Bright and beautiful, smoothie bowls are the most instagrammable breakfast food. Many people switch out their toast and jam for a nutritious smoothie bowl in a bid to lose weight, but are smoothie bowls actually low-calorie?

Smoothie bowls are a great way to sneak your five a day into one meal.

They are packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins, but they can also be also high in sugar and calories.

Fruit is full of sugar, and so are some of the traditional toppings such as cacao nibs and coconut flakes.

If you eat this every single day, you may find that you put on weight rather than lose it.

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Picking your fruit wisely is a smart way to reduce the calories in the bowl.

Avoid using calorie-heavy fruits like bananas and some fried fruits.

Stick to low calorie fruits like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, grapefruit, pineapple, blueberries and oranges.

Alternatively, try making a green bowl with low-cal fruits and veg such as celery, a tiny bit of avocado, spinach, kale, and some colourful fruits.

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Switch out nutella drizzle and sugary granola for some low-calorie toppings.

Try a tablespoon of almonds for 33 calories, or a tablespoon of chia seeds for 59 calories.

The best toppings for weight loss are probably unsweetened coconut flakes (24 calories per tablespoon) and raisins (27 calories per tablespoon).

Other seeds such as sunflower and hemp seeds are great too.

Nuts are always a good option, so try walnuts, cashews or pistachios on your smoothie bowl.

source: express.co.uk

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