There is no better beverage in August than a nice cold smoothie and luckily there are lots of great options out there. Here are a few of my favorites.
For the first time leading frozen yogurt chain 16 Handles has taken their artisan frozen yogurt and combined it to make smoothies. With fun flavors like BFF (Strawberry Banana), Tropic Thunder (Mango Pineapple) and Brr Berry (Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry) you can walk out a smooth(ie) operator. What makes 16 Handles smoothies different? No ice is used to make them and we don’t know of anyone else making smoothies with soft serve fro yo! Even better? A vegan version of their smoothie called Surf's Up is just hitting stores. This is made with 16 Handles Coco Loco, an innovative soft serve made from coconut water. There are dozens of locations around New York and the East Coast.
Blossom Du Jour
Blossom Du Jour (3 locations in Manhattan) has one of the largest, if not the largest selection of dairy-free (vegan) frozen options. Flavors include: Butterfinger, Cookie Dough, Vanilla Peppermint Pattie, Chocolate Peppermint Pattie, Chocolate, Vanilla, Blue Velvet (acai, blueberries, strawberries, banana, vanilla, agave), Thrive (kale, banana, almond butter, pea protein), Green Giant (spinach, banana, spirulina, flax, agave, soy milk), Coconut Bliss (peanut butter, coconut, vanilla, banana, flax), and Strawberry Banana Burst. Owner Pamela Elizabeth says “These are the frozen drinks you know and love without the guilt or that sluggish feeling you often get after consuming dairy.”
Soon there will be a fourth location to grab your favorite frozen treat or vegan lunch. Blossom Du Jour is opening up another location later this month on 81st and Amsterdam.
Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts
Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts is attracting students from all over the world to come to Austin, TX to learn to make dairy-free food. Their food can change the world and the body.
For those who want to make their own vegan frozen drink at home this summer the Chef-Instructors at Natural Epicurean are sharing this tasty recipe from one of their classes.
Tropical Green Smoothie
1/4 – 1/2 fresh pineapple (approximately 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 small papaya, peeled (about 1 cup)
1 orange peeled, seeds removed
3-5 leaves of kale
1 ripe banana (frozen for creamier texture)
1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 – 1/2 – inch fresh ginger root
2-3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
2-3 cups of water
1/2 –1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
1 – 2 teaspoons super foods of your choice
Place all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend.
If using a standard home blender, start out by placing the greens in the blender with water first, then blend on high until liquefied.
Add the remaining ingredients, and water as needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.