By Dana Meltzer Zepeda
Mayim Bialik may have a starring role on the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, but the multi-tasking mom is just as busy off the set. When the former Blossom actress, now 38, isn’t stealing scenes as brainy neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, the mother of two can be found blogging about attachment parenting and natural living for the Jewish parenting website Kveller.com, homeschooling sons Fred, 5, and Miles, 8, and whipping up kid-friendly, vegan meals like black bean and quinoa tacos in her bustling Los Angeles kitchen.
We recently caught up with the Emmy-nominated yogini actress to talk about her new cookbook Mayim’s Vegan Table, a family-friendly guide to getting your kids to eat their veggies. “[The recipes in my cookbook] are the recipes I make most often for non-vegans in my life that they ask for again and again,” she says. “Everyone should be eating more fruits, vegetables, whole foods and less processed and animal-derived foods. This book has quick and inexpensive ways to do that!”
Here, Mayim shares her secret recipe for a rainbow smoothie, her favorite way to refuel after a relaxing yoga session. “It’s got so many nutrients and minerals and, if you add a spoonful of nut butter, it’s a complete protein-rich meal in a glass,” she says. “But it’s so light and refreshing that it doesn’t feel heavy.”
Mayim Bialik’s Rainbow Smoothie
Makes 4 one-cup servings
½ cup frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries
1 orange, peeled, seeded and sectioned
1 banana or 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup spinach or kale leaves
½ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
handful of ice
½ cup to 1 cup nondairy milk, preferably rice milk
1. Blend ingredients together until smooth.