Photo: Julie Morris
Lacing up your running shoes or clipping into your pedals? You may want to be empowered with a superfood smoothie, chock ful of flavor and nutrient-dense ingredients. Natural food chef, Julie Morris has selected 15 superfoods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals and whipped them into 100 smoothie recipes in her new book, Superfood Smoothies (Sterling).
Morris offers this advice to build a better smoothie. “It’s a smoothie, it’s not science…Following an overall ‘architecture plan’ while building a smoothie will ensure the best textural result. No one likes a clumpy smoothie!”
Her smoothie plan includes, in this order, the base (hard, chunky ingredients like frozen fruits, nuts, seeds; bulk (soft chunky ingredients, like fresh fruits and veggies), powders, liquids, ice (can be added first or last). Try Raspberry Peach, Maqui Banana or Acai (with beet).
Makes 2 16-ounce servings
1 ½ cup fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
1 ½ cups frozen raspberries
¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 3–4 large fruits)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice
Sweetener, to taste
Blend together all the ingredients except the ice, until smooth. Add the ice and blend again until frosty. Taste, and sweeten as desired.