Smoothie bowls are currently taking over our social media and we have to admit they look delicious! But are these colourful fruit filled bowls actually good for us? At Naed Nutrition we get excited about breakfast, the endless array of options that start your day in a positive way and fuel yourself for the day ahead; smoothies have to be one of our favourites. Smoothies are a fantastic fast and convenient breakfast option especially for those on the go, simply prep and portion your smoothies and freeze in zip lock bags for the week ahead to grab out in morning, blitz and go!
When preparing smoothies limit yourself to one piece or 1/2 -1/4 cup of fruit, try to add some greens like a handful of kale or baby spinach, and add a protein source; whether a scoop of a good quality protein powder (we recommend Boomers Whey Protein Isolate) or 1-2tbs of LSA mix or mixed unsalted nuts and seeds. By adding a protein source to your smoothie you assist to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, stay fuller for longer, and create a slow release energy that will last you well into morning tea.
A smoothie bowl is essentially a smoothie poured into a bowl topped with an array of fruits, nuts, and seeds. They can be a delicious meal eaten any time of the day filled with an array of nutrients, just ensure you don't add too many toppings as you have already blitzed up your requirements in the smoothie, therefore by adding an additional array of toppings you are essentially adding extra calories that you may not require, depending on your activity level for the day. The recipe below details a smoothie bowl of a healthy portion size!
1 scoop of protein powder
1/4 cup of berries or 1 piece of fresh fruit
2 handfuls of baby spinach or kale
150mL unsweetened unflavoured almond milk
1 tbl natural probiotic yogurt
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp roughly chopped walnuts
Blend protein powder, berries/fruit, spinach/kale, unsweetened almond milk and yogurt in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts. Enjoy!