Who needs protein powder anyways? Packed with almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, this shake will energize you and keep you full all morning. If you’re not really a chocolate person and prefer fruit smoothies, Coconut Berry Keto Smoothie is for you.
Protein shakes are all over grocery store shelves, from protein powders to ready-made protein smoothies. But what about a keto protein shake?
There are some major problems when looking for high-protein meal replacements. They often contain massive amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and fillers that spike your blood sugar and trigger midday cravings.
Low-carb protein powders and sugar-free ingredients are tough to find. Finding a protein powder that tastes good, is high-quality, and fits into your ketogenic diet is even harder.
So how can you make your protein smoothies keto-friendly? It involves more than just making them high-fat and zero-carb.
This creamy, low-carb, keto protein shake is:
- Silky smooth
The main ingredients in this coconut-chocolate protein shake are:
- Perfect Keto Nut Butter
- Perfect Keto Chocolate Whey Protein Isolate
- Coconut milk
- Cocoa powder and nibs
Optional additions to your shake may include:
- Chia seeds
- Coconut flakes
- Almond butter
- Collagen protein
- Low-carb vanilla extract
Why a Keto Protein Shake?
Protein is essential for muscle and tissue growth, repair, and maintenance. It can even aid in weight loss by helping you feel full for hours until your next meal.
Protein smoothies can offer anywhere from 10 to 30 grams of protein in an easy-to-drink package, which is especially important when you’re on the go. They’re also a great substitute if you simply don’t feel like eating meat or eggs at every meal.
But protein content isn’t the only thing to think about when you’re drinking your calories. Here are some other things to keep in mind:
- Your source of protein. Whey protein — especially grass-fed whey protein isolate — is the most bioavailable form of protein powder[*]. If you’re allergic or sensitive to whey, use a beef protein isolate. The most important thing when it comes to protein shakes is bioavailability. This means you want your body to be able to break down and absorb as many amino acids from protein as possible.
- Sugar and carbs are sneaky. Even low-sugar fruits like blueberries can increase the carb count, so be cautious of fruit in your protein shakes.
- Inflammatory ingredients. Ingredients like peanut butter, fillers, and so-called “natural flavors” may not increase carbs in your low-carb smoothies, but they might promote inflammation and may kick you out of ketosis.
- Healthy fats. Make sure you’re adding healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado.
The good news is you won’t have to worry about these issues when you’re making this specially crafted creamy keto shake. It contains everything you need for an energy and brain boost — with none of the blood-sugar spiking ingredients.