Keto Smoothie Recipe (Low Carb, Sugar-Free)

Keto Smoothie Recipe

Most smoothies are packed full of high carb ingredients, but with a little creativity, you can still enjoy a nutrient loaded keto smoothie. Perfect for a quick, easy breakfast or post-workout meal! If you’re worried about carbs in smoothies, be sure to read this post and try our keto friendly smoothie recipe!

Keto Smoothies

When it comes to quick and easy meals, it’s hard to beat the almighty smoothie. Throw a few things in a blender, press a button, enjoy. What’s not to love, amirite? When it comes to low carb diets, especially keto, your go-to smoothie recipes probably don’t fit the bill. Most smoothies are packed with sugary, high carb ingredients that are challenging to squeeze within the parameters of an ultra low carb diet like keto (if not downright impossible). Luckily, with a little creativity and nutritional strategy, you can whip up a nutrient-dense keto smoothie that’s just as easy and flavorful as your old faves. Today, I’m going to hook you up with an uh-mazing keto smoothie recipe and teach you how to develop one of your own. Cool? Cool.

Can I drink smoothies on keto?

Yes, you can drink smoothies on keto!

What ingredients do I need for a keto smoothie recipe?

The driving factor behind nutritional ketosis is carbohydrate restriction. That means the key to making a keto smoothie is choosing low carb ingredients. 

This can include low sugar keto fruits, such as berries and avocado. Swapping out juices for water or nut milk. Opting for some fibrous green veggies in lieu of mangos and bananas. Using fewer ingredients overall or simply smaller quantities will also reduce the carb count. 

Blender with smoothie ingredients

Here are some keto compatible options to consider:

Liquids:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Macadamia nut milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Water

Fruits: 

  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cucumbers (It’s a fruit, I swear! 😜)
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Blueberries

Check out our keto fruits list for more ideas!

Vegetables:

  • Spinach
  • Collard Greens
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy
  • Swiss Chard
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Zucchini

Check out our keto vegetables list for more ideas!

Nuts Butters:

  • Almond butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Macadamia butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Pistachio butter

Miscellaneous:

  • Ice (naturally!)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Cacao
  • Low carb sweeteners, such as monkfruit or erythritol 
  • Whey protein isolate (excellent for increasing satiety)
  • Other protein powders
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Extracts
  • MCT oil or powder
How to Make a Keto Smoothie!
nutrition skills > drawing skills 😜

Side note: Let me know in the comments below if I’m missing your favorite low carb smoothie ingredient and I’ll add it to the list above. Teamwork makes the dream work!

What ingredients do I need for a keto smoothie recipe?

Carbs in Smoothies: Why are the total carbs on my keto smoothie so high?

Yes, fiber is technically a carb. But unlike it’s best buds starch and sugar, fiber is largely unabsorbed by the human body. That means when we eat most fibers, it’s not directly impacting our metabolism or influencing ketosis. If we’re reducing carbs to reach nutritional ketosis and/or fat adaptation, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to nix fiber because you’re bogged down in semantics. Does it?

This is where the idea of net carbs comes into play.

Net carbs = Total Carbs – Fiber

Net carbs will give you an approximation of the carbs that will impact your metabolism, and in turn, ketosis. If you’re worried about high total carbs, take a peek at the fiber content to see how it balances out. If you’re using relatively low carb ingredients, like fibrous, non-starchy veggies and low sugar fruits, you’ll be just fine. And your friendly gut bacteria will thank you for it!

Many people will automatically stop drinking keto smoothies due to the high total carbs in smoothies. Don’t worry so much about carbs in smoothies when the majority of carbs are coming from fiber.

Carbs in Smoothies

What’s the best time to drink smoothies?

Maybe it’s because I’m always flying out the door with little time to cook or perhaps the loud buzz of the blender grinding me out of my sleep stupor, but I’m partial to keto smoothies for breakfast. 

Smoothies are also great for pre-workout or post-workout! Perfect for a meal that’s not too heavy if you need something in your stomach before you hit the gym. Or after the gym, load it up with some whey protein or Greek yogurt to help your recovery. If you’re someone who works out a lot and incorporate strategic carb intake around your physical activity (e.g., TKD), smoothies are also an excellent way to deliver those quick digesting carbs for energy and performance.

TLDR; Smoothies rule. Keto smoothies are just as easy, delicious, and nutritious as their high carb counterparts. Here’s a recipe!

Blackberries garnishing smoothie

Tools to Make Recipe

Blender – A blender is all you need to whip up a smoothie with ease. You can use a stand blender for larger batches, or even a hand-held immersion blender for single servings.

What ingredients do I need for a keto smoothie recipe?

Keto Smoothie Recipe

This keto smoothie recipe is easy, nutritious, and delicious–what’s not to love?!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Special Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Tasha Metcalf

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender.
  • Pulse ice crush setting until solid ingredients begin to breakdown. Change to purée setting until all ingredients are smoothly blended.
  • Divide into individual serving sizes (~240 g) to serve.
  • Leftover mixture can be frozen in silicone molds and thawed for later use. Or freeze in popsicle molds for nutrient-dense popsicles!

Notes

Net carbs per serving = 7.25g
Click here for more detailed nutrition information.
And remember, the beauty of keto smoothies is how versatile they can be. Feel free to get creative and tweak the ingredients in the recipe above to suit your personal taste!
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 241g | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.36g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 87.8mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 9.12g | Sugar: 6g
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11 Comments

  • 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe ! I was looking for a low carbs and high protein smoothie and this one is perfect ! The list of ingredients that you can use is very useful as well. Is it possible to use soy milk too ?

  • 4 stars
    Problem with keto is to get the fat percentage high. Would love to have a smoothie recipe which has 75% fat calories. Besides coconut oil (controversial as far as healthy or not) I have not seen many other options in most keto recipies. My theory is to go with a “olive oil vinegrette” flavor motif instead of the sweet/dessert. Could base smoothie on salad greens/kale/ spinach/tomato and add olive oil with wine vinegar, salt and pepper, basil. Add a bunch of olive oil to get to your keto diet fat goals.

    • Just depends on your goals! Keto relies on carb restriction first and foremost. I’m going to drop a couple resources below just in case you’ll find them to be helpful and give a different perspective. 😊

      That 75% from fat calories can be a bit of a misnomer, it’s certainly not required for each meal or even daily intake if fat loss is the intended goal. It can be a little confusing at first because the ratios get thrown around a lot. But there are some great resources out there that break down keto macros for different purposes. Keto: A Woman’s Guide & Cookbook has a couple chapters focused on it. There are also a few articles on the site and this quickie little video can help visualize it too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5caTlPUTUk

      If you scroll down past the keto calculator on the page, there is a bit more detail as well. Hope you find it to be helpful!

      But yes, if you do need high fat for your goals there are loads of things to consider besides olive oil. I love your savory vinaigrette suggestion, that’s brilliant! Coconut milk, coconut oil, avocado, nut and seeds are just a few others that can fit the bill. Have an awesome day! ❤️

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