"A smoothie might just be the perfect family food." When I received an advance copy of Jenna Helwig's Smoothie-licious book to blurb and read that quote I thought, Yes! I was delighted to see so many family-friendly recipes that help busy parents whip up nutrient-dense drinks, snacks, and meal replacements for their kids with very few ingredients. I receive countless requests for kid-friendly smoothies for toddlers and young children, and now I have an incredible resource I can send to those hundreds of frustrated parents that struggle to get fruits and vegetables into their picky eaters.
In this fabulous book, Jenna shares 75 bright and delicious smoothies and whole juices that are simple, accessible, and bursting with flavor. These recipes take less than 5 minutes to make, and are loaded with goodness. Every recipe includes a full nutrition breakdown which makes it easy to choose recipes.
Jenna is the food editor of Parents Magazine, so she knows a thing or two about creating awesome recipes that wow kids! She's also tested all of the recipes on her own discerning daughter and received rave reviews. I really admire Jenna's commitment to helping families eat better, not only with her work at the magazine, but also through her work as a culinary instructor, personal chef, and founder of Rosaberry.
Jenna makes food fun for kids, but also tasty for adults. There's something for everything this book. The smoothies are broken up into categories: Fruit-Filled, Veg-Tastic, Power Up, Special Occasion, Whole-Foods Juices, and Treats.
Some of my favorite recipes include: PB & J, Kiwi-Kale Kooler, Apricot Cherry Jam, Avocado Bliss, Pineapple Basil, Blueberry Pancake, Granola Bar In A Glass, Lychee Love, I Dream Of Tangerine, Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate, and this Rocket Fuel smoothie I'm sharing today that can easily be turned into popsicles.
Jenna says, "As I was developing recipes for this book, I asked my daughter what smoothie she'd like to create. She quickly answered, "rocket fuel." Okay then! Well, rocket fuel should certainly be super-healthy, high-octane in fact, full of nutritious fruits and even vegetables for extra power. But, even more than that, I wanted it to be red. This smoothie is certainly that - as gorgeous, bright purple-red. It's also a bit sweet, a bit sour, and a lot tasty, either as a smoothie or frozen into ice pops." This vibrant red smoothie is a fabulous way to get some beets into kids (or adults) and is yummy!
Besides the wonderful recipes, Jenna has some fantastic information to help you make your own amazing smoothies. I love the "Anatomy Of A Smoothie" section, and the tips for storing, freezing, and turning smoothies into popsicles. There's also some great information on incorporating vegetables, nut butters, nuts, seeds, and superfoods.
If you're looking for super-easy, accessible smoothies the whole family can enjoy, this is a fantastic book.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.