I take you through how to make a smoothie bowl and how you can get the perfect photograph of these beautiful, colourful bowls of goodness.
Smoothies are nothing new to the breakfast table. Ever since we discovered we could easily get in our 5 a day by simply blending it all together, we have been creating new ways of devouring this healthy breakfast. That’s why I’m here to show you how to make a smoothie bowl, so you can explore this creative way to enjoy your favourite smoothies.
How to make a smoothie bowl delicious
Knowing what flavours work and which ones don’t, is pretty much the key to making a delicious smoothie bowl. Try and think of your fruits in categories, for example, as a general rule the majority of berries will work well together, so putting strawberries, raspberries and blackberries together is a winner.
The same can be said for tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple and coconut. Of course, you can always experiment before you throw everything in a blender. Try having a mouthful of your experimental flavours to see how they work together.
The infographic below should give you a few basic flavour combinations to start with, but remember, there’s nothing wrong with experimenting and trying new fruits and veggies.
How to make a thick smoothie bowl
One thing that many people struggle with is how you make a smoothie bowl thick so that your toppings don’t just sink down to the bottom, never to be seen again. The trick is to freeze everything. Every bit of fruit you want to add, freeze it. Then, once you’ve added your frozen fruit to your blender, add around 3-4 cubes of ice.
All this frozen goodness will help to create a thicker and slushier consistency, which will have no trouble supporting the weight of your toppings. Adding frozen bananas to any smoothie is a great way to keep the thickness and if you want an even better chance, throw in 2 tbsp of oats as well.
What toppings should you put on your smoothie bowl?
Choosing your toppings and making your smoothie bowl all pretty and delicious looking is all part of the fun. You want the bowl to look amazing, but taste just as good.
A good way to choose your toppings is to put whatever fruit you’ve blended together, on top. For example, if you’ve used bananas and strawberries, then slice a few up and pop them on.
It’s also a great idea to mix up textures. Add a bit of crunch to your smoothie bowl by adding chopped nuts or granola, this also helps get a few extra carbs in your fruit heavy breakfast.
How to take the perfect picture of your smoothie bowl
The one biggest draw of the smoothie bowl is the fact that you can make it look amazing! Perfect for healthy Instagram feeds.
Creating any sort of flat lay doesn’t have to be rocket science. All it takes is a good source of natural light and a few props. I always have a look at images I like first, to get some ideas of what I want the base to look like and then I choose whatever props make sense and are available to me.
You’ll notice that my images usually consist of a lot of plants because they match the natural and organic feel that I like to pair with my food photography. I also have a ridiculous amount in my flat to work with.
You can use your fruit as props, spoons, flowers, nuts or granola, plates or even your favourite mug filled with delicious coffee.
Knowing how to make a smoothie bowl is a great way to get a healthy start to the day. You could easily get at least 4 of your 5 a day in one sitting!
Have fun with decorating your bowl with colourful toppings and you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast even more than usual. After all, breakfast is the best meal of the day.