So, recently I went through on a big/major adult appliance purchase that I have been holding off and saving for for awhile now. I’m talking about a VitaMix! I had heard so many wonderful things about the magical powers of VitaMix-ing so it was only a matter of time. After some hemming and hawing, having a hard time deciding between the 2-speed, 64 oz with an additional dry container versus the variable 10-speed with the 48 oz wet container (only), I went with the 64 oz first and was slightly disappointed. The container was ridiculously HUGE and did not fit under the counters in my kitchen at all. Plus, I like having more control over the speed, so I returned it for the 48 oz and I LOVE it. I’ve owned a little vintage Osterizer ever since I moved out on my own and it has been a wonderful blender. It got me through a lot! But it was time to upgrade and not deal with the awful “overheating” smell.
I’m really glad I got it now that the temperatures are getting slightly warmer (ahem, warm for Portland ie. 60 degrees) and I have been in the mood to experiment with smoothie making. To help jumpstart me on this endeavor, I purchased Julie Morris’s Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes. After reading many convincing 5-star reviews, I knew it had to be a staple in my new VitaMix adventures. This is the second smoothie recipe I have made so far, and I love it so much that I wanted to share the love with all of you and embark on my first giveaway on this blog…EVER! A chance for you to win a copy for yourself!
Julie Morris is a superfood power chef! She has successfully published two books (Superfood Kitchen, in addition to this one), and is coming out with a Superfood Juices recipe book next month! She’s also recipe developer for natural foods companies (such as Navitas Naturals) that produce superfood dried fruits, powders and bases like acai, cacao, goji berries, and maca root–all amazing things to add to your smoothies.
Lately I have really been loving maca and rosehip powder, which are two ingredients I added/modified to her original “Creamy Orange” smoothie. Maca is rich in B vitamins and critical minerals, helps promote libido in men and women, balances hormones, relieves menstrual cramps and helps lessen side effects of menopause, increases energy (great for athletes!), balances mood, and helps keep your skin clear and healthy. Rosehips have a wide range of benefits from containing a ton of vitamin C and other minerals, being anti-inflammatory, balancing stomach disorders, constipation, cholesterol, diabetes, and HBP. It’s a great immunity booster. So as you can see, not bad additions to sneak into your favorite nutritious drink.
Now I will admit, I am not a huge fan of orange-flavored foods. I love oranges, but the candied zest in fruit cake was what originally ruined me as a kid. But who doesn’t love a creamsicle? This recipe is basically like an orange milkshake creamsicle made super healthy AND vegan. It’s a wonder. I am head over heels in love with how she has created the bases of her smoothies. It clearly makes a world of a difference. Remember this post of my Vegan Maca Almond Joy Milkshake? Very similar in that they use dried dates, maca powder, and COCONUT ICE CUBES. Once I froze full-fat coconut milk in my little ice cube tray for the first time making that smoothie, I became a true believer in the power of coconut. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the coconut flavor, you can hardly tell when you blend it frozen into a mix of other fruity flavors. It’s a game changer.
Now, since we are on the topic of coconut milk, I also have to share my latest favorite find: these 8 oz 12-pack paper cartons of 100% coconut milk. It was a bit of a splurge, but I wanted to give them a try for the convenience factor. I hate opening cans of coconut milk and having milk left over, so I usually will just store it in a mason jar but it doesn’t always keep. But after the cost/benefit factor, I’ll just stick to Trader Joe’s cans of coconut milk in the future. Regardless, freezing the milk made this smoothie extra special. It makes a huge difference. SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS. IT’S LIFE CHANGING. I can’t reinforce that enough. Ok, I’m done talking on my frozen coconut milk ice cube soapbox. I PROMISE. Just trust me on this.
This creamsicle definitely did not disappoint. Like Julie says in her book, “amazing” doesn’t even do it justice… “it’s just heaven”. With a few modifications (I don’t have any camu powder yet) adding in the maca, rosehip powder (also for a pop of color!), vanilla protein powder, and a half of a frozen banana, this was beyond. I’m glad I took a chance and put my own little spin on it.
So give this a whirl. Tell me what you think. If you don’t have any “superfood” powders, don’t fret. You can substitute more protein powder or add anything else you’d like (cacao nibs would be bomb if you’re a fan of the chocolate-orange combo). JUST FREEZE THOSE COCONUT ICE CUBES. Ok. FINITO. Oh yeah, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win one copy of Julie Morris’s fabulous Superfood Smoothie book to make more amazing tasting smoothies like this one!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER: TARYN TENER. PLEASE RESPOND TO EMAIL I SENT AND I WILL SEND BOOK YOUR WAY ASAP!
(GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY. Winner will randomly be chosen after the end date and time via Rafflecopter, Sunday April 13th, 2014 at 12:00am. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook. We hereby release Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send me an email!)
- 1 ounce (1/8 cup) raw unsalted cashews
- 1 ounce (1/8 cup) hemp seeds
- 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla flavored whey protein powder
- 1 teaspoon rosehips powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 cup coconut milk ice cubes
- Add to smoothie container, blend until smooth. It's as simple as that!