With only a mere 77 calories a serving, how can you go wrong with this detox Strawberry, Grapefruit, & Ginger-Apple smoothie?
During our last holiday season, I noticed an upcoming newer cookbook release entitled Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best. Being a fan of the editors of Martha Stewart Living line of cookbooks, I was hopeful of this new publication and looked forward to getting my hands on another one of their healthier recipe collections.
What makes this book different from most other healthful-inspired recipe collections, is that it’s not just a cookbook, but a guide emphasizing eating clean, whole, unprocessed food and focusing on a primarily plant-based diet that provides nourishment for both mind and body. It’s not a diet book of what not to eat and how much to eat of anything, but rather a cookbook and source of inspiration with a guide for making informed choices to select nutritious ingredients as the basis for healthier meals.
The first 69 pages of the 335-page book include an easy-to-read guide that’s informative and an interesting read on the 11 Golden Rules for Eating Clean, Knowing your Nutrients, Restocking your Pantry and a Detox for your Mind and Body (including a 3-day or 21-day suggested action plan). What makes the guide an easy read is that there are highlighted notes in the side margins and attractive imagery with the use of well photographed ingredients to better illustrate the types of foods that make for a healthful diet.
Recipes are broken down in six, R-named, action-focused chapters: Replenish, Reboot, Recharge, Reenergize, Restore, and Relax.
Most recipes include a beautifully photographed representation of the dish featured and all recipes are broken down with color-coded icons denoting if they are Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, and Gluten-Free. Per serving calories, fats, cholesterol and carb information are included. The recipe collection is a good start to inspire you about the types of dishes you can enjoy with an informed mind-set on healthful eating habits with everyday-doable, fresh, and less processed food.
I was looking forward to this cookbook and guide and am not disappointed with its content. The guide is a great read for the person looking to embark on a more healthful diet or if you are already on that road. The guide’s content is informative and a good review for most. I find the recipes and the directions/methods are not overly complicated and the authors do a great job presenting easy, beautiful and delicious meals. The dishes are a great source of inspiration to work off of for other meals and use of ingredients.
The “Reboot – Drink To Your Health” section of the book is among my favorite. Cleverly laid out, smoothies are presented as either detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, energizing or hydrating with six examples of each (photographed with easy-to-find, seasonal or everyday ingredients).
The Strawberry, Grapefruit, & Ginger-Apple Smoothie is from the aforementioned Reboot section, as one of the detoxifying smoothie examples. The smoothie comes together quickly with minimal preparation of the ingredients. The strawberries and grapefruit lend to the beautiful color that at first glance, may be mistaken for tomato juice! The fresh ginger is a tasty, novel addition and should not be omitted.
If possible, use cold ingredients and add some crushed or cubed ice to the blender to lend to the colder serving temperature and some texture too!
- 2 cups hulled strawberries
- 1 peeled, seeded chopped grapefruit
- 1 cored and chopped sweet apple (don’t need to peel it)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- cubed or crushed ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and combine until well blended. Serve immediately! © Images & content: Cristina A-Moore for TeenieCakes.com.
- The evening before whipping up, refrigerate the fruits so that the ingredients are cold.
- The ice is optional, but it does help to make the smoothie colder.