SMOOTHIE BOWL 101

What craving is nutrition Expert Kari Ikemoto absolutely obsessed with? Smoothie bowls of course!  Read on as Kari shares the basics of making your own nutrient-packed smoothie bowls!

I have a certified obsession with smoothie bowls.

Take a smoothie and top it with delicious, antioxidant rich toppings, add a dose of protein and your post workout smoothie is ten times better!

However, store-bought smoothie bowls are expensive, higher in sugar, and will often charge extra to add protein or greens. Along with the high price, many store-bought smoothie bowl can have more calories than an ice cream cone or a hamburger at a fast food restaurant.

To ensure you are creating and eating a nutrient-dense instead of a calorie-dense smoothie bowl, follow these 3 main rules:

1.  Veggies
2.  Protein
3.  Non-juice base

Start with a water base, 2 heaping handfuls of greens, and addition of a protein source (protein powder, almonds, Greek yogurt). This ensures your smoothie base is nutrient-dense to slow down digestion and stabilize blood sugars to stay satisfied until your next meal.

Here’s a quick recipe idea for your next bowl! 

Power Green Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients  that help your body fight inflammation, stabilize blood sugars, and keep you satiated for hours. Choose antioxidant rich topping choices that add color and nutrition so you can feel good about what you’re fueling your body with.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup kale (packed)
  • 1 packet acai
  • 1/2 c mixed frozen berries
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 scoop greens powder with added pre & pro biotics
  • 3 pieces of frozen peaches
  • 1/4 c almond milk plus more as needed to help blend
TOPPING CHOICES
  • 2 TBS granola
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • pomegranate seeds
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • California grown kiwi
For more on Kari’s smoothie obsession, head on over and read more here.

Kari Ikemoto, RD is a Los Angeles-based Registered Dietitian whose goal is to help people across all spectrums of life to live healthier lives through food and nutrition. By encouraging and motivating others to cook real, whole foods, Kari focuses on creating meals that matter and help one start eating intuitively and mindfully. Learn more about Kari and make a visit to Kari On Nutrition.

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