Have you ever past a smoothie bar and just been unable to resist stopping to buy one? Have you ever kept your blender out on your counter for weeks at a time, making tasty healthy smoothies everyday? Or maybe you just wish you did both of these things because while you really want to drink more smoothies, you just don’t know if they are healthy or what to try. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then you need to read this article all about fitting amazing, low carb smoothies into your everyday life.
Smoothies are simply a versatile and delicious food. They are perfect for breakfast, lunch or just as a tasty snack in between meals. You could even have a smoothie as a dessert at night! Not many foods are so flexible that they fit into every food group. Smoothies can also be made with a wide range of ingredients like fresh fruits, vegetables and even chocolate. With some many available ingredient options, smoothies almost always come out incredibly delicious. How is that possible?! You may be wondering if you are even allowed to have such an awesome food while on a low carb diet. The answer is yes! There are plenty of low carb smoothies that are perfect for you and most are a breeze to whip up. They really are almost too good to be true.
It may not be surprising now to learn that low-carb smoothies are a popular addition to almost any diet plan. Whether you are eating a low fat diet, sticking strictly to low carb or are trying some more complex method of weight loss, smoothies most likely still fit into your dietary regimen. Once again, there aren’t many foods that can truly be so well rounded and accessible to everyone!
Now that we have taken a brief look at how smoothies are such a versatile food (seriously, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert- how is that possible?!?), it is time to take a look at what actually goes into a smoothie and does it even taste good. Without good taste, what good is a smoothie, right?! However, it isn’t just that these healthy drinks are often full of fresh ingredients, but they also taste great while still being low carb which can sometimes be a hard thing to do.
The absolute best part about making and drinking smoothies is that there are so many different types of smoothies you can make that you will never grow tired of drinking the same thing over and over again. You could probably have a different type of smoothie everyday for years without having to repeat the same one. It’s true, there is just so many flavor combinations, ingredients you can add and recipes you can follow that you might never need the same one twice. This is also beneficial for those picky eaters out there. If you hate strawberries, just skip them! If you are a no-go when it comes to chocolate, just move onto the next smoothie recipe. There really is one to please everyone!
Besides taste preferences when choosing a smoothie, many people take general nutrition into consideration which is a very important thing to do, especially if you are planning on sticking to a low carb diet and making smoothies a central part of this. Of course, you are likely to choose a low carb smoothie based on your low carb diet, but what else can smoothies offer? With the ability to blend almost anything into your cup, what ingredients will give you the most benefits? What types of things can you toss into that blender to really make your smoothie delicious and nutritious?
Of course, chocolate and vanilla are always a great choice for flavor and are among the most popular smoothies around. Yet, you can mix some things into your chocolate or vanilla smoothie as well. Just a plain chocolate or vanilla smoothie isn’t going to get you too far on the health food scale and while they may be low carb, you should still take a look at the things you can add to make it even better for you. Besides, you are already tossing ingredients into the blender, you might as well add a few more and make that blender work harder to keep you healthier!
Adding fresh fruit, for example, is always a perfect addition to a smoothie. Blueberries, for example, will give your smoothie a delicious taste, antioxidants and provide a natural sweetness as well. When adding fruits, you really don’t need to add much, if any, sweeteners to your smoothie which also means less carbs and less refined sugar. Fruit provides tons of health benefits and it also gives you that real, authentic sweetness that you may be craving when on a low carb diet.
One other little trick that is great about using fruit in smoothie is that if you freeze the fruit first before adding them to the smoothie, you will also get a nice creamy texture that just can’t be beat! The fruit purees nice and fluffy when frozen giving your smoothie volume, texture as well as taste. No ice needed when you use frozen fruit! So now you are surely convinced that fruit is necessary in any low carb smoothie you make. But what else is there? WHat other smoothie tricks do you need to know?
It may surprise you to know that adding vegetables to a smoothie is also a fantastic idea. Leafy greens are among the most popular options as they are typically subtle in flavor and high in nutrition. Energy-enhancing ingredients like kale or spinach will give your smoothie a serious nutritional boost and also taste pretty great. If you blend up some baby spinach in with a berry smoothie, the berries are so dark, you won’t even know the sinach is there! Have anyone taste test your smoothie and it is almost guaranteed that no one will know you put vegetables inside. Leafy greens are also so easy to just toss into the blender raw and mix right in with your other ingredients. It’s so easy, how could you pass that up! Anytime nutrition is simple, it is a total win.
