Is it just me but making smoothie bowls is so fulfilling and soothing to do in 2020! During the lockdown, this is literally the best self-care activity I could think of.
Smoothie bowl is more than just pure aesthetic pleasure! This makes me eager to learn more different kinds of food which I had no idea in previous years and I do think I am getting more creative by decorating this smoothie! However, I do notice not every smoothie bowls can lose weight and for some, it can even reach 700 calories for one bowl! (Horrible right?) So, here are the smoothie bowls that are packed with a low GI, low-calories ingredients to really burn our belly fat!
Before getting right into the smoothie bowls recipe, here are some questions you may want to know if you are a smoothie bowl beginner! ( Trust me, this escalate really fast from a smoothie beginner to a smoothie addict …)
1. Do I need ice in the smoothie bowl?
No, you don’t need to. While this is really a personal choice, I prefer using the frozen fruit to the smoothie for a frosty favour. This is not as cold as adding ice but at least it ensures the smoothie won’t dilute in an unexpectedly fast rate.
2. Do I need an Expensive Blender to Make Smoothies?
No, absolutely not!
But here’s my story. I always looking for a cheap blender in my early 20s and I always feel so proud of my purchase until it’s broken or not function as good as I expected. You may think this is ridiculous but one of the blenders was broken when I trying to make my almond milk. Few years down the road, I end up buying a different cheap blender for different purposes (some for hard veggies, some for fruits, and so on) and I realized that money really adds up for me to buy a multifunction blender!
Now I have a good quality blender and I am not using my previous blender anymore…
If you don’t want to complicate things and waste money here and there like me, I really suggest you buy a good quality and use it for many years! You really be grateful for your decision!
I know many of you are already using Vitamix blender already, but in case you need some suggestion, this one is really the durable one! Not to mention it’s so easy to clean!
3. How to make my smoothie bowl thicker?
Ensure your smoothie is thick enough is really important! Otherwise, the toppings like berries and banana will slowly sink in before you even take a photo of it! No worries, after few time of failure, these tips are sure enough to make your smoothie thick!
- Add a scope of honey, seeds or raw oats to blend your smoothie
- Always froze your fruit overnight
- Froze some liquids like oat milks or fruit drinks (Optional)
Hope that helps!
4. What things you recommend to add to your smoothie?
I strongly, strongly suggest you add some seeds to your smoothie! They are extremely nutritious and these tiny seeds can actually make your smoothie way more fulfilling than you can treat this as a light breakfast!
- Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
- Loaded With Antioxidants
- All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber – help digestion
- Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Lower risk of heart diseases
- Very fulfilling – reduce your food intake afterwards
- A rich source of lignans, which may reduce cancer risk
- Healthy fats (omega-3s)
- Adds a slight oily and rich flavor to the smoothie
- Add slightly grassy flavour to your smoothie – which is really refreshing to drink in the morning
- May benefit skin disorder
- Great source of plant-based protein
- Help with digestion
Alright, so I guess now is the time to try these smoothie recipes out!
1. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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I hope you are getting excited because this one is extremely delicious! With peanut butter and banana, you can tell how fulfilling it is! I am sure you don’t have room for other snacks because this is incredibly fulfilling! I love this creamy and rich texture and I am sure you too!
*If you are allergic to peanuts, you can try pea butter or sunflower butter!
How these ingredients help you lose weight?
Peanut Butter: As a good source of protein, despite the fact that it can raise your metabolism, peanut butter can promote the feeling of fullness and control your weight in long term! ( Source: NDTV )
Banana: While eating banana can’t directly make you lose weight, it can certainly reduce the bloating and control your appetite towards artificial sugar! Plus, banana is a low GI fruit ( GI: 51) so even people with diabetes can consume it.
So ladies, no worries, these calories and the heavy calories and truly fulfilling to replace your breakfast!
2. Mixed Berry smoothie
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I always make this berry smoothie when I feel like I want something to nourish my skin. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”. When it comes to skincare, I am the firm believer that what I eat is more important than using expensive lotion.
There are a great variety of berries out there and overall, these are the amazing benefit of berries in general!
- Rich in Antioxidants: Protect our cells from damage
- Youthful skin: Berries may help reduce skin wrinkling as the antioxidants help control the free radicals, one of the main reasons causing skin aging.
- High in fiber: By facilitating the digestion system, berries can effectively reduce hunger thus makes you feel full.
On a side note, I discover one interesting thing about blueberry and want to share it with you guys – it can make you feel good! I am not kidding here! Packed with anti-inflammatory compounds, the scientific proof shows that blueberry can reduce pain and increase the production of dopamine!
So yes, try this magical beauty smoothie bowl to enjoy your weekends!
3. Tropical Green Smoothie
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While fruit smoothie is always fun, a green smoothie is always refreshing to eat and makes me feel good afterward. If you are not feeling at your best that morning, make this easy spinach smoothie to make you feel more put together!
Spinach is considered a superfood and it’s a nutritious, leafy green. Besides improving eye health and strengthen our heart’s function, this may decrease the oxidative stress too! When it comes to weight loss benefits, spinach is powerful enough to help convert the bad white “fat” cells into healthy beige cells, which hugely suppress the risk of being obese.
But ladies, always remember don’t eat too much spinach! Due to its rich fiber and nutrients, it may lead to excessive gas and cause bloating! This really depends individually so feel free to explore the right amount for consuming spinach!
