Need a detox? Start the day right with this green keto smoothie and give yourself a super-sized antioxidant boost!
Want to fit into your favourite jeans again? Feel like you could do with a few extra vitamins? Need more energy, more spring in your step, to to back to that GREAT you?
Well, today is the first Monday of the year and I want ALL of the above. December tends to be the "why not, give me another one" month when it comes to food. It's always a lot of fun.
But I'm actually relieved the party season is over now. I'm looking forward to cooking and eating sensible (AND yummy) food at home for a while.
Whether you're reading this in January or at any other time of the year...
...if you're looking for a mini detox, this green keto smoothie is your best friend.
Let's take a quick look at regular smoothies, which are generally not keto friendly.
Apart from fruit, smoothies often contain oats as well as dairy milk, yogurt or ice cream. They are sweetened with banana, honey, dates and sometimes even sugar.
Berries and yogurt are perfectly fine on both the low carb diet and the keto diet, in moderation. But most of the ingredients in regular smoothies are high in carbs and sugar.
So. Are smoothies ok on Keto?
They absolutely are, with a few adjustments.
When you make a Keto smoothie recipe you choose unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk over dairy. This lowers the carb count significantly.
Like fruit? Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are great choices for a low carb smoothie as they are low in carbs. I always have a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer because I love my strawberry smoothies (I'll post the recipe soon!).
In the meantime, I do have a delicious keto blueberry smoothie on my website if you'd like to check it out!
Nut butter is another favourite in Keto smoothies. Peanut butter or almond butter add natural sweetness and are a source of healthy fat.
You can also use avocados to increase the creaminess. Or add coconut oil, coconut butter or even mct oil.
If you want to increase creaminess, simply add avocado.
My personal favourite are GREEN SMOOTHIES like this one. I've skipped the fruit (not counting a squeeze of lemon and the avocado, which technically is also a fruit) and am loading up on green vegetables instead. Cucumber, fennel, kale, celery - yes please, bring it on!!!!
How do you to make a Keto smoothie taste DELICIOUS?
First of all, you need a high speed blender. Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to blend fibrous vegetables such as celery or kale into a smooth drink if you don't have a blender. This is not a recipe where crunchy bits are adding to the end result! The smoother, the more wow.
And here is my personal secret weapon for green smoothie deliciousness: fresh herbs! I've used mint leaves in this particular low carb smoothie recipe. They make the smoothie taste fragrant and they make me think of summer (my favourite season!!).
I've also experimented with parsley, which is great with cucumber. And I have tried smoothies with coriander or cilantro. It goes especially well with celery.
I decided to add a scoop of whey protein powder to turn my smoothie into a balanced breakfast and have all my macros covered in one glass.
If you decide to use protein powder, make sure you source an unsweetened brand. The protein powder does not add to the taste. It increases the thickness of the drink though.
SPOILER ALERT: This Keto green smoothie is NOT SWEET! It is zingy, minty, refreshing creamy and it has mellow semi-sweet undertones thanks to the almond butter and almond milk. I think it tastes AWESOME.
Recipe tip: If you like your smoothie liquid rather than thick, thin it out with a little more almond milk.
This recipe makes one very large green smoothie - a generous 1 pint - which IS breakfast.
If you prefer a smaller portion, the recipe makes 2 cups, which could be enjoyed alongside your regular breakfast. To keep things simple I have calculated the nutrition per cup (=assuming 2 servings). You're looking at 3 g net carbs per cup.
Want to go even more refreshing? Try my sugar free homemade ginger ale!
More keto smoothie recipes:
Low Carb Keto Strawberry Smoothie - with only 4 ingredients!
Perfect Low Carb Keto Blueberry Smoothie - super fruity and simply delicious.
Tried this recipe? Give it a star rating below!
★ STAY IN TOUCH on FACEBOOK, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM for more great food and join my NEWSLETTER for the latest updates and a FREE EBOOK.★
Green Detox Keto Smoothiefrom Sugar Free Londoner
Note: The servings slider only changes the first amount in each line and not any subsequent amounts. Please make your own calculations where necessary. ***As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
- handful / 15g kale
- handful / 10g fresh mint leaves, picked
- ½ avocado
- ¼ / 50g fennel or 1 celery stick
- ¼ small cucumber (100g)
- 1 tablespoon protein powder unsweetened
- 1 cup / 240 ml almond milk unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ½ lemon, juiced
- Scoop the avocado flesh out and place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Adjust thickness by adding more almond milk if desired.
This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one of these links and purchase a product, I may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Sugar Free Londoner.
Can I use regular milk please? (As in full fat cows milk)
I wouldn't recommend it as it contains a lot more carbs and sugar than almond milk due to the lactose content, which also makes it taste sweeter.
Hi, I’ve been drinking these for a few weeks now. I make a batch of 5 at a time and drink one a day. I was wondering how long you think these should keep? Thanks! They are great!!!
So glad you like the smoothie! I think it will always be best fresh, because of oxidation, although they should be fine 1-2 days in the fridge if you can seal them in an airtight container. If you want to prepare larger batches, freeze them straight after and defrost one at a time.
I was intrigued as to whether the ingredients would work and they absolutely do! I loved it, not sweet but full of green delicious goodness!
I removed the protein powder as mine had sweetener and it was delicious.
However if you do have a sweet tooth, I would recommend adding a low carb sweetener or some fruit.
Thanks for the recipe!
Can I substitute the milk and almond butter for water and unsweetened peanut butter?
Of course, that would work 🙂
just made this and added a fourth of jalapeno - super creamy and the first time i made a smoothie that was the perfect size for ONE serving. will def be trying this the rest of the week!
Thanks so much for this recipe. I love it. I add a tbsp. of Brain Octane MCT oil and leave out the protein powder. It's just great.
I hvn't made it so had to guess the likely star rating.
Thank you for kale green smoothie mini detox.
All that comes to 2 servings yes?
All that comes to 137 calories yes?
Thank you for any help, its not clear if 137 is the total or the serving value
Hi Jane, I always calculate the nutrition per serving - so that's 137 calories per serving. Hope you'll enjoy it!
Finding it difficult to find reliable conversion for grams to cups. The recipe does not offer a conversion tool. Can you tell me in cups or once’s the equivalent to 15g, 10g, 50g, 100g?
It's difficult to say as it will depend on how small you chop the vegetables before measuring them in a cup. I think if you stick to the measurements provided (1/4 small cucumber, 1/4 fennel bulb etc) you'll be pretty close to the amounts I used. If you use kitchen scales, you can always convert into oz as well 🙂
Hi Katrin, just wondering if the nutritional count includes the protein powder? Really enjoy your recipes!!
Yes it does:)
A great tip for this recipe is to buy unripened avocados in bulk and freeze them once they ripen. They can then be used for quite a while and this smoothie recipe becomes great for warmer summer days.
That is a great tip!!
That’s a great idea, I used to give them away or ended up throwing them out. Thanks
Do j peel the cucumber or leave the skin on?
I leave the skin on as that's where most of the nutrients are. But it's all up to you!
Can you use cashew milk too?
Yes, any nut milk would work in this recipe