Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Next Level Smoothies: Artfully Garnished Smoothie Bowls a Social Media Trend

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Next Level Smoothies: Artfully Garnished Smoothie Bowls a Social Media Trend

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Colourful smoothie bowls take over social media

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TORONTO - People who crave more crunch and texture in a smoothie are swapping straws for spoons and eating the ingredients out of a bowl.

Colourful smoothie bowls -- basically a concoction of a fruit and vegetable puree topped by an arrangement of fresh fruit, nuts and seeds -- are artful creations being eagerly shared by their creators on social media.

"They're beautiful to photograph and people are so into photographing their food these days, sharing it on Pinterest or Instagram, so something that doesn't require a lot of effort, tastes good and is easy on the eyes, looks good in a photograph, you've got a win there," says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.

They're also a healthy way to eat, says Elaine Nessman, who shares her smoothie bowl creations -- strawberry chia, tropical turmeric, carrot cake and mocha almond are some examples -- on her blog Flavour and Savour.

"We've had it drilled in to us by nutritionists that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for years and years and I can hide healthy ingredients like kale in a smoothie bowl even though I wouldn't normally have something like that for breakfast," Nessman says from Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island.

They're quick to whip up and interesting too.

"I can create a variety of flavour and texture combinations with whatever I have in the fridge or whatever's in the garden or whatever I'm in the mood for that day," Nessman adds. "The other thing I really like is they keep me full for hours because I add a lot of protein-rich foods like hemp and chia into them."

That satiation factor appeals to Rosenbloom.

"Some people find that when they drink their breakfast, just have a smoothie and they drink it, they don't feel as full because we tend not to feel full from liquids the way we do from solids or from something that we chew," says Rosenbloom, president at Toronto-based communications company Words to Eat By. …

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