The Best Keto Smoothie Recipes

Can you drink smoothies on the keto diet?

keto smoothies

You might think going keto means you can’t enjoy your morning smoothie anymore. Too many carbs and too much fruit and sweet, sweet mixers, right? WRONG! You absolutely can still drink smoothies on a keto diet, you just need to know what to use and how to customize them.

What is the keto diet?

keto diet

The ketogenic (keto) diet means specifically eating foods that are super high in fat (YES you read that correctly), foods super low in carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of protein. Here’s how that breaks down on a daily basis:

  • Fats: 75-80% of your daily calories
  • Protein: 15-20% of your daily calories
  • Carbs: Less than 5% of your daily calories

Obviously, this looks pretty different than the commonly recommended macronutrient distribution of of 20 to 35 percent protein, 45 to 65 percent carbohydrates, and 10 to 35 percent fat! But there’s an important reason for that: Ketosis.

Keto smoothie flavors: The good, the bad and the unexpected

woman enjoying keto chocolate smoothie

The issue we see a lot of people say they have with keto smoothies is the flavor – and we totally get it! If you’re not used to keto products, have just started the keto or low-carb diet and are starting to cut sugars…keto products in general just taste different than you’re used to.

Some people aren’t used to the slightly different flavors of monkfruit and zero-sugar sweeteners, some people expect more sweetness than keto products deliver, and some people just plain old don’t like it!

BUT, don’t give up just yet! Even when you’re keto, smoothies can be an efficient, on-the-go refreshing, nutrient-packed way to get even more fruits and veggies into your diet in a delicious way. Keto smoothie recipes may just need a little more finesse to get them to taste just right (for you).

In this post, we’re going to go over all the different mix-ins and additions you can use to make your keto smoothie recipes taste as amazing as they are good for you!

Which liquids are best for making a keto smoothie?

keto smoothie with almond milk

Obviously, you don’t just have to be careful with fruit(s) on a keto diet…you’ve got to put a little more thought into what you mix with your whole ingredients when you’re making a keto smoothie recipe. Here are some of the best, most versatile mix-ins for your keto smoothie:

Plant-based milks for keto smoothies

plant based milks for keto smoothies

The key with plant-based milks for your keto smoothies is UNSWEETENED. Choose nut or plant-based milks that do not have any added sugar to make sure you keep those carbs and sugars down!

  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Macadamia nut milk
  • Flax milk
  • Soy milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Pea milk
  • Hemp milk

Safe dairy milks for your keto smoothie

safe keto dairy milks

You can also use some animal dairy products in keto smoothies, but it’s much more limited. Because milk contains a lot of sugar and carbs, you have to be careful. Half-and-half and heavy cream are keto-friendly milk options.

Coconut milk or coconut water

keto coconut milk or water

Is Coconut Milk keto? YES! Coconut milk is absolutely a great part of the keto diet. Plus, coconut milk, coconut oil or MCT oil have been shown to have a beneficial effect on your health in so many ways.

Vegetable juice is a great option

vegetable juice for keto smoothie

While fruit juice is generally not the best choice for keto smoothie blending, juiced vegetables on the other hand can be a great choice! Again, choose a keto-friendly vegetable, but if you choose one that’s low in carbs, you can easily use this to make your green keto smoothie even more green! Still, keep in mind that juicing removes most of the nutritious fiber from the veggies unless you choose to drink the pulp.

Here are some of the best keto-friendly vegetables to use in a green keto smoothie:

But what if you don’t have a juicer? Well, you’re in luck, due to the recent rise in keto popularity, there are store-bought juices available. Just be sure to check the label on bottled veggie juice – sometimes they can pack more sugar than you think, or be mixed with other, higher-carb juices to boost flavor.

Add tea to your smoothies for an antioxidant boost

tea for keto smoothie

While it might not be the first thing you think of, tea is actually a GREAT natural option that contains almost literally no carbs! Tea generally has less than 1 gram of carbs per cup, and is packed with antioxidants, making it a perfect keto smoothie recipe addition.

  • Black tea: Made from aged tea leaves, giving it a more robust flavor, darker color, and higher caffeine content, black tea gives you a great energy boost.
  • Green tea: This tea is made from fresh tea leaves, lending it a more floral flavor, lighter color, and less caffeine.
  • White tea: This tea is made from young tea leaves ad has a very mild, delicate flavor when compared with both black and green tea both black and green tea.

Plus, tea is calorie-free + packed with antioxidants. Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant that might actually have legitimate anticancer benefits anticancer benefits.

Coffee and cold brew are tasty options with an energy boost

coffee for keto smoothie

Coffee is another tasty, nearly calorie- and carb-free favorite for blending keto smoothies! Like tea, coffee or cold brew are both great options that can add a lot of flavor to your smoothie as well as tons of antioxidants.

Plus, coffee (like tea) has caffeine, which may give your metabolism a boost. Coffee is also rich in chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that helps with weight loss.

Other additions to make your keto smoothie extra-tasty

keto smoothie fruits

Apart from liquid ingredients, there are tons of other things you can add to your keto smoothie to keep it low-carb but even more delicious:

Add a little more low-carb fruit

strawberry keto smoothie

While most fruits are also packed with sugar and carbs, there are some great fruits you can throw in your keto smoothie to really boost the flavor and add nutrients without packing in too many more carbs.

