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Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes (Julie Morris's Superfoods) Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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Power up your blender and pack more nutrition into your day
So many luscious flavors can be quickly and easily utilized to create an amazing smoothie. Natural food chef Julie Morris takes this delicious diversity one step further by loading her thirst-quenching recipes with the healthy goodness of superfoods—remarkably beneficial, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Mint Chip Smoothie
Makes 2 18 -Ounce Servings
Tucked beneath a very convincing ice cream-like flavor, a wealth of beneficial spinach awaits you in this smoothie. It’s so good it almost makes a person wonder why spinach isn’t used in all minty treats. I love how the cacao nibs provide a bit of dark-chocolate crunch without being overpowering.
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Taste, and sweeten as desired.
Add 1/4 teaspoon chlorella powder (or to taste).
- 2 cups frozen spinach
- 1⁄4 cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons (packed) minced fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups rice milk (original variety)
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- sweetener, to taste (optional)
Smoothies for every mood!
Fruity and Light
These blends take advantage of nature’s sweetest bounty.
Green and Vibrant
The only reminder of the beneficial presence of leafy green vegetables in these drinks is the trademark color.
Rich and Creamy
Craving something filling but not heavy? Choose one of these milkshake-like treats, which feature ingredients ranging from classic chocolate to exotic acai berry.
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I first started trying to turn around my health about a year ago by making green smoothies in my $30 blender, mixing frozen blueberries, banana, chia seeds, kale and almond milk every morning for breakfast. I have since upgraded to a vitamix, which makes it easier and more enjoyable to blend my daily smoothie! This book is helping me expand my smoothie repetoire so I can never, ever be bored with my smoothie!
I have also slowly expanded my superfood pantry over the last year, and wanted to pass on some tips for locating ingredients and finding good deals. Many of the negative reviews for this book seemed like the reason was because they couldn't find the ingredients or they were too expensive, which are completely bogus reasons for poorly reviewing this incredible book!! They are easy to find AND affordable if you have access to the internet!!! I live in an extremely rural isolated area, 1.5 hours drive to the nearest sizeable town with health food stores, but I buy most of the superfood ingredients online and I get much better deals than I would in stores. Also keep in mind that Navitas Naturals ins't the only brand that sells superfoods, Julie may promote them because she is their spokesperson, and they ARE a fantastic company, but I find that they have the MOST EXPENSIVE products on the market, and you don't get very much for the price. Another good brand that is more affordable is Sunfood Superfoods.
These are the online sources I use:
Nuts.com- Not only do they have awesome organic raw nuts and seeds of many varieties that I buy to make raw nut milks, they also sell many superfoods like spirulina, dried mulberries, yacon, cacao powder, acai powder, chia seeds, mesquite powder, wheatgrass powder, hemp protein powder, ect.
Amazon.com- I can find Sunfood Superfood brand products here, and have also found good deals from random other brands for everything from cacao powder, barley grass powder (starwest brand, similar to wheatgrass but often cheaper), acai powder, ect.
Vitacost.com - BEST DEAL ON HEMP SEEDS! 3 lb bag of Nutiva shelled hemp seeds for $34 - I keep a small jar on the counter to sprinkle on salads and use in recipes and store the rest in the freezer, the bag lasts me a long time! You can also find good deals on chia seeds and lots of other things
Swansonvitamins.com- They also have the same deal on the 3lb bag of Nutiva hemp seeds! Just ordered hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and camu powder from them.
Bottom line, if you buy this book (AND "Superfood Kitchen" while you're at it!), you are well on your way to make super nutritious MAGIC happen in your kitchen!!
It's written in a very friendly manner, and all of these weird-sounding ingredients are well-explained. But I wouldn't know where to begin to find them. If you buy them online, they are expensive. Sure, lucuma powder or goji berries may have more antioxidants than blueberries, but when I can find beautiful, fresh blueberries locally for a third the cost, I think I'll go with blueberries! It isn't written with a condescending tone, but it definitely thinks all other sources of vitamins and minerals from basic fruits and vegetables are for people living in the stone age.
The most disconcerting thing is when I went to buy these ingredients online, many reviewers were saying things such as "not supposed to be eaten raw" or "sent me to the hospital with bad skin reaction". I'll stick with what I know, and what's locally available! There are plenty of nutritious and organic fruits and vegetables around that are more suitable for healthy smoothies!
Pictured below: Orange Gogi, ingredients for a Strawberry smoothie, and the infamous Cookie Dough!