A chocolate smoothie is a great way to start your day or to recharge mid-afternoon. This low carb smoothie will help you maintain your diet while you feel like you are indulging.
What goes into a low carb chocolate smoothie?
Each ingredient in this low carb chocolate smoothie has a purpose and will benefit your health. Here’s how to understand how to construct the perfect healthy smoothie:
- Coconut milk– the fats in coconut milk are the healthy kind that actually help you lose weight. They reduce your appetite and are essential for heart health. You can substitute other kinds of milk if you want. Dairy milk has protein while coconut milk does not. However dairy milk also has more carbs.
- Avocado– Avocados are also packed with healthy and necessary fats.
- Protein powder– Protein powder helps build muscle and lose weight. The most popular and nutritious protein powder is whey protein. Look for one with as few ingredients as possible and unsweetened.
- Collagen– Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, but production decreases as we age. We commonly hear that collagen helps firm sagging skin and smooth wrinkles. But it also strengthens bones, increases muscle mass and improves the health of joints.
- Monk fruit sugar– While you can use any natural sweetener, monk fruit sugar is my favorite. There is no sugar in monk fruit so it does not affect glucose levels. It has no calories or carbs but will sweeten your smoothie.
- Cocoa powder– While cocoa may make you think of off-limits sweets, it actually contains healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber.
Is it healthy to have a smoothie for breakfast?
Smoothies can be a great addition to your diet. The ingredients make all the difference in whether the smoothie is healthy or not.
Smoothies really are a sum of their parts. If your smoothie is made with high sugar fruit, sweetened yogurt or other high sugar ingredients, it’s not a great way to start your day. However, this low carb chocolate smoothie will provide you with a boost of protein and healthy fats to make it to lunch without feeling hungry.
How can I make my chocolate smoothie thicker?
There are several ingredients you can add to thicken any smoothie. If you choose the right ingredients, not only will you have a smoothie you can eat with a spoon, but you will also have extra nutritional benefits.
You can add any of these ingredients to the blender to thicken your low carb chocolate smoothie:
- Ice – the more ice you add, the thicker the smoothie will become.
- Nut butter
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin puree
- Frozen fruit
If you get addicted and want to make smoothies frequently, invest in a quality high speed blender. As a result, your smoothies will consistently have a thick, smooth texture.
Other Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Try
- Low Carb Raspberry Smoothie
- Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- Low Carb Green Smoothie Recipe
- Super Energy Cranberry Apple Smoothie
- Mango Green Smoothie
- Cherry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- Peach Green Smoothie Recipe
Low Carb Chocolate Smoothie
Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds.
Taste to adjust flavour and serve immediately.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1/2) — Calories: 142, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 186mg, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 11g
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