Build an epic smoothie bowl with these low-calorie recipes using the finest fruits, freshest greens, and more good-for-you ingredients
10 Smoothie Bowl Recipes Under 500 Calories
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Instead of drinking your smoothie through a straw, the latest trend is eating it with a spoon. Introducing: smoothie bowls. The problem? A bowl is so much larger than a cup, meaning you're eating a waaay larger serving size that can quickly rack up calories, fat, and sugar. Although these smoothies do have very healthy ingredients, portions really need to be kept in check. Unhealthy versions of smoothie bowls can easily exceed 1,000 calories and 100 grams of sugar—over 50 percent of the daily recommended calories for most women! Thing is, you might not notice how unhealthy they could be as these smoothie staples are marketed with healthy vocabulary.
You don't have to avoid 'em though! Instead of breaking your calorie bank at breakfast, enjoy one of these 10 fabulous smoothie bowl recipes done right. They all clock in with fewer than 500 calories per serving. (And if smoothie bowls aren't your thing, we have 7 Fresh Smoothies with Fall Fruits and Veggies.)
Vanilla Mango Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
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Packed with healthy ingredients—flax and hemp seeds, mango, oats, and almond milk—this smoothie bowl is a win in the nutrition department. Just make sure to keep the amounts of each ingredient in check—and keep an eye on optional toppings, as that’s where most folks get carried away!
Purple Power Smoothie Bowl
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Many underestimate the flavor of 100 percent Concord grape juice. It’s a delicious flavor to add to your smoothie, and works amazingly with greens like spinach and fruit like strawberries, pineapple, and banana. More good news: Studies have also linked Concord grapes to heart health. (Who knew?)
Green Smoothie Bowl
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This smoothie bowl tastes just as delicious as it looks! That gorgeous green hue comes from spinach and avocado, which serve as the smoothie's base. Topped with berries, nuts, shredded coconut, and chia seed. this sippable breakfast gives your body a whole lot of good stuff first thing in the morning.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl
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Perfect for fall, this smoothie bowl uses 100 percent pumpkin puree (no pumpkin pie mix here, ladies!). So you can expect one stellar ingredient: pumpkin. Skip the added sugar and load up on antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and more. Consider this a win-win for both taste and health.
Blueberry Cacao Smoothie Bowl
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Chocolate can rack up calories quickly. Get that chocolate flavor for fewer calories by using unsweetened cacao powder, which also contains a small amount of minerals and phytochemicals. For additional sweetness, use a date instead of added sugar—it counts as a serving toward your daily recommended amount of fruit!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl
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Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven. Notice, however, the reasonable portions of two of the higher fat ingredients: granola and peanut butter. At an average of 600 calories per cup of granola, 2 tablespoons is all you need to add crunch. And although peanut butter is a super healthy ingredient with protein and healthy fat, each tablespoon weighs in at around 90 calories—so cap PB at 2 tablespoons for a meal-sized smoothie bowl.
Acai Protein Smoothie Bowl
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This smoothie bowl is made with 100 percent açaí juice. Açaí—purple grape-like berries which grow on palm trees in areas like the Amazon—are beautifully-hued berries that contain omega-9 fats, which have been shown to help decrease inflammation. They also contain vitamin A, fiber, iron, and calcium, along with several phytonutrients linked to reducing cholesterol and decreasing immune system stress. Dig in!
Oat Berry Smoothie Bowl
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According to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, half your daily grains should come from whole grains—like the oats found in this fruity smoothie bowl. Just note the serving of the berries and banana—and remember, more doesn’t necessarily mean healthier!
Banana Split Smoothie Bowl
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How cute are these smoothies scooped into ice cream bowls?! Using smaller vessels helps solve the issue of portion size. If you don’t have an ice cream bowl, use an oversized coffee mug. It’s just another trick to help control portions and calories.
Kiwi Sunrise Smoothie Bowl
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Chia is a fabulous ingredient to use in smoothie bowls. Besides adding a healthy dose of omega-3 fats, it also helps thicken the smoothie mixture to make it more like pudding. A win-win!