Low-carb smoothies are a popular addition to any diet plan. It isn’t just that these healthy drinks are often full of fresh ingredients, they also taste great. With a wide variety of recipes available, even the pickiest eaters can find something that they like. There is truly a smoothie blend for everyone.
Health also plays a huge role in which ingredients become popular. Chocolate and vanilla are always a great choice, but adding fresh fruit and leafy greens makes a diet-friendly. Energy-enhancing ingredients like kale, red cabbage or blueberries give your smoothie an extra kick, adding complex flavors and antioxidants.
The goal of a smoothie is to help you get a lot of nutrients in one meal. This helps you ensure that you are getting essential vitamins without having to take a pill or supplement. Instead, you are enjoying some of nature’s finest fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies are also kid-friendly. This makes them a favorite among families with little ones who don’t want to eat their vegetables at dinner. Each smoothie is sweet and refreshing, so they can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Learn more about some of the best smoothie ingredients as you explore these popular recipes.
Add Flavor to Your Low-Carb Diet with 50 Unique Smoothie Recipes
1. Green-Low-Carb Breakfast Smoothie
Are you tired of getting your breakfast protein from eggs, or have an egg allergy and need an alternative source of protein? This green breakfast low-carb smoothie is more on the savory side. It is not sweet or fruity. This beverage provides at least 25 grams of protein per serving. The protein is from the addition of chia seeds and Isopure Zero Carb supplemental powder. It is loaded with fiber and nutrients from vegetables and non-sweet fruits, such as avocado. The avocado and coconut oil provide healthy fats and a creamy texture. For a caffeine kick you can add the optional green matcha, a green tea powder.
2. Low-Carb Mint Chip Protein Shake
This shake is inspired by mint chocolate chip ice cream. The recipe calls for ice so that this can be served really cold, just like a frozen dessert. In fact, this shake would be a perfect substitute for a bowl of cold creamy ice cream. It is thickened with green avocado and topped with very dark chocolate chunks to give it the same texture as the dessert it emulates. Food grade peppermint essential oil, or peppermint extract imparts the minty flavor. This essential oil is beneficial for proper digestion. Eating this shake with a spoon is encouraged.
3. Creamy Keto Cinnamon Smoothie
If you are on a ketogenic diet plan, or just want an easy low-carb meal on-the-go, the Creamy Keto Cinnamon Smoothie couldn’t simpler to make. Coconut milk and a vegetable based protein powder are the main ingredients. Cinnamon gives it a sweet and spicy essence. Cinnamon has the added benefit of being an antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial spice. So, drink up if you are feeling under the weather. At 4.7 grams of net carbohydrates, this is one of the best low-carb smoothie recipes.
4. Low-Carb Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
Cheesecake is a decadent, full fat, sweet, and filling dessert. This smoothie hits all those marks, sans the carbohydrates in the graham cracker crust. If you want to fill up and fuel up in a hurry, this will get the job done. There is no skimping on the cream cheese and heavy cream that is the signature of a great cheesecake. The strawberries, reminiscent of classic fruit topped cheesecakes, are the sweet component in this recipe. There is no sugar or sugar substitute.
5. Chai Infused Pumpkin Keto Smoothie
Pumpkin and chai tea are the scents and flavors of autumn that inspire us to either go outside and rake leaves or bundle up next to a cozy fire with a good book. This pumpkin pie smoothie recipe is likely to get you up and moving with the kick from the spiced tea. While it is fueled by fat, it still manages to be 100% vegan and free of common allergens, such as nuts and dairy. It might be perfect for a pre-workout on a fall morning. The original recipe was made fresh, organic, non-GMO pumpkin. You could substitute canned pumpkin purée for convenience.
6. Strawberry and Cucumber Smoothie
There is something so refreshing about the combination of strawberries and cucumbers, especially on a hot summer day. This is a low-fat and low-carb smoothie recipe that is reminiscent of a sorbet. It isn’t thick and creamy. Fresh basil is added to give it an herbal infusion. Mint could be just as easily used in place of the basil with a slightly different flavor profile. This smoothie would quench your thirst and rejuvenate you after a cardio workout. The coconut water base will replenish the electrolytes you depleted.
7. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake
Here is another fruit smoothie that tastes more like a dessert than a healthy shake. With only 180 calories and 36 grams of protein per serving, this tasty treat is a great post-workout snack. Unlike other low carb smoothies, this drink relies more on vanilla protein powder, cottage cheese, stevia and xanthan gum to add flavor. Just add lime juice and a little bit of vanilla instant pudding to get a truly flavorful smoothie that is hard to pass up.
8. Low-Carb Cucumber Green Tea Detox Smoothie
Did you over-indulge during the weekend? Try a detox smoothie, like this one. It is about as clean as it gets. There is no sugar or dairy in this Monday morning cleansing drink. Cucumber and lemon are both wonderful liver detoxifiers. The matcha powder has the oomph you might need to get moving. The avocado provides both texture and the healthy monounsaturated fat needed to sustain you. For a more savory smoothie, just omit the liquid stevia.
9. Instant Frozen Coffee Pudding
Does the name of this smoothie peak your curiosity? Shocking, if it doesn’t. Who doesn’t want to eat a smoothie with a spoon? And, why does coffee pudding sound so good? Maybe it is because coffee isn’t a typical pudding ingredient. Although, there is no denying that it does work extremely well in (high-carb) tiramisu. The secret to this recipe having a pudding like texture is the addition of glucomannan. Glucomannan is the water-soluble dietary fiber derived from the root of the konjac plant. It is basically a natural thickening agent. This smoothie is coffee, chocolate, and caramel goodness.
10. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie
Want to learn how to make a smoothie the right way? Try combining two classic ingredients in a blender. The Strawberries and Cream Smoothie is the perfect low-carb smoothie, combining plenty of frozen strawberries with just a little bit of milk or cream. This basic smoothie can easily be sweetened with stevia or agave. If you want a smoothie that is super easy to make and tastes amazing, look no further than Strawberries and Cream!