Keto Smoothies That Will Help You Lose Weight
Smoothies are kind of amazing. They’re a quick and easy way to grab some food when you’re on the go, they help you get a bunch of nutrients at once, and, of course, they taste pretty awesome.
But when you’re on a high-fat, low-carb diet like keto, it’s natural to wonder if you can even have smoothies. After all, plenty of them are loaded up with fruit, juice, milk, and other ingredients that aren’t exactly keto-friendly.
Luckily, plenty of culinary creatives have come up with delicious and nutritious keto smoothie recipes. What do they have in common? They’re packed with heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from whole, healthy foods, says NYC nutritionist Gina Keatley, C.D.N. Think: raw nut butters, coconut oil, chia seeds, and other fat-filled yummies.
But what about the carbs and sugar? Don’t worry, they’re also low-carb, and most of the carbs they do pack from from fiber, says Keatley. Apart from helping you stay fuller, longer, aiding in digestion, and even boosting your heart health, fiber can also help keto dieters meet their macro goals. Here’s why: While you should cap your daily carb intake at 50 grams on a keto diet, you still need to get between 20 and 30 of those grams from fiber. So, yeah, fiber works to your advantage.
Ready to start sipping? We scrolled through Instagram to find the keto smoothie recipes you need to double tap. Even better, they are all nutritionist approved.
This recipe from @lyl_lisa combines avocado, kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, stevia, coconut milk, cream, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, and vanilla protein. If you don’t have those particular oils on hand, Keatley says canola, olive, safflower, sunflower, and peanut oil can also do the trick. “Even though these fats are in the same family, the chemical makeup is different and variety is key with a diet like this,” she says.
Try this recipe from @therealhealthkitchen: Blend together a small amount of organic blueberries, unsweetened almond milk, raw almond butter, and MCT oil. Yes, it has a little bit of blueberries (which have sugar), but it’s good as an occasional treat when you just need something sweet, Keatley says.
This swap will make any smoothie so much more filling:
For this smoothie, @positivelydiesel mixes vegan Strawberry Shakeology, unsweetened almond or hemp milk, raw organic coconut oil, and turmeric root. Strawberry Shakeology has about a third of your daily allotment of carbs, so if you want to spend that elsewhere, Keatley recommends swapping in a sugar-free whey protein powder and adding some Splenda for sweetness.
This recipe from @youketo lets you get a little taste of sweetness without blowing your macros. Mix coconut milk, zucchini, romaine lettuce, spinach, chia seeds, avocado, cacao powder, cocoa powder, and monkfruit sweetener for a tasty treat. This recipe keeps your carb count low thanks to all the green veggies. The cacao powder is also a good way to get some protein and flavor in without adding carbs, she says.