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Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes - A Cookbook (Volume 2) (Julie Morris's Superfoods) Hardcover – Illustrated, May 7, 2013
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Everyone loves smoothies—and this is the ultimate smoothie book, written by Julie Morris, author of Superfood Kitchen and a superfood expert! Morris whips up 100 nutrient-rich, plant-based recipes using the world's most antioxidant-, vitamin- and mineral-packed foods, and offers innovative culinary methods for making your smoothies incredibly nutritious and delicious.
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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.
About the Author
- Publisher : Union Square & Co.; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 145490559X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1454905592
- Item Weight : 1.73 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 7 x 0.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #8 in Blender Recipes
- #30 in Juices & Smoothies (Books)
- #396 in Other Diet Books
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Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2016
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I have seen some people here say this isn't the best book for a beginner, but I'd have to disagree. I was a complete beginner to making smoothies when I bought this book, and after just a few months of smoothie making, I've easily learned enough from Morris to craft and adapt my own recipes. Some say the ingredients are hard to find, but if you have the internet and know how to use a search engine, you can find ingredients easily enough. It is true that many of the ingredients Morris recommends are expensive (maca and maqui powders, I'm looking at you), but she includes a substitution table near the back of the book so (for example) if you can't afford hemp seeds or just don't want to wait for them to ship across the country, you can use sunflower seeds from your local supermarket instead.
Some of the recipes in the book are better than others. For example, Rhubarb Mint fell flat for me, as I felt like the dates and the orange juice overwhelmed the more delicate flavors of the rhubarb and mint, and I also felt that the date and orange flavors just didn't go well together. But for every one recipe I found that was only okay, there are about 3-4 others that are outstanding. Blueberry Maqui may be the best smoothie I've ever had in my entire life, and I've hunted far and wide for good "smoothie bars". (And I even omitted the maqui powder from that recipe, because I am still in the process of acquiring some of the more exotic ingredients!) Mayan Chocolate (a spicy cacao blend) was so outstanding I was moved to make a second batch the next day, because I couldn't stop thinking that night about how wonderful it had been the first time around. Sweet Pea was marvelously, vibrantly green, although I added three times as much parsley as the recipe called for, because after tasting it I just wanted more parsley flavor.
That's actually one of the strengths of the book- Morris encourages readers to cast aside perfectionism and strict adherence to recipes with her "It's a smoothie, not a science" mantra. I have usually been the sort of person to stick closely to recipes. (Some might say "stick closely" would be an understatement.) With this book, I have felt so free to substitute, adapt recipes to my own personal taste, and just generally say to myself, "ah, that's close enough." It's been delightful to discover that, the vast majority of the time, what I make tastes wonderful regardless. It's rare that something as basic as a cookbook can free a person to really step outside of their comfort zone and grow new confidence.
Being a perfectionist, there are still one or two small ways I think the book could be improved. Morris is thoughtful enough to include a recipe for a dog smoothie, but there is no cat smoothie recipe. My cat tries to steal my smoothies all the time (just today I turned my back on a citrus smoothie for a moment only to find him up on the counter, his face shoved into my glass as he eagerly licked up the citrus flavors that the internet swears repel all cats. Yeah, not mine.) I would really love to be able to share some of my smoothies with him without having to look up each ingredient's "cat-safety" on the internet first. Even a table in the back listing which ingredients are and are not toxic to cats would have been greatly appreciated. Also, while I love the convenient little icons next to each recipe indicating that a particular smoothie is supportive of cardiovascular health or bone health or beauty or detoxification, the academic in me is murmuring "citation needed." There is a basic list of references in the back of the book, but it is not clear which parts of this book are connected to which sources Morris references. However, this is a recipe book, not an academic paper, and as such these drawbacks are quite minor.
Other good points... The majority of the recipes are very tasty and healthy (I've never eaten so many leafy greens per week in my life). The protein smoothies I've made (there's a good mix of different smoothie "genres" represented here) really are as filling as a standard meal would be. No nonfiction book is complete without good indexes, and this one has two, both helpful.
Overall, this is a wonderful book, accessible to beginners, with beautiful colorful pictures that are likely to inspire readers to make their own "superfood smoothies."
After looking at the recipes, ALMOST NONE use “Typically Stocked” pantry items. I consider myself to have a pretty eclectic pantry but I NEVER have the following: Maqui Powder, Hemp Seeds, Dried Mulberries, Açaí Powder, Camu Powder, Maca Powder, Chlorella Powder, Cardamom Powder and the list goes on and on and on…
The other thing is in MANY of the recipes you ADD JUICE or are required to pre-make liquid additives (e.g. coconut ice, chilled green tea, chia gel etc,). Adding Fruit juice…that’s a Smoothie Sin.
