We started our food Instagram account over 4 years ago, when insta-famous foodies were few and smoothie bowls didn’t exist.
We started our food Instagram account over 4 years ago, when insta-famous foodies were few and smoothie bowls didn’t exist. As time grew by, food art overtook actual nutrition and smoothie bowls became the most gourmet things. Not that we have anything against smoothies and smoothie bowls – in fact we make smoothies all the time ourselves – but the RIGHT WAY.
Whats wrong about them is It’s whats in them and how most people make them. If you look at some of the most popular bowls, they are truly beautiful to look at. Who can not click “like” when you hear it is filled with ‘super-foods’ and has the ‘vegan’ or ‘rawganic’ label attached to it.
But if you break down the typical smoothie bowl to a macronutrient level..ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! You may actually get scared because you have been trying to fill your blender with all the superfood, nut butters and fruit in the world.
Here is what you are actually doing that may sabotage your fat loss efforts:
Generally, the Calories are CRAZY!
Go to most Instagram foodie’s smoothie bowl – and this is what you would typically find in a smoothie bowl: Avocado, Almond milk, frozen banana, almond butter, dates, chia seeds, mango, kiwi and chopped nuts. So what are the numbers?
YIKES: This average described smoothie bowl is equal to around 1500 Calories with over 200 grams carbohydrate and 100 grams of fat! WTF?! If you were dieting you basically wouldn’t be able to eat any more in a day and your fat is more than anyone should consume – thats like 100 grams of butter! Now are you crying?!
The Happy Medium – Pick and choose all your ingredients wisely! Aim to go for less calorie-dense bowls using lighter ingredients such as berries and low fat yoghurt.
Where the Hell is the Protein?!
If you have a look at our Instagram page, all the smoothies and smoothie bowls we have ever done have over 20 grams of protein. Since protein should ideally make up 40% of our diet, where is the protein in these smoothie bowls?
YIKES! If you take the smoothie bowl described earlier,you have basically used all your calories on one bowl So if you couldn’t eat anything else for the rest of the day, without being in a caloric surplus, you would have only eaten around 5% of your protein requirements. Way off balance! Read about the benefits of protein in our previous blog post! We also a list of top 10 vegetarian sources of protein if you are on the vegetarian diet.
High Carb and Sugary Sweeteners you thought were Good!
Most people do not know this but fruit contains high amounts of fructose which is still a sugar. Whether you are eating 50 grams of cereal of 50 grams of fruit – sugar is sugar. So all those bowls and plates loaded with fruit are not as “balanced” as you think.
YIKES! A medium-sized banana is nearly 30 grams of Carbohydrate which is the same 7.5 teaspoons of sugar.
The Happy Medium – Limit the number of fruit you have in a day. Berries are lower in calories and carbohydrate and higher in fibre so those are always a better option. We are not saying fruit is bad – there is no denying the vitamins and anti-oxidants – but you still have too much of a good thing to the point the caloric amounts overtake the nutrient benefits.
B) Dried Fruit
All the dates, apricots, raisins, figs, prunes and craisins you add thinking its healthy and will help you loose weight is actually the biggest sugar bomb!
YIKES! With over 83 grams of carbohydrate for only 100 grams and close to 400 calories, you’ve eaten almost 1/4 of your daily calories and over 2/4 of your daily carb requirements! Shocking we know! But maybe this is another reason why you are not loosing weight!
The Happy Medium – You are better off sticking with smaller amounts of fresh fruit that has no added sugar and is less calorie dense!
Are Superfoods really “Super”?
Based on popular use, fads and marketing gimmicks, foods that would be considered ordinary attain “super status”. Much research has shown that there is no evidence that any individual food can significantly affect your metabolic rate or assist with weight loss. Of course, its good to get your greens, vitamins and minerals in if you turn to high sugar “superfood” juices and eating lots of calorie dense items such as chia seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries etc. These ingredients on top of all the other ones you add to your smoothie bowl are bound to be way over your calories!
YIKES! 100 grams of Chia seeds is 500 calories! Thats already on average 1/4 of most women’s daily caloric intake requirements.
The Happy Medium: You can fill your micro nutrients in less calorie-dense ways. Try having more balanced meals such as a large amount of greens in salads, a limited fruit and if you really want super foods make sure they are portioned!
Healthy Fats are still FAT!
Most foodies go all out when it comes to coconut oil, nut butters and other nuts. Yes these are good for you but at the end of a day – a fat is still a fat! Whether you are eating butter or olive oil, peanut of almond butter, there is still that element of fat which will break down in the same way in your body.
YIKES! 100g of chia seeds has 33 grams of fat which is the same as two and a half tablespoons of butter!
The Happy Medium: Limit the amount of fat you are putting into your smoothie bowl. Ideally – choose one healthy fat at a time and portion it. Also make sure you limit the amount of fat you eat in a day!
SO….To conclude. If you eat too much of anything, even when its a good thing, you will gain FAT! So the next time you try to copy an ‘insta-foodie’s art work, you’ll think twice!