Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Superfood Smoothies

There was a time when I considered smoothies to be nothing more than snacks. When I attempted to replace meals with them, usually breakfast, I was always hungry an hour later. But then I discovered that Vega protein powder makes for a very filling, satisfying smoothie. Now I drink smoothies for breakfast a couple days each week.

So I was super-excited to review Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris. I'm always looking for new smoothie recipes since I tend to fall into ruts when left to my own devices.

This lovely hardcover, full-color book is loaded with gorgeous pictures of smoothies made with "superfoods" — stuff like camu powder, chia seeds, cacao nibs, sea buckthorn, and mulberries. Now, I'm not so sure I believe in the hype about superfoods being all-powerful. But I'm sure the stuff is great for you! Maybe not any better than more accessible "superfoods" like kale and strawberries. But hey, it's fun to use "superfoods," right? Since some superfoods are a little pricey, I picked a smoothie that contained things I already had in my pantry and fridge — Raspberry Almond.

Made with frozen raspberries, dates, almond butter, acai powder, cacao nibs, vanilla, and coconut water, this refreshing smoothie tasted like heaven. And it was packed with good stuff.

Admittedly, I did add a scoop of Vega One berry protein powder after I sampled the smoothie, just to make sure it would keep me full through lunch time.

There are tons of recipes in here, and as far as I can tell, they're all vegan. The recipes are divided into chapters based on whether they're rich and creamy, green and vibrant, or fruity and light. There's even a Doggie Smoothie made with kale, banana, chia seeds, hemp protein, and peanut butter. I'll definitely try making a couple for my pooches.

If you're looking for super-healthy smoothie ideas, Superfood Smoothies is a great way to go.


Rachel from The Vegan Mishmash said...

Oh my goodness, I think I might be in love with just the IDEA of that smoothie. I love raspberries, I love cacao nibs, I love acai. Mmmmm, yes, I might just have to make a smoothie with these types of ingredients. Thank you for sharing.

Kyleigh said...

This book is amazing!! I got it a few weeks ago and I've been making a smoothie from it almost every day since. I really love the Maqui Banana smoothie, the Mint Chip, the Apple Arugula, the cacao mocha and the cacao cream. I haven't tried the raspberry Almond one yet, maybe i'll have to make it tomorrow morning!

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