacks to satiate your sweet tooth, a low carb strawberry smoothie might be what you need!
How Can I Make This Into Low Carb Meal Replacement Shakes?
I love how convenient this recipe is for a healthy breakfast on the go. Thanks to the avocado and protein powder, the fat and protein in this low carb protein shake will fill you up. You can add low carb peanut butter for additional fat and protein, or 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream for more fat. (Both of these ingredients will make the smoothie even more filling)
If you want, you can also make a smoothie bowl. I like to put raspberries and coconut flakes in my bowl, which give some nice texture and sweetness. But the toppings can be up to you! Add a handful of fruits or nuts for a yummy low carb breakfast.
What Should I Add To Make These Low Carb Shakes Creamy?
If you love a creamy texture, there’s a couple of things you can do! For a low carb milkshake, experiment with using less milk until you find your perfect consistency.
You can also try a low carb peanut butter smoothie! I’ve already mentioned that using peanut butter is a fantastic way to add protein and fat. But it’s also great for adding extra creaminess thanks to the thick texture of peanut butter!
Low Carb Green Smoothie
- Add ingredients to a blender (in the order listed above to prevent the blender from jamming) + blend! If you'd like to eat this as a smoothie bowl, add 2 cups of ice.
- Add your toppings and enjoy!
Low carb green smoothies are so easy, and they never get old! They’re good for your health and your tummy.
Let me know in the comments below what you think! Did you try it as a smoothie bowl? What are your favorite toppings?