Smoothie Bowls

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I have been a bit obsessed with making these smoothie bowls lately. I fell in love with them after trying an Acai bowl from a local place here called The Bowl. I haven’t purchased Acai powder yet but this recipe is still packed with antioxidants and plenty of greens to start your day (or end your night) on the right foot! I actually used to make this smoothie base every single day but am more frequently tossing it in a bowl because the toppings make it that more delicious. The key to a thick consistency is using as little orange juice as possible with lots of frozen berries. Start with the recipe below and if you’d like it a little less thick you can always add more juice.

I’m on maintenance now so I can handle all the carbs but if you’re short on carbs either omit the banana or only use half the amount. This means you can use a little less OJ so start with 3 oz and add as needed. The spinach and berries are so low cal there’s no need to reduce those, plus that’s where you get most of the nutrition from! You can top it whatever toppings please you. A few ideas would be: sliced banana, chia seeds, hemp seeds, other berries, and honey. You could also add protein powder or Greek yogurt to the smoothie base for added protein. Happy flexible dieting!

Recipe:

Base:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 30g protein powder (I used Optimum Nutrition whey- vanilla ice cream)
  • 100g banana (omit for drastically less carbs)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 4 oz orange juice

Toppings:

  • 50g blueberries
  • 25g granola (I used Back to Nature Apple Cinnamon Granola Clusters
  • 10g unsweetened shredded coconut

Macros (for smoothie base): 358 calories, 3g fat, 56g carbs, 28g protein, 8g fiber

Macros (for toppings):  209 calories, 10g fat, 25g carbs, 2g protein, 5g fiber

Macros (total for entire recipe): 567 calories, 13g fat, 81g carbs, 30g protein, 13g fiber

 

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