SMOOTHIE BOWLS: FIT OR FATTENING?
It’s the new trend on Instagram. Those beautiful, colorful, fruity bowls topped with granola, coconut, agave, and fruit. A couple of filters later, and it’s the most beautiful Instagram photo on your feed. But these smoothie bowls can be deceiving. One smoothie bowl can even set you back up to 600 calories and 130 grams of sugar. To put it in perspective, one can of coke has 33 grams of sugar, so these smoothie bowls are like drinking more than four cans of coke!
This is not to say all smoothie bowls are bad, though. There are a few ways to make sure the smoothie bowl you want is both healthy, filling, and low in sugar. It might even still make for a pretty photo!
Tricky Toppings: Toppings like honey, granola, dried fruit, and shredded coconut add unnecessary calories. Instead of picking the prettiest toppings, try going for seeds and nuts. Almonds are a particularly great choice for toppings. If honey, granola, or coconut are added for texture, try to keep the portions small and healthy.
Grind in Greek Yogurt: Instead of juices or milk, try basing the smoothie bowl with a plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. It is packed with protein and is low in calories. Though the taste is a little tart, the natural sweetness of the fruits should even it out. If not, add some no-calorie sweetener.
Love the Labels: Check and compare the labels of everything before it is put into the smoothie bowl. More than the calories, make sure to check carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. Choose the lowest possible for the healthiest smoothie!
Smoothie bowls are a great way to get in all (or most) of the fruit and vegetable servings for the day. As long as you take care to keep the sugar and fat low, they are a great, tasty treat! For more information on the best kinds of smoothie bowls, contact CORE Physical Therapy today!