I recently started a low-carb / ketogenic diet. It’s not really something I considered until a fitness DNA test revealed that my ideal diet type was low-carb.* Upon looking into low-carb / high-fat diets, I was intrigued by claims that a ketogenic diet can increase energy and mental clarity, so I decided to give it a try.

One of my biggest concerns starting out was whether I’d still be able to have my green smoothie for breakfast. I make a green smoothie for breakfast most of the time to get the day started off on the right food. (It’s also easier for me to take all of my vitamins with a smoothie rather than with water.) I used to make my smoothies with lots of fruit and fruit juice, which aren’t allowed on a low-carb diet, so I knew I had to come up with something different.

A quick search online didn’t really deliver what I was looking for. I wanted something with spinach, avocado, and almond milk (I am eating more dairy now than I used to, but I still want to limit it). After a few days’ experimentation, I came up with this recipe. It’s less than 5 net carbs, it’s vegan, and it’s filling enough to last me until lunch. Perfect.

Vegan low-carb avocado smoothie

Carbs shown as net carbs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado (1g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (1g)
  • 2 cups baby spinach (0.8g)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (0g, plus 14g fat!)
  • 1 scoop greens powder (0.5g)
  • 1 packet Pure Via stevia sweetener (< 1g)
  • Pinch cacao nibs (< 1g)
  • Water as needed
  • Sprinkle some chia seeds on top (< 1g)

Total net grams: About 4.5 depending on how minimal you go with the cacao and the chia.

The result is a creamy, satisfying smoothie with a mild flavor. It’s not sweet but it also doesn’t taste very “green.” If you aren’t used to green smoothies, it might take a little getting used to, but I think the stevia sweetener helps a lot with the flavor.

If you want more protein, you could also add almond butter or protein powder.

For the greens powder, Catie’s Organic Greens is a great option. Powdered greens are a great way to get essential nutrients and help balance your pH, which can get out of whack if you’re eating too much meat or other acid-forming foods.

Try it and let me know what you think!

*Full disclosure: Vivaliti DNA is a client of mine, but I don’t benefit directly from any sales of their DNA test. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I only link to products I have used myself and wholeheartedly recommend.

Originally published on Have a Namaste