The elusive, elegant and mysterious mermaid is the latest inspiration for wonderfully colorful and tasty treats. Escape into her vibrant underwater world with these delicious recipes inspired by the sea:
Magical, bright and toasty bread
Your beloved avocado toast now has a magical cousin: mermaid toast. While these colorful treats look impossibly dreamy to recreate, they're actually quite simple. Spread cream cheese on your toast, then slowly add drops of natural ingredients to make a rainbow spread. Use beet juice for pink, blueberry powder for purple, turmeric root for yellow and orange, chlorophyll drops for green and spirulina powder for blue. Top with flakes, sparkly edible sprinkles or fruit for a final touch. If you have kids, they'll love this edible art project. The bread is your canvas, so get creative with it! For inspiration, check out this mermaid toast guide from Vogue.
Under-the-sea smoothie bowl
Much like the toast, this smoothie bowl recipe from Brit+Co is a brightly colored treat inspired by mermaids. Mix your usual ingredients with spirulina or blue algae powder for an aqua-colored smoothie. Then, toss in colorful toppings, such as dragon fruit, kiwi, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and edible flowers. Slice the fruit in the shape of stars or flowers, then arrange all of your toppings with your own creative flair. Snap a pic before indulging in your masterpiece! When you're ready to try another one, follow this ocean smoothie bowl recipe from Well+Good.
A mermaid's favorite ice pop
Sticking with the aqua trend, try these After Sun Mermaid Pops from POPSUGAR. They're super refreshing after a day of lounging in the sun, or as a sweet yet healthy ice cream fix. You'll need more spirulina or blue-green algae powder, plus Greek yogurt, coconut cream and water, cucumber, aloe vera gel and honey for these frozen treats. Blend all the ingredients together, then pour into popsicle molds. Choose star-shaped molds to mimic underwater starfish. If you're craving traditional ice cream, use food coloring, sprinkles and edible glitter to make a cold treat swirling with under-the-sea vibes. Check out this homemade mermaid ice cream recipe from Delish for a step-by-step guide.
Mermaids on a diet
If healthy eating is on your mind, here are more under-the-sea inspired recipes from POPSUGAR Fitness - all made with nutritional ingredients! Spirulina and Blue Majik are responsible for the vibrant, blue-green color of these foods, and both are packed with amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, you can keep your ocean-inspired eating simple by stocking up on seaweed. This sea vegetable is packed with minerals and vitamins that can boost your immune system and keep your heart healthy.
Bon appétit, mermaids!