4 Gut-Melting Green Smoothie Bowls
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Your Instragram feed hasn’t been lying to you. Plates are dead. So are cups. Bowls are taking over. And yes, smoothies have gotten the bowl makeover too. No need to panic when trading in your favorite stripy swirly sippy straw for a spoon, though. For people looking to lose some weight, this Smoothie 2.0 could possibly help them get there faster.

That’s because hunger and weight loss simply do NOT get along. Feeling perpetual hunger means less will power and resistance along with more intense cravings for precisely the types of foods that make you gain weight. Eventually, constant hunger almost always wins and leads to weight loss failure.

That’s why the best weight loss diet is the kind that leaves you feeling good and satisfied all day long. A 2011 study showed that thicker smoothies led people to feel far more full and satiated than thinner beverages did, even when both drinks contained the exact same number of calories. Participants that drank the thicker smoothie reported feeling twice as full as participants drinking the thinner smoothie.

This is why thickening up your smoothie – thick enough to pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon – may help you lose weight more effectively, by leading you to feel more full and satiated from consuming less calories, the study suggests. Another study found that eating a smoothie, rather than drinking it, helped to send more accurate satiation signals to the brain, which helped people identify when they had had enough to eat more quickly.

For fantastic tips on how to thicken up your smoothie while rocket launching its weight loss powers, read this.

And while kicking up the green factor in your smoothie bowl takes it to an entirely new level of weight loss, health, vitality and high energy potential, the thought of spooning a freshly mowed lawn into your mouth makes many put up the red light instead.

Rest assured, green smoothies have come a long way since stepping into the limelight. Taste these creamy green smoothies, and you’ll go green for good.

4 Fat-Torching Green Smoothies to Boost Your Health & Weight Loss

 

Green Blueberry Banana Bowl

½ cup almond milk

1 cup spinach, washed and torn

1 cup kale, washed and torn

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 frozen banana, sliced

¼ ripe avocado

1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)

Pour liquid into the blender first. Blend in all of the greens until smooth. Then add in the fruit and spirulina powder. Continue blending until smooth and creamy.

Optional Toppings: whole or sliced berries, almond slivers, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, goji berries, drizzle of nut butter or tahini, etc.

Makes about 4 cups

Nutrition Facts per cup: 75 calories/2g total fat (0g saturated fat)/14g total carbs (3g dietary fiber)/2g protein

 

Super Greens Coco-Mango Bowl

1 cup spinach, washed and torn

1 cup micro-greens or green sprouts

1 cup mango, diced and frozen

1 banana, sliced and frozen

1 Tbsp chia seeds

¾ cup light coconut milk

½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice or store-bought orange juice with pulp

½ cup ice chips

Pour liquid into the blender first. Blend in all of the greens until smooth. Then add in the chia seeds, frozen fruit and ice chips and continue blending until smooth and creamy.

Optional Toppings: whole or sliced berries, almond slivers, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, goji berries, drizzle of nut butter or tahini, etc.

Makes about 4 cups

Nutrition Facts per cup: 100 calories/3 g total fat (2g saturated fat)/19g total carbs (4g dietary fiber)/2g protein

 

Green Goddess Protein Smoothie Bowl

1 cup almond milk

1 cup spinach, washed and torn

1 cup kale, washed and torn

½ cup micro-greens or green sprouts

½ cup strawberries, sliced and frozen

½ cup raspberries, washed and frozen

½ cup cranberries, frozen

½ cup blueberries, frozen

¾ cup no-fat Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp flax seeds

1 Tbsp natural almond butter

1 scoop SLIMQUICK Pure Protein French Vanilla ®

Pour liquid into the blender first. Blend in all of the greens until smooth. Then add in the flax seeds, almond butter and protein powder. Then blend in the frozen fruit and continue blending until smooth and creamy.

Optional Toppings: whole or sliced berries, almond slivers, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, goji berries, drizzle of nut butter or tahini, etc.

Makes about 5 cups

Nutrition Facts per cup: 101 calories/3g total fat (0g saturated fat)/11g total carbs (4g dietary fiber)/8g protein

Morning Detox Breakfast Bowl

1 cups filtered water

1 cups spinach (or other dark leafy green), washed and torn

1 cups kale (or other dark leafy green), washed and torn

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, washed and torn

3 stalks celery, chopped and frozen

1 green apple, sliced and frozen

1 green Anjou pear

1 kiwi, skinned, chopped, frozen

1 banana, sliced and frozen

Juice from ½ lemon

Pour the liquid into the blender first. Blend in all of the greens until smooth. Then add in the frozen fruit and lemon juice and continue blending until smooth and creamy.

Optional Toppings: whole or sliced berries, almond slivers, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, granola, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, goji berries, drizzle of nut butter or tahini, etc.

Makes about 5 cups

Nutrition facts per cup: 77 calories/0g total fat/19g total carbs (3g dietary fiber)/1g protein

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