Brain Boosting Keto Smoothie With MCT Oil

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The ketogenic or keto lifestyle is growing in popularity at the moment, as science starts to show us that boosting healthy fats and limiting sugar in your diet, is super healthy for you in a whole bunch of ways [1][1a][1b].  Apart from helping to put you into a fat-burning state (known as ketosis), the overall reduction in dietary carbs and sugars also boosts your energy levels, clears brain fog and lowers body-wide inflammation.

This keto smoothie is a great compliment to that lifestyle because it’s nutrient-dense AND healthy-fat dense.  It contains a selection of healthy fats in the form of coconut milk, avocado, nut butter and chia seeds.  The fatty acids they contain are essential for brain health, as your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and cannot function well if your diet is low in them.  (This is the problem with many old-fashioned calorie-counting diets, in which even healthy fats are restricted…but that’s a whole other discussion.)

The MCT oil is another special ingredient in my keto smoothie.  Packed with medium-chain triglyerides (MCTs), this oil has been shown to reduce appetite and food cravings, and improve weight loss [2][2b].  As well as boost mood, brain function and gut health [2c][2d].
For loads more info on this, read What Is MCT Oil? The Super Healthy Oil.

So, meals like this keto smoothie can not only help to improve brain clarity, focus and concentration, but also increase weight loss, leave you feeling more satiated and reduce those hateful carb cravings.  Let’s take a look…

Brain-Boosting Keto Smoothie Recipe

Note: this keto smoothie recipe makes about 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 225ml / 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • half a medium/large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon organic nut butter, eg almond, hazelnut, cashew
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil
  • sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Method

1  Add all the ingredients to your blender and whizz them up until well-combined.  If you prefer a more liquid consistency, feel free to add extra water as needed.

2  Leave the smoothie mix for at least 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to soak and swell.

3  Pour into glasses and sprinkle the top with a little ground cinnamon.

4  If you have any smoothie mixture leftover, just pop it in the fridge for later, or to enjoy the next day.

Tip:  when starting to supplement with MCT oil, increase your quantity a little at a time to give your gut a chance to adjust to the richness of it.  This is because MCT oil can cause gut cramps if you’re not used to it.  So, begin taking as little as half to one tablespoon a day and go up from there.

I hope you enjoy this keto smoothie! x

Below you’ll find some of the ingredients that I regularly use and have referenced in this recipe…