No matter how chaotic, mellow, tired or hungry your morning is, starting your day with this low carb smoothie can mean only one thing: it’s going to be a good day.
Because knowing this is your breakfast plan (instead of that complicated egg dish) means you won’t be late to work, heck you may even get to hit snooze! It’s quick, easy, and leaves only one dish to clean.
Plus, it’s sweet, refreshing, and full of lean protein to keep you satiated. Your kids, partner, roommate, whoever, will love it!
Are you ready to make this low carb smoothie?! Let’s do this…
How to Make Keto Smoothies
No matter what kind of smoothie you’re making, there are a few core ingredients required: something icy, something sweet and something creamy.
There are a million different ingredients you can use to achieve this, here’s what I use to make keto smoothies:
low carb milk
As I’m sure you’ve heard, there are a ton of carbs in milk — which is why I swap traditionally cow’s milk for a low carb milk alternative. There are countless options to choose from, I usually stick to coconut milk or almond milk. Low carb, low cal, easy and delicious.
Low Carb Shakes with Fruit
Depending on how low you’re keeping your carbs, fruit is an awesome way to add something sweet and nutrient dense to your low carb smoothie! I typically stick to frozen fruit—low carb shakes taste way better when cold…
low carb fruit
Although not often regarded as low carb, there are a few low carb fruit options I add to my smoothies. Be sure to measure your fruit, as this ingredient is easy to add too much of! 1 cup, the following berries have:
Raspberries: 14.69 g of carb, 5.44 g of sugar, 8 g of fiber
Blackberries: 13.84 g of carb, 14.74 g of sugar, 3.76 g of fiber
Strawberries (halved): 17.82 g of carb, 7.03 g of sugar, 7.6 g of fiber
Blueberries: 21.45 g of carb, 14.74 g of sugar, 3.76 g of fiber
Low Carb Protein Shake, Not Just “Fat”
I find many of us sticking to low carb recipes get plenty of fat in our diets, but very often we forget about protein. Protein is a vital macronutrient that helps to sustains us between meals. Sneak some vegetarian protein into your low carb protein shake by adding:
Low Carb Yogurt
Low carb yogurt is a game changer for those of us who struggle to eat enough protein. When you buy the right brand, it’s crazy high in protein, low in carbs and extremely satiating.
You want to stick to low carb Greek yogurt, and you always want to read the labels. Not all Greek Yogurts are low in carbs, I stick to Fage, or the Trader Joe’s brand.
Low Carb Protein Powder
Another awesome ingredient worth adding to your low carb shopping list is low carb protein powder. *Note: I find most protein powders are cheapest on Amazon or Costco!
As with most ingredients, not all protein powders are created equal. You want to find one that’s low in carbs, high in protein, and has a good flavor. I stay far away from pea protein powders (I can’t stand the flavor of it)!
I switch between two of the best low carb protein powders in my smoothies:
Organic Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
Alright, I know I said I don’t eat pea protein powder, but somehow, Garden of Life has found a way to mask the flavor. This is my go to. I love it because it’s deliciously sweetened with stevia, and packed with lean, plant based protein —I eat plenty of dairy (hello cheese, cream, etc!) and don’t mind giving my body a break.
Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Delicious and easy—this vanilla protein powder is what I’ve been using for a a vanilla whey based protein powder.
Want to Modify This Keto Smoothie?
Smoothies may just be the most customizable of low carb meals. You can add, skip or swap whatever ingredients you’d like to make this the keto smoothie of your dreams! Follow some of the low carb fruit recommendations above—swap low carb milks or protein powders.
To really fancy it up, here are a few suggestions:
low carb breakfast smoothie
Turn any low carb smoothie into a low carb breakfast smoothie by topping your glass with low carb granola, nuts, shredded coconut—whatever you had on hand!
low carb peanut butter smoothie
If you have a jar of low carb peanut butter sitting around add a few Tablespoons to the blender for your very own low carb peanut butter smoothie! Just be sure your peanut doesn’t contain any added sugars (I stick to peanut butters than have peanuts and maybe salt or oil on their ingredients list).
Low Carb Smoothie Recipe
That’s a wrap friends! Now you know everything you need and more about low carb smoothies keto friendly recipes. Hope this info helps so you know what low carb foods are worth tossing in the blender, and which are better in the trash!
Let me know what you think in the comments below, happy blending!
Low Carb Smoothie
This low carb smoothie is one of those keto breakfast recipes that's so quick, easy, refreshing and delicious, you'll love every sip of it!
Place all the ingredients in your blender (adding the liquid last so it doesn’t splash!) and blend away!
Pour into your glasses, top with whatever you’d like and enjoy!
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Looking for More Low Carb Smoothies?
I know, I know, low carb smoothies are rather addicting. Not only for their taste, but because they allow you to low carb meal prep your breakfast! Plus, everyone loves them…
If you’re hooked like I am, here are the other low carb smoothie recipes I alternate between:
Low Carb Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberries are another one of those crazy flavorful low carb fruits I love adding to smoothies. Check out our low carb strawberry smoothie if you’re in the mood for something sweet and cheerful to start your day!
Low Carb Green Smoothie
As a recovering carb-a-holic, I used to think green smoothies were made of fruit, plus fruit juice and a handful of spinach—little did I know low carb green smoothies could be made into one of those very low carb smoothies for diabetics… Check it out and let me know what you think!
Chocolate Keto Shake
Simply put, chocolate makes everything better. This low carb chocolate smoothie, or what I like to consider a keto shake, is much more like a milkshake than a nutrient dense way to start the day, but really, is that bad every once and a while.
Vanilla Keto Milkshake
Think smoothie, hold the fruit. This vanilla keto milkshake uses protein powder and fat to keep you full and satiated either post workout, after dinner or in the morning!