Need a detox? Start the day right with this Keto green smoothie and give yourself a super-sized antioxidant boost!
Want to fit into your favorite jeans again? Feel like you could do with a few extra vitamins? Need more energy, more spring in your step, to back to that GREAT you?
Well, today is the first Monday in 2019 and I want ALL of the above. December tends to be the “why not, give me another one” month when it comes to food. It’s always a lot of fun. But I’m actually quite relieved the party season is over now and I’m looking forward to cooking and eating sensible (AND yummy) food at home for a while.
Whether you’re reading this in January or at any other time of the year.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MINI DETOX, THIS KETO GREEN SMOOTHIE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND.
Hang on – are smoothies ok on Keto?
When you make detox Keto green smoothie you choose almond or coconut milk over dairy. This lowers the carb count significantly.
Like fruit? Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are great choices for a low carb smoothie as they are low in carbs. Bananas and tropical fruits such as mango are high in sugar and therefore a no-go.
You can use avocados to increase the creaminess and even add a bit of powdered erythritol if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Nut butter is another favorite in Keto smoothies – it adds natural sweetness and os a source of healthy fat. You can also add coconut oil, coconut butter or even MCT oil.
My personal favorite is GREEN SMOOTHIES like this one. I’ve skipped the fruit (not counting a squeeze of lemon and the avocado, which technically is also a fruit) and am loading up on green vegetables instead. Cucumber, fennel, kale, celery – yes please, bring it on!
HOW DO YOU TO MAKE A KETO GREEN SMOOTHIE TASTE DELICIOUS?
First of all, you need a high-speed blender. Unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible to blend fibrous vegetables such as celery or kale into a smooth drink – unless you have LOTS of time. This is not a recipe where crunchy bits are adding to the end result! The smoother, the more wow.
And here is my personal secret weapon for green smoothie deliciousness: fresh herbs! I’ve used mint leaves in this particular low carb smoothie recipe. They make the smoothie taste fragrant and they make me think of summer (my favorite season!!). I’ve also experimented with parsley (great with cucumber) and with coriander (goes especially well with celery) in other recipes.
I decided to add a scoop of whey protein powder to turn my smoothie into a balanced breakfast and have all my macros covered in one glass. If you decide to use protein powder (it is entirely optional as it does not add to the taste) – make sure you source an unsweetened brand.
SPOILER ALERT: This Keto smoothie is NOT SWEET! It is zingy, minty, refreshing creamy and it has mellow semi-sweet undertones thanks to the almond butter and almond milk. I think it tastes AWESOME.
Recipe tip: If you like your smoothie liquid rather than thick, thin it out with a little more almond milk.
This recipe makes one very large green smoothie – a generous 1 pint – which IS breakfast. If you prefer a smaller portion, the recipe makes 2 cups, which could be enjoyed alongside your regular breakfast. To keep things simple have calculated the nutrition per cup (assuming 2 servings).
- handful / 15g kale
- handful / 10g fresh mint leaves, picked
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 / 50g fennel or 1 celery stick
- 1/4 small cucumber (100g)
- 1 tbsp protein powder unsweetened
- 1 cup / 240 ml almond milk unsweetened
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Scoop the avocado flesh out and place all ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust thickness by adding more almond milk if desired.
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You can replace the almond milk with coconut milk if you prefer.
For a fruitier smoothie, add a handful of berries such as blueberries, strawberries or raspberries (plus 1 tsp or erythritol if you’ve got a sweet tooth). This will increase the carb count.