Feast your eyes on this "smoothie art" from Instagram user Alison Grisé Wu. Grisé Wu combines different color palettes and textures to create these delicious-looking edible art pieces, and the Internet is impressed. So far, she has garnered about fifteen thousand Instagram followers, and those numbers are rapidly climbing.
According to Delish, Grisé Wu began making the picturesque smoothies when she was given a Vitamix blender from her grandmother as a wedding gift. She claims that the trick to getting a beautiful, layered smoothie is to start with a strong, creamy base. She makes something called "coconut nice cream," where she combines frozen coconut meat with nut milk to achieve an almost ice-cream-like consistency that's ideal for layering. The goal, it would seem, is to make your beverage look like one of those sand-art things they have kids make at camp.
Even though Grisé Wu's aesthetically pleasing smoothies boast many different shades and hues, she claims to never use artificial coloring. Instead, she depends on things like berries, matcha powder, herbs and other natural ingredients to achieve the right color for her smoothies. She does admit, however, that it is not always easy.
Pick a color or two you want to showcase, and play around with how you could achieve them. The purple smoothie wasn't coming out right, so I added a strawberry to make it more like I imagined. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen, pouring things into bowls to get the right colors.
If you want to make your own labor-intense smoothies, Grisé Wu puts up her recipes on her website. You will, however, need a steady hand and a crapload of whatever "spirulina" is.