Here are some of the best berries to add to your keto smoothie recipes:

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries

Add some superfood toppings

keto superfood toppings

Superfoods are foods that can add high amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your keto smoothie, while adding their own yummy textures and flavors. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut
  • Spirulina
  • Matcha
  • Chlorella
  • Wheatgrass

If you want to take the guesswork out of it, Blendtopia keto smoothie kits come already packed and pre-blended with superfoods to make getting these benefits super easy and quick!

Low-carb sugars or sweeteners

keto smoothie sweeteners

Is your keto smoothie not sweet enough? If you want to boost the sweetness, there absolutely are ways to increase the sweetness without adding carbs and sugar. To make a smoothie that is almost as good as a milkshake, add a keto-friendly, zero-sugar sweetener. Our favorites are: 

Other spices and flavors for your keto smoothie recipes

keto smoothie spices

You might not always reach for them when making a smoothie, but spices and flavors can seriously boost your smoothie’s deliciousness, without adding carbs or sugar! Some great ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet are:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Mint, almond, or vanilla extract

Healthy fats for more nutrition and flavor

keto smoothie fats

The keto diet is all about fats. Fats make sure you feel fuller, longer, and help support ketosis. But fats can also add a creamy, delicious texture to your keto smoothie recipe! When making your next keto smoothie, try adding one of these sources of healthy fat to help you feel full and add flavor:

  • Nut butters
  • Coconut oil or MCT oil
  • Avocados

Blendtopia superfood smoothie kits

Blendtopia keto smoothies

Did you know that Blendtopia has pre-portioned, organic keto-friendly smoothies? No it's not too good to be true, we saw the need for low-carb, low-sugar smoothies and decided we couldn't wait! We launched three superfood low-carb keto smoothies that are ready to blend + sip in about 30 minutes! 

Blendtopia’s keto smoothie line has some serious perks, check it out:

  • Low-carb
  • Low-sugar
  • Keto-certified
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free 

Our new smoothie blends come in three different flavors you can't resist: 

Keto Berry: Tastes like a berry lemonade!

Keto Green: Tastes like coconut-cucumber water spiked with ginger + lemon.

Keto Chocolate Chai: Tastes like the chocolate chai latte of your dreams! 

Blendtopia keto smoothie recipes + blending recommendations

friends enjoying keto smoothies

We’ve come up with some seriously delicious ways to level-up our keto smoothies to keep you coming back for more. What’s the secret? It’s ALL in how you blend them so check out our top tips for blending our new keto smoothies + we’re sharing some new ‘staff pick fav’ recipes that you’ll absolutely fall in love with!

Blendtopia Keto Chocolate Chai Smoothie Kit

 

keto chocolate smoothie kit

Our top picks for blending include:

Keto-friendly blending liquid suggestions include: unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, or cold brew + any plant-based milk.

Additional non-keto blending liquid suggestions include (for those not following a keto diet): almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, cold brew + any milk of choice, any chocolate milk of choice.

STAFF PICK RECIPE: Keto cold-brew chocolate “milkshake”

This chocolate/coffee smoothie will give you a boost while making you feel like you’re indulging in a chocolate milkshake!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Blendtopia Keto Chocolate Chai smoothie kit
  • 8 fl oz cold brew coffee
  • 4-6 fl oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract (or a scoop of vanilla protein powder)
  • 2 tsp cacao powder

Toppings:

  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • Sprinkle of coconut
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend your cold brew and almond milk with your keto chocolate chai smoothie kit until smooth. Add in your vanilla extract (or sub with vanilla protein powder). Top with cacao nibs, coconut and cinnamon and enjoy!

Blendtopia Keto Green Smoothie Kit

keto green matcha tea smoothie

Our top picks for blending include:

Keto-friendly blending liquid suggestions include: zero calorie lemonade, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cactus water, cucumber water or green tea.

Additional non-keto blending liquid suggestions include (for those not following a keto diet): lemonade, coconut water, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any other milk of choice.

STAFF PICK RECIPE: Matcha green tea smoothie

Get your matcha fix and your greens at the same time. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Blendtopia Keto Green smoothie kit
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop of keto protein powder
  • 12-14 fl oz unsweetened almond milk 

Blend together until smooth and enjoy! 

Blendtopia Keto Berry Smoothie Kit

keto strawberry lemonade smoothie

Our top picks for blending include:

Keto-friendly blending liquid suggestions include: zero calorie lemonade, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cactus water, cucumber water or green tea.

Additional non-keto blending liquid suggestions include (for those not following a keto diet): lemonade, coconut water, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any other milk of choice.

STAFF PICK RECIPE: Strawberry lemonade freeze

The perfect cold treat for a hot summer day! This amps up the lemon flavor of our keto smoothie kit and adds a few more berries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Blendtopia Keto Berry smoothie kit
  • 6 fl oz water
  • 6-8 fl oz lemonade (or if you’re keto, zero calorie lemonade) - try strawberry or raspberry lemonade
  • ¾ cup strawberries

Toppings:

  • Lemon zest
  • Coconut
  • Blend together until smooth and enjoy!

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