When it comes to whipping up my favorite foods, I love to make something nourishing, yummy, and…fashionable. Yes, fashionable! Nutritious and stylish, food can be both! Just like the perfect outfit, I think food can also be a stylish form of self-expression. It’s no wonder we love to see and eat and take pictures of beautiful food! As Harper’s Bazaar says, “…in its pursuit of aesthetic perfection, food has a lot in common with fashion.
Just like fashion and what’s in style, foods trend. Food also makes appearances in the fashion we can’t get enough of. When talking about food on the runway, Spoon University says, “The terms fashionable, gourmet, and delicious are intertwined and applied to more than just the creations of world-renowned chefs. Food-inspired designs attract a greater variety of consumers, ranging from those who indulge in Chanel to those who prefer a juicy burger.” Fashion designer Michael Kors agrees that our taste in fashion is fluid and varied like our favorite foods. “Fashion is like food! Some people like sushi. Others think hamburgers are divine! People like different things!”
Food is inspiring! I love trying out new recipes. Let’s take our fashion sense to the kitchen and get creative. This is fabulous and photo-worthy cuisine (not required, but a fun bonus!). Cooking with Christy! These culinary designs are runway-ready!
Acai Bowl by C
Acai bowls are a favorite of mine no matter where I am in the world. From California to the Hawaiian islands, New York City to London, Paris, or Milan, I’ve made it my quest to try acai bowls in different places around the world. I love finding unique flavors from fruits local to the region and fashionable new spins on the classic acai berry blend that has captured my heart (and my tastebuds)!
There are numerous stylish ways to make acai creations. My go-to acai brand of choice, Sambazon, calls the purple acai berry a “nutritional powerhouse,” that is “thought to be the most powerful superfood in the Amazon.” When you blend up your own smoothie bowl, have fun with your flavor choices and pick ingredients you love. I start by blending my staples—pure frozen acai, frozen fruit, and a liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, or juice). For something a little extra, I also love to throw in healthy greens like spinach or kale for added nutrients.
“Fashion is like eating. You shouldn’t stick with the same menu.”Kenzo Takada (Founder of Worldwide Clothing Brand Kenzo)
After your ingredients reach a smooth consistency, pour your smoothie into a bowl and layer on some granola. From there, we get to accessorize this dish with toppings. I adore crowning my glowing acai bowl with bananas, blueberries, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, or raspberries. Then, finish the whole ensemble off with chia seeds, coconut flakes, almond butter, and a drizzle of honey. When you put it all together, it’s like decorating a work of art! A styled and delicious acai bowl masterpiece.
The colors we find in nature are truly inspiring! With a rainbow of fresh fruit toppings and a little embellishment on top, this dish is fashionable and flavorful. Something about the beautiful berries and vibrant colors of the fruits gives me glimpses of the radiant shades I find in our upcoming runway fashions. Bright as can be!
For the Smoothie:
- Sambazon acai
- Frozen fruit
- Almond milk, coconut milk, or juice
- Berries and sliced fruit
- Extras (chia seeds, coconut flakes, almond butter)
- Honey or agaze to drizzle
Amazing Avocado Toast
Green means go, fashionista! This is a toasty trend I always adore. Avocados are packed with awesome nutrients and can be used in a variety of recipes. Plus, this is a green color so good it can be found in fashion as well. V Magazine says of our love of all things green, “It’s official: fashion has become obsessed with the color green.” Glowing on the runways and in our fashion feeds. Stylecaster has taken notice, too. “Runway looks by Cinq a Sept, Prabal Gurung, and Christian Siriano featured the shade by way of satin mini dresses…midis, and tea-length gowns with matching headgear.” This vivid shade is totally trending. This calls for a toast!
“I feel the same way about clothes as I do about food- I want everything.”Mindy Kaling
To make this avocado toast, you simply take your toasted bread and add avocado! Like a classic look, this is easy to put together and only gets better with a little accessorizing. Have fun with the design of your avocado layer. Spread or layer it or get fancy with shapes. To add those final touches, garnish your stylish snack with salt, pepper, and olive oil, or top it with an egg! My favorite addition to this recipe is a pesto drizzle over the avocado for extra flavor. This stunning green queen is serving looks on the runway and our plates!
- Ripe avocado
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Extras (egg, pesto, fruit)
Hummus Party Plate
Simple and savory, you can get extra creative with this dish. A hummus platter is a great option for the ultimate fashion foodie! When designing your stylish hummus place, cater to your personal taste buds with all the pairings you love.
Traditionally made up of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and seasonings, hummus is my favorite way to eat my legumes (beans, peas, or lentils!). This fun dip can take on lots of flavors and also contains healthy nutrients such as protein and fiber. Hummus is flavorful and 100% yum!
“Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul.”Malcolm Forbes
The deliciously dippable snacking options to serve on your chic hummus plate are pretty fabulous too. I love pairing my hummus with veggies like carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumber, broccoli, red bell peppers. Or plantain chips, pita bread, vegetable chips, crackers, or pretzels! An assortment of colorful dip options!
When arranging your vegetables, dippable snacks, and hummus, have fun creating a multicolored array of tastiness! Build your fashionable party plate with exciting layouts, designs, shapes, and style. It’s all up to you and your own artistic interpretation. They say “Fashion feeds the soul,” and in this case literally!
- Anything dip-able!