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Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie & Superfood Smoothies Cookbook Giveaway!

In Book Review, Drinks on January 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie

There was How I Spent My New Year’s Eve and now How I Spent My New Year’s Day.

Who did not enjoy a mid-week hump day holiday?

Because we had returned to Houston, this was a New Year’s Day like no other. It was reasonably warm outside. Rob had a taco craving. The much-hyped taco restaurant was open on January 1. We wanted to cycle. So we combined the plans.

In truth, while I cycle to/from work every day, our weekend rides have dwindled in between all our travel, cold and rainy weather and lastly Rob’s cold. By the time I became infected, I was only inflicted by a minor sore throat (so far, at least). I didn’t let that stop us from cycling for tacos.

Instead of our dawn-cracking bicycle rides of summer yonder, our winter cycling is more of an afternoon affair. In Houston, daily temperatures are at their peak around 3-4 pm, whereas in Toronto, it is more like 1-2 pm. In any case, we forged ahead. Rob picked the location that would lead best to a bike ride.

We picked a nice bike trail that is fairly sheltered from motorists. While construction has demolished its uninterrupted bicycle bliss (Houston’s construction season must be winter), it was a great ride… and surprisingly without too many other people sharing the path.

While the bike ride was fantastic, nearly 40 km and with a good pace, we had a much slower pace at the restaurant. Because it was THE place to be… we had to wait at least 15 minutes prior to being seated. Rob felt vindicated, though. He had eaten the best tacos yet, although I still feel like those in Mexico City were superior. Rob pointed out that the commute is much easier if we stay within Houston.

Hope you enjoyed your holiday, too.

After our ride, I treated us to this delicious smoothie. A little messy, but I decided not to clean up my mess. All for a better photo, no? 😉

Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie

While we have a freezer filled with frozen bananas, I like to whip together banana-free smoothies, too.  Dates and lucuma powder provide the sweet caramel undertones for this creamy smoothie. Banana usually lends well to both creaminess and sweetness, and in this case, the creaminess comes from tofu, hemp seeds and macadamia nuts. It is actually a very simple smoothie but it tasted great. It kind of brought whole foods smoothie to a new level for me (due to the lack of non-dairy milk). In addition to the lack of banana, this smoothie was fun because you basically create your own non-dairy milk from macadamia nuts and tofu.

This is just one of the creative craveable concoctions from Julie Morris’ Superfood Smoothies. She has really outdone herself, because there are so many wonderful drinks here: watermelon acai, carrot cardamom, mango chili, cucumber mint, chocolate kale, mint chip, mayan chocolate, maca oat, pineapple maca, red velvet cake (with roasted beets!) and even a chocolate smoothie with cauliflower.

All of the smoothie focus on plant-based ingredients, with a special focus on superfoods. Superfoods including standard fruits and vegetables but also less common ingredients (aka expensive) like acai, macqui, maca and camu powders, dried mulberries, hemp seeds, and fresh coconut water. A handy substitution chart at the back of the book will help with substitutions, but let’s be honest: smoothies are meant to be forgiving. Most of the time, the hard-to-find ingredients could be omitted altogether since they are used in limited amount, substituted with something more common or you could splurge and just use a little bit of them for each smoothie, which would last you a long time. A bit more of a bother for me was the inclusion of different juices in the recipes – carrot, apple, orange, pomegranate, aloe, etc. I would rather throw in a whole carrot than only use its juice, but one is way more sweet than the other… and way more juicy.  If you use the recipes as a guide, I don’t think you will be let down. Furthermore, while there may or may not be a conflict of interest, Julie is a spokesperson and executive chef for a company that sells said expensive superfoods. Although her work with the Smoothment (Smoothie Movement), may indeed make her an expert with such ingredients. Perhaps if you drink your way through this cookbook, you will become one, too.

Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie

Thankfully the publisher is letting me give a cookbook to one reader living in the continental United States (sorry to all my non-US readers). To be entered, please leave a comment here, telling me about your favourite smoothie. If you have yet to venture into the land of smoothies, have a look through the index of Superfood Smoothies on amazon (or any of the smoothies listed here) and tell me what you want to drink the most. I will randomly select a winner on January 15, 2014. Good luck!

Superfood Smoothies spotted elsewhere:

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Toasted Coconut and Macadamia Smoothie

Lemon-Lime Smoothie (with Bok Choy!)

