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Low Carb Iced Mocha

By July 31, 2013June 5th, 2022Breakfast, Dairy Free, Drinks, Vegetarian

Low Carb Iced Mocha

Low Carb Iced Mocha

Are you running through McDonalds for an Iced Coffee, thinking you are just getting coffee, cream and ice… how about that with an extra 45 grams of sugar. This isn’t a mistake, it isn’t a vanilla latte…It is high in sugar because it is a pre-made mix, not brewed coffee.


Are you running a marathon soon and under the assumption you need to “carb load” for the big race? Tim Noakes is a famous professor of exercise and sports science in South Africa. He is one of the world’s best researchers in exercise physiology. He’s also the author of Lore of Running and has run more than 70 marathons and ultra marathons.

He too once believed carbs were source for energy. That was until he started having joint pain, pre-diabetes and gained weight even though he still ran marathons. A couple of years ago he started researching the science behind running on high fat diets. He started following a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet and tested his running. His diet followed this book and his results were quite shocking! He now feels amazing and is promoting high fat diets for runners and athletes of all sources. It is causing a lot of attention in South Africa.

South African Running Legend Tim Noakes Embraces High-Fat, Low-Carb Living

Here’s something to think about… migratory birds and whales rely on stored fat to fuel their long, strenuous journeys. Developing your fat engine will increase the amount of energy you can generate, reduce the amount of carbs you use, and stretch out the glycogen supply during long runs. Added together, you have a more stable and enduring energy supply, better endurance, and faster finish times.

Low Carb Iced Mocha

 Low Carb Iced Mocha

1 shot espresso
1/4 cup chocolate whey or egg white protein
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (chocolate is best) OR coconut milk
1 cup crushed ice
2 TBS Swerve (or sweetener to desired taste)

Place all ingredients into a powerful blender and mix until very smooth. Makes 1 serving.

Starbuck’s Tall SKINNY Iced Mocha (NO WHIP) = 170 calories, 2g fat, 10g protein, 32g carbs, 0 fiber
Starbuck’s Tall SOY Iced Mocha (No WHIP) = 200 calories, 5g fat, 8g protein, 35g carbs, 2g fiber
“Healthified” Iced Mocha = 150 calories, 0g fat, 22g protein, 2 carbs, 1g fiber

Starbucks = $3.30
“Heathified” = $0.99



Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Anonymous says:

    I did read the article… But I really just want someone to make me one of those 🙂

  • Caroline says:

    Ooohh Maria,
    I can’t wait to try this!! You know I LOVE your Shamrock Shake recipe so this one sounds just as delicious!

  • Laura says:

    I just made this for breakfast. It is one of the BEST drinks I’ve ever had! Bye-bye Starbucks! I want another one this afternoon, but I’m making myself wait!

  • Jenna says:

    What’s the topping?

  • Jill says:

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it tonight! I also LOVE that you included a price comparison… proof that eating healthy is not more expensive!!!

  • Erin says:

    drinking one as we speak before my workout… really awesome to know what used to be my guilty pleasure is now healthy and shame free!!!

  • Caroline says:

    Ooohh!! Yummy! All you coffee drinkers will be converted to this drink!! It is so delicious! I cut back on the Swerve, just 1 Tbsp. Sweet enough for me. I could drink one of these everyday!
    Thanks Maria!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have an easy idea for small amounts of whipped cream! Use a BPA free Blender Bottle (one of those protein shake bottles with a wire ball) to make your whipped cream. My kids love to make their own:


    100 ml of heavy ORGANIC whipping cream
    1/4 t vanilla
    1 T powdered Swerve

    You can multiply the recipe but it works best when there is a lot of extra room in the bottle.

  • ashley mae says:

    when you say you only have 30 grams of carbs a day, do you mean net carbs?

    • ashley mae says:

      wow Maria! And arent you very active? youre soo tiny! I want to be as thin and healthy as you, but sometimes i find it hard to eat so little carbs ! My carbs go from 60-110, 110 being my worst days and the more carbs the more bloated I feel. Thanks for your blog! It’s the best I’ve seen! Like, really, i cant express it! thank you thank you! you are so wonderful!

    • Thank you! You are so sweet! It gets easier. After a week or two of no sugar or starch the carb cravings start to go away! You can do it!

  • Nurseco says:

    I love this recipe. The only thing I find is that if I blend any whey protein for more than a few seconds, it gets very frothy. From a volume standpoint and a breakfast on the run, this is a problem. I’m going to try this with all the ingredients except the whey protein first and then add the whey protein and only run it enough to blend. Otherwise, this is going to be my go-to breakfast in the summer!

  • Hi Maria! I realize I am late to the party…but what are you doing to get your shot of espresso. Do I need an espresso machine? 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria! I am on a protein shake roll, thanks to you! Do I need a espresso machine for the espresso shot…or do you have another creative idea? Thanks! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria,

    I was hoping you could give me your thoughts on this article:

    Thanks so much,

  • Connie says:

    Can you do this with maybe half and half instead of the almond milk? Can’t get almond milk down except in waffles, smoothies, so not sure there and what kind of coffee do you recommend for strong coffee to make it? Maybe make some Carmel syrup to top it too? Or to add more flavor?

    • cemmerich says:

      You can use heavy cream with a little water. The half and half in the store can have added junk. 🙂

  • Cynthia says:

    Keto with coconut milk and no whipped cream? Say yes! 🙂

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  • Connie says:

    I have the vanilla Jay Robb think I can use this and some cocoa powder to make this and use regular coffee? And if so how many ounces of coffee made in a Keurig. So need to cut back on coffee drinks so think this would really help until I can get the chocolate.

  • Sue says:

    Thanks for posting this. We got back from two weeks in the Caribbean and I had a Illy Crema at a small Italian Restaurant while there. While it didn’t follow the rules it was wonderful and I wondered how I could Healthify that drink and saw this post on your site. I used one tube of an instant decaf expresso powder and 6 oz of boiling water. Let it sit while I put together the other ingredients. I used coconut milk from Trader Joe’s Stevia Glyciate Drops instead of swerve, Jay Robb Whey Chocolate Protein and mixed it in a shaker bottle, then added the cup of ice to my stainless insulated mug and poured the espresso over it, poured the rest of the ingredients in and gave it a shake. It tastes so close to an Illy Crema it is amazing. Thanks to both of you for all your work and giving so freely to make so many healthy and happy.

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