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About the Author

Kathy Patalsky is a prolific food blogger, writer, and photographer. She is originally from Santa Cruz, California.

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Why Vegan Smoothies?

Every smoothie recipe in this book is one hundred percent plant-based, vegan. Nutritional information and all. No thinking required. Vegan smoothies are free of the animal products that you oft en ? nd in smoothie recipes, such as dairy milk, dairy yogurt, and honey. Dairy from animals can contain saturated fat, hormones, chemicals, and more. And for some people, digesting dairy is a taxing process.

Not only can animal products be harsh on your body, they are de?nitely harsh on the animals they come from. By choosing vegan plant-based smoothies, you are making a compassionate choice for animals—and a smart choice for our planet.

Not vegan? Totally OK. You don’t have to be vegan to love these recipes. And blending up plant-based smoothies is an excellent way to experiment with vegan cuisine. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you don’t miss—and how vibrant, energized, light, and satis?ed you feel.

Vegan Substitutions for Dairy

I’m making it easy for smoothie lovers. There is no reason why you would need dairy products to build a delicious smoothie, and here is how I do it with common substitutions:

dairy yogurt —› non-dairy yogurt (such as soy, almond, or coconut yogurt)

dairy milk —› non-dairy milk (such as almond, rice, cashew, soy, coconut, grain, or ?ax milk)

whey protein powder —› dairy- and casein-free protein

powders (soy, hemp, pea, or other vegan protein

blends)

whipped cream —› soy, rice, or coconut whipped topping

Smoothie Recipe FAQs

1. Q: What do you mean by “healthy fats”? And aren’t all fats bad for me?

A: First, when talking about fat, it is a good idea to evaluate your cognitive relationship with consuming foods that are rich in fats. If you are the type of eater who gravitates toward foods labeled “fat-free,” you may need to readjust your thinking. The truth is, you should be including fat in your diet. And even though, calorie-wise, all fats contain 9 calories per gram, health-wise, not all fats are created equal. Some are healthier than others; thus the term “healthy fats.”

Eating 10 grams of fat from butter is much less healthy than eating 10 grams of fat from walnuts. Walnuts are much higher in “healthy fats” than butter.

Healthy fats can include monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3 essential fatty acids, aka EFAs.

Healthy fat intake plays a signi?cant role in wellness. Everything from appetite control, brain function, mood regulation, and even weight loss may be in?uenced by whether or not you are consuming enough healthy fats.

Healthy fats for your smoothies include avocado, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and healthy nut and seed oils like ? ax, chia, walnut, pumpkin seed, and hemp.

Another important point is that some vitamins, like vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin D, are fat-soluble. This means that your body needs some fat present to properly absorb these nutrients. So adding a drizzle of ?ax oil, a handful of nuts, or a teaspoon of nut butter to your smoothies may actually help with total nutrient absorption.

On the ?ip side, should you be limiting “unhealthy” fats? Most experts agree that you should pay attention to hydrogenated fats, with their trans-fatty acids, and saturated fats in your diet. For example, the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee strongly advises that “healthy Americans over age two limit their intake of trans fat to less than one percent of total calories.”

2. Q: What’s with all the coconut water ice cubes?

A: You will ?nd lots of smoothies using coconut water ice cubes instead of ice. The reason for this is that coconut water cubes add nutrients and a subtle sweetness yet serve the same purpose as plain water ice cubes—to add frostiness to the texture and chill the smoothie. Substitute regular ice for the coconut water cubes if you like or if you don’t have coconut water in the house.

3. Q: What are the di?erent types of smoothies?

A: Not all smoothies are created equal! The term “smoothie” refers to a broad umbrella of recipes.

THE 10 TYPES OF SMOOTHIES IN THIS BOOK

4. Q: Is there a basic smoothie formula?

A: I would say yes if there were only one variety of smoothie. But as you will learn from my recipes, smoothies come in a wide variety of textures, colors, ?avors, and temperatures. But for a “classic” frosty-creamy smoothie I like to stick close to this ratio:

1 cup liquid 1½ cups frozen fruit optional ½ cup softer fruit or veggie or liquid (such as room-temperature banana, kiwi, kale, or soy yogurt) ¼ to ½ cup ice

When adding leafy greens to a smoothie, I use roughly ½ cup of liquid for every 2 cups of greens to help blend the smoothie.

