I am SO excited to share this incredible raw cookie dough smoothie from Julie Morris's incredble new book, SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES. This fabulous book contains 100 incredible, nutrient-dense raw and vegan superfood smoothie recipes that will rock your world, as well as tons of information, hints, tips, and tricks for incorporating superfoods into your daily smoothie-making regime.
I deliberately scheduled the fabulous Navitas Naturals giveaway this month (don't miss out on your chance to win 1 of 4 $200 gift cards to purchase whatever you like, as well as a copy of SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES) to coincide with Julie's book launch. As the face of Navitas Naturals, Julie is one of the foremost authorities on superfoods cuisine. She has a penchant for creating remarkable, nutrient-dense, health-boosting vegan recipes with unique and balanced flavour profiles. I have learnt much of what I know about using superfoods from her and Brendan Brazier.
In fact, I first came in contact with Julie after reading Brendan Brazier's FABULOUS book, THRIVE FOODS, where Julie contributed many of the delicious vegan recipes. It was a glorious discovery that made me a Julie Morris devotee. This lovely lady is so stunningly beautiful with glowing skin, hair and eyes, vibrant energy, and a loving warm nature, that she is the natural poster girl for superfoods.
If you don't know Julie Morris, get acquainted, or you are just letting one of the jewels of the whole foods world pass you by. A Los Angeles-based natural food chef, recipe developer, writer, blogger, and advocate for plant-based foods and superfoods, Julie has worked in the natural food industry for over a decade. She is the gorgeous presenter of the Navitas Naturals TV Video Series, and the host of her own web-based cooking show, Superfoods With Jules. Julie is also the author of the sensational vegan cookbook, SUPERFOOD KITCHEN, which I highly recommend.
In SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES, Julie focuses on the easiest way to incorporate superfoods into your diet -- smoothies! This book is an absolute triumph, and is the easiest, most comprehensive guide to creating healthy plant based smoothies I have seen. Julie literally covers everything you need to know in order to create nutrient-rich smoothies, such as: ingredients for bases, thickeners, and sweeteners; using frozen fruits and vegetables; making chia gel and flavoured ice cubes; layering a smoothie in your blender; the difference between juices and smoothies; homemade nut and seed milk tips, superfoods substitution cheat sheet, conversion charts, resources guide, recommended reading, and more.
And let's not forget the all-important superfoods guidance. Julie meticulously covers what she calls "The Super 15" top superfoods such as acai berries, algae (chlorella and spirulina), cacao, camu berries, chia seeds, chlorophyll foods, flaxseeds, goji berries, hemp seeds, maca, maqui berries, mulberries, berries, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn berries, as well as some other wonderful foods such a lucuma powder.
Julie shares their history, basic information, nutritional benefits, taste, ingredient pairing suggestions, suggested serving size, substitutions, buying tips, and storage suggestions. This is a relative superfoods bible. Everything the lay person needs to know in order to incorporate superfoods is included, in a fun, digestible way that inspires confidence. And let's not forget the recipes! Oh my...
I only received my review copy a week ago, and I have already made ten of the recipes, each of them a stand out. I know Julie tested these recipes vigorously with extremely high standards, and her hard work has paid off in spectacular fashion. Some of my favourites include: Strawbery Chamomile Tea Smoothie, Carrot Cardamom, Lucuma Lime, Pineapple Watercress, Sweet Pea, Banana Fennel, Pistachio Cherry, Green Tea Goji, and Red Velvet Cake. There's even a recipe for her green-smoothie-drinking dog, Fritz. You gotta love that. Julie's gorgeous photography appears throughout the book too.
The smoothies are arranged with a benefit index: beauty, bone strength, cleanse/detox, heart health, immunity, low calorie, and protein, so you can make recipes that not only taste delicious and are fun to make, but specifically address the demands of your lifestyle.
This cookie dough smoothie is like a decadent dessert in a glass. Julie says in the book, "Even though there’s no real cookie dough in this smoothie, it sure tastes like it! Caramel-like dates, rich and nutty pecans, and cacoa nibs with their hint of chocolate blend perfectly with lucuma powder - which has a natural “cookie-like” flavor - making this smoothie all kinds of fabulous." I say, WOW!
*To help you get started, use coupon code: BG20 and get 20% OFF your entire order of Navitas Naturals superfoods for the whole month of June 2013.
Special thanks to Blanca Oliviery from Sterling Publishing for co-ordinating this contribution, and to Navitas Naturals for this amazing giveaway opportunity and discount code.
Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris