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Leprechaun Protein Smoothie

15. March 2013|Martina|13

Although I'm not a big fan of "green smoothies", this one is delicious and definitely one of my breakfast favourites. And it's great for Easter and St Patrick's Day!

Most smoothies are packed with sugar, unnecessary colorings or additives. This smoothie is not only low-carb but it's also made just from natural ingredients. It's VERY high in fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium!

Preparation time:

 5 minutes

Nutritional values (per serving):

Total Carbs25.9grams
Fiber16.6grams
Net Carbs9.4grams
Protein27.2grams
Fat37.1grams
of which Saturated14.3grams
Energy493kcal
Potassium898mg

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (7.8%), protein (22.6%), fat (69.6%)

Ingredients (per serving):

  • ½ average avocado (100g / 3.5 oz)
  • ¼ cup coconut milk, organic (or full-fat cream)
  • ¼ cup fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (vanilla or plain) or egg white powder or hydrolysed powdered gelatin (25g / 0.9 oz)
  • 2 tbsp pistachio nuts (unsalted) (20g / 0.7 oz)
  • 1 vanilla bean (or ½ - 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-6 drops liquid Stevia extract (I recommend SweetLeaf or NuNaturals) or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list
  • ½ water
  • ice cubes (if needed)

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Instructions:

Wash the mint and spinach, halve and peel the avocado and blend until smooth with the rest of the ingredients.

Enjoy! :-)

Comments (13) -

Kalyn 3/15/2014 1:13:44 AM #
Kalyn

Delicious recipe and beautiful photos that make me drool 8-))

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Martina @ KetoDiet 3/15/2014 8:18:09 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Kalyn!

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Margo 3/15/2014 2:34:37 PM #
Margo

Oh my god this looks so good! I don't usually like green smoothies but I will have to try this one. The pistachio nuts sound like a great ingredient Smile

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Martina @ KetoDiet 3/15/2014 8:18:50 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you! Pistachios are the key ingredient in this recipe Smile

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woohashikiki 6/4/2014 4:58:27 AM #
woohashikiki

Where is the calorie count?  I am guessing 400.

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Martina @ KetoDiet 6/4/2014 12:53:31 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Calorie count is in the nutrition data table (energy = 493 kcal).

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Greg 6/7/2014 1:13:45 PM #
Greg

Can't get mint where I am. Is there a substitute for that you could recommend?

Also, would cashews be an ok substitute for pistachios?

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Martina @ KetoDiet 6/8/2014 11:18:28 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

How about mint extract - can you find that? Or simply skip mint and use just vanilla extract. You can definitely use cashews or any nuts you like instead of pistachios.

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Greg 6/14/2014 2:23:22 PM #
Greg

Found some mint and substituted cashews for pistachios, and made a large batch. Added some honey, vanilla abstract, and artificial sweetener as well. Also, switched in soy milk for the water for more protein.

Man, that was really good! Gett'n ready to make a second batch.

Thnx! -- greg

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Greg 6/14/2014 2:25:55 PM #
Greg

Forgot to add, this next batch I'm planning on adding a kiwi as well. I think a kiwi and mint flavor will go well together. -- greg

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Martina @ KetoDiet 6/15/2014 1:04:09 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Sounds great to me! Have you thought of using almond milk instead? Most soy products come from GMO sources and contain estrogens.

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Ashley S. 7/1/2014 4:15:56 PM #
Ashley S.

I make a similar smoothie but take out the sweetener and add 1/2 an apple and 2 T. frozen mango. It tastes almost identical. It's this recipe, but without the kombucha.

Thanks for sharing!

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Martina @ KetoDiet 7/2/2014 10:28:42 AM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Sounds delicious! Maybe not so low in carbs but it is paleo-friendly and I actually like the kombucha in it Smile

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