Smoothie bowls aren’t exactly revolutionary — it’s a smoothie poured into a bowl and topped with fruit, seeds, nuts, or whatever else you have on hand — but they sure are photogenic !!
But is your gorgeous, social media-ready smoothie bowl sneakily making you gain weight?
Smoothie bowls can be a good source of fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to start your day or help you refuel after a workout. But they can quickly turn into high-calorie sugar bombs if you’re not careful.
Here is how to keep your smoothie bowl in check – hints and tips shared by Beachbody
To create a filling, satisfying smoothie bowl that won’t get in the way of losing weight, it’s important it contains protein, healthy fats, and carbs in the right balance. Here are some tips to keep your bowl in check:
Add lots of veggies
“If a smoothie has too many high-calorie ingredients — even if they are healthy — you can end up consuming too many calories in one sitting,” Rumsey says. Bulk up your smoothie bowl with spinach, kale, cucumbers, carrots, celery, or beets for added nutrition without tons of calories. “The more colorful fruit and veggies that you can pack in the better,” Wesszer adds.
Don’t forget about protein and fat
“Many people end up adding way too much fruit to their smoothies and not enough protein or fat,” Rumsey says.
When it comes to protein, plain Greek yogurt (2%), cottage cheese, silken tofu, or Protein powders are great sources. For fat: “Add in a tablespoon of chia or hemp seeds for omega-3 fats and a tablespoon or two of nut butter or raw nuts,” she adds. Top your smoothie bowl with nuts, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds for added healthy fats and protein.
Limit added sweeteners
If you add dried fruit, such as dates, stick to a max of two tablespoons and cut back slightly on the fresh fruit, Rumsey suggests. For yogurt or nut milks, go for the unsweetened versions.
You can get smoothie packs at the store, but they can contain tons of added sugars in the form of corn syrup, granulated sugar, honey, sweetened fruit, and sweetened yogurt. By making your bowl at home with whole ingredients, you get to control what goes in it.
Balance higher-calorie toppings with lower-calorie toppings
“I love topping my smoothie bowls with unsweetened coconut flakes (one to two tablespoons) and a raw cacao nibs,” Rumsey says. While some toppings, such as nuts, are higher in calories, Wesszer encourages people to add them in small amounts since they can still play a role in losing weight.
“Extra whole fruit such as kiwi, peaches, blackberries or strawberries look beautiful and don’t pack a ton of extra calories, and chia seeds are also a great option,” Wesszer says.
Try this recipe for your next smoothie bowl
With a scoop of Vanilla protein powder for a protein boost, almond milk, frozen cherries, and matcha, you’ll have a sweet and nutritious snack or breakfast in just a few minutes. Toppings include more frozen cherries, strawberries, coconut, and pumpkin seeds.