Breakfast bowls are the hot new way to mix nutrition with presentation for an appealing and healthy start to your day. These picture-worthy bowls are filled with nutrient-rich, balanced meals to give you long-lasting energy, which means they'll easily keep you fueled until lunchtime.
And the best part is, there are as many tips to up your breakfast bowl game as there are health-conscious people to offer them. We've put together a little primer of sorts to get you started on your own breakfast bowl "art-trition" journey or to inspire you to expand on your existing breakfast bowl game.
- Smoothies - Make them extra-thick so toppings won't sink to the bottom.
- Greek Yogurt - Dessert-like texture packed with protein.
- Berry purée – pick your favourite berry for a tangy kick.
- Oatmeal - Whole grain goodness and great texture
- Chia Seed Pudding - Marinate chia seeds overnight in a mixture of coconut milk and maple syrup and in the morning you'll have a plump pudding that resembles tapioca.
- Temper a tangy base like yogurt or a berry purée with sweet ingredients. Try raw honey or maple syrup to sweeten the base itself, or sweeten each bite with dried fruits such as figs, dates, raisins, cranberries or banana chips. Sweet fresh fruits such as bananas or pineapples are also great options.
- Make a tropical bowl using fruits like pineapple, mangoes, citrus sections, papaya and kiwi and a sprinkling of macadamia nuts for a breakfast rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Change your morning up with a savory themed bowl such as Mexican (using beans, salsa and avocado on a nutty quinoa base, with a dollop of sour cream on top). An Asian themed bowl can use oatmeal infused with chicken broth as a base with toppings like scallions, seaweed, sesame seeds and a sunny-side up egg.
- And don't be afraid to mix different tastes in one bowl: sweet, tangy, nutty, etc.
- Add subtle texture with dried bananas, cereals like bran or amaranth flakes, puffed rice or wheat, and popped quinoa.
- For crunch use crushed or whole nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pecans, or toasted seeds like poppy, sunflower, or sesame. Toasted oats are another great crunchy taste.
- Up the nutritional power of your bowl with toppings like cacao nibs, goji berries, bee pollen, peanut powder, nutritional yeast and avocado.
- Add a high-quality all-in-one supplement to boost your protein, vitamins and minerals for the ultimate breakfast nutrition foundation.
- White bowls are the best background to show color and texture. (It's a classic design trick -- white backgrounds make colors and textures "pop".)
- For an earthy presentation, use a wooden bowl sitting atop a woven natural fibre place mat on a wooden surface and include wooden utensils and a few shelled walnuts as props.
- Focus on colour! Not only does a colourful dish look great and photograph well, the more colours in your bowl, the more healthful and nutritious it is.
- For Instagram-worthy photos, consider photographing only half the bowl leaving the other side of the photo white (white tablecloth or place mat) for contrast.
- Use props to bring your photo to life -- things like wooden spoons, natural woven place mats, and even flowers.
- Take a food styling or photography course to help you be more creative in your all-around presentation techniques.
- Artfully arranging your bowls is half the fun, so switch it up every day to keep them interesting, especially if you're a food blogger or just like displaying your works of art on Instagram. Let your creativity run wild!
Try some of the ideas we've put together and experiment with some of your own. A delicious, nutritious breakfast bowl is a great step toward improving your diet and inspiring your family to do the same. Kids love fun food, so try some kid-styled bowls using healthy bases and healthy toppings to make designs like stick-figure people, trees with nut bases and berry leaves, etc. Above all, have fun!
Resources: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/breakfast/healthy-breakfast-bowls.html and http://healthyandpsyched.com/lifestyle/expert-tips-insta-worthy-breakfast-bowl/ and http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/smoothie-bowl and http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/healthy-nutritious-brunch-cult-breakfast-trend-smoothie-juice-bowl-recipes