4. Blue Spirulina Smoothie
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Isn’t this really aesthetic to look at? I have wanted to make this dreamy light blue smoothie for long since I saw this from Instagram. I always thought this is extremely hard to achieve this light blue but well, all you need is the magic Spirulina! You can always leave some berries and bananas on top. I realized if you add all the dark color toppings, it will look less pop up in photos so always add some light colour ingredients like coconut flakes!
Is it just me but I always feel like making smoothie bowl is one of the best soothing self-care activities in 2020 during lockdown! Always feel so satisfied when I finish my decoration in the morning!
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Let’s be honest here, if you are suffering from bloating or constipation, here is your pitaya smoothie bowl, you are welcome!
I am really glad that more and more people using pitaya these days, as this is a great fruit the many people overlook! Here are some health benefits of Pitaya.
- Promote gut health: Improve the good bacteria in your gut and facilitate the digestion
- Strengthen Immune system: Prevent your body from cells damage and inflamtion
- Rich in nutrients yet very low in calories: With one cup of serving, it’s just 136 calories with 0% fat
6. Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl
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I mean, who doesn’t love matcha smoothie bowl! Matcha has become one of the hottest trend food these days and they are truly packed with loads of benefits. Not only it’s high in antioxidants, prevent cancer and boost brain function, but this can also potentially help you lose weight!
In a survey conducted by Oxford Academic in 2008, the report shows that taking green tea extract during moderate exercise increased fat burning by 17%! That’s incredible! No wonder many weight loss supplements will also state that they have added the “Green tea extract” for their products!
So ladies, if you haven’t try this matcha recipe, you are missing out! T R Y I T !
7. All green avocado smoothie bowl
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Finally, it’s avocado day and you can tell this smoothie will be extremely creaming and almost like ice cream!
The benefit of avocado: With Vitamin C,E, B5, B6, K, and potassium, it is incredibly nutritious to our body. It also loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids and the antioxidants can protect our eyes. Last but not least, it’s high in fiber and low in carbs, which can help us lose weight!
Questions: How to pick the right avocado?
I always look at the 5 warning signs that avocado may turn bad when it comes to picking the right one!
- Overly soft with dented skin
- Blackened skin
- Dark, stringy flesh
- Off flavour or odor
- Mold ( A bit grey on the outside)
Hope that helps!
8. Turmeric Coconut Bowl
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Well, I know turmeric is not everybody’s favorite thing but I have to include this! With these three ingredients, this smoothie is totally anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting. Packed with loads of antioxidants, it’s not only great for your body but also your skin!
Benefit of Turmeric:
Turmeric: It’s a superfood with its natural anti-inflammatory compound. Also, turmeric improves brain function, useful in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and even depression!
Just a side note, if you want a bright skin, you can DIY your own turmeric mask! It’s extremely easy with 3 ingredients – water, turmeric powder and raw honey! I usually put this mask on 15 minutes and wash it off – all I can say is this works wonder to my face!
9. Classic Acai Bowl
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While countless of creative smoothie bowl recipes are showing on our Pinterest feeds every day, let’s not forget about the classic Acai Bowl! This is the first smoothie bowl I’ve ever tried and I LOVE IT.
Known as Nature’s Purple Gold, Acai berries are one of the superfood and here are some benefits.
- Help with weight loss: Loaded with rich fiber, this control out sugar tempting
- Anti-aging: Packed with antioxidants, this prevent wrinkles and saggy skin
- Prevent heart diseases and cancer: Studies show that acai reduce the incidence of bladder cancer
I am a simple girl, if there are some delicious fruit that can slower my skin aging, I will find the food and eat it!
10. Honeydew smoothie bowl
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If you’ve tried all the smoothie bowl recipes above, what about honeydew smoothie? This is such an energy boost in the morning! While many people may not aware of, honeydew melon is extremely nutritious! Here are some of the benefits.
- Help reduce blood pressure: Honeydew melon is a low-sodium and potassium-rich fruit which stabilise the blood pressure levels
- Contribute to bone health: Melon is a great source of folate
- Improve blood sugar control: Melon is a low GI food that minimises the risk of diabetes
- Promote digestion and gut health: Melon is packed with rich fiber
I hope this is a new smoothie idea for you and according to my experience, both kids and adults love this smoothie bowl!
So here are the 10 healthy yet low calories smoothie bowl to try! All these smoothies can be made in 10 minutes and with few ingredients so I really hope you guys can try it out! For me, making a smoothie bowl serves as a reminder for always taking my body as my first priority because this is simply irreplaceable. After all, we are all we eat, and our skin, hair, and body will slowly reflect our diet in long term.
When I was in my early twenties, I don’t think there are food that can be delicious and healthy at the same time. My breakfast by that time was always the instant oatmeal, huge burger and coffee with loads of sugars. Despite being overweight, I just not feeling happy after eating these artificial sugars, I always wanted to crave for more and that is honestly a bit devastating.
In recent years, I am finally back to normal and finally feel more put together and happy after having my rolled oats + smoothie breakfast for most of the days. It’s not just fulfilling in the stomach but also in the heart.
I know I am talking too long here, but what I am trying to say is – TRY THESE SMOOTHIES OUT IF YOU ARE STILL HESITATING!
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