We all love a nice cold refreshing smoothie, but you’ll love your smoothies even more when you discover how you can transform them into NanaBowls… the anytime smoothie bowls that smash nutrition! Here at NanaBowls we’ve put together our 5 top-tips to help you realise just how much healthier, and TASTIER smoothie bowls can be.

Power fuel for those buns and biceps

First off, let’s talk protein. We always add a good clean protein powder to our NanaBowls to guarantee that we’re tucking into a nutritionally balanced meal (and not just a bowl of fruit puree). Whether you’re having smoothie bowls for brekkie, lunch or dinner, try adding 20g of protein powder into your smoothie blend. Vegan proteins like pea, brown rice and hemp are best as they’re dairy free they won’t leave you feeling bloated like many whey and dairy based proteins tend to. This simple addition ensures you hit your daily protein intake, whilst also making smoothie bowls the perfect workout fuel for all you gym bunnies out there!

No added sugar, not even dates or honey

Sugar is one of our favourite topics (we could literally talk about it for hours)! See here’s the problem. If you’re suffering from bloating or gut issues, added sugars (whether refined or natural) may just just be feeding the problem. Literally! To starve off that inflammatory bloat try avoiding all that sugary business. It’s goodbye syrups, sweeteners and dried fruit (even dates and honey are out)! “But sweetness is my weakness” we hear you cry! Well how about embracing the natural sweetness of a frozen banana or two? The natural fibre in bananas slows down the energy uptake, helping you avoid those sugar spikes. Plus the added creaminess frozen bananas bring to your blend is simply mind-blowing!

Healthy fats flatten sugar spikes and energy slumps

There’s sugar in every smoothie bowl. Yes it’s fructose. And yes it’s natural. But it all still raises your insulin levels. When insulin is high, our bodies hold onto body fat. Here’s the secret weapon you can add to any and every smoothie bowl to avoid this problem… Healthy fats. A spoonful of coconut oil or a splash of coconut milk will do the trick, and if you don’t like coconuts, that’s cool too. Go for flavourless coconut oil or half an avocado. These good fats will keep your sugar, energy and insulin levels stable and help you avoid those dreaded energy slumps and food comas. This nutrition hack is what makes NanaBowls incredibly special. Revolutionary in fact.

Some like it smooth…

Apart from a dash of coconut oil or coconut milk, we don’t add any other liquids to our blends. Provided you add frozen fruits and a frozen banana or two, your blend will come out nice and thick with a creamy consistency. Give it a go. It’s like smooth soft serve ice cream… but even better as it’s dairy free!

…Others like it crunchy!

Go ahead, run wild and trim your smoothie bowl with toppings galore! We’re talking crunchy granola, sticky peanut butter, juicy berries and chewy superfoods like bee pollen. These extras are the cherry on top of your bowl of heaven! Plus, for all you food bloggers out there, topping with a little extra texture makes even the simplest smoothie bowls instantly Insta-worthy. Watch your ‘likes’ rocket up every time you add a bit more crunch! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to #GrabASpoon and start creating some all day smoothie bowls.

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