Four Ideas For Lower Carb Smoothie Bowls

healthy eating Jun 08, 2018

Smoothie bowls are a great way to get more nutrients into your diet and have a pretty, filling breakfast you are happy with. Unfortunately, plenty of smoothie bowls are loaded with dairy and sugar, which you can't have if you are on a low carb diet. These smoothie bowls allow you to have this fruits and veggie bowl in the morning without adding a lot to your carbs for the day.

Use Almond Milk

The first option you have for your low-carb smoothie bowl is to replace the regular milk with almond milk. One cup of low-fat milk has about 12 grams of carbohydrates, while a cup of unsweetened almond milk has 0 net carbs.

Just make certain you choose the unsweetened variety, as there will be some carbs in the sweetened version. You can also try using a small amount of unsweetened coconut milk if you prefer the taste of that to almond milk.

Skip the Yogurt

Another ingredient that smoothie bowls typically have that will be a little too high in carbs is the yoghurt. Yoghurt is not always included in smoothie bowls, but it frequently is to make it nice and creamy, as well as to thicken it up a little.

If you see yoghurt in a recipe and just want to replace it, you can try a low-sugar yoghurt, like a good old plain Greek yoghurt. These do have some carbs, but its minimal compared to your low-fat sweetened counterparts.

Add Low-Carb Protein Powder

Some of the reasons you have ingredients in a smoothie bowl that are not low carb-friendly, like bananas and yoghurt, is because you are trying to thicken it up. The smoothie bowl ought to be thicker to make sure that you can pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon, instead of a thinner smoothie you eat with a straw.

To accomplish the thickness without the banana, which is about 25 net carbs each, you can try some low-carb protein powder instead. There are unflavoured and flavoured varieties, giving you a bunch of different options.

Go Heavy on the Veggies

While there are many delicious fruits that taste wonderful in smoothies and smoothie bowls, a lot of them are too high in carbs to make this a worthwhile breakfast for you.

The very best low-carb fruits to use are berries, like strawberries and raspberries and blueberries which are a superfood. Most other fruits you should skip. However, you can turn it into a greens smoothie with veggies that are low in carbs like avocado, kale, and spinach.

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