A low carb coconut milk strawberry smoothie that’s so quick to make. It’s made with only four low carb ingredients and takes less than 2 minutes to prepare.
I’ve been a little on the fence with fruit lately. It isn’t a free for all low carb food and the fruit sugars can really add up if you aren’t careful. I find that I have trouble keeping my portion sizes to one serving with fruit, particularly berries because they are so small.
I’m starting to get into the habit of calculating carb in a recipe before I make it. If the count for one serving is close to 10g per serving or higher, I adjust the recipe. I had to do that with this low carb coconut milk strawberry smoothie.
A serving of fruit is typically 1/2 cup and a half cup of strawberries contains 5.5g carbohydrates with 1.4g of that being fiber. That is totally within my serving carb limit, but most of the smoothie recipes use 1 cup of berries per serving.
I could have added ice cubes to water things down, but instead, I divided the recipe into two servings. This lets you enjoy the best flavor and and still limit carbs. And, you are staying within the recommended half cup for a serving of strawberries.
Believe me, I know how easy it is to eat a cup or more of sweet strawberries thinking it won’t hurt because they are low carb. You really need to watch your portions before things get out of control!
There are only three key ingredients for making this delicious coconut milk strawberry smoothie. You’ll need coconut milk, frozen strawberries, and a little almond butter.
I added some stevia sweetener to make it a sweeter treat, but you don’t have to add any sweetener as strawberries are pretty sweet. You can also use almond milk instead of the coconut milk, but I prefer the taste of coconut in this recipe.
The best part of this recipe is that it’s quick and easy to whip up! You just have to dump the ingredients in a blender and give it a spin. I let the NutriBullet go for about 15-30 seconds. So, this recipe is easily made in less than a minute.
I really like the style of my NutriBullet blender because it’s small and convenient. I keep it right on my kitchen counter next to the coffeemaker. The one issue I have with it, is that it’s not very good at chopping ice.
While shopping in a local mall a few weeks ago, I saw them using a Vitamix blender in a cooking demonstration at the Williams-Sonoma store. I know a lot of people swear by the Vitamix, but I’ve just never justified the cost.
However, the store demo sold me on the blender so I’m keeping my eye out for a good deal. Since the blenders I have don’t crush ice well and my ice maker crusher is broken, I think this is the year that I’m finally going to treat myself with a higher end blender.
It’s going to get good use making healthy low carb smoothies at home. The NutriBullet and my old Cuisinart blenders will do for now, but I’m thinking a nice Vitamix may be mine after Christmas.
Coconut Milk Strawberry Smoothie
- 1 cup strawberries frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons smooth almond butter
- 2 packets stevia optional
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings at 10g net carbs each (reduce strawberries or use coconut milk beverage to lower carb count)