Maca powder, which has so many notable health benefits, has a caramel-y flavor that blends well into smoothies of all sorts. Here, it teams well banana and vanilla flavors. If you’re new to maca, use the lesser quantity; if you’ve been using it, allow for 2 teaspoons per serving. Photos by Ollzha.
I was a huge fan of milkshakes growing up (who wasn’t??). My all-time favorite ice cream flavor has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favorite as well. He never, ever gets anything different, it’s mint chip all.the.time. I thought of combining these two delicious childhood favorites into one leaner, greener dairy-free drink. There’s no artificial color here, the beautiful green color comes from healthy baby spinach. The flavor has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your milkshake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a bittersweet flavor. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
I think this juice tastes a little bit like a toasted marshmallow. It’s a mellow combination of nutritious carrots, energizing maca powder, and tasty cashews. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Juices: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes* © 2014 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris and Oliver Barth.
I think I have had apricots in just about every recipe imaginable. One all time favorite is chevre stuffed apricots as an antipasto. Since this busy-bee does not indulge in animal cheese like this but once or twice a year, I decided to create a cashew chevre to stuff them with. It still has the smooth texture and tanginess that we all crave in an artisan chevre, but is made with raw cashews instead. more→
Back when I made this dessert for the first time, pomegranate juice was not yet widely available, so I had to juice the pomegranates myself. It was a true labor of love, involving twelve large pomegranates, a lot of pressing, and red-stained hands. These days, with bottled pomegranate juice easily accessible, it’s quick work to get this project going. You can use any type of pear for this, but Bosc pears are best because they take longer to cook, which gives them more time to absorb the aromatic pomegranate juice, and they hold their shape well after poaching. Recipe and photos from Extraordinary Vegan* by Alan Roettinger ©2013, reprinted by Book Publishing Company, by permission. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.
Apple chips are one of my favorite healthy snacks. I love their crunchy, sweet, and luscious flavor. They take some time to bake at a low temperature, but are really easy to prepare. You can set your oven’s timer and go do other things and return when it’s time to flip the apples. You can even make a bigger batch and have them handy for snacking throughout the week. Recipe and photo contributed by Mariana Diez, from her blog Joyful Living.
This colorful chart (© Live Love Fruit ) gives you a great visual on how to build an array of delicious, nutritious smoothies that blend nondairy milks or juices, fresh fruits, green veggies, nuts butters or seeds, and super foods. Experiment with quantities and consistencies to suit your particular taste, and vary them from time to time, according to season and what you have on hand. Aside from good ingredients, you’ll also benefit from a good blender if you’d like smoothies to be part of your daily routine. more→
As a change of pace from the classic strawberry-banana, try this easy chocolate raspberry banana smoothie. Use frozen raspberries any time of year (keep them frozen for a frosty treat!) and fresh raspberries whenever possible. more→