superfood cuisine

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES at Williams Sonoma!

It is with truly great pleasure that I am able to share the news that the SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES cookbook is now featured at Williams Sonoma stores nation-wide. But… this pleasure extends way beyond just a little feather in my cap; rather, it is about the progress of the health movement at large… and in particular, the rise of superfoods!

Back when I first got into “all this crazy superfood stuff” (as a couple friends of mine like to playful call my [now] line of work) a decade ago, the subject of superfoods was pretty well locked into “fringe” category. There was no gargantuan raw food/superfood section in Whole Foods (they didn’t even sell chia seeds – gasp!), and there weren’t green smoothies being sported around every place you looked. How times have (quickly) changed.  See, it’s not cupcake tins or stand mixers or toasters that are the hot-ticket items at premium cookware stores like Williams Sonoma anymore.  It’s blenders. And while my parents may have never dusted off their blender for more than the occasional margarita, our generation on the other hand is looking to make everyday a blendworthy day, whipping up vast varieties of beneficial mixes: namely, smoothies. It makes me unbelievably proud that the same Williams Sonoma stores I so frequently stalked for premium kitchenware all through my 20′s, are now featuring my second book, Superfood Smoothies, right alongside healthy superfood powders, and top-of-the-line blending machines. From fringe category to featured subject! I LOVE that!

To celebrate, I have a few smoothie demos and book signings at the Williams Sonoma stores. If you are in the area, please come out and join in the fun. As a major cheerleader for superfoods and plant-based foods myself, I can attest that the more we continue to support stores like Williams Sonoma in their efforts to offer greener and healthier products, the more readily available and more easily attainable a healthy lifestyle will be in this country at large. Let’s continue to spread this subject; I’m so happy to be involved in this journey with you!

Superfood Smoothie book signing & demo DATES:
Both the Cookie Dough Smoothie and the Cherry Vanilla Smoothie from Superfood Smoothies are on the menu!

July 20, noon: Williams-Sonoma South Coast Plaza

July 27, 11am: Williams-Sonoma Santa Monica

August 15, 6pm: Williams-Sonoma San Francisco (Union Square)

August 22, 6pm: Williams-Sonoma New York (59th & Lexington)

TBD: Williams-Sonoma Chicago

Superfood SPRING TOUR Dates Announced!


It’s official! I’m packing my bags, my superfoods, and my blender, then saying a temporary goodbye to sunny SoCal  to head out east and spread some superfood love! We’re gonna have a blast! I’ll be doing events and book signings up and down the east coast that each include: a talk on superfoods covering all your nagging what’s and why’s, my top 7 anti-aging and energy-giving superfoods and how to use them, a superfood smoothie demonstration and tasting, a Q&A session, plus free superfood samples via Navitas Naturals.  I’ll also be ending each event with a Superfood Cuisine book signing, and if you don’t have a copy yet (or want another to gift to a friend) there will be plenty of books available for purchase on site as well. I am SO looking forward to meeting some of you at these vibrant events – you won’t want to miss them!

Most events last around 90 minutes. See you soon!

Massachusetts:

Wednesday 3/21/12, 11:00 am: Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Wednesday 3/21/12, 6:00 pm: Whole Foods Wellesley

Thursday 3/22/12, 5:30 pm: Whole Foods River Street

Friday 3/23/12, 11:00 am: Whole Foods Charles River

Friday 3/23/12, 5:30 pm: Whole Foods Dedham

Rhode Island:

Saturday 3/24/12, 9:30 am: Whole Foods University

Saturday 3/24/12, 2:00 pm: Whole Foods Cranston

New York:

Monday 3/26/12, 11:00 am: Whole Foods Upper West Side

Monday 3/26/12, 5:00 pm: Health Nuts

Tuesday 3/27/12, 11:00 am: Whole Foods Tribeca

Tuesday 3/27/12, 5:00 pm:  Westerly’s

Wednesday 3/28/12, 11:00 am: Whole Foods Columbus Circle

Thursday, 3/29/12,  11:00 am: Integral  Yoga

Thursday 3/29/12, 5:00 pm: Whole Foods Union Square

Friday 3/30/12, 11:00: Whole Foods Chelsea

Sunday 4/15/12, 10:45-11:15 class: Natur-Tyme Health Fair

New Jersey

Saturday 3/31/12, 10:00 am: Whole Foods Princeton

Tuesday, 4/10/12, 10:00-11:00am: Whole Earth Center, Princeton

Tuesday, 4/10/12, 6:00-7:30pm: Whole Foods Marlton

Washington DC/Virginia

Tuesday 4/3/12, 5:00: Whole Foods Market Friendship Heights

Wednesday 4/4/12, 12:00 pm: Whole Foods Georgetown

Wednesday 4/4/12, 5:00 pm: Whole Foods P Street

Thursday 4/5/12, 12:00 pm: Whole Foods Alexandria

Thursday 4/5/12, 6:00 pm: Whole Foods Arlington (free class)

