On this week’s podcast, we’re making smoothies … but not just any smoothies. The blended drinks we’re making today are designed to support your family’s gut and heart health and to deliver benefits like glowing skin and strong muscles. My guest is Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, author of Smoothies & Juices, and she joins the podcast fun to explain why it’s time to break out your blender, because smoothies are the perfect thirst quencher all year long.
Frances Largeman-Roth is a registered dietitian, mom of three, avid runner, and author of Smoothies & Juices: 100 Delicious Recipes for Optimal Wellness. (Keep reading to find out how you can enter for a chance to win this delicious book.) Frances is the founder of FrancesLargemanRoth.com where you will find recipes for the whole family and many free healthy eating guides. She’s a cookbook author and contributor to Today.com, Parents, and Parade. She has appeared on TV shows like Good Morning America and the Rachael Ray Show. Frances is a whiz when it comes to making smoothies.
Me please! Ginger-Mango Orange Creme.
On today’s show, we’ll share smoothie recipes made with unexpected ingredients like fresh and frozen peaches and whole grain oats, and we’ll blend up one of my favorite recipes from the book for Ginger-Mango Orange Creme. Frances shares inside information about what to stock in your gut-healthy smoothie pantry, and she gives us the scoop on protein powder and collagen and why you may want to add them to your smoothies. It’s time to break out your blenders again and make smoothies!
“Smoothies deliver nutrients in small, portable packages and aren’t just for summertime.”
– Frances Largeman-Roth
We’re giving away a copy of Smoothies & Juices to one lucky U.S. winner. For a chance to win, post a comment in the comments section below and tell me about your favorite smoothie recipe and/or your favorite go-to smoothie ingredient. I’ll pick one winner at random on December 16th at noon ET. Good luck!
- Frances Largeman-Roth family’s move from Brooklyn to Westchester with her husband and three kids (ages 11, 9, and 6) and how she’s preparing to add a new puppy to the mix
- Frances’ work for food magazines, writing cookbooks, and her website/newsletter
- What mealtime looks like in her busy household
- Frances’ cookbooks: Feed the Belly (a guide for pregnant moms who want to eat a healthy diet), The Carb Lovers Diet, and Eating in Color (prompted by her picky daughter)
- Her latest cookbook, Smoothies & Juices, focuses on the nutrients packed into smoothies
- What you need to start your smoothie adventure: a blender, measuring cups, and freezer bags
- The ideal smoothie for gut health includes prebiotic fiber (good sources are bananas, oats, apples, kiwi, chia seeds, flax seeds, honey, and maple syrup) and probiotics (good sources are kefir and yogurt)
- Frances’ Gut Health Smoothie is made with kefir, kale, almond butter, banana, and kiwi
- Why you should add oats to your smoothies for body and texture
- Other surprising smoothie ingredients include avocado, chia seeds, and flax seeds
- Try Frances’ Ginger-Mango Orange Cream Creme that’s made with carrots, ginger, mango, orange carrot juice, and vanilla yogurt
- Frances’ helpful tips:
- Add juice to your blender before other ingredients
- Add baby spinach for iron, fiber, and a mild sweetness
- Clean your blender by adding two drops of liquid soap and water; blend it and it will clean itself!
- How smoothies and their powerful nutrients can promote a healthy immune system
- How smoothies can help improve your skin if you add collagen and beta carotene
- To reduce inflammation:
- Reduce added sugars, refined carbs, and saturated and trans fats
- Use grapes, cherries, turmeric, ginger, chia seeds, and blueberries
- In smoothies, avoid added sugar, but don’t shy away from the natural sugars in fruits and dairy ingredients because they provide energy and added nutrition
- Should I add protein powder to smoothies? Which ones are best? Check out Frances’ book for all the information you need
- Frances’ family favorite smoothies:
- Strawberry Avocado Refresher: strawberries, avocado, frozen banana, lime juice, and ice
- Banana Avocado Zinger: banana, avocado, baby spinach, coconut water, frozen pineapple chunks, chopped fresh parsley, and lime juice (jalapeño is optional)
LINKS and RESOURCES:
My email: [email protected]
Find Francis on the web:
Instagram and Twitter: @FrancesLRothRD
Get her FREE monthly FLR VIP newsletter with recipes and discounts: www.franceslargemanroth.com
Contributor At Today.com and Parents magazine
Host of The Milk & Honey Kitchen with Frances on YouTube
Like Frances on Facebook
Frances’ collagen recommendation: Unflavored collagen from Vital Proteins and the vanilla multi collage from Ancient Nutrition. Frances uses it in her coffee daily and also enjoys adding it to smoothies.
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