I own a Vitamix! I’ve been wanting one for years and years but it’s been unattainable with the hefty price tag that comes along with it. Buying a Vitamix simply hasn’t been a priority I could afford. I’m not sure it’s one we could really afford right now either, but we made it happen and haven’t regret it for a moment.
What finally tipped me over the edge in buying one was winning a cookbook on a blog giveaway at Vegan Vistor; Superfood Cuisine: Cooking With Nature’s Most Amazing Foods by Julie Morris. I so enjoyed reading this fantastic cookbook and pursuing the mouth watering and healthy recipes. I’ve since tried a number of them, although I don’t have ingredients on hand for all.
Superfoods mentioned in this cookbook are: Acai Berry, algaes like Chlorella and Spirulina, Cacao, Camu Camu, Chia Seed, Flax Seed, Goldenberry, Goji Berry, grasses like Wheat Grass, Kamut Grass and Barley Grass, Green Leafy Veg, Hemp Seeds, Maca, Maqui Berry, Mulberry, Pomegranate, Quinoa, Sea Veg, Sacha Inchi, Sprouts and Yacon.
Also mentioned are a number of healthy ingredients that are rich in nutrients, although not technically superfoods. Agave, Coconut Oil, Coconut Water, Dates, Lucuma, Mesquite, Miso, Nutritional Yeast, Tahini and Umeboshi Plum Vinegar, to name a few.
What I learned about many superfoods is that they are often best used as a freeze dried powder. Because many of them are found so far from where I live- and likely where you live too- processing them into a freeze dried powder is the best way to take advantage of their abundant nutrients. What better way to consume freeze dried superfood powders than in smoothies?
A lot of my friends think it’s funny that for years I have been making smoothies in my food processor. Seriously, the official step I take before actually “blending” the smoothie ingredients is to wrap a dish towel around the seam of the food processor to catch the inevitable spray that comes out as I process. I realise that a food processor wasn’t ideal for smoothie making but without a blender it was the best I had.
We’ve been making smoothies daily for more than a month now and we all feel better for it. With the Vitamix we’re able to add all kinds of ingredients to our smoothies that we couldn’t with a food processor or ancient blender, like kale, collards, fresh new nettle, flax seeds and carrots.
The smoothies we’re making now are outrageously delicious and packed full of healthy goodness!
I’m so excited to share more superfood specifics and smoothie ideas in future blog posts! I also have a number of recipes to share from the cookbook itself or at least share the recipes the way I make them.
What are your favourite smoothie ingredients?