If you’re following a low carb, banting or paleo lifestyle, you probably struggle to get enough vegetables in your day to day meal plan, right? Veggies are beneficial when following a low carb lifestyle for a number of reasons:
- They fill you up for longer, and help you lose weight. This is because of their high fibre and water content.
- They have plenty of healthy vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants you need for immune boosting and disease prevention.
- They reduce water retention – because of their high water and low sodium content.
Get Your Veggies in the Low Carb Way
I was introduced to green low carb smoothies a few months ago – “Introduced” is probably a understatement. It was more like I was forced to take a sip of a friend’s green smoothie (probably for entertainment purposes – to watch my face contort in tastebud agony). But as my tastebuds would have it, it turned out to be a rather pleasant experience. The smoothie tastes nothing like what you think!
Since then I’ve been making a morning smoothie on every other day to give me a change from the normal boiled eggs or low carb granola, or when I feel my immune system may need a boost!
I’ve added half a lemon into this recipe, because I quite enjoy the slightly tangy taste it adds and to get some extra vitamin C. It does have a higher carbohydrate content than other vegetables, so remove it altogether or add less to your taste.
The absolute must-have in this recipe is Coconut or MCT oil. This will add extra fat content to keep your fuller for longer and give you the burst of energy you need to start your day. I promise you this, if you start enjoying a green smoothie for your breakfast, you will not look back. It really feels and tastes like health in a cup.