TrustedBody has a great guide on which green superfood powders you can choose from to easily boost the nutrition of your smoothie without having to have fresh fruits and veggies on hand at all times. The goal of a smoothie is to help you get a lot of nutrients in one quick meal and a simple way to do this is to add a powdered supplement. There are plenty out there to choose from which is why it is good to do a little research first and choose the one that is best for you. Take a look at reviews that may grade how healthy the supplement is and what is in it that you may be interested in. If you are trying to add protein to your diet, there are plenty of supplement powders you can add to your smoothie that are packed with protein. Need a little more vitamin D? You can easily find a tasty powder to add to your smoothie that will greatly improve your vitamin count. Adding a powdered supplement couldn’t be easier to do. It is actually just like a well-balanced meal in a glass!
Drinking smoothies every day helps you ensure that you are getting essential vitamins without having to take a pill or supplement. This is especially true if you opt to add one of those tasty nutrition powders to your mix. You’ll be sipping on pure nutrition in no time! Of course, if you are not a big fan of powdered additives, natural nutrition is always a better option and you will be enjoying fresh fruits and veggies at the same time. It’s a win-win!
One more bonus about smoothies is that they are also very kid-friendly. Most kids will look at a smoothie and automatically think it is a milkshake and, therefore, dive right in with their straw ready! Because of this kid friendly factor, you can sneak some nutrition into your kids diet and, all the while, they will just think they are drinking a sweet snack. This makes them a favorite among families with little ones who don’t want to eat their vegetables at dinner- just mix up a smoothie! Toss some kale in with those berries, hit blend and you will be armed with a glass full of nutrition that your kid will slurp down!
Each of the smoothies on this list is at least a little sweet and always refreshing, so they can be enjoyed by just about anyone. No one is going to turn down a nice, cold refreshing smoothie, not even the pickiest of kids! So get as much nutrition as you can into that glass and then hand it to your kid, knowing that you just gave them some great nutrition.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea of taking out the blender, day after day just to make your smoothies, don’t feel bad at all. It is a daunting task to have to make a healthy smoothie day in and day out. What is fantastic is that you can actually make your smoothies ahead of time. That’s right, pre-made smoothies that are low carb, taste amazing, can be loaded up with nutritious foods and will be slurped down by kids- a dream come true!
To pre make your smoothies you have to start by making a big batch of one of the smoothies on this list. Drink one smoothie right away after you blend (you know you want to!) and then pour the rest into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can leave the smoothie in the ice cube trays or move the frozen cubes into plastic zip lock bags to free up some freezer space.
Keep the smoothie ice cubes in the freezer and whenever you are ready, just pull out a few smoothie cubes and blend. Your smoothie will be ready in no time!
If you made a little too much smoothie, try freezing the extra smoothie in popsicle molds and then eat they like an ice pop rather than drinking them from a straw. This method is just one more way to put smoothies above all others are an ideal food! Share your homemade popsicles with your kids ( a great way to cool down in the summer and get that nutrition into them while they just believe it is a regular old popsicle!
If you find a recipe that you really like for an amazing low carb smoothie, one that checks all your boxes for nutrition, taste and ease of making, make note of it! Write the recipe on a piece of paper and hang it in the fridge so you never forget (although you will likely make it so many times that you no longer need instructions.). Finding your ideal smoothie recipe shouldn’t take long and once you have it, you can really begin making smoothies part of your everyday routine, especially since you really should enjoy your smoothie and look forward to drinking it. Feel free to make a few slight alterations to your favorite smoothie recipe to really make it your own. A few chia seeds here or a handful of kale there, little changes will make the recipe even better and one you can really call your own.
Now, we have talked a lot about making your own smoothies and what to put in them and you are probably feeling like you have a good handle on that topic and are ready to start blending up some of these recipes, but what if you are out, away from your home, and were craving a smoothie? Then what should you do? The answer is simple- buy one!
