Move aside oatmeal, there’s a new breakfast bowl in town. What started as the açai bowl craze – an ice cream meets smoothie bowl, rich in antioxidants – has evolved into all sorts of flavoured inventions. If you’re looking to start your day with more fruits and veggies, or craving a colourful smoothie bowl topped with fruits and grains, here’s where to find them in Toronto. [Image credit: iStock.com/Mizina]
Located in the food court of the Path, right next to St. Andrews station, Liquid Nutrition will be a convenient and healthy boost to your mornings. Their smoothie bowls are acai- or dragon fruit-based, using 100 per cent organic fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, almond milk and pure Canadian maple syrup. This plant-based haven is also dairy-, gluten- and soy-free with loads of breakfast and lunch options. The Dragon Bowl is a real hit – packed with dragon fruit puree, vanilla plant-based protein, coconut butter, shredded coconuts, strawberries and bananas and blended with their own brand of vanilla almond milk.
The Good Press is known for their organic, raw and unpasteurized cold-pressed juice cleanses and smoothies. They have five açai bowl options, each highlighting a specific group of benefits. Looking to improve your skin? Opt for the banana- and avocado-based Beauty Bowl. Craving a little chocolate? Try the Date Bowl – it’s a healthier option with cacao nibs that’s rich in protein and fiber. Located in the heart of Yorkville, The Good Press has the goods to get your body ready and energized for a day of luxurious shopping.
Brace yourself, this place is a raw foodie’s paradise. Revitasize has two locations in Toronto proper: a grab-and-go station in Parkdale and a sit-down eatery in Yorkville. In addition to smoothies, cold-pressed juices and raw meals and snacks, you’ll also find four açai bowl options (colourfully topped with goji berries and pomegranates), plus the choice of creating your own bowl. Get your daily power-up by adding vegan protein.
Bolt Fresh Bar takes smoothie bowls to a whole new level with their açai parfaits. They’re like dessert in a cup, but rather than packing junk in your trunk, they provide you with nourished goodness. They have two options, both packed with açai berry, banana, coconut milk, lucuma (a creamy, tropical fruit), zuzu (a Japanese gluten-free starch thickener), granola and shredded coconut. The Energy Parfait has the addition of raspberries and strawberries, whereas the Power Parfait has mangos and pineapples. Plus, you can ask to add a top of whipped coconut cream – #drool!
OJ’s has the Financial District crew covered for their daily dose of organic juices and smoothies. Conveniently located in the Richmond-Adelaide Centre, this healthy bar has two choices of açai bowls, both made with a base of coconut water, unsweetened açai and banana. The Classic is topped with strawberries, blueberries, banana and natural granola, whereas The Superbowl mix adds a spirulina supplement and is topped with strawberries, blueberries and bee pollen.
The Grow Op is known for their açai bowls, colourfully layered in a cup. They have a classic açai bowl and a peanut butter-flavoured option, made with organic peanut butter and coconut whip. Their bowls are made with fresh-pressed hemp milk. They also have summer special flavours like the Summer Mango Sunshine. Other delicious options you’ll find at this Trinity Bellwoods juice bar and eatery are drinkable smoothies, cold-pressed juices, cold-brewed coffee, salads, soups, sandwiches and organic kombucha, to name a few.
Whether you’re grabbing breakfast, brunch, or just craving a good smoothie bowl, Kupfert & Kim is the place to go for a sit-down pick-me-up. Their location on Spadina and Richmond has a green and blue smoothie bowl. For a taste of organic kale, ginger and mint, go green, and for a sweeter savour of blueberries, dates and vanilla, opt for the blue. You can choose to have it made with almond, coconut, soy or cashew milk. This wheatless, meatless restaurant also has other vegan meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are just as colourful and delicious.