I KNEW some ingredients would need to be added to my shopping list but I didn’t anticipate that EVERY SMOOTHIE would require the magnitude of varying ingredients.
I’m no chef but if I wrote a recipe book, I would make sure that many of the recipes would share SOME common ingredients but vary the produce required to create the smoothie.
I DO NOT recommend this book unless you have the time AND budget to Fully Modify your pantry.
While shopping on Amazon a few weeks later, I spotted this Julie Morris book - that wasn't even released yet, but that I could buy for $4.95 as an advance copy. Having read four books prior to this one, I can honestly say this is, BY FAR, the best and most complete book I have read to date.
About the Author: The first thing that struck me are the images of the author. She's angelic... That is to say, she has the face of an angel. The reason for her glow is probably due to her diet. Los Angeles-based natural food chef and advocate of whole, plant-based foods and superfoods, Julie Morris has worked in the natural food industry for close to a decade as a recipe developer, writer, cooking show host and spokesperson and executive chef for Navitas Naturals. Interesting that she grew up in the San Fernando Valley - as did I. She also wrote "Superfood Kitchen" and based upon my experience with this book, I'm sure to purchase that book as well.
Nested between the hardcovers are 194 pages of the most complete information you could ask for - with the possible exception of the natural sugar content of each recipe.
PART ONE: Glowing by the Glassful
Smoothies: The perfect form for function ....... pages 2-3
Superfood Smoothie Principles
Smoothie Basics ................................................ pages 7-14
Creating the Best Smoothie
Smoothies vs. Juicing
Building your Smoothie
Superfood Smoothie Essentials ..................... pages 16-36
The Super "15"
The Nutritional Rewards of Smoothies .......... pages 38-40
PART TWO: The Smoothies
How Much Smoothie Should I Drink? ............ pages 44-176
Fruity & Light
Green & Creamy
Rich & Creamy
What Happened to my Smoothie? .................. page 180
PART THREE: Extras
Charts, Guides and Resources ....................... pages 182-188
Making Nut & Seed Milks
Superfood Substitution Cheat Sheet
BRAVO! Author Julie Morris did 99% of the homework and research. She even shot the vivid photographs of all the drinks and ingredients.
She offers, "To date, no one yet has succumbed to cliche and actually asked me if my cup was half empty or half full. If anyone ever does, and I happen to be lucky enough to be holding a superfood smoothie, I have the perfect retort: My dear, this cup is packed." I like the way she thinks.
Like Gabrielle Raiz, Morris asserts that counting calories is not important because all of us have a different metabolism rates. Nutrient density comes first and I agree.
I also agree with her that sweeteners like Splenda, aspartame, saccharine, etc are known neurotoxins and carcinogens that should be left out of any smoothie recipe. Though she suggests if you can't sweeten your smoothies with things like dates, agave, figs, raisins, etc, the use of Stevia is okay.
What I find astounding about this particular book is that the author really created a complete smoothie book. She gives you important information about superfoods, some recipes for specific ailments and each recipe has symbols coding it for heart health, low calorie, bone strength, immunity, protein, cleanse/detox and beauty. About the only information missing is natural sugar content.
If you take the more important information from David Woilfe's Superfood book and mesh it with the practical information found in Gabrielle Raiz's Smoothie Magic book, the end result would be this well-crafted book.
Whether you're just starting a smoothie detox or a daily smoothie routine or you're a seasoned smoothie-making veteran, you should own this book. If you buy just one book on healthy drinks - make it this one!
I only wish I had been able to buy this book first because it renders most of the other smoothie books secondary and almost moot.
I rate this book 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Printed in China and published by Sterling Publishing, New York
NOTE: I wrote this review for Epinions.com as well.
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I have been using the book as part of a healthy lifestyle and vegan plant-based diet and I have tried at-least 12 of the recipes! I have to say I’m always a little sceptical when authors make healthy versions of classic recipes but honestly the “Key Lime Pie” smoothie was incredibly similar to the real thing! The cacao smoothies have been hitting the spot whenever I feel like chocolate and I am a big fan of the “Mint Choc-Chip” smoothie! You will not regret buying this book! I have been having so much fun with it! Some people have said it’s hard to get all the ingredients but I found most things locally in supermarkets and health food shops and then a couple things online! She uses a lot of common ingredients like fruits, veg and nuts so you can always skip something that you don’t have too! I have found my favourite powders to be cacao powder and maqui berry powder for their taste! I also think the hemp powder doesn’t taste bad at all and is packed with protein and goodness!
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I have!