Do you want to create a plant-based keto mega-smoothie? You probably do, but sometimes it’s tough to figure out which fats are good fats…since not all fats are created equal. I’m going to share five plant-based, healthy fat ingredients that will seriously boost up the nutrition of any keto recipe. And I promise, #5 is going to be the icing on your keto cake!
BUT, if you don’t feel like coming up with your OWN recipe, be sure to check out the rest of our blog where we have low carb, keto smoothie recipes packed with ALL of the good fats!
- First, you’ve probably heard of MCTs in coconut oil, but did you know that there is a specific type of MCT that is many times more ketogenic? This type is called C8, or caprylic acid. Coconut oil that is high in C8 provides a quick boost of energy because your body will burn the fat as fuel. This fatty acid can also improve cognition, focus and alertness. And it’s going to help you feel fuller.
- Next is full fat coconut milk. From a full cup serving, you can get up to 55g of healthy fat, and 8 net carbs. But be careful because that same serving contains 550 calories so it’s best to use it in combination with another nut milk or with coconut water. A little bit goes a long way and you’re going to get most of the same benefits of coconut oil, but with additional electrolytes like potassium and magnesium along with inflammation-fighting nutrients. It pairs best with plant-based keto ice cream recipes.
- Nut butters are a great keto ingredient In a tablespoon of almond butter, you can usually get 9g of healthy fats, and less than 1g of carbs. Almond butter helps burn fat, fights cancer with antioxidants and vitamin E, and actually moisturizes skin from the inside out.
- This one might be everyone’s favorite…the trusty avocado. One full avocado typically provides 24g healthy fats and only 1 net carb. They’re heart healthy, help lower cholesterol, and rich in antioxidants. This keto ingredient will add thickness and creaminess to any low carb recipe, and can be used to sub out unhealthy fats.
- And here’s one of the best ones…cacao powder or nibs! Who doesn’t love chocolate flavor in their smoothie? You can use the powder for easy blending, or top your smoothie with nibs for extra healthy fat. Cacao provides a ton of benefits without adding carbs or dairy. It’s rich in polyphenols, which are naturally occurring antioxidants. They’re linked to several benefits including reduced inflammation, better blood flow, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Hopefully this keto ingredient list will help you with your low carb smoothies or keto snacks. Thanks for watching!