If you want to lose weight you have to stop thinking about the Keto Diet as just another diet and start thinking of it a a lifestyle change. Or, more specifically a just a healthier way of eating.
The word "diet" often brings up negative feelings and connotations of food and pleasure deprivation. I just can't roll like that.
I love variety in my life and that includes food.
I love dessert. This Keto friendly Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe nails the pumpkin pie flavor.
Don't be afraid to switch it up....
I use Almond Milk in this Keto Recipe but you can use whole milk or whatever kind of milk that you want to. I also thicken it up with tofu but if you prefer protein powder you could use that.
Thom likes to thicken up his smoothies with chia seeds. And, they are rich in Omega 3 so that he easily hits his macros for the day.
Feel free to swap them out as you please....
This sugar and gluten free Keto Smoothie weighs in at 4.5 Net Carbs...
But Pumpkin is a super food and I think carbs on this Keto treat are well spent...
Feel free to add any extra spices that you like. Pumpkin spice can be added instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg if you have it handy. Check out the recipe, it is super easy to make and it will save you money during the Pumpkin Spice Season. It's posted underneath the recipe for Pumpkin Pie...
Easy Keto Pumpkin Smoothie
- ⅓ cup pureed pumpkin
- 3 ounces silken soft lite tofu Any Lite Tofu will work
- 1 cup Almond breeze unsweetened vanilla milk
- Sweetener to taste I use Swerve about 1 Teaspoon
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1-2 drops clove oil
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice as desired. ( Ice will make it thick like a milk shake)
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The nutritional calculations on this site were obtained from the USDA Database. We provide them as a courtesy and do our best to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. But you should feel free to do your own calculations if you like. Net carbs are what you should be concerned about while on the Keto Diet.
Being on the Ketogenic Diet doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice dessert.
In fact there are plenty of Keto desserts that help you get the fat that you need to make the Keto lifestyle sustainable.....
Fat bombs are always a good choice if you are having trouble getting enough fat into your diet (this still sounds weird right?)
There are plenty of Keto Chocolate desserts as well...check out this chocolate coconut mug cake. It only takes a couple of minutes to make in the microwave and its delish...
Low carb desserts are a thing...
I actually think that some of them are easier to make than the carb filled originals like this almond flour pie crust...I have never really been able to get a regular pie crust perfect. They are passable but...meh.
But, Keto desserts are a little bit different and require some ingredients that you might not have hiding in the pantry.
A word about quality pumpkin puree...
If you are going for the canned version that an organic pumpkin puree is the way to go.
But, it's easy and inexpensive to make your own. I usually buy two or three pumpkins (the ones that people usually use for jack-o-lanterns) and bake them in the oven.
Not only is this MUCH less expensive, but it tastes so much better. And, you get the bonus of being able to roast the seeds.
To do this, I start by cutting the top off and harvesting the seeds. Once they are soaking in salt water I cut the rest of the pumpkin in thirds or fourths and place in my turkey roaster and roast at about 325F until soft (about two hours). Once its cool I scoop out the pumpkin and freeze it in zip locks in two cup portions.
Trust me...it's delicious and doesn't have the "canned" taste. Plus, you will have enough until next Fall.
I hope you enjoy this smoothie and if you have your own version to share let me know in the comments!