Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies: More Than 400 Simple, Delicious Recipes!

The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies: More than 400 simple, delicious recipes! 

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Siloam (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162136030X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621360308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches


"The Juice Lady, Cherie Calbom, provides all of her most popular recipes for juicing, smoothies, shakes, soups, and sauces, in one complete volume.

Juice and smoothies are sweeping the nation! Why? They’re fruity, delicious, easy to make, and packed with powerful nutrition. It’s no wonder everyone is enjoying the convenience and great taste of these healthy meal and snack alternatives. Bring your blender or juicing machine into the twenty-first century with the most updated versions of Cherie’s recipes to be found anywhere—more than just refreshment, these recipes enhance your energy and boost your mental and physical health."
Enjoy simple, tasty recipes for:
·           Healing juices and smoothies that will help fight the flu, infections, and aging skin
·           Low-carb juices and smoothies that will help you lose weight
·           Green smoothies that pack a powerful punch of phytonutrients and antioxidants
·           Recipes that are perfect for kids and moms on the go
·           Workout and body-building drinks
·           And more!


My Thoughts:

Part of my new fitness and diet regime to help shed these difficult 15 pounds of baby weight, was to add in a couple homemade shakes a day to my meal plan.  Now, when I think of healthy shakes, I think of those made with a mixture of fruits and veggies - which always seem to blend into a green colored liquid.  If only those sweet tasting shakes you get at ice cream stands were good for you, and didn't contain all that extra, unnecessary sugar, incorporating smoothies into my new diet plan, would be so much easier.  But, after picking up a copy of "The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies: More than 400 simple, delicious recipes!" by Cherie Calbom to try recently, I was excited to see and taste how good homemade smoothies can taste.  

From simple to gourmet smoothies, you are bound to find some amazing and yummy tasting recipes, among the 400+ that make up this book.  Seeing that I am new to using healthy smoothies in a diet plan, I liked how this recipe book was broken down into the following chapters:

Chapter 1: All About Juicing -- A great overview of juicing and what you will need to make delicious smoothies.
Chapter 2:  Simple Juice Recipes  -- this is great for those looking to try out their blenders and see what juicing is all about. 
Chapter 3: Gourmet and Exotic Juice Blends -- I have found myself trying out recipes from this chapter recently.  Some of my favorite smoothie recipes include:  fresh garden medley, chili lime and blushing carrot, just to name a few.  
Chapter 4: Green Juice Recipes -- Who knew that green juice drinks would taste so good -- from misty garden with kale. ginger root and carrot to the oh so tasty cucumber-tomato-cilantro cooler, you will surprised at how many delicious green juice drinks you will like.  Never would I have thought to combine kale and carrots.  Mmm.
Chapter 5: Yummy Fruit Juice Blends -- Another favorite chapter, where I found such recipes as peach-blackberry-apple cocktail, pineapple mint delight and pineapple lemonade.  Those who love fruity smoothies and drinks will enjoy all the healthy recipes in this chapter, for sure! :-)
Chapter 6:  Old Favorites --  This chapter is filled with the author's favorite recipes that have been enjoyed and talked about over the years.  Some of these recipes include Zesty Morning, Watermelon-Cranberry Cooler and Strawberry Bliss.
Chapter 7:  Juice Remedies and Rejuvenators -- I have tried a few of these recipes over the past week, as we have had the stomach flu, teething and terrible two's visit us all at once in our house.  So, by mid-day my energy is drained.  The few drinks I tried really gave me an energy boost and kept my immune system strong, so I wouldn't get sick, and could care for the girls.
Chapter 8:  Green Smoothies -- Similar to Chapter 4, this chapter lets you create smoothie drinks from green leafy vegetables like spinach, celery and green leaf lettuce.  I haven't had a chance to make and try some of these smoothies yet, but my husband has and loved them.  His favorites include coconut creamsicle and Cocoa Cabana.

Are you getting thirsty yet?  If you have been looking for a great smoothie and juice recipes, then you will love this recent release from Cherie Clabom.  With over 400 recipes, you will find yourself wanting to try and each and every one, just to see which ones are your favorites. :-)

About the Author:

Cherie Calbom, MS, is the author of The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet, The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution, and Juicing for Life, which has nearly two million books in print in the United States. Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, Cherie has taped HealthWatch for CNN and scores of TV and radio shows and has appeared in Shape, First for Women, Women’s World, Men’s Journal, Vogue, Quick & Simple, Marie Claire, and Elle Canada. Cherie earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she now serves on the Board of Regents, and has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington.  

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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