A word about Everyday Food, Martha’s pint-sized, simple-quick-food magazine. It’s meant to provide easy recipes that you can make anytime, and much of the time, it succeeds adorably. In the past couple of years, however, my interest has waned somewhat. EF begins to repeat itself, and it can get boring.
But then! The January/February “light” issue arrives, and the world is a sparkling and wonderful place again! The Martha crew is no Heidi Swanson, but they do manage to crank out some tempting if somewhat unexciting healthy recipes in between reminders that nothing is more convenient than frozen shrimp.
This January, every food magazine on the planet had a feature on nutritious, delicious smoothies that promised to flush away all your holiday sins. I love smoothies. I hate holiday sins. I perused each article carefully, and, with a magnificent flourish that nobody saw, determined that EF’s eight smoothie offerings looked the most interesting.
Then I went crazy, made six of them, and walked around with berry seeds in my teeth for a few weeks. That’s just the way I do things around here. As sexily as possible.
And now, with a magnificent flourish, the results of my research. (Oh, and if you don’t have an immersion blender, I strongly encourage you to snap one up. I use mine constantly, and I find it much more useful than a blender ever was.)
Smoothies That Tasted the Best and Made Mornings Cheerful Just Like in a Children’s Show Where Like the Mailman or Whoever Is Walking Around, Greeting Neighbors and Petting Dogs and Complimenting People’s Gardens
- Pineapple and Ginger – Zingy!
- Pom-Berry Banana – Fruity!
- Berry Orange – Crap, I already used fruity!
- Peach, Berry, and Spinach – Non-spinachy! (I promise)
- Almond Date – Desserty!
- Cucumber Blueberry – Sounds like a really expensive soap!
Peach, Berry, and Spinach was probably my favorite, although it was a close contest. Because it’s more like a milkshake and loaded with calories, I’d recommend the Almond Date one for dessert. Someday soon, I will try the Peanut-Banana Espresso and Green Machine smoothie, but, as I have run out of money buying all this damn fruit, it will have to be another time.