5. Q: How long do I blend my smoothie for a smooth texture?

A: You never want your smoothie to be lumpy—thus the term “smoothie.” When the smoothie is a uniform color and is blending in a smooth swirl, it is done. Try not to overblend, as your smoothie will start to “melt” from the heat of the blender

  1. Green Smoothie. A green smoothie is green in color, as it contains green ingredients. Green smoothies vary in texture and ?avor but are usually a blend of fruits and veggies to optimize ?avor. Contrary to what you may think about foods that are green, green smoothies are usually quite sweet in ?avor from the blended fruits and veggies.
  2. Frosty. A frosty is very similar to a smoothie; however, instead of being silky and creamy, it has a notably icy and “frosty” texture. A frosty, because of its iciness, is usually a bit colder than a smoothie and melts more slowly. However, just a like a smoothie, a frosty is vibrant in ?avor and rich in whole foods, and it does not have a watered-down taste. A watermelon frosty is a good example.
  3. Frozen. Seeking a super-light and refreshing blend? Try a frozen. Frozens are a refreshing option for hydration, as they are mostly a frozen version of a liquid drink. Think of frozen lemonade. Lots of sweet clear liquid, blended with a large amount of ice and maybe some frozen fruit to accent. Frozens are generally lower in ?ber and whole foods than frosties.
  4. Whole Food Smoothie. This type of smoothie simply contains mostly whole food ingredients. For example, instead of adding orange juice, you might add a whole peeled orange plus a splash of water to help with blending. Most green smoothies—rich in leafy greens—are also whole food smoothies.
  5. Grain, Nut, or Seed Shake. Creamy, delicious, and packed with diverse nutrients like protein, ?ber, complex carbs, and vitamins, grain, nut, and seed shakes o?er your body a break from the traditional fruit-and-veggie-style blend.
  6. Protein Smoothie. A protein smoothie is any blend that is particularly rich in protein. Maybe it contains a scoop of hemp seeds, nut butter, or protein powder. Protein smoothies usually use a non-dairy milk or water base.
  7. Shake. A shake is a broad term for smoothies that resemble thick, creamy milkshakes—they are less icy and usually do not need any ice at all. Frozen bananas are often used in shakes, which often feature “dessert” ?avors like cacao, maple, nut butter, and vanilla.
  8. Cooler or Tonic. Coolers and tonics are the thinnest of all the smoothie varieties. They blend up to be cool, light, thin, and hydrating. Plenty of liquid and fresh chilled produce (as opposed to frozen) is often used.
  9. Cruncher. A cruncher is any smoothie that contains an added element of crunch—vegan granola, chopped nuts, crunchy sprouted grains (such as buckwheat), pu?ed grains, crushed vegan cookies, and more. Cruncher smoothies are usually thick in texture so that the topping blends nicely—like a smoothie parfait. Use a spoon instead of a straw when eating a cruncher! Though you will not see many recipes for crunchers, you can alter many of my thick-textured smoothie recipes to make them crunchers. You just need to add the crunch!
  10. Basic Smoothie. Last, if a recipe in this book does not ?t one of the descriptions above, it probably falls under the wide and colorful umbrella term “smoothie.” Smoothies are a blend of fresh and/or frozen fruit, maybe some veggies and add-ins, and varying liquids and ice.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158333517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583335178
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy grew up in Santa Cruz California where her passion for vegan cooking, food photography, green living and art began. She holds a B.S. from American University (Washington DC) in Health Promotion.

Kathy began her popular vegan food blog Healthy. Happy. Life. in 2007 without ever imagining her blog, food photography and cookbook writing would become her full time career.

She lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys beach days, farmers markets and sipping smoothies at home with her husband and beloved cat "Nelly."

Kathy loves chatting with her readers on facebook, twitter & via blog comments.

