Invigorating Low Carb Smoothie Recipes get your morning started with a whirl. Find our secrets for making low carb taste great.
1. Discover which fruits are lowest in carbs. (See below)
2. Cut carbs with Soy Milk.
1 carb - Soy Milk (3 carbs - 2 g fiber = 1 net carb)
11 carbs - Milk
You can see you cut almost all the carbs from your "milk" source, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised the taste. I can't tell the difference. I don't usually go for weird food substitutions, but this one works! I also tried Silk's Almond Coconut Blend because it has LESS than 1 carb, but I didn't like the end result. It was like making a smoothie with water. Unsweetened soy milk is the way to go.
3. Add just 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Or use an artificial sweetener.
Use an artificial sweetener if you must, but I steer clear of them and prefer just a touch of the real thing.
Some of us hate sugar substitutes. Some of us have to use them. That's ok. The supposedly best options are the granulated baking blends (like Splenda and Truvia Baking Blends), but these have virtually the same amount of carbs as regular sugar. The only way you totally cut the carbs on your sweetener is going totally artificial. If you must, go ahead.
Honey doesn't work well in smoothies. It congeals in the frozen mixture and doesn't incorporate well. I prefer just a touch of real sugar.
Strawberries make the quintessential ingredient for a spectacular smoothie.
A strawberry smoothie from Starbucks has 60 grams of carbs, while ours has 5.7 grams. A few reasons for the lower number is a smaller portion, no banana, and soy milk.
5.7 Net Carbs (or 3.7 if you use an artificial sweetener)
Raspberries and Blackberries win the prize for lowest net carbs as traditional smoothie ingredients. I love that they are available all year long in the freezer section of my grocery. A fresh low carb smoothie is just a few steps away.
5.9 net carbs (or 3.9 if you use an artificial sweetener)
Let's face it - blueberries are a little higher in carbs. You lower the total carbs by using soy milk and even more if you like artificial sweeteners. Another tip is to replace some of the blueberries with raspberries or blackberries. This recipe would still qualify as low carb if you were doing the Atkins eating lifestyle.
11.5 Net Carbs (or 9.5 if you use an artificial sweetener)
A mix of berries makes such a delicious low carb smoothie. To lower the carbs even more, use fewer blueberries and more raspberries or blackberries.
6.8 Net Carbs (or 4.8 if you use an artificial sweetener)
Based on 1 cup of fruit.
Our Low Carb Smoothie Recipes use 1/2 cup fruit.
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