Cottage Cheese Berry Protein Smoothie

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Cottage Cheese Berry Protein Smoothie

This high-protein smoothie offers a refreshing and easy low-carb breakfast alternative. While not strictly "keto," it remains low in carbs and, with its high protein content, keeps you full longer—making it an excellent choice for busy mornings. It's the ideal second meal option for those who practice intermittent fasting.

The smoothie gains its extra protein punch from cottage cheese and collagen powder. Cottage cheese, a surprising but effective ingredient in smoothies, creates a smooth, frothy texture without any aftertaste, ensuring its presence is undetectable once blended.

For an added boost, magnesium powder is included to enhance electrolyte balance, promoting energy and hydration throughout the day.

How To Make Cottage Cheese Protein Smoothie

This Cottage Cheese Berry Protein Smoothie is so easy to make. You'll only need a few ingredients:

  • Cottage Cheese: The cornerstone of this recipe, it ensures a creamy, high-protein smoothie without any aftertaste.
  • Collagen powder: Boosts the protein content and adds to the smoothie's creaminess. Options include plain or sugar-free flavored collagen, such as Vanilla Collagen Peptides from Perfect Keto. Alternatively, whey protein powder (isolate) or egg white protein powder can be used.
  • Cashew Milk: Unsweetened cashew milk, almond milk, or even water are suitable (although not ideal as it lacks potassium). For a nut-free version, try Poppy Seed Milk or Coconut Milk (light).
  • Berries:Frozen berries add creaminess and versatility. Choose from strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or wild blueberries for a flavorful smoothie.
  • Magnesium Powder: Provides an electrolyte boost. Neutral tasting options like Natural Calm work well, or for added flavor, Raspberry-Lemon Calm can be used.
  • Low-Carb Sweetener (optional): To adjust sweetness, stevia or Allulose are recommended, with a variety of options and conversions available here.
  • Vanilla Extract (optional): Not necessary if using flavored collagen powder.

Customize Your Smoothie

Each and every one of us has different dietary needs so it's only natural that you may need to adjust the macros in this smoothie recipe. Here are a few tips:

  • Need more fat/calories? Add a tablespoon of MCT oil or some heavy whipping cream.
  • Need less protein? Skip the collagen powder.
  • Need fewer carbs? Use blackberries for a slightly lower carb count.

You can make all these adjustments and more directly in the KetoDiet App by cloning any of the recipes from my blog and customizing them to fit your own macros and preferences.

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Preparation time

Hands-on:    5 minutes
Overall:     5 minutes

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 smoothie)

Total Carbs 19 grams
Fiber 3.9 grams
Net Carbs 15.1 grams
Protein 44.6 grams
Fat 16.3 grams
of which Saturated 4.7 grams
Energy 391 kcal
Magnesium 237 mg (59% RDA)
Potassium 768 mg (38% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (16%), protein (46%), fat (38%)

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese (170 g/ 6 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cashew milk or almond milk (300 ml/ 10 fl oz)
  • 3/4 cup mixed frozen or fresh berries (113 g/ 4 oz)
  • 1 tsp Natural Calm or Raspberry-Lemon Calm (magnesium powder)
  • 1/4 cup collagen powder, plain or vanilla or protein powder of choice (25 g/ 0.9 oz)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract (if using plain collagen powder)

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients for your smoothie. If using fresh berries, wash under running water.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a blender: cottage cheese, berries, almond milk (or nut/seed milk of choice), collagen powder (plain or vanilla) and magnesium powder. If using plain collagen powder, optionally add vanilla extract and/or low-carb sweetener of choice.
  3. Process until smooth and frothy.
  4. Serve immediately. You could store the prepared smoothie in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a day. Shake before serving.
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