There are plenty of great smoothie places you can go to get a healthy and cool treat anytime you need one. Thanks to the popularity of smoothies, smoothie bars and restaurants or coffee shops that serve smoothies are everywhere. Before placing your order, just be sure to really assess the ingredients and know what you will be drinking. Since you didn’t blend it yourself, you want to be sure you are really drinking something that has a lot of nutrition packed in.
Hidden sugars are one of the biggest culprits in store made smoothies and something you need to be cautious of. You don’t want to start sipping on a smoothie, thinking it tastes especially good for a low carb drink, just to find out that it is loaded with sugars (no wonder it tasted so great!). Ask the staff at the smoothie bar what is in the smoothie and make sure you get all the information.
Many smoothie bars actually let you customize your drink rather than just sticking to those on the menu. When you find a lace like this, take advantage! Add those extra flaxseeds to your drink and request a handful of spinach as well as a few extra berries. You are paying for the smoothie so it better have everything you want in it.
So, that is probably enough smoothie talk for you for a while but to really understand the potential of smoothie, it is important to look at them from all different angles. The bottom line is that they are delicious, versatile, nutritious and easy to make. And by now you are most likely craving a smoothie (how could you not be after all that talk about how amazing they are?!?).
Finally, it’s time to take a look at the best low carb smoothies out there and see which ones catch your eye! Time to learn more about some of the best smoothie ingredients as well as you explore these popular recipes (which fruits and veggies seem to be in almost every smoothie recipe?? Those are the ones you want to stick to and keep your eye out for when shopping for a smoothie in a store) .
Maybe, after all of this smoothie research, trials and errors and taste tests, you will start mixing up your own smoothie creations. Maybe one that you make and write about will end up on this list in the future. Maybe your low carb smoothie really is better than all the others. If so, keep blending it up! You really never need to go a day without having a smoothie…
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 maybe you have an egg allergy and need an alternative source of protein? This green breakfast low-carb smoothie is more on the savory side than the sweet but is still so tasty! 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. A perfect blend to start your day!
2. Low-Carb Mint Chip Protein Shake
This shake is inspired by mint chocolate chip ice cream- who can resist that! 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 low-carb 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 using peppermint extract that imparts the minty flavor. This essential oil is beneficial for proper digestion. Eating this shake with a spoon is encouraged- it is so thick that you will want to!
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 that is perfect for the cold weather season. Cinnamon has the added benefit of being an antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial spice. So, drink up if you are feeling under the weather- you’ll be better in no time!. 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 but without the carbohydrates in the graham cracker crust. If you want to fill up and fuel up in a hurry then this smoothie will get the job done. There is no skimping on the cream cheese and heavy cream as 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- perfect for low carb dessert dieters!
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 is perfect for a pre-workout on a fall morning. The original recipe was made fresh, organic, non-GMO pumpkin. You can also substitute canned pumpkin purée for convenience which will help you make this delicious treat in just a matter of minutes.
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 but it isn’t thick and creamy. Fresh basil is added to give it an herbal infusion and a nice extra flavor. 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 any electrolytes you depleted while exercising, too.
7. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake
Here is another fruit smoothie that tastes more like a dessert than a healthy shake- perfect for breakfast or dessert! 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 (and a delicious flavor at that!). 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. Talk about having everything you need in one glass! For a more savory smoothie, just omit the liquid stevia.
9. Instant Frozen Coffee Pudding
Does the name of this smoothie peak your curiosity? Who doesn’t want to eat a smoothie with a spoon? And, why does coffee pudding just sound so good? Maybe it is because coffee isn’t a typical pudding ingredient. 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 and it is basically a natural thickening agent (of course, low carb too!). This smoothie is coffee, chocolate, and caramel goodness that you just have to try.
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 or nothing at all if your strawberries are sweet enough. If you want a smoothie that is super easy to make and tastes amazing, look no further than Strawberries and Cream!
More low-carb smoothie recipes on the next page…
11. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blizzard
If you were ever a Dairy Queen fan, then you know what a Blizzard is. It is basically a thick, creamy, cold, soft ice cream shake with various flavors and toppings. This recipe for a low-carb smoothie might have you scratching your head at first because it calls for cottage cheese but cottage cheese is making a comeback as a great source of protein. It also blends to a nice creamy texture, giving this smoothie an ice cream like feel wthout all the carbs. Peanut butter, peanut flour, and Briana’s Baking Mix are used to give this the cookie dough quality and flavor. The thick texture and crunchy topping are what make this so much like that Blizzard you might be craving.