www.HealthyHappyLife.com
www.FindingVegan.com

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We ordered 365 Vegan Smoothies, and I love it!!! We are health-conscious vegan, so, I'm not a fan of vegan 'junk' food, or anything high-sugar/ high-fat. And, I caution folks against going 'overboard' and blending, for example, 5-6 fruits all at once in a smoothie. Love that Kathy Patalsky's recipes are very well-balanced, and include some super-foods, etc. She has a variety of smoothies for energizing, detox, calming, immunity, and more, but with natural/ whole-foods 'boosts' instead of questionable powders, etc. that one might get at a smoothie shop. Great recipes, that have all been tested to taste great! (So, no smoothie 'oops!' like we've accidentally made on occasion from ingredients that just didn't go well together!) So glad to have this recipe book: it lives right next to our Vitamix!
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Kathy Patalsky delivers 365 Vegan Smoothies, a 12 month wellness program, tips, photos and more. In her Foreword, she explains the health benefit of smoothies, including information for those who want simple and fast. She also highlights information on breakfast opinions, and nutritious choices. This book is informative, concise, and educational. The author gives reasons to drink smoothies, and why vegan smoothies are important. In addition, she includes 10 types of smoothies, myths and facts, and tips on Smoothie ingredients. There is additional information on kitchen tools, and helpful tips. The types of Smoothies include: detox; energizing; Slim-Down; strengthening; Calming; Brain-boosting; Healthy-Digestion; Healthy Heart; Anti-Aging; Mood-Boosting; Immunity-Boosting; and Beauty-Boosting. There are 5 tips for working without a high-speed blender. Also, there are Substitutions for: Greens; Citrus; Berries; Creamy texture; Roots; Sweeteners; and more. Some of the Smoothie Recipes include: JAZZY GINGER GRAPE; DANCING BLACKBERRY; FRESH STRAWBERRY -MATCHA MORNING; HOT PINK FROSTY; and many more tasty recipes. I made the COFFEE-BANANA FREEZE, and the FROZEN RASHBERRY LEMONADE Smoothies. They were delicious, and filling. As we try new recipes, I will leave updates. Enjoyable, simple, and healthy. Highly recommended!
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I bought this book about 2-3 weeks ago and have made a different smoothie almost every day. They have all been very easy and delicious! I'm also a coffee addict and I swear I feel my addiction going away (I've been having a smoothie for breakfast). I try to eat about 60% vegan most of the time (but I still eat meat and dairy every now and then). But even if you're not a vegan and just looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, this book is perfect. We have a local grocery store that stocks mostly organic produce and natural products so I have no problem finding all of the ingredients (like chia seeds, for example), but most of the recipes call for everyday items you could find anywhere. The range of combinations of ingredients will keep you far from bored. I've even started making some of the chocolate/peanut butter smoothies for dessert for my husband. They are much healthier than some other things we usually eat for dessert. My biggest tip is to stock up on ripe bananas and keep your freezer stocked with them.

September Update: I found the first smoothie recipe I just couldn't stomach. It was a spicy arugula and red beet smoothie. I like both ingredients but couldn't stand it as a drink and had to pour it out. I guess with 365 smoothies there are bound to be some that I don't like. I just didn't want my review to be "too" glowing. I still think it deserves a 5 star rating overall.
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I was a bit disappointed to see that the first 76 pages are explanatory and informational only (with no recipes). BUT, there really are 365 vegan smoothie recipes that are separated in categories -- (1) detox; (2) energize; (3) slim-down; (4) strengthening; (5) calming; (6) brain-boosting; (7) healthy-digestion; (8) heart healthy; (9) anti-aging; (10) mood boosting; (11) immunity boosting; and (12) beauty boosting. I've been a vegan for over 20 years so I am very familiar with nearly all of the ingredients in this book. Some are easily found at Whole Foods but maybe not in your average neighborhood grocery store (acai berries, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds, cacao nibs). If you don't have a store near you, there are plenty of other recipes that include very normal and healthy ingredients. And the author also notes substitutes if some ingredients are not readily available. I have numerous vegan cookbooks. Numerous!! This cookbook gets pushed to the top of my list. If you are into smoothies already or want to start getting into smoothies, this book is ideal. (Nutritional information is also listed after each recipe which is incredibly helpful.) I don't think you will be disappointed if you buy this book. It's a whole lot of information and recipes for a very reasonable price.
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As a vegan smoothie fan, I have read a number of plant-based smoothie books. This is by far my favorite. It is jam packed with delicious smoothie recipes that blend fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds into tantalizing concoctions. The pictures are wonderful, the directions are simple, and the recipes are diverse. Options like Berry Blender Oatmeal, Pecan-Maple Pie Shake, Minty Melon Cool Down, Walnut Carrot Cake, A-Peel-ing Chai Shake, and Macadamia-Banana Daydream are delicious as dessert or breakfast smoothies. Each chapter focuses on a different type of smoothie (I.e. detox, digestion, immunity, calming, etc.). This book is already looking worn in because it has been well loved; it is a great addition to my cookbook collection.
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