by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, September 2, 2014
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, August 5, 2014
Here is a simple nutritious smoothie for getting back into a post-vacation routine. Although it tastes like summer and is delicious when made with fresh blueberries, the smoothie can be prepared well into the fall with frozen berries of any kind.
Famous for their endurance-supporting qualities, chia seeds also give the smoothie an Omega-3 boost and provide fiber and protein that can help keep sippers satisfied. Since the seeds thicken when soaked, they also add body and a creamy texture to the smoothie once blended. The coconut butter supplies a touch of richness and also a hint of sweet flavor that tastes great with blueberries and vanilla.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, July 1, 2014
When apricots are ripe and at their peak, they have an irresistible tart, tangy and almost floral flavor. And because the flesh of an apricot is quite thick, the fruit makes a great addition to smoothies, requiring little more to achieve a velvety consistency.
To make this particular smoothie substantial enough for breakfast, I also like to add in oats and yogurt. Rolled oats may seem like an odd ingredient to use in smoothies, but when soaked and blended, they deliver creamy texture and earthy flavor — plus added fiber. The result is a smoothie that will keep you going until lunch.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, June 3, 2014
Nothing says summer like fragrant, juicy peaches. Their sweet, tangy flesh also makes the ideal base for a variety of summer smoothies.
Peaches have a subtle flavor that can easily be masked by stronger ones, so if you want the peach to shine, stick to ingredients that enhance their floral quality.
Here, I add a pinch of fresh ginger, vanilla and a touch of honey — along with soaked cashews, which create a velvety texture when blended with fruit. Freezing the peaches beforehand results in an ultra-thick and creamy smoothie that goes down well on hot, humid days.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, May 6, 2014
Refreshing, ice-cold and perfectly sweet, this drink is actually more like a shake than a smoothie. Made with nut milk and coconut ice cream, it has all of the components of a classic shake but without the dairy — although the coconut ice cream is so rich and creamy, you would never know.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, April 1, 2014
A light strawberry smoothie is the perfect way to usher in spring and welcome warmer mornings. In this smoothie, hemp seeds take the place of nuts, creating a protein-rich smoothie that also provides a dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, March 4, 2014
Have you noticed the recent proliferation of neon-colored drinks and teas popping up at local juice bars and health food stores? These tonics get their hue from turmeric and are often combined with citrus juice and something sweet to tame the spice. Turmeric’s properties have been widely used in ancient healing systems and now everyone’s catching on.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 4, 2014
Sweet and creamy with an exotic twist, this smoothie can double as a light dessert. Banana and cashews create the smooth base, while dates add a sweet caramel-like flavor and vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom give the drink an irresistible fragrance. The dairy-free smoothie is especially easy to put together, as you’re essentially making the nut milk right in the blender with all of the other ingredients. Unlike almonds or any other nut, cashews create no pulp when blended, instead producing a velvety, rich base that gives the smoothie the feel of a dessert, minus the guilt.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 7, 2014
Even diehard smoothie addicts are tempted to take a break from their blender in the dead of winter — frozen fruit and crushed ice don’t feel quite the same when the temperatures plummet and the snow stays on the ground for days. This version of a smoothie, made from warm, simmered apples, feels like comfort food in a glass and is a perfect alternative on chilly winter mornings.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 3, 2013
When making a smoothie, it’s often a good idea to think about the color as well as the nutritional value and flavor of the final drink. Instead of throwing everything into the blender and ending up with an odd-colored smoothie that doesn’t taste much of anything, it’s helpful to stick to a theme. In this case I chose red fruits — pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries and goji berries — for a tasty and pretty result.
When the weather cools, it’s nice to have a seasonally inspired smoothie that’s not cold or frozen. Instead of being blended with lots of ice, this pear and almond milk smoothie is thickened with flaxseed. Soaking the seeds creates a thick gel that not only adds body and a pleasantly nutty flavor to smoothies but, once blended, adds a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Maca root powder, which you can find at health-food stores, gives the smoothie a slightly malt-like flavor.