For skeptics, smoothie bowls are nothing but pretty props for Instagram shots. After all, the only things that set them apart from the average smoothie drink are the artistically-arranged toppings (which you’ll inevitably mess up anyway) and the fact that they’re served in a different type of container.
But aside from doing it for the ‘gram, there are a couple of legit reasons to consider getting a smoothie bowl for your next breakfast or merienda. They actually contain more fruits and less liquid compared to normal smoothies, making them better meal replacements. And because you scoop the smoothie up with a spoon instead of sucking it up through a straw, you become a more mindful eater!
If you’re still not convinced, try the trend out for yourself! Here are five places (four are in the metro and one’s out of town) where you can get yourself a smoothie bowl.
1. Le Jardin Cafe
Similar to the original Le Jardin, the menu at the new Le Jardin Cafe is still inspired by the French cuisine and everything is still made from scratch. But they’ve made their prices much friendlier and they’ve also included more familiar dishes for those who find duck confit, escargot, and foie gras much too intimidating.
One of the new additions to their lineup are the smoothie bowls which, according to Jill T. in her looloo review, are filling enough to be a meal in themselves. You get to choose from three refreshing flavors: Tropical (bananas, pineapple, coconut juice, kiwi, and granola), Strawberry (strawberry, banana, yogurt, kiwi, and granola), and Kale (banana, kale, honey, yogurt, granola, cashews, and strawberry).
Le Jardin Cafe can be found on the G/F of Bonifacio Stopover, 31st St. cor. Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
2. Makai Bowls
Whatever your agenda is in La Union, whether it’s to trek to Tangadan Falls or surf all day, you’re bound to get famished. Which is exactly why Makai Bowls was created–to feed the hungry weekend warriors with healthy, delicious, and not to mention totally Insta-worthy smoothie bowls! They’re made with 100% real fruits, plus they’re dairy and sugar-free!
The bestseller here is the Beach Break, a green concoction made with spinach, pineapple, banana, mango, spirulina, and coconut juice. Though if you’re craving for something a little fruitier, there’s the Point, a combination of strawberry, banana, mango, papaya, and acai juice. But if it’s chocolate you’re after, order up the Carille, a mixture of banana, peanut butter, maca, honey, coconut milk, and cacao.
Makai Bowls can be found at Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, MacArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union.
3. The Gardens
For the titas of the metro who love to brunch, here’s a place where you can unwind, socialize, and eat with your amigas before you officially start your day. Not only does The Gardens look like the type of place Carrie Bradshaw would take her friends to, but it also serves tasty breakfast food, coffee, juices, and all the other things that make mornings brighter!
If you don’t feel like eating anything too heavy but still want to feel full, order up the Acai Breakfast Bowl, made with blended acai berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, organic coconut oil, dessicated coconut, and peanut butter. Here’s what Cindy S. had to say about it in her looloo review: “It was refreshingly good and I felt healthy after. Wasn’t too sweet, just right.”
The Gardens can be found at The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5), The Grove, Pasig, Metro Manila.
4. Bliss Bowls
If you’re wondering who started the whole smoothie bowl trend in the country, we’ve got Bliss Bowls to thank for that! They’ve gone from selling healthy bowls in weekend markets to finally setting up their own store in Megamall in the beginning of 2017, becoming the first smoothie bowl bar to enter the local dining scene.
Each smoothie bowl on their menu has its own set of health benefits. The Green Dream, made with spinach, fruits, coconut water, granola, and chia seeds, helps fight cancer and promotes weight loss. While the Berry Bliss, which has beets, fruits, coconut water, and granola, energizes the body and gives the immune system a boost!
Bliss Bowls can be found on the 4/F of Bridgeway, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
When people come to Slice, it’s usually so they can satiate their sweet tooth cravings. You’re not going to run out of drool-worthy dessert options to indulge in, with things like Tres Leches Cakes, Choco Yema Cupcakes, Banoffee Pies, and Choco Peanut Butter Bombs peering out from their glass display shelves.
But this cafe isn’t just for those who want a sugar rush. Even health nuts can pull up a chair here because they have smoothie bowls on the menu! There’s the Blueberry Smoothie Bowl if you want something rejuvenating, the Muesli Smoothie Bowl if you want something extra filling, and the Choco Banana Smoothie Bowl if you’ve got a chocolate craving that needs to be satisfied.
Slice can be found at these locations.