Photos by Fred Chang, Words by Kelsey Lloyd
If you haven’t noticed, everyone’s favorite trendy drinks have gotten even trendier. The past two years have seen smoothies migrating from their traditional cups and straws to bowls: this is commonly referred to as the smoothie bowl. But these bowls don’t hold just any old smoothies. Being served in a bowl allows for more creativity with smoothie components and they are typically a thicker consistency, so there’s no need for a straw. And what else makes the smoothie bowl so special? And why should we be eating them?
The bowls allow for smoothie lovers to have their drink and eat it too—meaning you get to add all the fixings you want. Toppings can include fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, and muesli, which includes grains such as oats. The smoothie consistency can be made thicker with added ice, frozen fruits and vegetables, avocado, or nut butters. The added components allow for it to be more balanced with proteins and healthy fats as well as added fiber—so the smoothie bowl can end up being more like a meal. However, it is necessary to exercise caution when creating a bowl. The abundance of add-ins can lead to an overly calorie-dense bowl if you include too many ingredients, i.e.too much granola or nut butter. But as long as you keep it in check, you’ll be well on your way to the smoothie of your dreams.
If you haven’t made your first bowl yet, don’t worry, because it seems like the trend isn’t going anywhere. If anything, it’s picking up momentum. In all honesty, social media probably plays the biggest role in their continued relevance. In a world where aesthetic means everything, the smoothie’s familiar cup and straw just weren’t making the cut anymore. A bowl allows for artistic expression by using various colors, textures, and patterns. A quick Instagram search for #smoothiebowl will show you just what I mean. And if you’re a bit behind on the trend, here’s a recipe to get you started. Add your own flare and be sure to show it off to all your friends.
Lemon Blueberry Smoothie Bowl:
For the Smoothie:
1 (6 oz.) container of lemon Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1-2 tablespoons soy milk (or any milk of choice)
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
2-4 ice cubes
1. Place all smoothie ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour smoothie into a bowl and add toppings as desired.