Blend up breakfast with recipes from Whole Living Smoothies

Jun 24, 2011
Health

Martha Stewart has added yet another app to her empire, and this time the focus is drinks. Designed for iPad, Whole Living Smoothies, offers recipes from the magazine’s food editors and dietitians for boosting energy with a single glass of creamy goodness, but the app’s limited content and higher price might be unappetizing. Whole Living […]

Martha Stewart has added yet another app to her empire, and this time the focus is drinks. Designed for iPad, Whole Living Smoothies, offers recipes from the magazine’s food editors and dietitians for boosting energy with a single glass of creamy goodness, but the app’s limited content and higher price might be unappetizing.

Whole Living Smoothies features 36 drink recipes. The Essentials section includes drinks such as blueberry and yogurt, banana and oat, and strawberry and soy, while Meal-in-a-Glass focuses more on protein-based drinks like blueberry and almond butter, banana and peanut butter, and chocolate and almond. Those with will food allergies or dietary restrictions should appreciate the selections in the allergen-free category, like strawberry and cantaloupe or cocoa. Tappable images of the drinks are displayed across the three category pages, and each smoothie recipe offers ingredients, blending instructions, nutrition information and other health details. Whole Living Smoothies only supports landscape mode, which is fine in the kitchen, but not ideal for browsing.

By tapping the logo in the upper left corner, users can access videos from Whole Living editors that feature Smoothie-Making 101 along with tips on how to prepare certain fruits and vegetables for blending. Users can also access a spinning search wheel where you can select type and main ingredient and see available smoothie results. The food glossary and tips section feature shopping and buying suggestions.

Something that bothers me about Whole Living Smoothies is that its price of $1.99 is advertised as a sale. That’s hefty on its own for rather limited content, but outright highway robbery when you consider that the detox and weight-loss-drinks packs cost an additional 99 cents each, available through the smoothie icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Kathryn Swartz

Kathryn Swartz is a freelance writer/editor who doesn't know how people lived pre iPhone. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism.

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