Keto Smoothie Bowls – a quick and easy breakfast to start the day or post-workout snack with no cooking required. Low carb, dairy free, Whole30, paleo, sugar free and full of protein!
Looking for a healthy keto breakfast or quick-and-easy afternoon snack that doesn’t contain eggs?
Smoothie bowls are perfect since they require no cooking and they’re packed with nutrients that will keep you energized all day long.
WHAT IS A SMOOTHIE BOWL:
A smoothie bowl is basically a thicker smoothie that you serve in a bowl instead of a glass. Instead of sipping it, you eat your smoothie with a spoon so it’s more like a meal. Plus, you get to pile it on with all your favorite toppings!
My kids are big smoothie bowl fans and a few of their non-low carb favorites include:
HOW TO MAKE KETO SMOOTHIE BOWLS:
- Start by adding the liquid to your blender – Water, almond milk or coconut milk.
- Next, add any soft vegetables – spinach, kale, collard greens etc.
- And finally, you add the frozen fruit.
- Blend until smooth
- Add toppings of your choice
ARE SMOOTHIE BOWLS OKAY ON KETO?
The thing to be careful of smoothie bowls is that many of them can be loaded with sugar and carbs.
Typical green smoothies are sweetened with honey, bananas, maple syrup, kiwi and pineapples – all are higher in carbs and can spike your sugar levels if you are diabetic.
The key to making keto smoothie bowls is to choose fruits and vegetables that are lower in carbs and lower on the glycemic index.
WHICH FRUITS ARE LOW CARB?
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and avocado are some of my favorites that I use for smoothies and are all lower in carbs.
WHAT LOW CARB VEGETABLES TASTE THE BEST IN A SMOOTHIE BOWL?
I like to add frozen cauliflower rice and spinach since they are low in carbs and very mild tasting. The cauliflower adds that creaminess that a higher carb banana would add except that it’s keto friendly.
WHAT SWEETENERS CAN I ADD TO A LOW CARB SMOOTHIE BOWL?
Low carb berries like raspberries and blueberries are often enough to sweeten my smoothie bowls. Plus, not adding any sweeteners keeps them Whole30 compliant. But if you’re looking to add a keto-friendly sweetener, my preferred sweetener is liquid monk fruit which is also paleo friendly as well.
Other options include:
- stevia, SWERVE or erythritol
LOW CARB TOPPINGS FOR SMOOTHIE BOWLS:
- low carb berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries
- nuts: macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, pili nuts, pecans
- chia seeds / hemp seed / sesame seeds / pumpkin seeds
- nut or seed butters: pili nut butter, sun butter, almond butter, pecan butter
ARE SMOOTHIE BOWLS HEALTHY?
WHY MAKE A SMOOTHIE BOWL?
- easy to customize with creative toppings
- quick to make with no cooking required
- packed with vitamins and nutrients
- more satisfying for a meal than a typical smoothie
- crunchy toppings make it pretty and enjoyable to eat for those that like texture
- a healthy and delicious option for those that find it hard to get that extra serving of greens and fruits
More low carb breakfasts:
Keto Smoothie Bowls - a quick and easy breakfast to start the day or post-workout snack with no cooking required. Low carb, dairy free, Whole30, paleo, sugar free and full of protein!
- 2/3 heaping cup frozen raspberries and blueberries
- 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 medium avocado
- 2-3 Tbsp full fat canned coconut or almond milk plus more as needed
- 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder of choice optional
- mixed frozen berries
- pomegranate seeds
- shredded unsweetened coconut + coconut chips
- fig slices
- chia seeds
- hemp hearts