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Smoothies are a nutritional powerhouse and are full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, proteins and also prove to be highly supportive of weight loss. Just a few misguided inputs can convert your diet smoothies into a high calorie and sugar-laden dessert. Healthy Smoothie bowls Recipe is the new space cats. Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, as nothing could replace space cats, but smoothie bowls are indeed the new breakfast trend on Instagram. Easy and Healthy Smoothie bowls are not only pretty to look at but oh-so-very-delicious and nutritious as well! We hope you’re hooked now because we’ve got the hottest healthy smoothie bowl recipes coming your way.
To make sure that your blend is low in calories yet nutritious, ensure that you are not making the following mistakes –
Liquid inputs play an integral part in the preparation of a smoothie as they help in easier blending & mixing of all the ingredients. Flavored yogurt, fruit juice, & sweetened milk are a popular choice for smoothies, but using it can load it with added sweeteners. So the key to a healthy smoothie is to avoid the extra sugar and experiment with plain low-fat Greek yogurt, light coconut water or unsweetened soy/almond milk. These ingredients not only make your smoothie rich and creamy but also pack it with proteins.
Adding kale is a good option to enrich the protein content & make your smoothie green, but don’t dive into it right away. If you start with a bitter green, you may be tempted to add too many sweeteners/sugar. Start with adding some spinach as its flavors are easy to mask and then start branching out to kale or parsley for a more nutritious drink!
Proteins are needed to boost up the weight loss process as they sustain the food desires for unnecessary snacking. A small dose of peanut butter, a tablespoon of flax-seed or silken tofu is a healthy way of adding protein to a smoothie.
Sipping a creamy fruit smoothie is better than any junk food as fruits are full of fiber and nutrients but don’t forget that they aren’t void calories. Fruits have natural sugars, which affect your body the same as any other kind of sugar. Bananas and Apples and any citrus have way too much sugar. If you are going to use fruit in your smoothies, you’re better off using strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe which are the lower sugar/carb fruits. Also, a healthy smoothie can have green inputs like spinach, kale, tomatoes, carrot greens, chard, etc. You can also pair the fruit ingredients with a protein source such as nuts, milk, soy milk, yogurt, etc.
Fiber is a kind of magical pill for weight watchers. It’s what keeps you fill you up for hours & curbs your appetite. For an effective contribution of fiber in your weight loss process, you must include at least 10gms of it in your smoothie. Some of the ingredients, which can prove helpful include – berries, spinach, flax seeds, kale, avocado, kiwi, pear, beans, chia seeds.
If you’re having a smoothie as a meal replacement, it’s natural to think that you’ll need a larger portion. But the key to success here is to avoid overindulgence as even if you’re only adding more fruit, the calories and sugar can creep up quickly. To increase the satiety value of your drink try adding ingredients such as avocado and oats which are extremely high on fiber and proteins.
Just because a food is high in nutrition doesn’t mean it’s low in calories. Certain healthy foods such as yogurt, dates, nuts, butter, mangoes, fresh-pressed juices, oats, and even fruits like apples, pears, mangoes, & cherries, contain more than a hundred calories each. You should not shy away from these healthy ingredients but use them in moderation to keep your weight loss regime on track!
To keep you intact and enjoy your drink daily a variation in the preparation method and ingredients used can be really helpful. Herbs, spices, and varied extracts can make a world of difference in the flavors of a smoothie. Freshly grated ginger adds a warming touch while Sriracha (red chili and garlic spiced sauce, served especially with Vietnamese and Thai food) brings a little heat.
This Healthy Smoothie recipe is full of fruits and thus, vitamins. To make the smoothie, just blend with your favorite berries, banana, kale, chia seeds, almond milk, and agave for a super creamy smoothie, and top with leftover berries, granola, and almond. The possibilities are endless!
1 cup chopped kale or baby spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1½ cups frozen mixed berries
½ frozen banana
1 teaspoon light agave
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup blueberries
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut shavings, raw or toasted
¼ cup granola of your choice
2. Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Pitaya (also called dragon fruit) will make this dish bright pink and dare we say, rather Insta-worthy. Dragon fruit is a great source of antioxidants, and magnesium, fiber, and vitamin B.
2 packages frozen pitaya puree (can be found in health stores or online)
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 cup almond milk, preferably homemade
2 tablespoons vegetable protein powder, such as hemp, pea or your favorite nut butter
3. Vegan Chocolate Hemp Smoothie Bowl
Chocolate for breakfast, anyone? We should mention that this vegan chocolate smoothie bowl is healthy and good for you, but we know we already have your attention because of chocolate.
2 frozen bananas
¼ cup hazelnuts soaked 30 minutes
2 tbsp hemp protein
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
¾ cup almond milk
3-4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1 small banana
2 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp hemp seeds
4. Acai Smoothie Bowl
Acai berry is the hype these days, but what if we told you that you could make your acai bowl at home? Well, now you can. Get your acai fix today with this fun purple acai bowl.
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup canned coconut milk or more milk of choice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Tiny pinch salt
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp acai powder
5. Avocado Smoothie Bowl
This green smoothie bowl will not only fulfill your avocado quota for the day but also make you feel great due to all the nutrients disguised as deliciousness.
1 sliced banana, preferably frozen
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup almond milk
1-2 handfuls spinach
1-2 handfuls kale
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