Looking for quick, healthy dinner options? Keto smoothies are perfect for when you come home late and are too tired to prepare dinner.
If you already know all about keto and want to get straight into the seven keto smoothie recipes, scroll down to the second half of this article.
What Is A Keto Diet?
A ketogenic diet is one that focuses on drastically reducing carb intake and raising fat intake. The goal is to put your body in a metabolic state called ketosis.
By doing this, your body will be more efficient at burning fat. Throughout the day, your body will burn more fat for energy, helping you lose weight.
Going on a ketogenic diet makes it easy for your body to access your fat stores, thus burning more fat than usual around the clock.
In addition, carbs are usually high-calorie-dense foods. Bread, rice, pasta, pizza, and other carbs contain a lot of calories.
By cutting out most of your carbs, you will be able to drastically reduce your calorie intake. This will help you stay in a caloric deficit, allowing you to burn fat every day and lose weight week after week.
In addition, since you will be eating more healthy fats and protein, you will feel more satiated. Pasta and other carbs are not very filling, which makes it tempting to eat a lot of them in order to feel full.
Since you will feel more satiated, you will eat less, helping you in your weight loss journey.
If you are looking for ways to lose weight quickly, going on a low-carb diet is a good choice.
There are a number of types of ketogenic diets. The standard ketogenic diet calls for a diet that is made up of 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and five percent carbs.
However, for those who do strength training and are looking to build muscle, there is also a variation that calls for substituting some of that fat for protein. Some lifters will also slightly increase their carb intake on workout days.
Benefits Of A Keto Diet
Going on a keto diet has a number of health benefits in addition to fat loss. For example, according to Medical News Today, a ketogenic diet can strengthen the brain and nerve cells.
For those who struggle with acne, going on a keto diet can help clear it up. A keto diet can also help improve heart health, reduce the risk of seizures, and reduce the risk of some cancers.
How Smoothies Help You Lose Weight
Smoothies can help you lose even more weight than a standard keto diet can. Keto smoothies are perfect meal replacements.
In a healthy smoothie, you can add vegetables, fruits, protein, and even some carbs. Smoothies allow you to get all of the macronutrients and micronutrients you need quickly, without having to spend a lot of time meal prepping or cleaning up after yourself.
Smoothies are perfect for when you are on the go and have no time to sit down for a meal.
By replacing some meals with smoothies, you can control your daily calorie intake while staying full and satiated. It’s an easy way to exercise portion control as you can measure your servings precisely.
What Should You Avoid In A Keto Smoothie?
Since your goal in a keto diet should be to avoid carbs (for the most part) and increase your protein and healthy fat intake, there are a number of things that you should not be putting in your smoothies.
Banana is one of them. Although bananas are common in regular smoothies, avoid them if you are making a keto smoothie.
On the other hand, avocados are great sources of healthy fats. Vegetables like kale are perfect for keto smoothies too.
You might be wondering whether it’s okay to use fruits in your smoothies. It’s okay to use fruits, but try to use fruits that have fewer carbs.
Examples would be berries like blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Coconuts, watermelon, peaches, and lemons are all low in carbs.
However, fruits like grapes, mangos, pineapples, kiwis, apples, and pears have more carbs.
This doesn’t mean you can’t put kiwis, mangos, apples, or pears in your smoothies. However, it does mean that you must exercise portion control and not put in large amounts.
For example, you might use half a kiwi (around four grams of carbs) and 50 grams of strawberries (around three grams of carbs). Altogether, that’s only seven grams of carbs.
The 7 Best Keto Smoothie Recipes For Dinner
With all that being said, let’s get right into the seven best smoothie recipes to use for dinner.
1. Peanut Butter Smoothie — Sweet As Honey
Peanut butter is perfect for keto smoothies, as it is high in fat. In addition, peanut butter is very satiating and fills you up quickly.
This particular peanut butter smoothie is dairy-free, so it is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant. Instead, you’ll be using almond milk and plain cocoa.
It’s important to use natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain additives like added vegetable oils or sugar.
The smoothie takes a few minutes to make and only contains these five ingredients:
- Natural peanut butter
- Non-sugar sweetener
- Pure cocoa powder
- Coconut cream
- Almond milk
Just mix them all together with ice. If you’re a chocolate addict, add some chocolate into the mix or serve some chocolate on the side.
2. Keto Cinnamon Almond Butter Breakfast Shake — I Breathe I’m Hungry
Although it’s called the Keto Cinnamon Almond Butter Breakfast Shake, it also makes for a perfect dinner smoothie. Like peanut butter, almond butter is filling and an excellent source of healthy fats.
You’ll only need seven ingredients for this smoothie:
- Almond milk
- Collagen peptides
- Almond butter
- Flax meal
- Non-sugar sweetener
- Almond extract
Make the smoothie with ice cubes for better texture.
3. Keto Smoothie Bowl — Life Made Sweeter
Smoothie bowls are the perfect middle ground between proper food and smoothies. They fill you up a bit more than smoothies; since you eat them with a spoon rather than drink them, you are left feeling more satiated and satisfied.
The Life Made Sweeter keto smoothie bowl is a burst of berry delight. It also contains healthy foods like kale, spinach, and cherries.
You’ll first blend the ingredients and then add the toppings to your bowl.
A twist on this recipe is to sprinkle some granola on top if you are on a keto diet variation that calls for more carbs.
4. Triple Berry Avocado Smoothie — Healthline
Here’s another berry smoothie — this one from Healthline, with avocado added as well.
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients:
- Half an avocado
- Half a cup of a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- Two cups of spinach
- Two tablespoons of hemp seeds
Add water or ice cubes, depending on which you like best. One serving provides 26 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein.
5. Lemon Cucumber Green Smoothie – Healthline
Here’s another quick and simple smoothie from Healthline. If you prefer green smoothies and a more citrus-like taste instead of a berry-like taste, this is the smoothie for you.
Like with the previous recipe, you will only need a few simple ingredients:
- One cup of sliced cucumber
- One cup of spinach or kale
- Two tablespoons of milled flax seeds
- One tablespoon of lemon juice
Mix these all together with water and/or ice, as per your preference.
One of the benefits of this smoothie compared to the previous one is that it contains fewer calories.
It only has 100 calories per serving, which is less than one-third of what the previous recipe has. In addition, it has around half as many carbs.
6. Tropical Pink Smoothie – Keto Diet App
If you are looking to spice up your menu with something a little more exotic, this recipe is great. It contains dragon fruit, which has vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.
The smoothie is made with protein powder, so it is great for those who work out and lift weights. You will only need five main ingredients for this recipe:
- Chia seeds
- Dragon fruit
- Protein powder
Mix them with water and/or ice as per your preference.
7. Ample K Almond Milk/Coffee Smoothie
There are a number of meal replacement products that are designed for those on a keto diet. While many others are available online, Ample K is one of the best ones.
It has all the nutrients and vitamins you need in each meal.
The benefit of using such a product is that it comes in a powder, so you don’t have to buy more than one thing at a time.
It comes in a number of flavors and all its nutritional information is laid out for you.
Here’s the recipe:
- One serving of Ample K
- Almond milk
- Additional sweetener if needed
- Ice cubes
Just mix the Ample K in the almond milk and pour it over ice to chill. A great alternative, if you like coffee at night, is to add Ample K to your hot or cold coffee.
Wrapping It Up
Using smoothies as meal replacements will help you lose weight much faster and reach your goals quicker.
The above seven smoothies will help you lose fat while feeling full and satiated.
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