If you’re not a green smoothie person, adopting the habit can be a tough pill to swallow. The bright crayon color, the grassy taste … we get it. But consider this: Adding leafy greens to your blender adds a ton of nutrients you’re probably not eating as much as you should (hello, vitamin A!) and bulks up the smoothie without adding too many calories or grams of sugar. Plus, casually spooning up a green smoothie bowl basically makes you feel like the healthiest person on the planet.
So what’s the trick to making a green smoothie bowl taste good (without stuffing it with sugary add-ins)? It turns out, it’s really not that hard. For starters, you can basically slip some spinach into any favorite smoothie recipe. Spinach has the most mild flavor out of all the greens, so you may not even detect it. That’s especially true if you’re using fruits with strong flavors, like mango or pineapple.
This green smoothie, created by New York City-based nutritionist Sharon Richter, RD, takes a slightly different approach. Instead of hiding the greens, this green smoothie bowl recipe celebrates them. Filling up on veggies can aid weight loss by keeping the calorie count of your smoothie bowl low. An entire four cups of greens (hearty kale and classic spinach) go into this refreshing, subtly sweet green smoothie that’s perfect for weight loss.
This green smoothie can help you trim pounds thanks to its high-fiber, high-protein, low-calorie combo. Fiber and protein help fuel you and keep you full, so you’ll be less likely to need a second breakfast (err, snack).
If you’re anxious about adding all those greens to your blender, try it with just one cup of spinach the first time and work your way up. And if kale isn’t your thing, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to spinach.
To top this green smoothie bowl for weight loss, play around with whatever’s lying around in your fridge or pantry. Everything in this list of smoothie bowl toppings is about 35 calories each, so mix and match to taste:
Almond Slices – ½ tbsp. (26.5 calories)
Hemp Seeds – ½ tbsp. (27.5 calories)
Strawberries – ½ cup, sliced (27 calories)
Kiwi – 6 slices (30 calories)
Coconut Flakes - sprinkle – ¼ tbsp. (23 calories)
Cacao nibs – 1 tsp. (19 calories)
Cinnamon – ½ tsp. (3 calories)
Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) - ½ tbsp. (24 calories)
Banana – 6 slices (32 calories)
Blueberries – ¼ cup (21 calories)
Blackberries – ½ cup (31 calories)
Goji berries – 1 tbsp. (18 calories)
Raspberries – ½ cup (32 calories)
Flax Seeds - ½ tbsp. (24.5 calories)
Pomegranate seeds - ¼ cup (35 calories)
Matcha powder – 2 tsp. – (24 calories)
Mint leaves – garnish (0 calories)
Mango - three slices – ¼ cup (27 calories)