Disclosure: I received the following book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Opinions remain my own. I have not been compensated for this review. Pictures in this post were done by yours truly.
First, please, have no fear: this is not another diet book. This is not a juicing diet book.
The title is a little misleading. The subtitle of the book is “Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great.”
In fact the author states it himself: the diet part is about advising you to add green drinks (if you don’t already) to your daily diet, because of all the benefits you can get from them.
Now I can see and hear some of you (hubby first in line) make faces and complain: “what you mean green drinks? Like carrot juice or, worse, spinach juice?”
Well, yes and no. This little book is full of recipes for both smoothies and juices, some of them include fruits, some of them do not, but the author says you can always add an apple if you feel the need for something a little “sweeter” than a vegetable-only juice.
In addition to the many recipes, the author shares a lot of information on the benefits of adding juices to your diet, detailing the benefits for many different greens, from beet greens, to dandelion, to kale. The fruit section is a little less detailed, but that was okay since the information can be found pretty easily. There is also a section on the so-called superfoods.
I personally love both fruit and vegetable juices. I absolutely love a fresh carrot juice! The thing is that if you want to juice a carrot, or kale, you need a juicer. Not all recipes in this book require a juicer though. In fact, for many of them you will only need a blender. I, like the author, tend to favor the blender to the juicer because the latter requires more time to clean, time we don’t always have.
So what will you find in these recipes? Well, pretty much all the fruits you can imagine. I mostly tested vegetable-only juices and those, depending on the recipe, contained beets, radishes, radish greens, cucumber, kale, mint, carrots, etc.
Is it good? Yes! I really liked most of those I tried; a couple I found the taste a little bland, so I added a little salt or Tabasco. Also, don’t let the color put you off. The Anti-toxi-mint didn’t have the most appetizing color, yet it was one of my favorites!
Each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful picture and, most importantly, the health benefits of the recipe.
It is a nice book to get ideas for green smoothies and juices and inspiration to make your own recipes! You can also find more about the book and its author, Jason Manheim, on the website Healthy Green Drink.