12. Strawberry Fluff Protein Smoothie
This smoothie turns out pink and is really pretty to look at. Don’t let the appearance fool you. It is packed with 20 grams of protein and is loaded with vitamin C from the strawberries, making it a perfect post-workout treat. There is no added sugar thanks to the sweetness of the berries and the protein powder.
13. Avocado Green Tea Power Shake
When it comes to low-carb recipes, it is hard to beat the Avocado Green Tea Power Shake. The creamy tastes of Greek yogurt and avocado help mask the bitterness of the matcha green tea. This is a great choice for a post-workout smoothie, as it is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Avocado also helps make the drink more filling and smooth while the matcha helps to boost metabolism, making this drink a favorite among dieters. Incredibly satisfying, this low carb option is sure to be your new favorite too.
14. Low Carb Coconut Lime Coolers
Another one of the top low carb recipes is the Coconut Lime Cooler, a creamy smoothie that is perfect for a summer day. This tropical drink combines sweetened coconut cream and frozen limeade to create a delicious, sweet but not sugary smoothie. Because so few ingredients are needed in the recipe, this is a great “quick fix” when you’re looking for a snack or something to serve your friends. Quench your thirst and brighten your afternoon with this scrumptious smoothie! Try freezing it in Popsicle molds for an even better treat! Try these easy to bake Paleo Muffin recipes with this smoothie, for a delicious match from another planet. You’ll love it!
15. Vanilla Keto Smoothie
The Vanilla Keto Smoothie is a protein powerhouse. The recipe calls for whole eggs or chia seeds, almond or coconut butter, and whey or egg white protein powder- so many options! The fat comes from medium chain triglyceride oil or coconut oil, both great sources of fatty acids. This is good to get your day started or as a pre-workout meal. It is sure to sustain you for several hours. The nice thing about this recipe is that it gives you options and substitutions, especially if you are concerned about the quality and safety of using raw eggs. Make it your own by mixing ingredients to suit your preferences. Combine this smoothie with a Paleo chip recipe and you have a match made in haven
16. Cookie Dough Shake
Do you ever crave the flavor and texture of cookie dough, but it isn’t on your low-carb diet plan? This shake comes pretty close to satisfying that craving. Cottage cheese gives this a thick texture and some great healthy protein. Molasses, butter extract, and dark chocolate round out that cookie dough experience. Dark chocolate is blended into the base so that you get specks of it in every sip. No expensive protein powders needed here.
17. Coconut Milk Strawberry Smoothie
This is one of the most basic low-carb smoothie recipes out there. It is low in calories, carbohydrates, and sugar. It is a decent source of protein and fat. It literally takes less than 2 minutes to make in a personal blender because there is no ingredient preparation- how simple is that! The developer of this recipe spent quite a bit of time working on the ratio of carbohydrates to fiber to make this an acceptable low-carb, keto meal option. No need to worry or wonder here!
18. Chocolate Avocado Raspberry Smoothie
When it comes to healthy smoothie recipes, it is rare to find anything with chocolate. The Chocolate Avocado Raspberry Smoothie is more like a dessert than a health drink so it will also satisfy your craving for something sweet. Boldly flavored with cocoa and frozen raspberries, this low carb smoothie is the perfect after dinner treat. Tasty avocado and cashew milk help add a great serving of healthy fats, calcium and protein, making as healthy as it is delicious. Enjoy for yourself or pour small servings for your friends after a meal.
19. McKeto Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry milkshakes have always been a favorite anytime treat, but they are full of sugar and lack nutrition. The McKeto Strawberry Milkshake is a diet-friendly alternative to this delicious beverage. Relying on sugar-free Strawberry Torani, coconut milk and MCT oil for flavor, the McKeto Strawberry Milkshake isn’t short on taste. Just add xanthan gum, ice and heavy cream to thicken it up. You won’t know the difference!
