The humble smoothie gets a facelift
One of the newest heath trends is literally changing the way we eat.
You have probably noticed the barrage of beautiful smoothie bowls decorating you Instagram or Pinterest feed and you would be forgiven for wondering when exactly did we ditch our eco-friendly straws for the antique copper spoons.
Due to the influence of social media, food photography is no longer just reserved for the magazines and cook books and the requirement for pretty photogenic food has dramatically increased as people are loving this food porn.
Nowadays thousands of passionate foodies are creating beautiful, delectable images in their own homes and the conundrum of how they make the smoothie look as inspirational as it is nutritional appears to be solved.
What exactly is the 'Smoothie Bowl' and how is it different?
Smoothies are nourishing, energising and packed with antioxidants with the right ingredients! Migrating from the tumbler to the bowl, the increased surface area is just crying out for some superfood toppings to add crunch and texture to your smoothie. That's practically the only difference! Instead of drinking through a straw and filling your tummy quickly, you use a spoon and eat it like soup. This helps to make your smoothie more like a regular 'meal', and slows down the sped you consume it. Great for digestion, and your waistline!
The creativity for your tasty toppings is only limited by your imagination. For me, too much cinnamon is never enough and bee pollen literally looks like you’ve sprinkled gold nuggets on your breakfast – fancy (and expensive)!! The blends are usually thicker, which means more nutrient dense fruits and vegetables and a little less liquefied.
They are definitely different, but totally addictive once you find your favourite mixes!
Smoothie Bowl Ingredient Inspo:
Get some thickness from fruits and vegetables: zucchini is a great veggie to start adding to your smoothies, it is 70% water and helps give your smoothie some liquid without having to add water
Protein Powders: pea, brown rice, or organic grass-fed whey protein (if tolerated) work well. Just a simple, pure blend is all you need
Healthy Fats: Avocado, coconut oil, flaxseed add a deliciously creamy texture and help keep you full!
Milks and yoghurts: Non-dairy options such as coconut, almond, macadamia milks or if you’re feeling a bit luxe, the Coyo coconut yoghurts - they are just divine
Greens: If you've run out of cos, kale, spinach or other greens, or just want to add an extra dose of goodness, pop in a teaspoon of spirulina, chlorella or chlorophyll
Nuts and seeds: chia, walnut, cashew, almond, pepitas and sunflower seeds or butters add some extra protein, healthy fats and fibre
Herbs and Spices: Parsley, mint, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla - all add a touch of flavour and a tonne of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds for your health!
Pretty it up with a mix of toppings:
Berries, figs, and other fresh fruit slices
Acai powder, goji berries,
cacao nibs, bee pollen
Activated buckwheat, quinoa puffs
Shredded coconut or granola
Move over cereal, whether it’s on your own breakfast table or your Instagram feed, these are definitely the prettiest and nutritious breakfast bowls going around!