If you’re planning on celebrating St Patrick’s Day then whizzing up this Keto St.Patrick’s Day Smoothie is a healthy way to start your day.
And can you believe that McDonald’s keeps on churning out their St Paddy’s Day Shamrock Shake crammed full of sugar, unhealthy high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. Who drinks that stuff? Not anyone who cares about their health, that’s for sure!
For those following the keto diet, this green Keto St Patrick’s Day Smoothie would be a great recipe to try. It’s low in carbs, high in healthy fats, and filled with healthy minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. Great for the Keto-Alkaline diet and a great way for preventing or treating the keto flu.
Spinach provides the green, and avocado, coconut milk and MCT oil provide the healthy fats and you can add some collagen protein. Let’s take a look at how healthy these ingredients are.
Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. It’s full of healthy stuff like fiber, protein, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, folate, iron, Vitamins C, K, B1, B2 and B6.
Most of the carbs in spinach consists of insoluble fiber which makes a very suitable for a keto diet especially the keto-green diet.
The possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering the risk of cancer, and improving bone health
Buy organic spinach
Best to buy organic if you can because spinach was listed second on The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) dirty dozen list for 2018. EWG analyzed USDA pesticide residue data and found that almost 70 percent of non-organic produce sampled tested positive for pesticide contamination.
Even worse, researchers found DDT, a neurotoxic insecticide banned in the U.S., in a whopping 40 percent of non organic spinach samples. Isn’t that shocking?
Avocados have been called a superfood because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and heart healthy fats. Fiber is considered to have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.
Avocados contain more potassium than bananas so are doubly good for your heart. The fat is monounsaturated oleic acid which is the main fat in olive oil which has many health benefits. It has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and tryglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
MCT Oil can help you burn fat. You can read more about it in this article.
Collagen is a great addition to a keto diet. Read why in this article.
Keto St Patrick’s Day Smoothie
• 1 tablespoon MCT oil or extra virgin coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons low carb sweetener such as Allulose, Erythritol, Swerve or 5 to 8 drops of good quality liquid Stevia
• 1/2 – 3/4 cup filtered water plus a few ice cubes (optional)
• 1/2 medium sized ripe avocado
• 1/2 cup fresh organic spinach
• 1/2 teaspoon good quality vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
1. Slice the avocado in half and remove the stone.
2. Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender.
3. Add ice if you must and blend according to your blender instructions until smooth.
4. Pour into your serving glass and enjoy!
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