Low carb smoothies are a deliciously refreshing way to start the day, no matter the weather!
Because unlike traditional smoothies, these low carb smoothies are packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients — and not loaded with sugar. Basically, these are smoothies done right, that can keep you happy, full and energized till your next meal! Low carb smoothies are an awesome way to low carb meal prep, for quick, easy and delicious low carb breakfasts all work week long.
Below I’ll share how to make your own low carb smoothies, some of my favorite low carb recipes, and some tips on how to save you time and money! So friends, let’s get blending!
Top 5 Low Carb Smoothies
Looking for a new, delicious, quick and easy way to start the day? Look no further than these top 5 tasty low carb smoothies:
Low Carb Green Smoothie
This low carb green smoothie is an awesome way to add some greens into your morning routine. Packed with protein, and creamy from the avocado, you won’t even notice the handfuls of spinach in this drink! This low carb smoothies keto friendly due to its high fat and low carb breakdown.
Blackberry Low Carb Smoothie
1/4 cup of blackberries only have 3.5 grams of carbs — and with all the antioxidants, they make for a great way to start the day! Mix ‘em in with some coconut and walnuts, and you’ve got a low carb smoothie anyone would envy!
Low Carb Strawberry Smoothie
Who woulda thought strawberries are one of the lowest carb fruits? They’re amazingly delicious blended with some low carb protein powder in this low carb strawberry smoothie. A breakfast worth getting out of bed for. When making this smoothie, I stick to strawberries only to keep my carb count where I want it. The tradition strawberry and banana combo makes for a not-so low carb strawberry banana smoothie!
Chocolate Low Carb Shakes
For those sticking to a stricter low carb meal plan, these low carb shakes are for you! No fruit added, just chocolate low carb protein powder, nuts and low carb milk for a creamy and delicious low carb chocolate smoothie treat. Truly like a milkshake, these are the very low carb smoothies you’ve been looking for!
Although blueberries are higher in carbs than most fruits, I couldn’t leave this blueberry smoothie off the list — because the blueberry + coconut combo is truly a flavorful match made in heaven. Add some protein to these low carb smoothies with greek yogurt — or swap it for protein powder to cut some carbs.
How Do I Make Low Carb Smoothies?
Although you may not taste the difference in low carb smoothies vs. Jamba Juice smoothies, you’ll sure feel it! As our low carb smoothies won’t send you into a mid morning sugar coma. This is because we’ll be sticking to our low carb foods list, and balancing out any carbs we use with foods high in protein and fat.
Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients, so you can get creative with your own recipes for low carb smoothies:
Keto Smoothie Fruits
Fruit and fruit juice are typically the foundation of smoothies. When making a keto smoothie, we’ll need to stick to specific fruits while leaving out other, here’s what you should know for your low carb smoothies:
- Skip the fruit juice. Fruit juice is basically concentrated sugar (carbs) and water from fruit. It lacks protein, fat or fiber. Bad on bad for a low carb meal plan!
- Measure your fruit. It’s crazy easy to overdo the fruit — especially when you’re “eyeballing” your portion sizes. Write out your carb goals, measure it, and stick to it.
- Stick to low carb fruit. Obviously, there are less carbs in some fruits than other — as a rule of thumb, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries will give you the most bang for your low carb buck. Avocados are a very low source of net carbs.
- Be aware of high carb fruits. Depending on your low carb goals, you may want to avoid sweet fruits such as bananas and passionfruit. Each of these option have over 50 grams of carbs per cup — pst, that’s more than a snickers bar!
- Frozen fruit can save money. I buy frozen fruit in bulk at Costco. If I buy fresh fruit that I can’t finish before it goes bad, I freeze it! Less waste and more money saved.
Or, if you’re making low carb smoothies for diabetics, try skipping the fruit!
Protein in Keto Smoothies
Next let’s talk about our keto smoothies protein. There are a few ways you can add protein, each with their pro’s and con’s. Here are the low carb shopping list ingredients I use:
- Low carb protein powder. I switch between a plant based protein powder (which I absolutely love) and a whey protein powder. It’s good to get some recommendations on these before you purchase one, as they’re expensive and don’t always taste great! I suggest avoiding pea protein (nasty flavor), and purchasing on Amazon or at Costco to save a few bucks.
- Low carb greek yogurt. This is one ingredient I can’t live without. That said, it does have more carbs than some people are comfortable — the macronutrient breakdown per 1 cup of 2% is: 4.5g of fat, 23g of protein, 7g of carbs. Read the labels before you purchase a product as not all products labeled “greek yogurt” are true greek yogurts. To be safe, I stick to Fage or Trader Joe’s brand.
- Hemp seeds are an awesome source of plant based protein — in 3 Tablespoons they’ve got 10 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbs.
Milk in Your Low Carb Protein Shake
One of the most important ingredients of any low carb protein shake is the liquid. Water is a boring option that dulls the flavor of low carb smoothies, and we won’t be using high carb ingredients such as fruit juice (used in traditional smoothies).
Instead, opt for a delicious, low carb and creamy solution such as low carb milks. This includes everyone’s favorite: coconut milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk — the list goes on!
Veggies in Your Keto Shake
The protein powder and fruit used in a keto shake adds just enough sweetness to mask a handful of greens. I try to use milder greens so the flavor isn’t affected, such as spinach. Low carb green smoothies are an awesome way to sneak in some healthy nutrients!
Additional Keto Milkshake Ingredients
Beyond the required ingredients listed above, you have full creative license to make your very own keto milkshake. Some additional ingredients I love adding to my low carb smoothies include:
- Low Carb Nuts
- Nut Butters
- Flax Seeds / Chia Seeds
- Spiralina — has a strong flavor, not for every smoothie
- Cocoa Powder
- Lemon / Lime Juice
- Cinnamon / Nutmeg
- Mint / Rosemary
Want to Make Your Low Carb Breakfast Smoothie Heartier?
Some people find low carb smoothies are too “light” for a meal (my boyfriend included). To fill him up, I make him a low carb breakfast smoothie bowl! I blend one of the low carb smoothies above with a few handfuls of ice — making the smoothie thick enough to be eaten with a spoon. I serve it in a bowl and sprinkle a generous amount of low carb granola on top!
And for Dessert, We Have a Low Carb Peanut Butter Smoothie!
If you have a weakness for milkshakes, try making a low carb peanut butter smoothie instead! Find a chocolate protein powder you love, add some peanut butter and low carb milk, and you’ve got a treat everyone will want to taste!