Chocolate and Raspberries are two of my favorite foods. I love simple foods that require little to no preparation. Chocolate and raspberries are lovely all on their own, but together they are a smashing combination in a simple low-carb smoothie.
Simple Low Carb Smoothie Smoothie
Being a busy pregnant homeschooling mom, I am always on the lookout for simple recipes that are healthy and filling. I often spend hours scouring Pinterest for the perfect recipe.
My problem isn’t that I don’t find recipes, I do. It’s just that I have several food sensitivities that make it extremely difficult to find that perfect recipe.
Today’s simple low-carb smoothie recipe is actually a very modified version of one that I pinned here.
When looking for recipes, I look for low-carb or keto recipes. Sugar and I just don’t get along. I am celiac and have hypothyroidism and I have found that I am particularly sensitive to sugar (even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup).
I have found that as long as I stay fairly low carb, my insulin doesn’t spike and I have quite a lot of energy. I have been reading Real Food For Pregnancy by Lily Nichols and really enjoying the science behind optimal prenatal nutrition.
Since learning and reading about the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet, my health has improved significantly. Last October, I started a strict Keto diet and lost 12 lbs in only 2 weeks.
Not only that, I had energy reminiscent of that in my early 20’s and my cycle got a jump start. I have the low-carb lifestyle to thank for our newest family member. I don’t believe that I would be pregnant now if I hadn’t jumped on the keto bandwagon.
Now that I am further along, I can really enjoy eating again. I see value in Lily’s advice and try to incorporate her suggestions as often as possible. The recipe I modified was vegan and did not have collagen.
Collagen contains the amino acid glycine. Glycine is the amino acid that supports the growth of bones, tissue, skin, and nails. Whether you are pregnant or not, glycine is elemental in helping your skin look vibrant and healthy. Who doesn’t want skin that looks younger and more vibrant anyway???
Another ingredient that I added to the original smoothie recipe is raspberries. Raspberries contain antioxidants including vitamin C and improve our immune function and aid in fat burning. They are high in dietary fiber and manganese. Plus, they taste good, too.
I also chose to add a few low-carb sweeteners. I used a combination of Swerve and Pure Stevia Extract Powder from Trim Healthy Mama. This particular brand of stevia doesn’t have a funky aftertaste compared to other brands.
To add more flavor, I added cinnamon and vanilla. These are completely optional and you can omit them if you like. I don’t always have vanilla in the house and omit it and find that the smoothie still tastes great.
If you’re a busy mom, you probably just want to skip right on down to the recipe at this point and that is ok. BUT if you are a fellow home school nerd like me, you might want to learn something new about cocoa powder.
You might already know that it is rich in polyphenols which are naturally occurring antioxidants that have been linked to lowering blood pressure, inflammation, and improving blood sugar levels. Cocoa has also been found to be anti-inflammatory.
In addition to all of that, I found a study conducted on pregnant women that associated frequent intake of chocolate with reduced stress and improved mood in babies. So, this is another reason to add this simple low-carb smoothie to your busy morning regime. It quite simply reduces stress.
Simple Low Carb Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
This smoothie is rich in flavor and packs a protein punch. It is sure to keep you going on busy mornings. It is right for a variety of diets including dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb, Keto, and THM S (Trim Healthy Mama).
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp cocoa power
- 1 Tbsp Swerve sweetener
- 1 Tbsp Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes
Measure and add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely mixed. Enjoy
Nutritional information: Calories 411, Fat 34g, Total Carbs 15g, Fiber 8g, Net Carbs 7g, Protein 13g
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