Mint Chip Smoothie

Raw Cookie Dough Shake

Cocoa Cream (aka Chocolate Dream Smoothie)

Mango Chili

Strawberry Basil

Grapefruit Pomegranate

This is my submission to this week’s Weekend Wellness and to this month’s Random Recipes.

Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie
Adapted from Superfood Smoothies (also seen here)

2 cups ice
1/4 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
3 large pitted Medjool dates (may replace 1 date with 1 tbsp coconut sugar)
1/4 cup silken tofu
2 tbsp lucuma powder
1 tbsp flaxseed powder
1 tbsp hemp seeds
3/4 cup water (or fresh coconut water)
additional sweetener, to taste

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serves 2.

  1. the mango chili smoothie sounds to die for! i love the combination on sweet and spicy!

  2. I love my staple smoothie (banana, spinach, almond butter, almond milk and cinnamon), but I need to branch out! Would love to with a new cookbook!

  3. I have not had too many smoothies, so I looked through the index. I like the sound of a Blueberry Goji smoothie. That should be pretty healthy!

  4. My favorite smoothie varies with the seasons. Right now its banana, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice and nondairy milk.

  5. I don’t have a ton of smoothies, but the one I usually make is a banana, an apple, a stick of celery, and a few handfuls of greens – usually spinach and one other. I’d love some more inspiration 🙂

  6. I’d love to try the Red Velvet Cake recipe – sounds delicious. My favorite cake made into a healthy smoothie.

  7. My favorite smoothie is a Pina Colada Smoothie. That Raw Cookie Dough Shake sounds fabulous!

  8. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I love smoothies and can’t wait to try this combination 🙂 Miummm !!!

  9. Orange Goji sounds yummy to me!

  10. I’m always keen for ideas to take me away from my standard banana containing smoothies – I love them, but like you say, sometimes it’s nice to branch out from banana! Tofu is a great idea and I really need to try that. Sounds like your own ride was excellent too 🙂

  11. I love your New Years bike ride! The best way to ring it in. Plus these shakes look pretty awesome as well! I’m not sure I’ve ever had lucuma before. Must check it out!

  12. Oh my goodness, Ive been looking for a perfect smoothie combination to have for breakfast for a while now and this IS IT! Thankyou! I can’t believe I haven’t discovered your blog sooner!


  13. I have been into non-banana smoothies lately too. I just feel better when I don’t eat bananas all the time, sad to say! So I love this 🙂

    Your New Years sounds so nice! One day I will enjoy a New Years too where venturing outside is not only doable, but appealing! I went outside to get takeout this New Years and almost froze into a popsicle!

  14. Toasted coconut and macadamia. No question. That sounds like dessert!!!

  15. My standard smoothie is frozen blueberries, greens powder, coconut milk yogurt, and rice milk. Always looking for more exciting recipes though!

  16. Make smoothies all the time my son loves my vegan egg nogg with turmeric root great immune booster. Thanks

  17. I love any smoothie with spinich or carrot in it. My favorite smoothie is orange pinapple carrot! 🙂

  18. Mmm I love putting lacuma powder in my smoothies! So good.
    I think my favourite smoothie is a pineapple, ginger, spirulina one. I can’t get enough of it!

  19. The coconut and macadamia smoothie sounds like a perfect creamy dessert alternative for this winter weather. That, and I love anything with dates!

  20. Ahhh so hard to choose a favorite smoothie. One of my new favorites has to be fresh apple juice, frozen mango and frozen bananas with fresh ground vanilla bean. It is a combination of sweetness from the mango, the hit of apple juice and a thick banana creaminess with a warm vanilla after taste. I like it a thick consistency so I make sure I use lots of bananas. So yummyy!!! This book looks amazing! 🙂

  21. […] from The Taste Space is giving away a copy of Julie Morris’s Superfood Smoothies. Just her photo of the Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie […]

  22. I love my simple blueberry cocoa smoothie! Just frozen blueberries, spinach, cocoa powder, ice, and water! So refreshing and simple 🙂

  23. One of my favorite smoothie recipes is spinach, fresh lemon juice, grated ginger, an orange, and a pear. Sometimes I’ll add celery or parsley too. So good!

  24. My favorite is frozen banana blended with almond milk and mangos. I haven’t gotten to adventurous with smoothies but the Lucuma Macadamia Smoothie sounds amazing!

  25. My favorite “go to” smoothie is mango, kale and banana. I use two cups frozen mango, 2 cups water, 2 cups kale and 1 banana. So creamy and the perfect amount of sweetness.

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