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Emily L Returns With a Vengeance

November 2, 2018

What a week it’s been. How is it already Friday? And how is it that on November 2 in Albany, NY that it’s going to get up to 70 degrees today? Don’t answer that last one. It’s a rhetorical question. Really, I just wanted to document the weather for posterity.

That and it is also a good segue into today’s guest post from Emily L who has been absent from the FLB lately. Her quest for the perfect eggs benny isn’t over, it’s just on pause. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have thoughts on food to share.

We sat down for lunch earlier this week, and somehow we got on the topic of smoothie bowls. I’m not sure if people will continue to eat these things as the temperature drops. But on a warmer day like this, after a good workout, maybe you would be tempted to enjoy one.

Although first, you might want to read Emily’s thoughts on the matter.

Smoothie Bowl Hater

I know, I know. I have been failing at my eggs benny mission. But it’s that time of year I feel like I can barely catch my breath much less make time for brunching. I have a ton of places on my list to visit, but simply need the time on a Sunday again to get out and search. But Daniel has encouraged me to continue to write about my egg-less food brunches. Today, I chose to go on a food rant.

In the Capital Region, we have seen in influx in recent months of the latest food trend, smoothie bowls. While I have love for many millennial food trends (avocado toast for life), I HATE smoothie bowls. For so many reasons. Here is my list:

1) Eating a smoothie with a spoon defeats the entire purpose of a smoothie

Webster’s dictionary defines a smoothie as a creamy beverage made of fruit blended with juice, milk, or yogurt. A beverage should not be eaten with a spoon nor does it come in bowl form. You would never see a “diet coke bowl” or a “coffee bowl”; a “smoothie bowl” cannot longer be defined as a smoothie. Perhaps “fruit blended bowl” would be a more accurate title.

2) Food is more than aesthetics

Bright and colorful with perfectly spread drizzled toppings, these smoothie bowls seem to be more about being photographed than how they actually taste. I was standing outside one of these shops earlier this summer and every single person was taking the perfect picture of their bowl for Instagram instead of actually eating it. If you search on Instagram for #smoothiebowl, you will get over 1.7 million results. Me? I’ll take the big pile of disgusting looking but delicious tasting veggies from my favorite Chinese food restaurant or the smooshed up mini hotdog from Mike’s any day. It may be #badfoodporn but I don’t care; I am in it for the taste.

3) Smoothie bowls are not healthy

Stop trying to kid yourself. You may enjoy the taste of a smoothie bowl, but don’t try to convince me it is healthy. Here is the breakdown of one of the most popular area smoothie bowls:
– Açaí  frozen puree
– Organic granola
– Peanut butter
– Banana
– Strawberry
– Blueberry
– Coconut Flakes
– Cocoa nibs
– Agave

Using modest suggested serving sizes (which they likely are using way more), you are looking at over 1,000 calories with over 80% of your daily suggested sugar. Calorie wise, you would be better off ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle. Sugar intact, you would be better off ordering three Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

4) They aren’t even cheap

I could maybe look past my other points if it had a cheap price point. But averaging over $10 each, it simply is not justifiable to me.

So the next time you find yourself “craving” a smoothie bowl, do yourself a favor and get that cider doughnut you have been dreaming of for weeks. You may not get the Instagram picture of your dreams, but your stomach will thank you.

Actually, if you go to Cider Belly, you could get both your cider donut fix and a great shot for your IG feed. Food for thought.

If you can believe it, I’ve never had a smoothie bowl. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a smoothie at all. Back in the California days I became a smoothie drinker. But even then I was careful to manage the sugar load, and looked for ways to increase the food content. It’s so easy to have the idea of a healthful blended fruit beverage get obliterated, and have your drink transformed into a fruity version of a milkshake.

Ultimately I say follow your bliss. Eat what’s delicious and what makes you happy. Just eat it with your eyes wide open.

So, where do you fall on smoothie bowls?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. RogerK permalink
    November 2, 2018 11:36 am

    Never had one! Never heard of them! Wouldn’t know where to buy one!

  2. November 4, 2018 4:26 am

    I imagine the reason for constructing a “smoothie bowl” is to accommodate items like fruits that might not be easily slurped up or sucked through a straw – sort of the same reason why you might serve yogurt in the same fashion.

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one, but the idea isn’t off-putting to me as long as the ingredients prove amenable to each other and the result isn’t overly sweet. I can see these “bowls” becoming annoying through sheer apparent ubiquity, as so often happens.

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