Smooth Operator + A Giveaway!

Lately we have been drinking smoothies. Some time ago my doctor recommended smoothies to me for their health benefits. He is a good doctor, but is obsessed with people being thin.  I took this as a suggestion as one way I could reach my weight loss goal that he had set for me.  Hint, hint I thought as he told me all about smoothies, he even said he could give me some recipes.  “Ok, but maybe next time”, I responded just to humor the man.  A few months later Eric and I were invited over to my little bro’s house for dinner with he and his lovely wife.  Dinner wasn’t quite ready and he called out from the kitchen, “would you guys like to try a smoothie while you wait?” Hmm, I thought this sounds familiar. Apparently my brother one day was drawn into an infomercial about Nutri Ninja blenders.  He ordered one and was currently reaping the health benefits that 1100 watts of power had to offer. We listened to him excitedly chatter on about the blender, how one could make smoothies from broccoli and brussel sprouts, and how he had already lost 5 pounds.  He said he felt better, had more energy, and I couldn’t help but notice how my sister-in-law’s skin was glowing.  Still even though I’m a fan of the little cabbages, I was skeptical about smoothies made with brussel sprouts.

My little bro introduces us to healthy smoothies
My little bro introduces us to healthy smoothies

 

He gathered a bunch of fruits and veggies from the fridge with the help of Eric.  Banana, frozen berries, brussel sprouts, carrots, protein powder, and ice , all was topped with almond milk and processed beyond recognition. It had a lovely color imparted from the berries and carrots, the texture thick and icy. It tasted delicious! I honestly couldn’t distinguish the taste of brussel sprouts.  After the excellent demonstration and education we had received, prompty upon returning home I started shopping for our own Nutri Ninja. A book was also recommended to me which I also purchased, entitled Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris.

Superfood Smoothies
Superfood Smoothies

When the book arrived I dived in.  This book is fantastic! It includes priciples to follow for making the best smoothies, they are not only great for you but taste great too! It guides the reader to helping them create their own smoothies and also has 100 recipes to get you started.  We have tried about 20 of the recipes already and they are all wonderful.  Under the heading Superfood Smoothie Essentials, the author has a list of the super 15, her top of the top list of Superfood smoothie ingredients. A few of them I had never even heard of, and it was interesting to read about each one and what they could do for me.  I was happy to see cacao made the list, a chocolate flavored smoothie that’s also good for me, YAY! While some of the ingredients in the book can be pricy, only a small amount is used in each recipe so over all the cost isn’t too bad.  However you don’t need to run out and buy them all, because a substitution list is in the book as well.  While some of the substitutions are not superfoods,  they are much more healthy than that doughnut you may be tempted to pick up at the office!

One of my faves! Mango Chili smoothie
One of my faves! Mango Chili smoothie
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Apple arugula smoothie. I added ginger for extra spice! This recipe calls for hemp seeds which are very nutrious, please educate yourself on this superfood gift from nature!

 

Part three of the book is loaded with more helpful info.  There are instructions for making your own nut and seed milks,a superfood substitution list, conversion charts, resource guide and indexes.  I really like that the smoothies in the book are rated as to benefits to the body. Most if not all of the smoothies have multiple benefits.   Benefits include beauty, bone strength, cleanse/detox, heart health, immunity, low calorie, and those high in protein (10 grams or more per serving). These benefits are listed under each recipe but can also be found in the smoothies by benefit index  which is helpful especially if you want to focus on one particular thing.  There is also a general index, like those found in any other cookbook. I love, love, love this book, and have decided to give one away to one of my awesome readers. To win you must leave a comment that includes some or all of the following! Please tell me how you try to incorporate more fruits and veggies in your diet, share your favorite meal ideas, or what cookbooks inspire you.  For this giveaway to happen I also need to have a least 20 different commenters, so please pass this on to your friends and family. Sorry but this contest is not open to our family members, and is only open to residents living in the United States. Please sign up to have my blog posts delivered to your inbox! I’m using this contest as a way to increase my readership.

After approximately 2 1/2 weeks of smoothies for breakfast I can also report having more energy and have been complimented serveral times recently on my glowing, beautiful skin! I can’t wait to hear from you readers! The contest will close on March 31 and a winner will be picked at random and announced 1 week after that provided that there are at least 20 different commenters! So pass the word!

Spicy topical almond smoothie
Spicy tropical almond smoothie

4.5 from 6 reviews
Spicy Tropical Almond Smoothie
 
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This is a great morning pick me up, but also makes a great dessert!
Recipe by:
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen mixed mango, pineapple, and papaya
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ inch piece fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp gogi berries
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Agave nectar to taste
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except agave nectar in blender of choice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and add agave nectar as desired

 

*Disclaimer: all the opinions here are my own. I am not receiving any reimbursement for this giveaway, I am just really excited about this book and wanted to share it with my readers. My opinions are just that, opinions, and are not meant to be medical advice on health or disease. Please consult with your own Doctor before making any decisions regarding your health and diet.

Just look at that color! Blueberry cobbler in a glass.
Just look at that color! Blueberry cobbler in a glass. What will you make?

 

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