As you probably know, my wife and I have been following a low carb diet since January 1st. It’s been tough at the beginning but it forced me to think outside the box and come out with all kind of recipes to satiate me. One of my favourites is the good old keto smoothie, loaded with healthy fats, this bad boy is guaranteed to keep you full and happy.
What’s keto you say?
Breakfast Keto Smoothie
The ketogenic diet is high fat, low carb diet where you get most of your calories from fatty foods and supplement the rest with a healthy amount of protein and a minimal amount of carbs.
This diet means I cannot consume any sugar. Yes, the vegan cheesecake I published 2 days ago was just for you, my dear readers, and my friends who devoured it without even thinking twice about it. I gotta say that this diet is making a lot of people happy, they get all the muffins and desserts.
Now that I have been at it for more than 10 days, I feel that it is time to start sharing the recipes I have been making. Don’t worry, there will still be lots and lots of vegan-friendly recipes, just like this one.
What makes this a good breakfast smoothie?
When you are on a keto diet, you want to get most of the carbs out of your way and lots of healthy fats and proteins in your system. There is no better time to do it than in the morning.
Because I do intermittent fasting, which means I only eat between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (for a total of 8 hours), I want my breakfast to have all the nutrients that I need to go on with my day. But as you know, life does not wait, and sometimes you find yourself running out of time. This is when this keto smoothie comes in handy.
Here is the nutritional breakdown for one smoothie (makes 3)
Nutritional information for one Portion (Makes 2)
- Fat: 58g
- Carbs: 6g (Net carbs)
- Protein: 6g
The high fat content is due to the fact that I used full fat coconut milk.
Can I be on a Keto diet and remain Vegan?
It is definitely possible, as there is a great amount of plant-based fats out there. However, it will be a difficult challenge, to say the least.
For most of my life, I have followed a Mediterranean diet (mostly of veggies, good amount of fish and poultry and limited amounts of meat), which made the keto diet a little daunting for me. I simply did not want to eat obscene amounts of meat and simply give up on veggies.
So I decided that a good chunk of my calories will come from healthy fats (Avocado, Coconut oil, Coconut Cream, Nut Butter, Raw Cacao, Salmon, Sardines etc.). I kept on eating a high amount of vegetables, except that this time I would only eat low carb vegetables, which means lots of leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, spaghetti squash, Eggplant, Zucchini, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts etc.
Is there anyone else who is interested in trying this Keto Diet with us? You can sign up for this newsletter and you will receive only keto friendly meals. This is a great way for you to request recipes from me directly, and ask me questions whenever you can.
That’s all for me today, enjoy the recipe and have a great weekend.
Keto Smoothie - Perfect for Breakfast
- 1 1/2 Cups of full-fat coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp of natural organic peanut butter.
- 2 Tsp of raw cacao powder.
- 1 Tsp of organic stevia extract.
- 1 Medium size avocado.
- optional 2 Ice Cubes. I am not a big fan of icy smoothies during the winter, so I skipped this for now.
- In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy.
You can drastically reduce the carb content by swapping coconut milk for unsweetened almond milk, or by using 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1 cup almond milk. However, your total fat content will drop with it as well.
You can also add your favourite protein powder, collagen peptides or multivitamin to this.
Here are some of the ones I use:
Endlessly curious hipster
Vegan dabbler (I try !)