20. Rocket Fuel Keto Milkshake
The name of this milkshake is a little scary but it is purely just a marketing tool. Fortunately, there isn’t anything in the ingredients that resemble rocket fuel, other than their energy boosting qualities. The recipe is Paleo and can be made allergen free by omitting the egg yolk. An interesting ingredient is the Vanilla Collagen Peptides. This vital protein source is excellent for maintaining healthy skin, and for supporting cartilage and tendons around joints and bones. The shake is thickened with avocado. There are no dairy or nut products in this shake making it great for those with allergies.
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21. No Sugar Kale Coconut Smoothie
Here is a green smoothie that is sugar free and almost savory. The only sweetness comes from the addition of a pinch of sea salt that brings out the inherent, natural sweetness of the kale and ground coconut (funny how salt can make something sweet!). The high quality salt also provides some basic electrolyte minerals. Fresh ginger is added for a little zing of spice. If you are looking for an escape from fruity, sweet smoothies, this recipe fits that bill. The kale gives it a vibrant green color and plenty of fiber.
22. Citrus Fresh Weight Loss Smoothie
Nothing is better than waking up to the fresh taste of citrus. This low-carb smoothie is a great choice for those trying to lose weight, but want something that makes them feel more energetic in the morning. The Citrus Fresh Weight Loss Smoothie includes several essential oils that help detoxify the body and curb cravings. A coconut milk base also helps give you extra energy, while the amino acids in the gelatin help promote emotional wellness. With a well-balanced flavor and loaded with health benefits, this Citrus Fresh drink is hard to pass up. Make it part of your morning routine!
23. Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Here is another pumpkin smoothie that is perfect for a cool autumn or winter morning (or anytime really, pumpkin year round is the way to go!). The key to the success of this recipe is in the use of plain canned pumpkin purée, not canned pumpkin pie filling. You add the amount of pumpkin pie spice and sweetener to your liking. Pumpkin pie filling can sometimes have a lot of spice and some sweeteners already mixed in. Try using organic, unsweetened pumpkin purée for this. The pumpkin has some texture but the heavy cream smooths it out. While this is served ice cold, you might be wondering what this would be like warmed up on a cold day. Hmmm, a warm smoothie?
24. Frozen Hot Chocolate
This low-carb frozen treat is based on a version of a frozen hot chocolate drink that is served at the famous Serendipity 3 in New York City. They are known for “serious food”, including frozen drinks. This “hot” chocolate is quite rich, making it a perfect dessert. The sugar is skipped in this version making it low carb. Instead, the recipe calls for Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet blend. Xanthan gum is added to keep it from separating so you can sip at your lesiure. There is a bit of coconut oil with essential fatty acids blended in. Heavy cream adds the richness commonly found in a really good hot chocolate.
25. Mixed Berry Diet Smoothie
Sometimes the simplest ingredient combinations can be the tastiest. The Mixed Berry Diet Smoothie combines one cup of fresh or frozen berries with non-fat yogurt. Berries are well-known for being full of antioxidants, boosting metabolism and helping with overall weight loss. Your mixed berry smoothie can include any combination of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries. Use them all or pick your favorite two! In fact, most frozen mixed berry packages have plenty of all four- how convenient! Choose your favorites or just grab a scoop and stick it in the blender with yogurt. Fast and easy, this is one great way to stay slim.
26. Just Peachy Diet Smoothie
Another how to make a smoothie tip is to combine your favorite fruit with skim milk and ice. The Just Peachy Diet Smoothie is a perfect example, combining fresh peaches with the creamy taste of milk- simple but delicious. Peaches are very low calorie, with only 40 calories per peach. This makes them a sweet addition to a reduced calorie diet. Plus, they are full of vitamin C, vitamin A, Magnesium and Potassium. They even have 1.4 grams of protein as a bonus! This makes the Just Peachy an excellent anytime treat especially in the summer when peaches are nice and fresh.
27. Spinach with Green Apple Diet Smoothie
Green apple and spinach are two smoothie ingredients truly made for each other. Both are rich in nutrients and balance each other very well. The Spinach with Green Apple Diet Smoothie combines the delicious tastes of spinach, apple and coconut milk to create a low-calorie, nutrition-packed smoothie that anyone can appreciate. Apples also help boost metabolism and curb appetite, making this smoothie very diet-friendly and perfect for a snack in between meals to hold you over. For a spicier kick, try adding kale in place of spinach and follow the rest of the recipe the same!
