Keto Alkaline Power Smoothie Recipe
The benefits of a ketogenic diet have been well reported and in preliminary research it has shown some very exciting results too. It is showing especially strong benefits for certain therapeutic applications (to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy and to treat drug-resistant epilepsy).
Before we go too far though, I do feel we need to be clear about what we are talking about when we’re discussing a ‘ketogenic diet’. The pure ketogenic diet as used therapeutically is extremely high-fat (90% calories from fat) and extremely low carb, and very low protein. It is to be done under medical supervision and for short, therapeutic periods of time.
The ketogenic diet that most of ‘us’ (the general public!) are doing is more based around the ‘Modified Atkins Diet’ first created at John Hopkins University around 2002 (yep, the keto diet isn’t a 2018 thing, although it feels like it sometimes). Atkins himself devised his original low-carb diet while at John Hopkins.
While Atkins is low-carb, high protein, the researchers at John Hopkins modified this to make it low-carb, moderate protein, high fat. So less protein, more fat.
This is what the popular keto diet is now. And many people run at the ketogenic diet just screaming LOW CARB and in actual fact they just eat a load of crap and say ‘hey bro, I’m on keto’. Low carb alone isn’t going to get you into ketosis. You have to follow a fair few other rules…but it’s not that hard.
Ketogenic Alkaline Diet…? Alketosis if you will…?
Most people don’t realise, but the ketogenic diet is actually VERY close to the alkaline diet.
They share a LOT of similarities and while I say ‘a fair few other rules’ most of them fall under the easy banner of Just Eat Real Food. JERF. Eat clean, eat close to nature, keep it unrefined, keep it nourishing…
And then they both stick to the rules of:
- Lots of greens
- Lots of healthy fats – omega 3 and saturated fats
- Fresh, unrefined, natural
- Low carbs
- Low fruit
- Zero sugar or gluten
- No refined oils
- Moderate protein (alkaline is plant-based protein)
They are very similar!
The major differences being of course that there is more animal protein on a purely (Modified-Atkins) ketogenic approach. But you can also still have high-quality animal protein (meat) on an alkaline diet too.
So for those who are looking to follow a ketogenic approach, and stay alkaline, this is actually very easy to do and tick both boxes.
Are You “Ketogenic” or IN KETOSIS
Another quick thing to clear up, is a lot of folks are saying they are on a ‘ketogenic diet’ but really they’re not getting themselves into ketosis. They’re just eating low carb, and hopefully decent fats and clean of junk food.
And let’s be clear – that will get results. Absolutely. You’re eating clean, good healthy fats, lots of veggies. Compared to a regular SAD diet that will get great results (and be alkaline!)…but if you want those therapeutic benefits of ketosis, you need to have blood mmol of ketones that are about 3 or above for big results (over a short-term period), and between 1.6-2.9 for decent more prolonged results.
Unless you’re working HARD to do this, and being very specific about it – you’ll likely not be ‘in ketosis’…but you will be alkaline 🙂
Anyway, this is a bigger picture discussion for another day.
If you’d like me to create an Alkaline-Ketogenic Plan – let me know in the comments.
Alkaline Recipe #228: The Ketogenic Alkaline Power Smoothie
1 cup full-fat coconut milk (the thick type, not the thin dairy replacement carton type)
1 handful baby spinach
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (organic)
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (organic)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Water added to make desired consistency (if you need to)
Simply blend until smooth! Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top too if you like!