When I first moved to Bali I used to have #Smoothiebowls everyday for breakfast, these beautiful, ‘grammable breakfasts.
But how healthy are they really?
Smoothie bowls can be a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to start your day or help you refuel after a workout.
But the aspects of this colorful breakfast can quickly turn into high-calorie sugar bombs if you’re not careful.
Many of these bowls contain as much sugar, calories and carbs as several glazed doughnuts. And that’s before you add the fun and delicious toppings and Nutrition facts don’t lie.
Determining what makes a healthy diet differs slightly for everyone depending on body type, activity level and other factors.
A well-balanced meal should have fats, sugars, carbs and protein to get more of a slow release and keep a stable breakdown in the body.
Most of Smoothie bowl’s sugar content comes from fruit, and yes, are “natural sugar” but there’s not much protein, fat or fiber to balance it out.
It will hit your bloodstream, spiking and then dropping your blood sugar quickly, leading to that shaky, dizzy feeling a few hours later.
So it’s a lot of calories poorly distributed since they mostly come from carbs and you’ll end up hungry again, sooner than later.
And even if you add healthy fats and protein-rich ingredients like nut butter or protein powder will up that protein quotient, but watch out for your calorie count.
Another inconvenience comes also with blending that breaks down fiber, which may decrease foods’ satiety.
To create a filling, healthier and balanced smoothie bowl. I recommend using only one type of frozen fruit as the base for your smoothie bowls alongside protein powder or greek yogurt.
But there are also superfood meal smoothies powders I prefer of which I have been using for one year now and love. They are ready to use, already containing a perfect macro and micro ratio so you don’t have to think too much.
Then you can top it with healthy, sugar-free toppings like unsweetened shredded coconut, cacao nibs, seeds or dried fruit with no added sugar.
Which one would you choose?