28. Lemon Meringue Protein Shake
The Lemon Meringue Protein Shake is the perfect addition to any diet plan. It is thick, filling and the perfect combination of tangy and creamy while still being low carb. The recipe uses a combination of vanilla protein powder, yogurt, lemon juice and sweetener. To make the shake look more appealing before serving, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a lemon wedge. Enjoy this refreshing protein-packed shake on a warm summer day or in place of dessert any night- it’s great anytime!
29. Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzard
This blizzard is full of ingenuity. Cheesecake filling can be turned into a smoothie, but how does one replicate that signature crispy, buttery crust? You could just ignore it and go without- you will never miss it, we promise! This recipe has a crunchy crust-like element with the addition of coconut that has been toasted in butter and swirled through the blended shake- a perfect low carb solution! Small chunks of solid cream cheese are also swirled in. This results in a texture bomb with bits of cream cheese and crunchy coconut in every mouthful. Eating this with a spoon makes sense, as you would a DQ Blizzard.
30. Spiced Walnut Date Smoothie
This shake is one of the easiest to make and one of the few healthy recipes to include dates. Combined with a variety of spices, the Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie is a real treat. As you can guess, most of the flavor comes from the spices, nuts and dates. The dates also keep the smoothie nice and thick. These are combined with creamy Greek yogurt, chilled almond milk and vanilla extract, which helps balance the smoothie’s rich flavor. Let this tasty treat become the highlight of your evening and part of your daily diet routine.
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31. Blackberry Cheesecake Smoothie
There are some variations in this recipe, depending on how cheesy you like your smoothie. You can make this with either cream cheese or creamed coconut milk- whichever sounds the most delicious to you!. Creamed coconut milk is a more natural ingredient than regular coconut milk because it doesn’t use additives, like guar gum, to thicken and suspend the milk. It is the cream that has separated from the water in the milk, much like the cream that floats on top of fresh whole milk. You can discard the water and just use the thick creamed coconut milk as you would cream cheese or thick yogurt in any recipe. Fresh or frozen blackberries are used as the fruit component and add some great nutrition. Blackberries are a very low-carb fruit and quite delicious as well!
32. Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake Smoothie
Raspberries and chocolate are a perfect pairing. Valentine’s Day comes to mind with this classic combination. Similar to the Blackberry Cheesecake Smoothie recipe, this one is quite high in healthy fats. Again, you can use either cream cheese or creamed coconut milk, depending on whether you eat dairy or not. You can also substitute regular coconut milk for the heavy cream component. This would be a great way to make the recipe Paleo compliant. Unsweetened cacao powder is the chocolate component and is low carb while still being amazingly delicious. It is sweetened with liquid Stevia extract.
33. Low-Carb Pumpkin Smoothie
This pumpkin beverage is another that falls into the easiest low-carb smoothie recipes category. There are so few ingredients and it takes just a minute to make amking it a great daily option. Some of the benefits of using pumpkin purée in a smoothie are that is has fiber and is a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is good for cardiovascular health, muscle support, digestive regulation, and helps us sleep better. Having a pumpkin smoothie in the morning might be your ticket to regularity. This particular smoothie is just too simple not to try and will make for a healthy, easy, stress free breakfast.
34. Red Velvet Smoothie
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? The Red Velvet Smoothie is a cake-flavored treat that is packed with nutrients and is also low-carb and vegan. Just combine avocado, beets, cocoa, vanilla and sweetener with your milk of choice. Almond or coconut milk can help make the drink taste creamier and help you get a little more protein and vitamins in your treat. With a prep time of about 3 minutes, this simple smoothie can quickly become your new favorite! Now the only question is when to have it- breakfast or dessert?!
35. Vanilla Cappuccino Protein Smoothie
Starting the day with coffee is an American tradition. Whether you want a healthy burst of energy in the morning or need an afternoon pick-me-up, this low-carb smoothie is here to help! The Vanilla Cappuccino Protein Smoothie is a filling beverage made with vanilla yogurt, protein powder and espresso- a winning combination! Just combine with your favorite milk, sweetener and ice and you have your own bistro-fresh beverage that you can enjoy anytime. Fast and easy, this is one tasty way to replace your morning cup of coffee without sacrificing taste, caffeine or tradition.
