Smoothies

This recipe for smoothies is low in carbohydrates and high in fat making it an ideal drink for those on a LCHF diet. It took several experiments, such as the one below, before I arrived at a suitable combination of ingredients.

Ingredients

4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
2 oz heavy cream
3 oz unsweetened almond milk
2 pinches stevia (equivalent to 2 tbsps sugar)

Unsweetened almond milk may be unflavored or vanilla. Suggested flavorings are below.

FlavorUnflavored MilkVanilla Flavored Milk
Vanilla 4 ml Vanilla 2 ml Vanilla
Banana 4 ml Banana 4 ml Banana
Orange* 2 ml Vanilla + 2 ml Orange 2 ml Orange

*double the sugar to 4 pinches or 1 tad

See Resources for more information on flavorings and stevia.

When shopping for ingredients look for discounts at your local grocers as prices can vary significantly from one store to another. For example, the best discount I've found for Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread is at CostCo where they sell it in 48 oz tubs. Be sure to buy Philadelphia Cream Cheese and that it says Spread on the tub.

Instructions

Mix with a stick blender thoroughly, pour it in a glass, and let set for a few hours in the refrigerator. During this time alcohol from the flavoring will evaporate and the mixture will thicken. Consider making your smoothies the night before and let them set in the refrigerator overnight.

Macros

The following summarizes the carbohydrate and fat content of a single smoothie in grams.

IngredientCarbssfa pufa mufa TF
4 oz cream cheese spread 8 22 1 10 33
2 oz heavy cream 1 12 1 6 19
3 oz almond milk 1 0 0 1 1
Total 9 34 2 17 53

sfa (saturated fat), pufa (polyunsaturated fat), mufa (monounsaturated fat), TF (Total Fat)