Friday 4/6/12, 12:00 pm: Whole Foods Market Rockville (free class)

Friday 4/6/12,  6:00 pm: My Organic Market – Rockville

Philidelphia

Monday, 4/9/12, 11:00am-1:00pm: Whole Foods Devon

Wednesday 4/11/12, 11:00am-1:00pm: Whole Foods Kimberton

Wednesday, 4/11/12, 4:00-6:00pm: Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

Thursday, 4/12/12, 11:00am-1:00pm: Whole Foods Wynnewood

Thursday, 4/12/12, 3:00-5:00pm: Whole Foods Glen Mills

Friday, 4/13/12, 11:00am-1:00pm: Whole Foods North Wales (meet & greet only … no class)

 

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Quinoa with Secret Pesto & Sun-dried Tomatoes

It’s high-time we feature a delicious recipe from Superfood Cuisine here, don’t you agree? Doing so, on my end at least, has not been a particularly easy process. Indeed, like picking a favorite child, I’ve been utterly at loss while deciding which of the 100+ superfood recipes to share. Seriously! I love them all (obviously), and each is worthy of the extremely fancy spotlight of a blog post. Which oh which recipe to choose?

Attempting to summon my recipe decision-making mojo earlier today, I took a walk outside. Ironically, it was there I found my answer staring me in the face, right inside my little herb garden. If you have a garden or have visited the produce section at the market lately, you’re likely aware that this time of year has a way of making some herbs, like basil, a little, well, “overly ambitious.” My homegrown basil is certainly no different, and though I love its flavor, I couldn’t help but pass a little judgment upon the plant today as I observed it unabashedly hogging up almost the entire pot it’s supposed to share with other green savories. Calm down there, basil; clearly it’s time we put you to use. And by “use,” I of course mean it’s an ideal time to make my “Secret Pesto” recipe from the cookbook.

I call this recipe a secret not because I’m not going to tell you how to make it (I’ve never understood recipe secrets – I mean, it’s FOOD, not the blueprints to a rocketship). Rather, this pesto is “secret” because it includes a profoundly nutrient-rich superfood within the sauce that you would NEVER guess was there: wheatgrass. Wheatgrass? You bet I’m serious. While most people easily embrace “everyday” superfoods like spinach or quinoa, if you have family or friends who are skeptical of including more niche superfoods like wheatgrass, this is the perfect way to show them just how easy it is to boost a meal’s nutrition with superfoods without compromising flavor. I like to sneak in the “secret,” serve this awesome meal up, and then share the extra good news after the bowls have been licked clean.

Like all the recipes in Superfood Cuisine, the food is designed not only to be aesthetically attractive and full of fabulous flavor, but also packed with health-giving purpose. From this recipe, here are just a few of the things you can look forward to…per each fabulous serving:

Amazing, yeah? I think so too. Some secrets are too good not to share.

Quinoa with Secret Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Makes 4-6 hearty servings

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (packed) sun-dried tomatoes
2 cups (packed) chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup EFA oil
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freeze-dried wheatgrass powder
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups (packed) baby spinach, cut into chiffonade (aka extra thin)

DIRECTIONS:

Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in some hot water for 30 minutes or until soft. Slice thinly.

Use a food processor to blend the basil, hemp seeds, both oils, wheatgrass powder, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic into a pesto sauce. In a large bowl, toss some of the pesto (use as much as desired) with the quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Serve cold or gently heat.