36. Low Carb Keto Vanilla Avocado Almond Smoothie
Sometime is, having a high fat beverage can be a great thing. This Low Carb Keto Vanilla Avocado Almond Smoothie is rich in healthy fats and packed with nutrition. With low net carbs and high protein, it is an easy trade off. After combining avocado, almond butter, vanilla almond milk and sweetener, you are free to spice this drink up however you like- the neutral ingredients make it easy to make this drink your own. No carb liquid sweeteners, Isopure, chia seeds, cinnamon or half and half can add a unique flavor to the drink, making it highly personalized and highly delicious.
37. Chocolate Pear Protein Smoothie
Sometimes, it’s hard to eat your vegetables but the Chocolate Pear Protein Smoothie makes it easy and tasty. Each serving is packed with spinach and vegan hemp protein powder, but you would never know it thanks to the overpowering flavors of cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and pears. You can even get an extra serving of fiber or protein by adding chia seeds or nut butter. This makes it truly stand out against other low carb smoothies and it is one drink you will crave.
38. Bartlett Pear Greek Yogurt Smoothie
Pears are a common fruit with an interesting texture, yet it is rarely included in healthy smoothie recipes. The Bartlett Pear Greek Yogurt Smoothie is an interesting drink packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Protein and fiber. The healthy recipe calls for several things you wouldn’t normally find in a smoothie: cottage cheese, egg whites, flaxseed meal, pistachios, ground cardamom and protein powder. With a fruity taste and interesting taste, this low-carb smoothie is a great choice for those wanting a break from the ordinary while still sticking to a low carb diet.
39. Chocolate Keto Smoothie
Keto-friendly recipes are always focused on getting as close to nature as possible. These low carb smoothies are no different, using pastured raw eggs for an extra source of filling protein. Alternatively, chia seeds or coconut butter can be added to help give your smoothie a little extra kick of nutrition and taste. While the smoothie is super sweet thanks to the Stevia extract and cacao powder, it is still very diet-friendly and easy to adapt. Let this tasty smoothie help you curb your appetite and get plenty of delicious nutrients!
40. Low Carb Overnight Flax Meal
While a flax meal smoothie may sound kind of boring and unappetizing, this low-carb recipe livens things up with almond milk and fresh raspberries. The recipe itself is super flexible, making the Low Carb Overnight Flax Meal a favorite among both foodies and dieters. Aside from flaxseed meal and raspberries, the recipe calls for vanilla Isopure protein powder, sweetener and Fage total classic yogurt. Change the taste up a bit by adding blueberries, strawberries or bananas and get a muffin-like treat that is hard to resist!
41. Strawberry Milkshake
Do you remember Strawberry Quick as a kid? It is a heavily sweetened, strawberry flavored powder that can instantly turn your plain milk into a glass of pink wonderfulness to go along with those horrible canned vegetables, frozen fish sticks, and boxed mashed potatoes. In its heyday, it was a child’s delight, though probably loaded with sugar and not very nutritious. Do you sometimes wish smoothies could be this easy to make. This strawberry milkshake takes the work out of a low-carb smoothie recipe by using Strawberry Torani for the fruit flavor (which is also so easy to use). This is strawberry syrup that contains zero sugar, zero carbs, and zero calories. Not sure how that can be, but it is true and quite amazing.
42. Blueberry-Vanilla-Yogurt Protein Shake
Sometimes the best drinks to include in a smoothie diet are the simplest ones. The Blueberry-Vanilla-Yogurt Protein Shake uses a simple recipe that relies on frozen blueberries, vanilla zero carb whey protein, heavy whipping cream and Greek yogurt. This not only delivers a healthy dose of calcium and protein, it also delivers all of the weight loss benefits of blueberries, making this a great fat burning drink. With only 455 calories and 10.5 net carbs, this creamy drink is a great fast lunch.
43. Healthy Almond Joy Milkshake
Looking for a healthy dessert while sticking to your smoothie diet? The Healthy Almond Joy Milkshake is a great choice because it is sweet without all the sugar or artificial flavors. Coconut-flavored stevia, semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract and almond milk can easily trick you into thinking you are drinking a candy bar while staying low carb! Add in some nonfat Greek yogurt, psyllium husk powder and natural almond butter for extra calcium and protein to get a diet-friendly drink packed with nutrients.
44. Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Ok, this one had me at hello. You can just smell cinnamon rolls baking in a hot oven when you read the title. This should be a standard weekend breakfast smoothie. It is scented and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Flax meal gives it the body it needs to fill you up and the fiber for digestive regularity. The only thing missing is the carbs! This is going to be one of your new favorites for sure.
45. Mango Coconut Smoothie
Looking for a timeless low-carb smoothie that can keep you full all morning? The Mango Coconut Smoothie is a great addition to any smoothie diet because it is thick, filling and tastes great. Loaded with Vitamin A, C and B-6, mangos are one of the best ways to start the day. Coconut helps add to the value of this healthy smoothie by boosting metabolism and increasing good cholesterol. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla protein powder and hemp or flax seeds to get even more benefits from this creamy tropical smoothie. Make sure to make a big batch as everyone will want a glass of this.
46. Three-Ingredient Blueberry Mint Frozen Yogurt
While this isn’t necessarily a smoothie, the Three-Ingredient Blueberry Mint Frozen Yogurt is a starting point in many drink recipes. This yogurt is perfect for those on a low-carb diet looking for a simple alternative to ice cream or a base for their new favorite drink. Natural sweetness from the blueberry helps curb sugar cravings and the mint helps promote digestion. Just combine frozen blueberries, vanilla Greek yogurt and fresh mint for a delicious post-workout treat that anyone can appreciate.
47. Minty Green Protein Smoothie
Green low-carb smoothie recipes sometimes get a bad rap for falling flat on flavor. They can’t be overlooked for their nutritional value. Healthy fat from avocados, calcium from spinach, and powerful antimicrobial properties from herbal essential oils and extracts are necessary in our keto diets. It can’t all be about dairy fat and sugary fruit. The Minty Green Smoothie is completely dairy and sugar free. If you just can’t live without some sweetness, add a little Stevia or dark chocolate.
48. Protein Frosty
As with all good endings, we might as well close with chocolate. Here is a frosty smoothie that tastes just like a frozen chocolate shake. Almond milk and protein powder are the base. It is thickened with culinary gums, which you could substitute with flax meal if you aren’t a fan or can’t find it in your local store. It is flavored with real cocoa powder and your sweetener of choice. Toss in some ice before you blend it to make it thick and cold, grab a straw, and you have a thick shake for an on-the-road breakfast or snack.
49. Skinny Oreo Milkshake
Shakes and cookies are often one of the hardest things to cut out of a diet. The Skinny Oreo Milkshake makes things a little easier by combining a few of our favorite cookies with protein-packed skim milk and fat-free cottage cheese. Unlike the other healthy smoothie recipes available, the Skinny Oreo Milkshake is best enjoyed after it is chilled for an hour or more. It is a great choice for after dinner and perfect for those who are always tempted by a full package of cookies- just reach for a smoothie instead and avoid all that cookie guilt. Just add a little truvia and vanilla extract for an extra-sweet treat.
50. Mixed Berry Nutty Coconut Crunch
When it comes to choosing meal replacement shakes for a low-carb diet, the Mixed Berry Nutty Coconut Crunch is a must. With a rich flavor and crunchy texture, it is easy to fill up on this delicious shake. As you can guess, the crunchiness comes from almonds and shredded coconut, and the blended frozen berries just add to the complexity of the drink. Loaded with fresh ingredients and bursting with nutrition, this appetite-curbing, protein-filled drink is easy to include in any diet plan. This one really is everything you may want in one cool glass. Try combine these healthy smoothies with some Paleo snacks and you are in for a treat.
Are you ready for healthy smoothies?
With dozens of low carb smoothies available, it is easy to find a healthy recipe that you like. Try experimenting with different recipes. Most of the ones included in this list of 50 have ingredients that can be easily supplemented. Try adding your favorite protein powder, sweetener, flaxseed meal, chia seeds or anything else that strikes your fancy. You will be surprised by some of the combinations you come up with and how nutritional they can be. Smoothies are so versatile and easy to work with that they are clearly a win for anyone on a low carb diet. With the help of these tasty smoothies, you never have to worry about your diet being boring.
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