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I’m so excited about the keto low carb green smoothie bowl recipe I’m sharing today! I know many of you will appreciate it right now, with all the healthier eating going on for the New Year.
And, I have a feeling you guys will love this one year-round because it will be super refreshing in the summer heat down the line. (Yes, I’m already dreaming about summer! I’m a summer kind of girl, through and through.)
This has been one of my favorite low carb breakfast recipes ever since I first made it. I keep craving it again and again!
But, being able to get my greens and a fruity burst for breakfast just feels so good sometimes. A keto green smoothie bowl is just the thing when you are craving something satisfying and refreshing at the same time.
Okay, let’s talk smoothies (and smoothie bowls)…
Are Green Smoothies Good For You?
Why a bowl and not just a low carb green smoothie? I’ll explain.
It’s a pretty common misconception that smoothies are automatically healthy. In reality, most of them are loaded with sugar. (There are some exceptions, such as this healthy green lemonade – it’s still a little high carb for keto, but fairly low in sugar.)
Most often, though, even ones that don’t have added sugar are usually extremely sweet, due to the addition of fruit juice or very high-sugar fruits. This is even more true with green smoothies because the sugar is used to cover up the taste of the greens.
You may think it doesn’t matter if it’s natural sugar, but it does. Your body still spikes insulin just like it would in response to table sugar.
And even then, many so-called healthy or detox green smoothie recipes don’t taste the greatest. It’s too bad because they can be truly amazing if done right.
Of course, there are still ways to enjoy a keto smoothie. That one is delicious and sugar-free, so it’s definitely better than the usual alternatives.
Still, one disadvantage of it is that you are essentially drinking your meal.
Drinking your calories – even if you made a keto green smoothie – makes it easier to overeat. It can feel like you aren’t really having a meal, making you want to eat again sooner, even if you consumed the same number of calories.
And yes, calories do still count if you’re eating low carb.
That being said, “how many calories in a green smoothie?” is not the question you should be asking. Instead, it’s about how much sugar is in there and the fact that you are drinking it.
Better Than a Healthy Green Smoothie
“But smoothies taste so good!” you say. And what about all the veggies you can hide in there? Isn’t there still a way to enjoy a delicious green smoothie without the issues of excessive sugar and drinking your meal?
That’s where this awesome low carb green smoothie bowl comes in!
When you enjoy your (thicker) green smoothie in a bowl, you get all the same benefits of drinking a smoothie plus the benefits of actually eating your food.
It’s thick and creamy and tangy in just the right way. You’re going to love it.
And the best part? The toppings!
You can’t get away with much more than a light sprinkle on top of a smoothie in a glass. But in a green smoothie bowl, you can top it with all the crunchy nuts and seeds and berries that your little heart desires. Yum, yum.
This brings me to my next point. How to make a smoothie bowl that is actually good and keto friendly?
The Best Tasting Low Carb Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Once I settled on making my smoothie in a bowl, the next step to consider was the taste. It was really, really important for me to make a low carb green smoothie bowl recipe that actually tastes good!
This isn’t as easy as it may sound. I love my greens, but drinking them is not particularly appealing. Even the best green smoothies often look prettier than they actually taste.
Just look at that bright green! It has to be delicious, right? 😉
In this case, yes! With some persistent experimentation, I found a way to make it taste great. (No sugar needed.)
That solves the other problem with many smoothie recipes – in a bowl or not. They are usually not the most conducive to low carb diets. Like mentioned before, they are typically made palatable by loading them with lots of high-sugar fruit.
The Secrets to a (Perfect) Keto Green Smoothie Bowl
The fat content in many green smoothie recipes is usually low or non-existent, and same goes for protein. That’s not only less than ideal for low carb diets, it’s actually bad for any type of diet because you need protein and fat in your breakfast.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution here, too. The avocado and coconut milk in this one provide plenty of natural fat, in the most delicious way. (Don’t worry, you won’t be able to taste that it’s an avocado green smoothie. ;))
Then, all you need to do is throw in some collagen protein powder and MCT oil powder from Perfect Keto. The name is so fitting! 😉 I have been a huge fan of their natural products since I tried them a few months ago.
The powders actually serve two purposes in this keto green smoothie bowl.
The MCT oil powder makes the perfect addition of even more healthy fats. I already use MCT oil in my keto coffee, but in a cold smoothie bowl, the powder works much better.
If you’re wondering why use MCT oil instead of simple coconut oil, there is a significant difference. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) have been shown to aid in weight loss and support metabolism, vascular health, and even memory improvement. Who wouldn’t want that? You can read more about MCT oil vs coconut oil here.
Second, the powders help to thicken the smoothie bowl. You actually don’t need much – just half a scoop of each.
You can use a full scoop of one or the other, or both if you want to. But, the green smoothie bowl is already so filling, that I didn’t find it necessary.
This little powerhouse of a meal will keep you satisfied and energized for hours. After adding collagen and MCT oil powder to my smoothie bowl, I can’t imagine ever having it any other way.
How To Make A Green Smoothie Bowl
The actual process for making the keto green smoothie bowl is easy as can be. It takes just a few minutes to whip up!
For the smoothie part, blitz all the ingredients in a powerful blender. These would be the collagen protein powder, MCT oil powder, spinach, avocado, coconut milk, sweetener, ice cubes, and lemon juice.
You can actually use any sweetener you like, and adjust the amount to your taste. For a paleo green smoothie, if monk fruit isn’t for you, you can use something like dates or just throw in a bunch of berries. Coconut sugar is also a fine replacement, though it will not be sugar-free in this case.
Originally, I included pineapple extract in the green smoothie bowl recipe. It made for a yummy tropical flavor, like a pina colada! You can add a quarter or half a teaspoon of it if you want to. I ended up omitting it on the recipe card, with a goal of making it more accessible to people.
If you like flavors of certain fruits, or if you miss high sugar fruit on a low carb diet, using an extract in a smoothie bowl is a great workaround. You get all the flavor in a natural way, without the blood sugar spike.
This recipe will work whether or not you have a powerful blender, but a high power one works best. If you don’t have that, crushed ice may work better than ice cubes. The ice is the hardest part for the blender to handle if the motor is not strong enough.
Once everything is smooth, taste and adjust sweetener to your liking. Pour it into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. I used hemp seeds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and berries.
With these toppings, this smoothie bowl is nut-free. If that doesn’t matter to you, chopped nuts make a yummy addition to the toppings. Other types of seeds are good, too.
I went all out with the types of berries – raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries! Feel free to use any or all of them.
Pretty much every ingredient in this smoothie bowl just screams “healthy”. And see? We totally didn’t need sugar to make it taste good!
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Puree the collagen, MCT oil powder, spinach, avocado, coconut milk, sweetener, ice cubes, and lemon juice in a powerful blender, until smooth.
- Pour the green smoothie mixture into a bowl. Top with hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and chia seeds. Add berries if using.
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Serving size: 1 bowl (entire recipe with toppings)
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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