Think milkshakes are out of reach on a low-carb diet? This Keto chocolate milkshake sure isn’t. Rich cacao and luscious avocado form the base for this healthy twist on a classic American favorite. With MCT oil added for an extra nutrient boost, this is one milkshake you can enjoy without worrying about falling out of ketosis.
Check out our video recipe here or read on for fun facts about the milkshake and ways to boost your favorite drink:
A Short History of the Milkshake
Did you know that the first “milkshakes” were alcoholic? The first time the term milkshake appears in print refers to a drink made with eggs and whiskey! This was way back in 1885 and it didn’t last. By 1900, it had come to refer to a “wholesome” drink made with flavored syrup such as chocolate or strawberry.
Milkshakes, as we know them, were popularized in 1922, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, a Walgreens employee from Chicago who added ice cream to the already popular malted milk formula. The combination was a hit and pretty soon milkshakes were beloved across the country.
In the 1930s with the invention of the Freon-cooled refrigerator and the automated milkshake making machine, milkshakes became even more popular, cementing their place in food history!
Keto Milkshake and Smoothie Boosters
Even health low-carb drinks can benefit from added nutrients. Read on for suggestions on how to make your healthy smoothies and sugar-free milkshakes pack an even bigger punch with these additions. Just remember that tweaking a recipe make change the nutritional values, so be sure to substitute thoughtfully.
Protein Powder – There is some debate over how much protein to eat on the Keto diet, and whole foods are generally preferable, but protein powder is a lifesaver for those who avoid animal products or if you find yourself in a pinch.
Leafy Greens or Greens Powder – We all could use more greens. Pair greens with other boosters, like in this Keto green smoothie, for maximum nutrients in your drink.
Matcha or Turmeric Powder – Both matcha and turmeric contain powerful antioxidants in their own right but they have also been shown to increase antioxidant activity on top of their own effects. [1,2,3] This is why we’ve created our own Turmeric Soothe supplement.
Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.