The weather is warming up and now is a good time to get out the blender. I make a variety of different smoothie combinations. At least I thought I knew a lot, until I received “What Color is Your Smoothie: From Red Berry Round-up to Super Smart Purple Tart” by Britt Allen Brandon. This book makes smoothies out of a huge variety of ingredients and flavors. There are over 300 smoothies in this book to take advantage of every vegetable, fruit, herb and spice in all the colors in the rainbow.
I made a few of the fruit combinations of smoothies (especially liked the Blueberry Blast), which tasted great. However I much prefer to add frozen ingrdients instead of ice to make them cold, for a creamier texture (without potential cold lumps). It is fun to choose the smoothie based upon the color. Besides fun, the book also explains the benefits of each color and what vitamins and nutients are at work in each smoothie combination.
I eat oatmeal everyday for brekfast so we had to try the oatmeal shake before school one morning. It was tasty but interesting, as the texture was a bit gritty. Perhaps pulverizing the oatmeal first would’ve yielded a smoother texture. For me I like oatmeal hot and soothing. However my son thought it was good and would like it for breakfast on a hot day. Good thinking! Check it out below…
Pros: lots of variety and combinations. Great inspirational ideas and recipes. Easy arrangement by color: yellow, orange, red, violet, etc. Good produce information.
Cons: I was expecting a book that has “color” in the title to have some colorful photos inside. Would like to see less use of ice and more of frozen fruits for creamier texture. Some combinations while I’m sure healthy don;t always sound appealing (Mushroom Cauliflower?)
Maple-Cinnamon Oatmeal (page 88)
When a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal doesn’t do the trick, maybe the exact opposite is exactly wat you need. Cool, creamy, and sweet this smoothie takes the deliscious flavors of rolled oats, aromatic cinnamon and sweet maple syrup and combines them in an out of the world oatmeal concoction that will take the place of hot oatmeal in anyone’s heart!
Yields 2 cups
1 banana peeled
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon organic pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup ice
In a blender combine the banana, oats, syrup, cinnamon and almond milk with 1/2 cup ice and blend until thoroughly blended.
While blending add remaining ice until desired consistency is achieved.