Hello from the arctic Northeast! You might think it’s odd to be writing a post about smoothies in the dead of winter, but me and smoothies are kind of ride or die. I like them year-round, because even if they go down cold, the post-nutritious breakfast inner-glow warms me up just right.
I think those of us who are into smoothie breakfasts probably think we’ve seen it all when it comes to these blended delights. There are only so many combinations of fruits and veggies that one can come up with, right? Wrong. I was delighted to discover that Tracy Russell’s The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet was full of ideas I had never entertained. Soaking goji berries, for instance, had never occurred to me, but it made for an awesome Berry-Chia Seed Smoothie. And who would have thought broccoli, kiwi, and grapes would be a good combo? (It was!)
The book is divided into two sections, with twelve total chapters. Part One is an Introduction to Green Smoothies, and is full of tons of information, which would be especially helpful for novices. Russell answers questions about the benefits of green smoothies, whether or not to do an all smoothie “cleanse” (no!), and the best ingredient base to use for smoothies. She also responds to common myths about smoothies, refuting them with well-researched rebuttals.
Part Two is the fun part: the recipes! Russel’s 150 smoothie recipes are divided into the following sections: Detox and Cleansing Green Smoothies, Weight Loss Green Smoothies, Antioxidant Green Smoothies, Fitness and Energy Green Smoothies, Immune-Boosting Green Smoothies, Calcium-Rich Green Smoothies, Heart Healthy Green Smoothies, Iron Rich Green Smoothies, and Mood-Enhancing Green Smoothies. Whew! It’s a truly impressive collection of recipes and I really like the category division. In addition to the ones I mentioned above, I was also really excited by the Pineapple Ginger Smoothie, the Maca Almond Smoothie, and the Ginger-Citrus Green Smoothie. I should mention, all the recipes are vegan and gluten-free.
My biggest critique of the book is that there are no pictures other than on the cover, and I think our Pinterest-obsessed culture is turned off by a lack of images. But I hope this doesn’t deter you from checking out the book, or, even better, gifting it to a newbie green smoothie maker!
BenBella Publishers have kindly offered to share one of the recipes from the book with all of you! I love this one because it incorporates *sweet potatoes* into a smoothie! It is creamy, comforting, nutritious, and delicious!
SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE
recipe and excerpt from The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet
Sweet potato is an often overlooked hidden gem when it comes to green smoothie ingredients. Just half a cup of sweet potato contains 2 grams of protein, 13 percent of your recommended daily value of fiber, and 137 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). Sweet potato is also loaded with antioxidants. You can use it raw or cooked. I prefer to use cooked and cooled sweet potato since cooking it brings out more of the flavor.
½ cup cubed sweet potato, cooked and cooled
1 medium banana, peeled
1 medium carrot, sliced
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butterhead lettuce, torn
8 ounces homemade almond milk (page 64)
NUTRITION INFO Calories: 26 Fat: 1g Protein: 6g Carbs: 54g Calcium: 7% Iron: 1.9mg Vitamin A: 223% Vitamin C: 47%
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Note: I was given a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.
What’s your favorite smoothie to make?