When you’re just going about your day and you slowly start coveting all the rich, delicious flavors of your favorite healthy recipes, I’m sure a low carb protein shake isn’t exactly what comes to mind…
But let me tell you, this is one of the best low carb smoothies out there! There aren’t too many healthy snacks around that taste like a sweet, dreamy milkshake – and honey – you just hit the motherload!
Forget those low carb recipes that have you snacking on enough lettuce to feed a herd of goats! Have yourself a divinely inspired low carb protein shake instead!
Come see what it’s all about!
The awesomely incredible characteristics of this delicious low carb protein shake cannot be overstated, and I’m totally serious about this! Its creamy, dreamy, cold and delicious but here are some other reason to love it too:
- Heavenly flavor
- Ready in 5 minutes flat
- Virtually no clean-up required
- Totally nutritious
- Versatile recipe
- Easy to ‘eat’ on the go
- Shall I keep going?
Healthy smoothies don’t have to be green to be nutritious. As a matter of fact, this one is chocolate peanut butter flavor. How yummy is that?!
Loading the blender properly is also important to ensure all ingredients blend well and nothing gets stuck under the blades. It may sound far out but it’s true! You should start with liquid first, then powder and solids from smallest to largest. Ice typically comes last.
One last thing — If you’re anything like me then you probably enjoy a tasty little treat at the bottom of your protein shake! Instead of blending the sweet luscious raspberries into the smoothie, mush them up on the bottom of the cup and pour your shake on top.
Then as you’re finishing your scrumptious shake, grab a spoon and go to town!! (Of course, this is totally optional.)
There are a few things you should know…
Protein Powder – It’s really important to make sure that you like the taste of your protein powder before you make your smoothie. Concocting a low carb protein shake with yucky protein powder will give you a terrible tasting smoothie. Don’t do it! (Plus, you’ll waste all the other nutritious ingredients).
Fruit – Now, if you prefer to blend your raspberries into your low carb protein shake then you should probably use frozen ones. Frozen fruit just makes a better smoothie because it adds a thicker, creamy quality and drops the temperature of your shake considerably.
Veggies – Storing spinach in the freezer actually does the same thing and it makes it last longer. The spinach in this recipe is optional, but you can’t taste it (promise) and it’s a great way to sneak in some greens.
Tools To Make
Making a protein shake is so simple you won’t believe it! All you really need is a blender and maybe a straw to slurp it up with! Just don’t go so fast you get brain freeze…
Storing your low carb protein shake isn’t difficult but there are some things you can do to maintain optimal flavor and nutrition.
You can make your low carb smoothie in the morning and keep it in the fridge for a meal or snack later in the day. Just ensure that it’s kept in a glass container with a secure lid and as little air as possible.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes!! It’s a low carb protein shake, also known as a smoothie, so half of the ingredients are frozen anyway. It also makes great popsicles in the summertime!
Meal Prepping Tips
Well, there isn’t a lot to making a low carb protein shake to begin with, but if you want to save some time…
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Prep all the solid ingredients in individual baggies, and store them in the freezer. When you’re ready for a shake, empty the contents of your baggie in the blender (along with your milk) and blend away!
Oh!! The places you’ll go! Changing the flavor of your healthy frozen low carb drinks is a cinch, and there are so many options it’s just crazy!
Using vanilla protein powder instead of chocolate will give you a totally different flavor and so will opting for other low carb fruits. You can also garnish with hemp seeds or blend them directly into your low carb protein shake.
Adding shredded coconut or substituting other nut butters will give your low carb protein shake a subtle flavor twist. You can also toss in a handful of low carb nuts or use them for garnish. Fresh herbs, like mint, work well too.
I like to add a little bit of cold coffee and garnish with dark chocolate shavings for dessert!
What Fruit Can I Add To This Healthy Breakfast?
A great tasting low carb smoothie makes an incredibly healthy breakfast and you can eat it on the go! Kids especially seem to love these for breakfast, and they’re a great way to fuel up for a busy day.
Substituting other low carb fruits are a fantastic way to change the flavor profile and up the nutrition ante — this low carb strawberry smoothie is one of my favorites. Sometimes I make one for dessert!
How Can I Add More Greens To This Low Carb Smoothie?
I do have a recipe for a low carb green smoothie that’s out of this world! This is not one of those green spinach-tasting smoothies — It’s got a decadent creamy mint flavor and it’s chocked absolutely full of top-notch nutrition.
Can I Turn This Into Low Carb Meal Replacement Shakes?
Yes!! Since you’re adding protein, your low carb protein shake can be a low carb meal replacement shake.
These low carb protein shake recipes make great low carb snacks AND low carb breakfast. Just because these smoothies have protein in them doesn’t mean that they must be eaten in place of a meal.
What Should I Add To Make These Low Carb Shakes Creamy?
I have a recipe for a decadently delicious low carb peanut butter smoothie that’s incredibly creamy but there are also other ways to make your low carb protein shake thick and velvety.
Adding an avocado to your low carb protein shake will make a divinely inspired nutrient dense silky-smooth concoction that closely mimics a low carb milkshake. Using Greek yogurt will do the same thing, but keep in mind that using either of these additional food items will change the flavor of your low carb protein shake.
Low Carb Protein Shake
- Place ingredients into your blender in the order listed above (Minus the raspberries if you’d like to mash them as I did in the photos).
- Blend until smooth, and enjoy!
- Option: mash the raspberries in the bottom of your cup. Once you’re done drinking your smoothie, enjoy the mashed raspberries with a spoon.
Let’s be honest. We don’t really need a reason to enjoy a low carb protein shake. Heck, we don’t even need a sunny day – just a blender!
A low carb protein shake makes an incredibly delicious breakfast to fuel the day or a healthy snack reimagined. As a matter of fact, I’ve even had them for dessert, and I encourage you to do the same.
Let me know what you think in the comments below, enjoy!!