This article is courtesy of trainer Yami Mufdi of PrettyFit. Check out their sites for more recipes, nutrition and fitness tips, and to learn about their fitness products for women.

With smoothie bowls being the new “fitspo” thing to try these days, it could be very easy to mistake a smoothie bowl as a “low-calorie” diet food.

And while they could be still be considered as “clean” or even “organic,” they could pack on the pounds if you’re not careful with what you’re adding to your bowl recipe.

Here are the only ingredients you need to make your next smoothie bowl not only delicious, but also waistline-friendly!

  • Ice
  • Non-dairy milk (almond milk or cashew milk)
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan gum (thickening agent)
  • Protein powder and/or fruit
  • Sweetener of choice


Blueberry Vanilla Protein Peanut Butter

Using these five ingredients provides the most volume and gives you the best taste for the fewest calories.

Here is an example of one of my favorite smoothie bowls:


1 Packet PrettyFit Whey Vanilla Protein

1.5 cups of ice

1 tsp. Xanthan gum

1 cup unsweetened cashew milk

¼ cup blueberries

15g Powdered peanut butter

1 cup spinach

2 Packets of Truvia


Nutritional Information: 221 Calories, 12g Carbs, 35g Protein, 4g Fat

Give this recipe a try or turn your favorite protein-packed smoothie recipe into a bowl recipe. Remember, you don’t need to add every single ingredient under the sun to make a great smoothie bowl. Keep it simple and it will be just as tasty! Enjoy!