A quick and refreshing keto avocado matcha smoothie bowl with plenty of healthy fats and antioxidants for a balanced ketogenic breakfast option.
Smoothies aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind on a ketogenic diet. They are often high in sugars and fructose which will throw you out of ketosis quite quickly. That’s why this smoothie bowl focuses on healthy fats to keep you full while also keeping the carbs down. Made with fresh spinach, kale, avocado, MCT Oil, matcha green tea, coconut milk and a little sweetener, it’s a fresh and healthy start to your day.
Let’s talk about fat
We all know the delicious avocado and probably already use it in lots of different meals. It’s loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, the majority being oleic acid, which reduces inflammation and has cancer fighting properties. In fact, 77% of the calories in the avocado are from fat which make this little fruit (yes, a fruit) a favorite in the ketogenic world. The fat also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins found in the greens that are whipped up along side it.
And if the wonderful benefits of avocado fat weren’t enough, I’ve added a little MCT oil in the mix to take it up a notch. Derived from coconuts, MCT oil has special fatty properties. MCT, which stands for medium-chain triglycerides, are easily broken down by your liver into ketones. When in ketosis, these ketones are an available source of energy for your body. For this reason, I like using MCT oil in my morning coffee, or this smoothie bowl, for a little extra pep in my day. I’ve been recently using the Sprouts brand MCT oil as it’s convenient to grab while I’m doing my grocery shopping. One of their stores just opened up near me, so I grab most of my produce and keto staples from there. Since they carry a bunch of keto-related products, it’s a great source for local options.
Even more benefits
A keto bowl isn’t just about fats though. It’s important to get your greens in as well, which is why I’ve used baby spinach and kale as a base for this smoothie bowl. The greens have a mild flavor profile, so when combined with avocado, coconut milk and a little sweetener, the flavor is actually quite balanced.
As a final boost, but purely optional, is the addition of green matcha powder. Matcha is a green tea with lots of antioxidant properties. It helps protect the heart, boosts brain function (hello, caffeine) and the polyphenols help fight cancer. A little powerhouse to add to your keto smoothie bowl.
Since this keto avocado matcha smoothie bowl is predominantly fat focused, I’d also recommend adding a scoop of your favorite low-carb protein powder. Whey or Collagen is a great add to bump up the macros a bit and help get your protein in.
Once you blend this all up in a high powdered blender, pour it into a bowl and top with your favorite ingredients. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries are all great sweet additions. I also love adding coconut chips and chia seeds for some additional texture and crunch to the bowl.
Keto Avocado Matcha Smoothie Bowl
- 1 large Avocado
- 2 cups Baby Spinach & Kale
- 1 ½ cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- ½ cup Powdered Erythritol
- 1 tbsp MCT Oil
- 1 tbsp Matcha Powder
- ½ cup ice
- 1 scoop Protein Powder
- Your favorite choice of toppings Fresh berries, coconut chips, chia seeds, nuts, microgreens
- Combine avocado, baby spinach & kale, unsweetened coconut milk, sweetener, MCT and optional matcha & protein powder into a powerful blended. Blend on high until completely smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with your choice of berries, nuts or microgreens.