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Cookbook Review: What Color is your Smoothie?

I love my blender. I love my blender.
It makes me happy, a happy ender.

Okay, enough silliness but I do love my blender as well as my melon baller, coffee maker and microplane. Those are my four favorite kitchen gadget appliances. I’m a minimalist at heart and also lack sufficient storage space so less is more.

The reason I love my blender is because it does more than blend. It also chops and purees.

And the reason I loved the book, What Color is Your Smoothie is because I drink lots of smoothies.

The book cleverly mimics the What Color is Your Parachute book for those of us of a certain generation who were looking (and are always looking) for creative ways to figure out what we want to do when we grow up.

So what color is your smoothie? The options are vast and the health reward great. Not every smoothie is healthy especially one that you buy in some fast food venues or chain juice joints. I think it’s almost comical when they advertise “real fruit smoothies.” Geez, what else would be in a fruit smoothie? Oh, yeah, sugar, lots of sugar.

Smoothies do not require a lot of sugar or any sweetener for that matter when using real fruit. A 12-oz strawberry banana smoothie has 210 calories with 2 grams of protein and 44 grams of sugar!

The book boasts 300 recipes for vibrant health from red berry roundup to super smart purple tart. What color do you want to drink today?

Here’s just a few in the white category: hydrating honey, spicy surprise, winter wonderland; red: lickity lime & berries, very cherry pear; creamy dreamy watermelon; orange: pumpkin pie, creative with carrots, ginger melon; yellow: lightly lemon, minty mango, just peachy; green: Popeye’s favorite, great garlic, apple broccoli blend; blue: healthy blue helper, blue spiced ice; sweet burst of berries; and purple: pleasantly prune, vibrant violet, groovy grape. Fortunately, there are no black smoothies.

Finding your rainbow equals finding your health. White fruits and vegetables contain rich amounts of vitamin B. Red fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin A and C as well as manganese and zinc. Orange is packed with vitamin A, potassium, and selenium. Yellow produces vitamins A, B, C to fight cancers and high cholesterol.  Greens are rich in vitamin A, K, and Bs for boosting health. The blues are rich in calcium and iron and Bs and Cs. Lastly, violet contains anthocyanins which give fruits their beautiful purple hue plus flavonoids, powerful antioxidants.

Try this recipe:  This pretty smoothie would make a delightful starter to a summer brunch.
Smooth Cherry Banana
1 ½ cup cherries, pitted
1 banana, peeled
1 cup strawberry kefir
1 cup water
1 cup ice

In a blender, combine cherries, banana, kefir, ½ cup water, and ½ cup ice. Blend until thoroughly combined.  While blending add remaining water and ice until desired consistency is achieved.

Per 1 cup serving – 130 calories, 6 grams protein, 3 grams fiber

Smoothies are healthful, economical, fast, easy to make, and fun.  Drink to good health.


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