Carbohydrates are the fuel your body converts into glucose for energy. Without carbs to burn, your body resorts to burning fat reserves. This is a good thing if you want to lose weight. Get off to a healthy start in the morning by making a low-carb breakfast smoothie, whether it's to lose weight or for other health reasons.
Healthy breakfast smoothie
Always combine fruit smoothies with a protein for balanced nutrition. You can also eat extra wedges of the melons along with the smoothie.
- 1 1/2 cups watermelon, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup cantaloupe, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Using a blender, add the fruit first, then the yogurt and juice. Blend until smooth.
High-protein morning smoothie
The protein in this recipe comes from the soy milk and the whey protein powder.
- 1/2 to 1 cup soy or almond milk
- 1 or 2 tablespoons whey protein powder isolate
- 1 cup mixture frozen berries such as strawberries or raspberries
- Low cal sweetener of choice such as stevia, to taste.
Add the liquid first in your blender, then the powder and frozen berries. Puree until smooth. Add more liquid to make a thinner consistency.
Green breakfast smoothie
Who says you can't eat veggies for breakfast? Go green for a low-carb, high-energy start in the morning to fuel your day.
- 1 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 ice cubes
- 2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (must be roasted)
- No-cal sweetener to taste
Add all the ingredients in order and puree until smooth. You can adjust the number of ice cubes per your preference.
Tropical fruit sunrise smoothie
Bananas add natural sweetness and a thick texture to smoothies.
- 1 small banana
- 1 orange, seeded and sliced
- 1/2 cup low fat, plain yogurt
- 1 cup orange juice
- 6 ice cubes (or less)
Place all ingredients in a blender except the ice and puree. Then add the ice cubes and blend until slushy.
Nutty pineapple breakfast smoothie
As nuts go, almonds are low-carb and contain important fiber and protein along with other beneficial nutrients.
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 1/2 ounces chopped, fresh pineapple
- 20 almonds, chopped
- 1 ounce soy or whey protein powders
Add all ingredients in order to your blender and puree until smooth. You can also add ice cubes to create a slushy texture.
Once you begin to experiment with low-carb smoothies, you can add different ingredients you may prefer. Just be sure that what you choose falls into a "low carb" category.
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