This Low-Carb Berry Smoothie makes a simple breakfast or snack with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
This is the perfect on-the-go, as-easy-as-it-gets low-carb breakfast. Use fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries combined with almond milk, heavy cream, and a bit of sweetener to make this smoothie.
The secret to low-carb smoothies is to use dairy or dairy alternatives that are low in sugar, like almond milk or coconut milk. Both of these make a great base for a smoothie that tastes creamy and decadent, without all the sugar.
You can change around the milk component of this smoothie to suit your individual dietary needs or to suit your palate. If you don’t like almond milk, you can substitute with coconut milk or with more heavy cream.
You can make the smoothie entirely with almond milk, leaving out the heavy cream, for a dairy-free alternative. I also make this smoothie with greek yogurt, on occasion. Just keep in mind that yogurt has a few more carbs, and you need to use the plain, unsweetened kind.
Cow’s milk is not a great low-carb option for this smoothie. A cup of regular milk has 12 grams net carbs. So steer clear of milk.
Are Berries Low in Carbs?
You might be wondering about the fruit in this low-carb smoothie. Many types of fruit are high in carbs because of the sugar content. However, berries are one of the best fruits when it comes to a low carb diet.
Strawberries have the fewest carbs of all berries. 100g of strawberries have just over 7 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber, for 5 g net carbs.
Blackberries, on the other hand, have the least amount of net carbs. In 100 g of blackberries, there are just over 9 g of carbohydrates, but they have 5 g of fiber, for just 4 g net carbs.
Raspberries and blueberries are also an excellent choice, as they are packed with good-for-you nutrients.
What I love about this smoothie is that it offers so much versatility. You can mix the berries together, or just use one for a variety of different smoothies. This ensures you’ll never get bored of this easy breakfast.
Just be sure to measure your berries so you know how many carbs you’re getting. It’s easy to over do it, if you aren’t measuring.
What Sugar Alternative to Use
I use allulose as a sugar substitute. You can use Swerve, monkfruit, Erythritol or Xylitol. It’s really up to you. The reason I use allulose is because it’s a no calorie no carb sweetener like erythritol, but it doesn’t have the cooling effect. I get allulose directly through Wholesome Yum. I think you’ll really like it, especially if you also don’t like the cooling effect.
Learn more about low-carb sweeteners and conversion here.
How to Make a Low-Carb Smoothie
To make this low-carb berry smoothie, you’ll need a blender. I use my portable blender, which has a portable bottle that is easy to detach and take away with me.
Measure and add your berries to the blender. Add the almond milk, heavy cream, ice and sweetener. Blend it until smooth. And serve.
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Low-Carb Berry Smoothie
- 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 5 frozen or fresh berries raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/8 tsp sweetener more or less, to taste
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until well blended. Pour into a glasses and serve. Garnish with additional berries and mint, if desired.
- If you don’t like coconut, you can substitute with 4 oz unsweetened almond milk and 2 oz heavy cream.
- Use any sweetener you normally use. If you want the smoothie to be more sweet, add a bit more sweetener.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.