When you’re on-the-go and need a nutritious snack. Sipping on a smoothie or tucking into a smoothie bowl can be a great option. The question is, how do you make it tasty yet healthy? 

What’s the Difference Between a Smoothie and a Smoothie Bowl?

All in all, they are quite similar. However, a smoothie bowl has a little more fibre in it, which makes the smoothie firmer. Hence why you eat it from a bowl, with a spoon rather than drink it from a glass.

Why Should You Give a Smoothie Bowl a Try?

smoothie bowl | Longevity LIVE If you need something a little more substantial to fill you up, a smoothie bowl can be a great option. Not to mention you can top it with a lot more goodies such as fresh nuts, seeds, fruit and coconut.

How to Make One

If you want to make a smoothie bowl, simply reduce the amount of liquid from your standard smoothie recipe and add some extra oat bran.

Building a Smoothie

Inspired by the Louise Parker Method: Lean for Life 

There’s a little trick to making a proper, healthy and tasty smoothie. Luckily, it’s simple advice to follow and easy to do in a short amount of time.

 

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Greek Yoghurt

1. Get your protein

Protein makes up the building blocks for almost your entire body. Some of the most essential functions it has includes, expending energy so that you can digest food as well as maintain healthy muscles.

What to use: Greek yoghurt | protein powder (whey, pea, vegan) | tofu | soy yoghurt 

 

 

Oat bran

2. Add some fibre

Soluble fibre dissolves in the water in your digestive system and boosts your bowel health. It can also help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

What to use: Oat bran (it has 50% more fibre that regular oats) 

 

 

 

smoothie bowl

Natural nut butter

3. Decide if you want to use an extra healthy fat

Healthy fats are made up of unsaturated fats and omega fatty acids. They are essential to help reduce your risk of type II diabetes, body inflammation, insulin resistance and many more ailments.

What to use: seeds | nuts | oil blends | natural nut butters 

 

If you would like to find out more about what fats you should be eating, follow this link… 

Frozen berries

4. Pick a Lower-GI Carb

High GI (glycemic index) foods, are quickly broken down and absorbed by the body and result in your blood sugar levels spiking. Whereas Low GI foods are broken down and absorbed more slowly into your blood stream and result in a steady rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. This means that they can fuel you steadily throughout the day and still allow you to burn through your fat storage.

What to use: frozen fruits | fresh fruits 

5. Choose if you want it in a bowl

At this point, you can choose if you want to make a smoothie bowl by simply adding more fibre and reducing the amount of liquid.

6. Get decorating

It’s time for toppings. This is one of the most creative, and fun parts of compiling your smoothie, not to mention the fact that it gives your snack a bit of extra texture and flavour.

Some nice topping options include:

  • Fruit (e.g. dried or fresh – slices of apple, pears, kiwi, passionfruit, peaches or berries)
  • Fruit rind (e.g. lemon, lime or orange)
  • Nuts and seeds (e.g. cashew nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds or pecans)

Topping options

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Marina Wildt

Marina Wildt is the Beauty & Fitness Editor at Longevity Magazine. She has a keen focus on the science behind beauty and aspires to always bring the latest innovations in these fields to the public and put forward reliable and trustworthy advice. In her spare time she likes to cook, do yoga and travel wherever she can.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.