Introduction

Introduction

By
David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl Andersen
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
978 1784880460

The first drink Luise and I shared together was not a smoothie. Instead it was an absurdly strong Cuba Libre with muddled lime, ice, at least a quarter bottle of dark rum and only a touch of cola in it. It was mixed by my friend at a late-night afterparty in a tiny apartment close to Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, Italy. It was probably the very opposite of a smoothie but if it wasn’t for that drink, I don’t think we ever would have made any smoothies together.

Fast forward nine years and we have since then moved to Stockholm and had two children, Elsa, six, and Isac, one-and-a-half. During this time we also started the food blog Green Kitchen Stories, which eventually allowed us to change careers to work fulltime with food, nutrition and photography. Luise refuses to give all the credit to that Cuba Libre, but personally, I’m pretty grateful for it.

Today we spend a large part of our days in the kitchen and behind the camera, creating wholesome plant-based recipes for our blog, apps, books, workshops and whatever freelance work we manage to squeeze in. We both love to cook, but with the inevitable recipe fails that are bound to happen when you experiment in the kitchen, long freelance working hours and two kids running laps around our legs, smoothies have become a necessity in our lives. They are a quick, easy and delicious way to refill energy before the dinner is ready, and also a great way to sneak some extra vegetables into our kids’ diet.

We often make smoothies for breakfast, sometimes as a healthier midday alternative to sweet snacks and drinks, other times for dessert and always after a workout. One of our favourite things about smoothies is that they don’t call for special kitchen ninja skills like, let’s say, making a lemon meringue cake does. The only skill needed is basically just knowing how to chop and push a button. Even Elsa has started making her own smoothies now (with our supervision when she uses the blender).

Since smoothies have become such a common meal for us, we have also picked up some tricks and ideas on how to make them more interesting and varied. Some days call for quick-and-easy smoothies simply poured into a glass. Other days we add extra berries, fruit, nuts or grains unmixed to the glass to create a contrast in flavour and texture. We also tend to pour them in layers for a more interesting and visual drinking experience. Another trick is to make them a little thicker, pour into a bowl, cover with toppings and eat with a spoon. They’re delicious and more nourishing as you have a larger area to fit toppings on.

We have gathered all those different types of smoothies in this book. Our hope is that both experienced smoothie enthusiasts and newbies can find new drinks to love. For that reason, we have divided the two main chapters into Simple Smoothies and Showstoppers. Simple Smoothies has all our favourite fast and simple recipes that suit everyone and are easy to shop for, like our ultimate go-to Simple Raspberry Smoothie – an easy, great-tasting smoothie made with basic ingredients and no superfoods. Showstoppers are our more intriguing-looking smoothies, like the Peanut Butter & Jam Milkshake, where the strawberries in the bottom of the glass paint beautiful patterns as you pour over the shake. Impressive as it may look, it takes no more than five minutes to make and has only five ingredients! Needless to say, it also tastes divine. Most of the showstopping smoothies are, in fact, easier than they look.

Apart from the smoothies, we have included a small Basic Recipes chapter with the muesli, granola, nut butter and chia pudding that we refer to in many of the other recipes.

There is also a chapter on Juices – the sister of smoothies with more vegetables, less fruit and no fibre. And one chapter with our favourite nut milk blends. Some of them also include a few unusual ingredients like chia seeds, beans, açaí and pumpkin. We finish the book with a Desserts chapter, which includes smoothies that are more on the sweeter side, as well as two frozen varieties.

Over the next couple of pages we will explain how to use this book, list some ingredients that can be good to stock up on, as well as share some helpful tips and tricks to improve your blends. We have also included a quick guide to what tools and appliances you might need.

Most of the recipes in this book are entirely new and previously unpublished. We have included some favourites that we created through years of blogging and also from the smoothie section of our app. All of the smoothies have been tested thoroughly, not only by us but also by a separate tester (thank you, Nic!), and all of the recipes can be made dairy- and gluten-free.

We hope that you will find this book inspiring and helpful. And if you just incorporate a few of these smoothies into your weekly or monthly routine, you will discover how much easier it is to get through long days feeling energized from the inside out.

David

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