- Recipe and photo from Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods

 

 

 

Beauty Secrets of Superfoods

The new best friends of beauty don’t come from a tube (or a pill, or an infomercial, or the, er, “special doctor”). The beauty boost you’ve been looking for comes straight from the kitchen! A radiant exterior starts with a well-nourished body, and while there are many foods that offer beautifying benefits, nutrient-dense superfoods are ideal for getting that long-term glow. Add these 5 extraordinary foods to your diet for the healthiest (and most delicious!) beauty upgrade ever:

Hemp Seeds
Among their many benefits, hemp seeds are an exceptionally rich source of essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs serve as a crucial element in the development of new cells by helping to compose the cell membrane itself. Because the cells that compose our body’s exterior have an especially high turnover rate, eating foods with quality EFAs influences an increase in renewed and vibrant skin, hair, nails, etc. Hemp seeds also supply a good source of Vitamin E, the famous beauty nutrient known for its natural moisturizing and anti-aging qualities.
Try them in: Hemp Hummus

Wheatgrass Juice or Powder
Being a potent natural source of chlorophyll (the green “blood” of plants), wheatgrass is profoundly alkaline. This quality means wheatgrass assists in increasing circulation, promotes detoxification of impurities, neutralizes acids and toxins, and at the same time replenishes cells with essential minerals. While all this beneficial activity builds a clean body internally, these perks also translate to vibrant, lustrous skin and bright, clear eyes.
Try it in: Green Energy Bars

Berries
Nutrient-dense berries such as strawberries, blackberries, goji berries, or acai berries share a common benefit: concentrated antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body, thus providing defense against cellular oxidation (disease and aging). Consistent consumption of high antioxidant foods can delay signs of aging by keeping the body’s cell structure strong on both the inside and out. Eating these “superberries” can be especially helpful in preventing the acceleration of skin damage (like wrinkles!), as well as delaying (even reversing, according to some reports) graying hair.
Try them in: Indigo Granita Dessert

Camu Camu
As the world’s highest known source of Vitamin C, camu berries are a standout superfood in a beautifying diet. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in beauty because in addition to contributing to tissue growth, this nutrient is also essential for the formation of collagen – a protein responsible for giving skin its elastic quality (among many other things!). Plus, being an antioxidant in and of itself, Vitamin C is another premium tool in the anti-aging arsenal. Consuming vitamin C in a natural, whole food form like camu (as opposed to a synthetic vitamin pill) ensures this helpful nutrient is digested and assimilated by the body to the fullest extent.
Try it in: Camu Berry Lemonade, from Superfood Cuisine: Cooking With Nature’s Most Amazing Foods

Coconut Oil
Granted, coconut oil may not be a superfood per se, but its incredible benefits earn it a paramount position in the natural beauty regimen. When enjoyed as a food, coconut oil makes a nutritious cooking oil full of energy-giving medium chain fatty acids that are easily (and deliciously) used in place of harmful fats. Used externally, coconut oil serves as nature’s premier moisturizing lotion – an ideal remedy for dry or wrinkled skin. Rubbed on the body or face, the smooth oil is easily absorbed, softens the skin, and provides an instant radiance.
Try it in: Heavenly Baked Delecata Squash

These foods can be sourced at natural food stores, through various web-based retailers, or through my online shop.

Just Released! Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods


Ironically, for a person who just wrote a book, I’m so overjoyed right now that I’m genuinely at a loss for words. I’ve written and re-written this first paragraph half a dozen times already, but I’d rather just nix the fancy prose altogether and express what I’m really thinking:

YAY!!!!!!!!!

That’s all, just yay. (Actually there was a little dance that went along with the yay, but luckily it doesn’t translate through writing).

I have good (great!) news and some mildly-bad-but-not-really-so-bad news.

Good news: I am unbelievably proud and thrilled to announce that my first book, Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods is now available. I just got my first small shipment of books today and holy WOW, what a feeling that is. Good news indeed. YAY.

Mildly-bad-but-not-really-so-bad news: Due to the amazing response from the pre-orders (thank you!), this first shipment is already (!) SOLD OUT. The next book shipment will get in next week (it will be much larger). If you already had your order in prior to today, it will ship out asap. If you haven’t ordered a signed copy from here on my site yet but do it now, it will be shipped next week. Amazon orders (that have been already been placed, or that you place now) will ship to the Amazon warehouse next week, where they will then go out to all of you who ordered (thank you again!). And even more thanks, overall, for your patience, for your support, for your readership, and for your interest in cooking with superfoods! ENJOY!

-Signed copies will be available for a limited time on this website through the link on the right.
-Feel free to be in touch with any questions about ordering: info[at]juliemorris[dot]net
-Watch the Superfood Cuisine book trailer

Superfood Cuisine Book Trailer

All I wanted to say in this video was that my new cookbook, Superfood Cuisine, talks about what superfoods are, why they’re incredible, and showcases how to use them in over 100 delicious recipes. Instead… I got excited.


Book release is June 15, 2011. For a limited time, you can now pre-order a signed copy from the link on the right!

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