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"Polished In A Pinch:" Smoothie Bowl Styling

Posted by Libbie Summers on Thu, Jun 15, '17

 If you’re like me, you can’t log onto any of your social media accounts without seeing hundreds of colorful smoothie bowls in your feed. It’s the trendiest thing to eat before noon. Truth be told, apart from these Fancy Donuts, a perfectly styled smoothie bowl could possibly be the most beautiful breakfast I’ve ever served. AND, it’s the one dish that always gets a crazy amount of “oohs and ahhs."

My recipe for a smoothie bowl is easy. I like to mix and match ingredients depending on what fruit is in season. 1 cup frozen fruit/or spinach + 1 frozen banana + ½ cup liquid + 1 tablespoon nut butter/or sweetener and adjust to taste. The real secret is how to style them!

I’m sharing a few of my food styling tips to help your smoothie bowls become works of edible art and gain you your own oohs and ahhs!

Welcome to our latest installment of "Polished In A Pinch," our new weekly lifestyle series with Creative Culinary Director, Libbie Summers. Each week, Libbie shares a new hack, tip, or recipe to take things to the next level in a short amount of time.


The Strawberry Swirl

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What you need: Strawberry Smoothie, Halved Strawberries, Granola, Pumpkin Seeds, Yogurt and Water.

What to do: In a squeeze bottle, add 3 tablespoons of yogurt and enough water to make a thin mixture (about a runny milkshake consistency). Fill bowl with strawberry smoothie. Dot one side of the smoothie with a few dots of the yogurt mixture. Use the back of a spoon to swirl the yogurt mixture just on the surface of the smoothie. On the other side of the bowl, arrange the strawberry halves and granola. Finish with seeds.

The Mango Flower Power 

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What you need: Mango Smoothie, Sliced Kiwi, Edible Flowers and Flake Coconut. 

What to do: Fill bowl with mango smoothie. Add sliced kiwi to one side of the bowl. Place edible flowers around the kiwi in a crescent shape. Finish with a light sprinkle of coconut.

The Painted Purple Flower

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What you need: Blueberry Smoothie and Yogurt.

Equipment: Squeeze bottle, small clean flat craft paintbrush.

What to do: Fill bowl with blueberry smoothie. In a squeeze bottle mix 3-4 tablespoons with yogurt and add just enough water to thin the mixture down. Squeeze the yogurt mixture onto the top of the blueberry smoothie in a squiggle half circle pattern 2 inches from the side of the bowl (watch video above and you’ll completely understand). Working around the squiggle, use the clean paint brush to make small strokes pulling down from the yogurt into the smoothie. Make a smaller squiggle half circle inside the other and use the same method of pulling the paint brush through the yogurt. Dot the middle with yogurt to finish the flower.

The Seed Bull’s Eye 

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What you need: Spinach Avocado Smoothie, black sesame seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds and flake coconut.

Equipment: 3 different sized ring molds (optional…you could do this free hand)

What to do: Fill bowl with Spinach Avocado smoothie. Place the smallest ring mold in the center of the bowl. Place the next sized ring mold around it. Finally, place the third size ring mold around the second. Fill the smallest mold with chia seeds, next size with sesame seeds and third with black sesame seeds. Carefully remove molds. Sprinkle the coconut around the rim of the bowl.


I’d LOVE to see how you decorate your smoothie bowls! Smoothie bowls are one of the most instagrammable healthy foods. Tag your photos #terraskitchen to share with us on social media.


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Topics: Recipes, Lifestyle