Confession: I’m a serial breakfaster. Not cereal, per se—I eat oatmeal most mornings, only switching it up to eggs or toast when I can’t look at another bowl of oats. After all, oatmeal is fast, filling, and packed with flavor. But making oatmeal exciting is a bit of a challenge. Sure, I can go savory or swirl in berries or nut butters, but it’s not a meal that inspires me to jump out of bed.

Smoothie bowls, on the other hand, are equally filling and flavorful. And while the intricate creations populating Instagram might seem impossible, they’re just as achievable as my comforting go-to. So, if you’re looking to shake up your breakfast routine, or simply start your day with a little more creativity, here’s what you need to know to building Insta-worthy bowls.

Words by Katie Macdonald at Food52

[Photo via @alison__wu]