Low Carb Zucchini Blackberry Smoothie
Why I Drink Smoothies
Smoothies have been a huge part of my health journey. They’ve helped me add in more fruits and vegetables into my diet and make me feel so much better throughout the day. They’ve provided me with more energy and I’ve used them as a way to curb my sweet tooth. Now I’ll make a smoothie instead of grabbing some wine and chocolate at the end of the day. If I’m on the go in the afternoon, I’ll make a smoothie for kids carpool duty instead of snacking on goldfish and pretzels. Smoothies are great to use as full meal replacements or as snacks to add into your diet.
Low Carb Smoothies
I’ve experimented with drinking higher carb smoothies with a lot more fruits and and lower carb smoothies with more fats. Sometimes my body craves more carbs after a workout or some days I experiment and see how I feel on a lower carb diet. If you’re currently experimenting with different ways of eating or on a diet like the Keto diet, the Whole 30, or macro counting, know that smoothies can still be a good meal or snack option. I know it can be hard to come up with low carb smoothies so but have no fear — I’ve got you covered!
Benefits of Zucchini and Avocado in Low Carb Smoothies
You might not think that frozen zucchini in smoothies would be a good fit but I promise, it’s amazing! Zucchini is a great source of vitamins B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, riboflavin, potassium and manganese so it adds many health benefits to your smoothie without altering the flavor. Seriously, you can’t taste it!
It’s also a great way to add some creaminess without adding a lot of carbs — it’s low in fat and high in water content. I always add it in if I’m making a lower carb, higher fat shake. It’s easy to slice it up and stick in the freezer before it goes bad. So if you don’t get to making those zucchini noodles, just toss them in the freezer and throw them in your next smoothie!
This recipe also includes avocado, which is a great addition to a low carb smoothie. It helps to thicken the consistency of the smoothie and is a great source of fiber, potassium and healthy fats to help keep you full. Avocados are a must in a low carb smoothie. They taste great and provide amazing health benefits.
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How to Make a Low Carb Zucchini Blackberry Smoothie
In a blender, combine:
1/2 c frozen zucchini slices
1 cup spinach
1/2 c blackberries
2 tbsp protein powder of choice
1 cup (or more) almond milk
Try it out — I know you’ll love it! If you don’t like the taste of avocado, you can add a nut butter or cacao powder (or both!) to help cover up the taste. If you don’t have blackberries, blueberries are a good swap as well.
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