We all love a nice cold and refreshing morning smoothie, but you’ll love your smoothies EVEN MORE when you discover how you can transform them into NanaBowls… the smoothie bowls that are nutritious and freakin’ delicious! NanaBowls has put together their 5 must-haves in your smoothies to help you realize just how much healthier, and TASTIER your morning smoothie 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 we’re tucking into a nutritionally balanced meal (and not just a bowl of fruit puree).
For the perfect balanced brekkie, try adding 20g of protein powder into your smoothie blend. Plant proteins like brown rice, hemp and pea are best as they’re dairy free so they won’t leave you feeling bloated like many whey and dairy based proteins tend to.
This simple addition will have you powered up for the rest of the day, whilst also making smoothie bowls the perfect workout fuel for all you gym bunnies and flexi yogis 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 glucose. 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 morning smoothie 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 try to limit other liquids in 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, runny 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 upgrade your morning smoothie bowl today! If you guys try these smoothie hacks at home, don’t forget to tag @NanaBowls and @miaharrisnutrition and let us know what you think!
Salted Tahini and Almond Butter NanaBowl
We’re so excited to be sharing this Salted Tahini and Almond Butter NanaBowl recipe with you guys. For everyone in summer right now, this recipe is a necessity! Think thick, cold, creamy, indulgent and crunchy all in one — what a dream! This smoothie bowl has absolutely no dairy, gluten or added sugars (not even dates or honey), so it’s safe for all you fitness enthusiasts, yogis and health gurus. It’s 100% natural, nutritious and freakin’ delicious!
2 frozen bananas (peeled and chopped)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
20g plant-based protein powder (we use sprouted brown rice, hemp or pea)
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon maca powder
-¼ teaspoon himalayan salt
Blend all the ingredients together using a top loading, high-power blender, adding a splash of cold water to help blend if you need. Mix using your blender plunger until a thick, smooth and creamy consistency forms. Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings - we love a sprinkle of bee pollen, a drizzle of tahini, half a caramelized banana in coconut oil, and lots of crunchy toasted coconut chips.
So #GrabASpoon and enjoy! If you guys make this one at home, don’t forget to tag @NanaBowls and @miaharrisnutrition and let us know what you think!
P.S. Feel free to share this with any of your smoothie loving friends!