Low carb smoothies make for the most deliciously refreshing low carb meals to start your day!
Unlike traditional smoothies, these low carb recipes are packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients, without the added sugar and carbs. Basically, low carb drinks done right!
They’ll keep you, full and energized until your next meal, plus, they’re an awesome way to low carb meal prep easy and delicious low carb breakfasts for your busy work weeks.
Are you ready to make your own low carb smoothies?! Then, let’s get blending!
Looking for a new, delicious, quick and easy way to start the day? Look no further than these recipes!
Here are the 6 best low carb smoothies recipes:
1. 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.
2. Blackberry Low Carb Breakfast Smoothie
Mix them in with some coconut and walnuts, and you’ve got a great low carb breakfast smoothie to power you through the day!
3. Low Carb Strawberry Smoothie
Who woulda thought strawberries are one of the lowest carb fruits? They’re amazingly delicious blended with some Greek yogurt in this low carb strawberry smoothie.
This smoothie is truly a breakfast worth getting out of bed for.
4. Chocolate Low Carb Milkshakes
For those sticking to a stricter low carb meal plan, these low carb milkshakes are for you! No fruit added, just chocolate protein powder, nuts and milk for a creamy and delicious low carb shakes.
Truly like a milkshake, these are low carb smoothies dreams are made of!
5. Low Carb Peanut Butter Smoothie
Do you LOVE the idea of sipping on a Reeses-esk treat to start your day? ME TOO!
And this low carb peanut butter smoothie is just that! It may not contain any added sugar, but you sure wouldn’t know by tasting it…
6. Low Carb Protein Shake
Need a little protein to power through the day, but craving dessert? May sound like an impossible request, but it isn’t…
…introducing the most lusciously delicious low carb protein shake! Mash some raspberries on the bottom for bonus points!
7. Pumpkin Smoothie
It isn’t fall without pumpkin recipes, and just because we’re eating low carb doesn’t mean we don’t get to enjoy the decadence of the season!
This low carb pumpkin smoothie has got it all, plus some healthy fat and protein to balance out the carbs in this veggie. Creamy, dreamy and delicious, enjoy!
Here’s the deal, fruit isn’t typically low in carbs…
That said, these low carb smoothies all utilize low carb fruits, plus they’re loaded with other high protein and high fat foods, to help balance out any carbs.
Check out each healthy smoothies recipe for detailed macros, but that generally speaking, these low carb snacks are SIGNIFICANTLY lower in carbs and more macro balanced than a Jamba Juice smoothie. I’m talking 60 grams of carbs less (depending on the smoothie)!
Here’s a breakdown of low carb smoothies worthy ingredients, so you can get creative and make your own:
Low Carb Fruits – Fruit and fruit juice are typically the foundation of smoothies. When making low carb smoothies, we’ll need to stick to specific low carb fruits.
Here’s what you should know:
- 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 fewer carbs in some fruits than others — as a rule of thumb, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries will give you the most bang for your low carb buck. Avocados are another great choice, as they’re extremely low in 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 has 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.
Protein – I like to add protein to my low carb smoothies (it fills you up and keeps you full!). There are a few ways to do this, and each ingredient has its pros and cons:
- Low carb protein powder. I’m currently digging this whey protein powder. If you can, you should always taste test these before purchasing, as they’re expensive and don’t always taste great! Cheapest places to grab a jar are Amazon or Costco.
- Low carb Greek yogurt. This ingredient has more carbs than some people are comfortable with — 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 – One of the most important ingredients of low carb smoothies is liquid. Water is a boring option that dulls the flavor, and we won’t be using high carb ingredients like fruit juice.
Instead, opt for a delicious, low carb and creamy solution such as low carb milks. This includes everyone’s favorite plant-based option: coconut milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk… the list goes on! Use a bit of heavy cream or full fat coconut milk for a keto variation.
Veggies – The protein powder and fruit used in low carb smoothies adds just enough sweetness to mask a handful of low carb vegetables.
Stick to milder greens so the flavor isn’t affected (think spinach or kale).
Add-Ons – Beyond the required ingredients above, you have full creative license to make your very own low carb smoothies! Some additional ingredients to consider are:
- Low Carb Nuts
- Low Carb Peanut Butter
- Flax Seeds / Chia Seeds
- Spirulina — has a strong flavor, not for every smoothie
- Cocoa Powder
- Lemon / Lime Juice
- Cinnamon / Nutmeg
- Mint / Rosemary
Tools to Make
If you’re a big low carb smoothies person (like me! Cheers!) it’s worth investing in a high-speed blender. I know what you’re thinking — you already have a blender, they’re expensive…
But let me tell you.
These bad boys work wonders in whipping smoothie ingredients into creamy perfection. Here’s why I think they’re totally worth the investment:
- They break down ingredients (nuts, berries, seeds) other blenders can’t. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof.
- Traditional blenders tend to break and don’t always have warranties. So, if you’re on your second or third blender, you could have already made the one-time purchase of a high-speed blender! (I’ve had my Blendtec for 10 years, and it works as though it’s brand new!)
- It opens your world to making SO many low carb recipes — nut butter and flours, soups, ice creams, creamy sauces. Now, traditional blenders can’t do all of that!
- You can buy refurbished to save money.
I LOVE sipping these low carb smoothies:
- For breakfast
- In between meals
- As a post-dinner dessert
- Alongside a salad (or any side dish) for a meal
Feel free to add less liquid and turn these into low carb smoothie bowls! Top them with granola, and you’ve got a substantial meal that’s refreshing as it is tasty.
I sure hope you found the smoothie of your dreams on this list! Let me know in the comments below your favorite low carb smoothies, or send me a recipe request if you didn’t find what you were looking for. Cheers!