by Leah Brickley in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2015
by Min Kwon, MS, RD in Healthy Recipes, June 2, 2015
Aptly named, this native South American fruit (also called the pitaya) looks like a mythical fire-breathing artichoke with its pink-to-reddish, or sometimes yellow, scale-like leaves. Dragon fruit is actually the flower from a plant that grows in tropical regions, which blooms at night just once! Cut it open and you’ll find the fairy tale continues: The inside of the fruit resembles and tastes like a cross between a pear and a kiwi. It’s slightly sweet, creamy and refreshing. Read more
by Cameron Curtis in Giveaway, May 20, 2015
Smoothies are quintessential summer drinks. With the right ingredients, they can be healthy, portable and convenient — drinks you can feel good about slurping. While you may enjoy them for their refreshing, delicious flavors, some days you just might crave more texture and crunch. Enter the smoothie bowl, which swaps out the straw and cup for a spoon and bowl. Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, March 3, 2015
It’s prime time for blending your breakfast! With seasonal produce getting into full swing and the weather heating up, a refreshingly cold and healthful drink is the perfect solution for a summer morning meal or an afternoon snack. That’s why we’re about to make your smoothie experience a whole lot, well, smoother. Share your favorite summer smoothie combo and you could win a Cuisinart Red SmartPower Deluxe 4-Speed Electronic Blender from the Food Network Store. You can shop the Food Network Store now and buy your own, but FN Dish is giving one lucky, randomly selected fan the chance to win one. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below telling us what you love to put in your smoothie creation. Not a smoothie expert? You can get some great inspiration from our favorite smoothie recipes and experiment now.
So, tell us, what’s your favorite summer smoothie combination? Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 3, 2015
Acai is perhaps the original superfood: This South American fruit gained popularity well before we had even heard of goji berries or chia seeds. The reddish-purple berry looks similar to a small grape and grows on palm trees in the Amazon rainforest. It is reported to contain more antioxidants than cranberries or any other berry and more grams of protein than eggs. Although the blended fruit shares the same appearance as blueberries, it has a very different flavor. What is most striking about the way it tastes is the earthy, rich and almost cocoa-like tones. It was this hint of chocolate that inspired me to blend it with some raw cacao — another antioxidant-rich ingredient — making this smoothie perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you want more of a chocolate boost, be sure to top it with cacao nibs. Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 6, 2015
In the depths of winter, when the temperatures plummet I’ll take a cup of chai tea over a cool smoothie any day. It was that impulse exactly that got me thinking of combining the two and having the best of both worlds: a warming and invigorating drink with a creamy, whipped consistency. To achieve this, I made a cup of chai and instead of drinking it, I simmered a chopped pear in the spicy brew, then blended it with cashews, a knob of coconut butter and a couple of plump dates. The result was the perfect snack and cup of tea in one.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 2, 2014
If you’ve been following my smoothie posts over the last year, you may have realized that I’m not a fan of the typical green smoothie. Don’t get me wrong — I adore dark leafy greens but prefer them enjoyed in savory ways, not blended with sweet fruits and ice.
by Amy Chaplin in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, November 4, 2014
As winter approaches us in North America, citrus fruits like mandarins, clementines and oranges of all varieties are just about coming into their full season. And it may be no mistake, as the extra vitamin C these delicious fruits pack in their bright, fresh flavor is just what we need to help get us through the cold season.
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, February 3, 2014
Concord grapes may not what you might normally think of as a smoothie ingredient. But their musky, fruity and tart flavor pairs surprisingly well with the creamy texture of blended cashews and frozen bananas. Sweet and festive thanks to the rich purple color, this smoothie is perfect to serve as a healthy dessert or afternoon treat.
by Toby Amidor in Uncategorized, January 12, 2014
Ice-cold smoothies are a delicious treat at this quick-serve joint. But not all beverages are created equal.
Over the years, Jamba Juice has expanded its menu to include a variety of drinks, breakfast wraps, fro-yo, baked goods and even kids’ options. With so much to choose from, it can make anyone’s head spin. But here’s how to give this blender bar a whirl.
Which is the healthier pick, a blended smoothie or a refreshing juice? These two drinks battle it out in the latest food fight!