13 Low Carb Smoothie Recipes

Who said that 13 is a bad luck number? We have here 13 simple and  delicious low carb smoothie recipes to add to your low carb diet.

If you plan to lose your weight you might choose a low-carb diet, and make some low carb smoothies instead of having breakfast. Low carb diet considers that intake of carbohydrates should be limited at 5 gr per 100 gr of meal. Foundations of low carb diet are protein rich food like meat, eggs, poultry, fish and some of vegetables. So say good bye to numerous variations of pastas, breads, rolls etc.

Generally, smoothies are refreshing beverages consisting of a liquid base, fruit and/or vegetables and/or seeds, spices and similar. Fruit, especially berries, are blended in a frozen state to give it unique texture and refreshing note. So, if you want your low carb smoothie recipes to be tasteful and refreshing, always have some berries in your freezer. Avoid using ice cubes, blended ice or similar in smoothies, since once they are melted it will water down the fine structure of you smoothie.

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Regarding liquid base in low carb smoothie recipes you will never use milk rich in fats, nor plain yoghurt, instead of them, you will use water, soy, almond, rice or skimmed milk and yoghurt or similar. Of course, you will avoid adding water or liquid base in smoothies with fruits and veggies that are full of liquid like watermelon and cucumber.

Then you will probably put fruit and veggies in your smoothie. If you are putting both in one smoothie, try to keep proportion of 60:40 fruit compared to vegetable to avoid tasteless  or even smoothies that taste bad and are undrinkable.

Third component of a good smoothie are seeds, spices, powders (protein, whey, some sweeteners). For low carb smoothie excellent choice would be flaxseeds, or flaxseed powder, or chia seeds, also Macadamia nuts are a good choice for low carbohydrate diets with only 4 grams net carbs per half-cup serving. , but you should be stingy with other nuts. The lowest in carbohydrate value are pecans and brazilin nuts followed by walnuts and pine nuts.

As it comes to the spices, ginger is a great metabolism booster and it gets along with anything green. Pepper and chili pepper powder or seeds also can boost your metabolism and are great with tomato and chocolate flavored smoothies. Fresh mint is something that will give your smoothies freshness, specially wen combined with citruses.

For sweetening your smoothie, there are a lot of recommendations of artificial sweeteners, but keep in mind that you don’t just want to lose weight, you want to stay healthy and think twice before using artificial sweeteners. Also there are a lot of controversy following natural sourced sweeteners like Stevia plant, so you should inform yourself on health influences of any sweetener you come up to use in smoothies.  Dates are good sweeteners, but are not recommended to be used in low carb smoothie recipes since they are full of carbohydrates. Remember to taste smoothies unsweetened before adding any kind of sweetener in it, you may like it just the way they are!

Let’s return to low carb smoothie recipes. First take a glance at given table of how much carbohydrates (grams) does 100 grams of grocery has:

Carbohydrates  (gr) /100 gr

VEGETABLES

Carbohydrates  (gr)/100 gr

FRUIT

Carbohydrates  (gr)/100 gr

TASTE GIVING FRUIT

Cucumber 1,8 Pear 7,6 Cherries 11,7
Chinese cabbage 2,0 Avocado 7,0 Pineapple 11,6
Zucchini 2,3 Grapefruit 7,0 Sour cherries 10,2
Lettuce 2,2 Apricot 6,7 Apple 10,0
Tomato 2,8 Black currant 6,6 Peach 9,1
Green cabbage 2,8 Blackberries 6,4 Kiwi 9,0
Red cabbage 3,5 Raspberries 5,6 Orange 8,5
Strawberries 6,2 Tangerine 8,0
Melon 5,3 Carrots 8,0

 

So, if you are strict about your low carb diet – you will keep low carb smoothie recipes ingredient’s sum of carbs around 5 gr per 100 gr of smoothie

low carb smoothie recipes #1

You can use:

-half of red cabbage head

-1 orange

-and few cherries to boost the taste

Cut in pieces red cabbage, put all ingredients in a blender. When putting citrus fruit in smoothie, don’t just add squeezed juice, put whole peeled citruses to get benefits if their fibers.  Blend it until smooth

 

low carb smoothie recipes #2

Blend a mixture of equal amount of cucumbers and apricots

You won’t need water since cucumbers are 70% water. Zucchinis are also good in this combination with apricots instead of cucumbers. Blend until smooth.

 

low carb smoothie recipes #3

2 apricots

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 large, ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, cut in small chunks

low fat yoghurt or greek yoghurt

1/2 Cup ice cubes or crushed ice-optional

Blend until smooth.

Low carb smoothie recipes #4

½ frozen peeled avocado
1 green pear
1 cup fresh spinach
1 handful of fresh parsley
½ lemon, juice squeezed into the blender
1 cup filtered water

Blend until smooth.

 

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Low carb smoothie recipes #5

1 peeled grapefruit
2 cups fresh spinach
1 small handful parsley
1 small chunk of ginger
1 green apple
1/4 frozen banana
1 cup of water
Blend until smooth.

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #6

1 Apple

1 teaspoon of  cinnamon

1/2 cups crushed ice

1/4 cup Heavy Cream (optional)-or Greek youghurt

1 kiwi

Blend until smooth.

 

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #7

3 frozen peach

1/4 cup soft tofu cheese

1 cup soy milk

Blend until smooth.

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #8

1¼ cups almond milk
1 fresh de-cored apple
¼ tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup cherries

Blend until smooth.

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #9

50 gr of Blackberries

50 gr of blueberries

1cup of Greek or skimmed yoghurt or soy milk

Blackberries are really good

Blend until smooth.

  

Low carb smoothie recipe #10

 

Half of a small sized watermelon (maybe you will prefer to remove the seeds first)

1 grape fruit

2 oranges

You can add some pineapple chunks, this is real treat during hot summer days.

Blend until smooth.

  

Low carb smoothie recipe #11

 ½ cucumber, peeled

4 cherry tomatoes

½ zucchini, peeled

½ teaspoon honey-optional

½ mango

½ cup water, you can also use almomond milk

Add ice if desired. Blend until smooth.

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #12

 

2 tablespoons of flaxseed

1/4 cup of skim milk and

1/2 cup of chopped seedless watermelon (or seeded)

1 nectarine sliced and peeled

Blend until smooth.

 

Low carb smoothie recipe #13

 

1 big ripe tomato

1/4 cup of low fat yogurt

2 peeled cucmbers

small fistful of mint leaves

add a little salt –optional Blend until smooth.

In the end, final advice, do experiments, keep your low carb smoothies recipes simple, unsweetend, and enjoy making, tasting and drinking smoothies!

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