“We always eat to feel good, and on sunny days that might very well mean having ice cream, too,” says Stockholm couple David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl of the Green Kitchen Stories Blog and the newly released cookbook Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies For Every Day.
For this healthy culinary duo, smoothies are a necessity. Between busy lives as parents and ambitious bloggers and cookbook authors, smoothies are a straightforward way to stay focused, energized, and active.
In their cookbook, Frenkiel and Vindahl present us with inventive concoctions that are not only packed with wholesome ingredients like spinach, nut betters, fennel, beets, avocado, and bananas, but are shockingly vibrant and just plain beautiful.
Gorgeous photography and ingredients aside, the authors maintain that “blending smoothies isn’t a science and shouldn’t be… We have tried to keep the instructions short and easy.”
Moreover, the book is divided into two sections: Simple Smoothies and Showstoppers. The simple smoothie recipes are designed to be easy to shop for as well as general crowd pleasers (that means kid-friendly, too!).
Showstoppers are their more intriguing smoothies — like this Green Goodness Bowl — but Frenkiel assures us that they are easier than they look. One of their favorite aspects about making smoothies is that they don’t require “special kitchen ninja skills… The only skill needed is basically just knowing how to chop and press a button. “
The book also covers a few smoothie ingredients and add-ons like nut milks and butters, granola, and chia puddings. “Our hope is that both experienced smoothie enthusiasts and newbies can find new drinks to love,” Frenkiel says.
The Daily Meal was fortunate enough to chat with Frenkiel and Vindahl to learn more about their delightful cookbook:
The Daily Meal: What is your philosophy of cooking?
Frenkiel and Vindahl: We don’t have a proper philosophy but believe in eating a healthy and varied diet focused on vegetables, fruit, pulses, whole grains, and unprocessed food without being restricted by rules. We always eat to feel good, and on sunny days that might very well mean having ice cream, too.
How did it inspire the recipes you chose to include in this book?
Since this book is dedicated to smoothies, we created wholesome smoothies filled with fruit, vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats. One smoothie even has beans in it. Apart from all the quick, easy, and simple smoothies in the book, we also show how to make even more amazing smoothies, by serving them in bowls with lots of granola and fresh fruit on top; layering them in high glasses together with chia pudding, yogurt, or nut butter; or pouring them over mashed fresh berries to create beautiful swirls of color. This way we get a variation in texture, flavor, and it often also makes a more substantial meal. Not to mention how show-stopping they look.
What is your favorite recipe in the book and why?
There is a mango and turmeric smoothie with goji berries in the book that has a very unique flavor. It’s really delicious! Another favorite is the Nuts & Blues Smoothie — a wonderfully nut and cacao-based smoothie that is poured over frozen wild blueberries. It looks so beautiful when the blueberries float around in the smoothie, tainting it with blue streaks of color.
Lastly, the Super Berry & Fennel Smoothie. It’s a simple smoothie recipe containing many of my favorite smoothie ingredients. It’s not too sweet either, with avocado instead of the usual banana. It has a touch of licorice from the fennel that goes perfectly with the fresh berry flavor.
How do you hope readers will use this book? What do you hope they take away?
Hopefully they will find the photos so luscious looking that they simply can’t resist pulling out their blender and trying the recipes. Maybe giving a few of our Showstopping Smoothies a go and then, once they are hooked, we hope that they will start experimenting with their own blends. We have lots of tips on what to think about when creating smoothies at home.
Anything else you would like the share?
Our number one tip for creating tasty smoothies is to use your freezer a lot. Freezing fruit and vegetables always create creamier results. Smoothies are also always more delicious when served cold so freezing the fruit helps on that part as well. The creamiest of all fruits are avocados and bananas so we often make sure to include either of them in our smoothies.