Healthy and Colorful Smoothies For Every Day
David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl.
Let me start by saying that I am definitely NOT a smoothie fan. I do not relish the idea of drinking my breakfast. When Bruce got this book for review, I decided to flip through it. I actually got excited about trying some of these recipes. Me? A smoothie skeptic. This is only one of a handful of recipe/cookbooks, I have read cover to cover. One thing I do like about 'Green Kitchen Smoothies' is that most of the ingredients are all ready staples in my pantry & if not like the almond milk, it is easily made.
Daughter eats oats & yogurt in the morning for breakfast before getting on the bus for work, so I thought I would start with 'Grab & Go Blackberry Oats' on page 86. We were not disappointed. I made it the night before & refrigerated it so it was a quick breakfast in the morning. Very delicious & very filling. This recipe 'Serves 2, or 1 large serving' but we both had a bowl for 2 mornings.
I am also NOT a fan of chocolate milk. Yes, there are some of us in this world. I tried the Chocolate Milk on page 114. I did use 1% milk instead of nut milk. I decided to try the chocolate milk with traditional milk first before becoming adventurous with nut milk. I was pleasantly surprised! I really like this chocolate milk. One thing I would change next time I made this, I sweetened the chocolate milk with dates as suggested but I would make 'date syrup' I did not get the dates smooth enough, even though I softened them with warm water. There were still a few chunks in the bottom of the blender.
Next it was time to get adventurous with nut milk. I made the recipe 'Basic Nut Milk' on page 106. I used almonds, soaked them overnight & set about making Almond milk. This is the end result. I would also make 'date syrup' for this recipe as well. I am not sure why I cannot get the dates smooth enough. There are chunks left in the bottom of the blender. It could be my blender, I have a Ninja or it could be the dates as I do have to soften them more with warm water. I also may not have let them soak long enough. It was still very tasty & very much like the store-bought almond milk I have purchased in the past.
There are still more recipes I want to make in this smoothie book like the 'Chia Pudding' on page 28. I want to compare it to the Chocolate Chia Pudding we all ready love. I also want to try the 'Mango & Chia Parfait', this sounds absolutely delicious.
The book 'Green Kitchen Smoothies, Healthy And Colorful Smoothies for Every Day is a winner & is definitely going onto my cookbook shelf to be used many times.