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We've talked about of blog mail in the past, and last week a box popped open to reveal my very own copy of 365 Vegan Smoothies by the esteemed Kathy Patalsky. I've long been a fan of Kathy's blog, Happy. Healthy. Life, and I'm now a fan of her Smoothie Book. With 365 plant-filled recipes she's single-handedly breathed a breath of fresh air into our days.
Opening her vibrant book, I got all the way to recipe number 6 before finding the recipe to I wanted to post, the Piña-vocado. Featuring frozen pineapple and banana, it was the addition of my beloved avocado that stopped me in my tracks and had me heading to the blender. Topped with a sprinkle of tropical coconut, the kids gratefully accepted their snack on the run.
But we didn't stop there!! Since receiving the book we've experimented with new tastes almost daily and in the process we've increased our rainbow of fruit and veggie by leaps and bounds. For example... the Spicy Cantaloupe Cooler brings a lovely hue of orange which contrasts with the Blueberry Island Kiss that transported us for a few moments to a sandy beach in the islands.
|Spotted bananas... prized by smoothie makers and bakers everywhere!! Can't use them fast enough? Peel, slice into 1-inch rounds and freeze. (slice into a zip top bag, then spread flat in the freezer for easier use)|
And 365 Vegan Smoothies isn't just for vegans, it's plant-based foods that will help you blend your way to health and wellness all year round, and is perfect for anyone with a penchant for smoothies. I think Kathy sums it up best:
"Creating and drinking a tall, frosty, beautiful smoothie is an act of pure bliss. You start by gathering a few of your favorite healthy ingredients. Then after a quick swirl in a blender, those ingredients spin into brand new delicious creations. I look at smoothies as a daily boost. In one colorful glass you are getting a wide rainbow of nutrients."
With a chapter on "Smoothies 101" Kathy covers all the smoothie basics including kitchen tips, equipment and ingredients. The pages then take the reader through smoothie themes including Detox Smoothies to start the year of right, and then moves on to Energizing, Slim-down, Calming, Healthy Digestion, Heart Health, Anti-aging and even Beauty Smoothies. Each recipe includes a full summary of the smoothie's nutritional profile and Kathy goes on to explain the benefits of the included ingredients. What more could a smoothie-maker want??
Oh... what about pretty pictures?? I'm a sucker for a book with beautiful photography, and while not every smoothie has been photographed, the book is splashed with eye-candy and brilliant colors.
Our thanks to Kathy for sharing her book with us, and for bringing new life to our blended drinks. We're on a goal to keep up our rainbow every day and with her smoothies we're well on our way.
Kathy says, "Take a mini detox-motivation vacation with this swoon-worthy, sunny smoothie, which features tropical banana, bromelain-rich pineapple, and electrolyte-rich coconut water ice cubes to help you revive your body and satisfy your taste buds. A nice dose of fiber from the banana and pineapple helps you detox from the inside out."
Liv says, "Thank you for something different!! Yes!!!"
From 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies, by Kathy Patalsky, page 83
1 cup orange juice
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 cup mashed avocado
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut water ice cubes
1 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
2 tsp chia seed (our addition - optional)
2 tsp chia seed (our addition - optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Enjoy!
Liv Life Note: Make too much?? Don't toss this precious smoothie... freeze into popsicle molds for a later use.
Note: Liv Life received a copy of 365 Vegan Smoothies for the purpose of review, however all thoughts and opinions are our own. We only put our stamp of approval on products we truly support and this book is one of them. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links to the cookbook, and we appreciate your support!