In a fit of visual-endorphin-release (I'm looking at you illustrated Harry Potter), I bought Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, It's All Easy. I get a little kick of the title, because I like to think it's a middle finger to all of her haters. But maybe that's just me.
Some of it is a little inaccessible - there are quite a few ingredients I wouldn't find in Trader Joe's, much less an out-of-the-way grocery, but generally I think you can get by with substitutions, or a stock-up at Whole Foods that will last you a long while. (I did have to laugh when she mentions a certain fruit, "by the acai in your groceries frozen section," oh right, by the acai).
The overall vibe of the cookbook though is inspiring, tasty, moderately healthy food. In other words, indulgence can be a necessary ingredient.
I particularly love the smoothies & energizing drinks she references, like, pitaya bowls (next to the acai), coconut cafe au lait & the ginger, sesame & almond drink.
Part of the reason I was so excited for this cookbook is because I'm making an effort to eat far more plant-based fibers. And making a giant smoothie for breakfast helps get me down the right track. You'll want to toy with your own flavors, I'm sure, but here's the gist of what I throw in the blender to make a stick-to-your-ribs, super nutritious and, honest I promise, tasty drink.
Hope's hippie breakfast smoothie guaranteed to make you feel superior
Frozen banana - I peel & chop bananas & pop them in the freezer once they're ripe
Full fat yogurt (homemade is best, but I use store bought too)
A tablespoon of sauerkraut juice (sounds awful, but if you only use a bit, you won't notice)
A tablespoon of maple syrup
Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed
Two tablespoons of rolled oats
A tablespoon of peanut butter
A tablespoon of cocoa powder
At least one tablespoon of coconut oil
If you don't like your drinks chewy, use seedless fruits like mango, peaches, apples (cored) etc
Blend in a blender, vitamix, or food processor. Thin with your favorite type of milk (I'd recommend almond, but I use cow's when I'm out of almond milk (here's an easy recipe))