First up came the glass filled with ‘cold-pressed, organic juice’. Next was the granola from a Mason jar, and before long smoothies were getting in on the act, via smoothie bowls filled with all manner of goodness.
But the latest food trend to send Instagram into overdrive is altogether more savoury.
Introducing power bowls, or the latest way to eat your lunch like the chic, wellness-obsessed set.
Foodie fun: The latest food trend to permeate Instagram is savoury – introducing the ‘power bowl’
Latest obsession: The ‘power bowl’ is the latest obsession of the health and wellness chic set
Basically a bowl filled with vegetables, whole grains and protein, the power bowl ticks all the right boxes.
It’s as healthy as a salad, but tastes heartier, it’s highly photogenic and is low in carbohydrates while also being jam packed full of so-called ‘good fats’ (think avocado, chia seeds and brazil nuts).
It also can easily cost as much as much as $22, as it does in some of Australia’s fashionable ‘clean and lean’ cafes including Speedos in Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Perfect formula: It is basically a bowl filled with vegetables, whole grains and protein and is very healthy
Make the swap: ‘Power bowls’ are as healthy as salads, but they taste heartier and are highly photogenic
Good for you: They are healthy because they’re low in carbs while also being jam packed full of ‘good fats’
But it is possible to make your own at home – if you’re prepared to invest the time and love that goes into the perfect photo opportunity that is.
There’s a science to the ‘perfect power bowl’, which basically comes down to macrobiotics.
The most powerful Power Bowl consists of 15 per cent lean protein, 25 per cent whole grains, 35 per cent vegetables, 10 per cent sauce and 30 per cent extras (including nuts, seeds and sprouts).
Totally science: The best ‘power bowl’is made up of perfect percentages based on macrobiotics
The right ingredients: Good ingredients to add to your shopping list are avocados, nuts, chicken and quinoa
Good ingredients to add to your shopping list if you want to recreate your own at home include quinoa, beetroot, sweet potato, seeds, nuts, chicken, black beans and avocado (of course).
When perfectly arranged so that you can see everything in it, the bowl provides a much more photogenic alternative to the traditional plate – so much so that there are an impressive five bowl cookbooks out this year (including Bowl, by Lukas Volger, which will be released in March).
Fans of the bowl say that it is like a ‘hug’ in a meal, and Instagram already has tens of thousands of posts with the hashtag #powerbowl accompanying their filtered snaps.
For those who are sick of their regular plate of salad at lunchtime and who fancy something with a little bit more symmetry and harmony than a few pieces of wilting lettuce, you could do worse than try the power bowl in replacement.
Instagram fans: Devotees say that the ‘power bowl’ is like a ‘hug’ in a meal
Ditch the plate: There are an impressive five bowl-inspired cookbooks coming out in 2016