My Hunger Crushing Ketogenic Berry Smoothie

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Some mornings, you just don’t have time to cook, but you don’t want to leave the house on an empty stomach. For these mornings, I make a coconut kefir berry smoothie.

Coconut milk has fewer carbohydrates than regular milk and fermenting it to turn it into kefir adds probiotics to help you digest better as well as reduces the carbohydrate count as the bacteria eat up some of the sugars in it.

The berries are a fun flavor. You can swap them out for some vanilla if you prefer. Because berries are a little tart and kefir can be a bit bitter, I mix in a teaspoon or two of zero carbohydrate sweetener, like swerve.

The health benefits of coconut oil are immense. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides that will help you boost ketones and get into that fat burning zone.

 

Coconut oil is a good source of medium chain triglycerides. Medium chain triglycerides are converted in the liver into ketones that can be used by your body as fuel instead of glycogen. Your body uses them for immediate energy rather than storing them. Research has demonstrated that MCTs are thermogenic and therefore great fat-burners.

Try this coconut berry smoothie as one way to incorporate coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides into your daily ketogenic diet.

Here’s my ketogenic berry smoothie recipe:

  • 1 cup coconut milk kefir
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (for healthy fats and energy)
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve

Blend it together in a blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until it looks smooth. Enjoy!

You can adjust the coconut oil up if you are trying to hit your macros and need more fats. I’ve added as much as 3-4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil before and it still tasted great, although more coconut flavor than I prefer. Also, you can skip the swerve or add more to your taste. 1 teaspoon is just where I like the sweetness. The net carbohydrates for this drink come in about 8. Two carbohydrates for the kefir and six for the frozen berries.

Time saving tip: I use the Magic Bullet Blender to blend up my smoothies. The blender cups can be used to drink out of saving me time washing the containers!

 

8 thoughts on “My Hunger Crushing Ketogenic Berry Smoothie”

  1. Hi, I love a smoothie in the morning and to be honest I was getting really bored with my protein smoothy. This recipe looks incredible, I love the way one of the ingredients is coconut milk kefir, I think this is the first smoothy recipe I have seen that uses Kefir and I know of the fantastic benefits of Kefir. Berries and coconut as well. this sounds truly delicious.
    Will you be making more recipes like this?
    Thanks,
    Freddy

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments. I am posting recipes that I enjoy on the ketogenic diet. My recipes are quick and easy taking 15-20 minutes to cook. I’m somewhat impatient!  

  2. I could imagine the sweetness and tartness of the berries as I was reading that recipe.

    Have to say 1-2 tablespoons of (coconut) oil sounds like a lot, but maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. In terms oils in general, I always try to keep things under a tablespoon.

    1. I’m glad that you mentioned it. It is a lot of fat. However, the ketogenic diet is heavy on fat. When you blend it up in the smoothie, you barely notice that you are drinking the oil. When people are on the ketogenic diet, they are in fat burning mode. The body uses the calories from fats instead of carbohydrates, since you are only allowed 20 carbohydrates per day on the ketogenic diet. Therefore, it is the fats that keep you fueled throughout the day. 

      The ketogenic diet is used extensively in treating people with epilepsy, weight loss, preventing alzheimer’s and reducing inflammation. It is extremely effective. We have been trained to look at health in terms of low fat, but the research on the ketogenic diet proves that it isn’t really the fat that causes inflammation and weight gain. It mostly is the processed foods! I’ve been a personal trainer and worked with individuals on their diets and found the low carbohydrate diets tend to produce the best results. 

  3. This was absolutely delicious I made three back to back. Great smoothie your Ketogenic Recipes are amazing! Keep posting.

  4. Hey, I really appreciate finding this smoothie recipe. In fact, I’m off to get some coconut milk kefir right now to try it out. I’ve not used kefir yet and I’m anxious to try it. I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more coconut oil into my diet and this may work well. Being on a low carb diet can sometimes get a little bland so I’m always on the lookout for fresh ideas. Thanks for the info!

    1. So glad that you found this helpful! It is always fun to find new low carbohydrate recipes to incorporate into you diet! 

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