I recently read the book, Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko and It changed my life! I am not a raw foodist, or a vegetarian or vegan (I like my meat) but I can say that after making the green smoothies everyday, I can see such a difference in my hunger and energy! I do not crave the bad high sugar and fat foods, and I have ventured out to eating things I had never heard of until this book. (And I must add that I love these new foods!) I also do not need or want coffee in the mornings- I wake up feeling very alive and rested.
I have passed this book along to all of my friends and family- I highly recommend reading it! The best part about this book is that it is not a "diet" book or a "this is the way you should eat" book- it simply gives you the research she found and becomes a tool and encouraging you to do your own further reading and find what works for you.
There are lots of recipes in the book to get you started. After making them for a while, I started to research the portions and what veggies/fruit combos are the best- I have made some of my own favs and now I have entire cookbook of green smoothies! I have recipes for breakfast smoothies, after a workout smoothie, and even dinner smoothies!
Have you read the book? Heard of it? Liked it? Hated it? Thoughts? Recipes?
It would depend on the time of day- but my all time fav is the Minty blend!
It is has apples, mint leaves (I have a few applemint plants so I use those) kale and water
I use 2 apples (skins and all)
3-4 mint leaves
A hand full of Kale (prob about 3-4 big leaves)
2 cups of water or one cup water, 1 cup ice
It is so refreshing and tasty! I love this one!!
There are tons of recipes to choose from. I would make a smoothie every morning (started off in place of my coffee) and would switch them up every day- When I got to work my co-worker would have coffee made, and at first I tried drinking a cup- and found that i didnt even finish it! Over the next week, I didn't even want coffee- and I had more energy and no coffee crash later in the day!
A simple recipe is 2 apples, 2 bananas, and several handfuls of fresh spinach, put in the blender with maybe some almond or soy milk, and/or some organic juice with some ice and blended until smooth.
Spinach has a very mild flavor and is a good green leaf to begin drinking raw. A few little carrots will add sweetness, or you can add a little honey or agave syrup. Just flavor until you like it.
To figure out how you like the flavor, blend only the fruits first, until you think you have a really good fruit smoothie. Then add several big handfuls of spinach. Robyn Openshaw recommends drinking a quart of green smoothie in a day. ^_^
I have a good friend who swears by her green smoothies. I just ordered this book based on your recommendation. I do like eating veggies and usually get in my five servings no problem... but my husband HATES veggies and will only eat salad and a few raw veggies... carrots, celery, cucumber and radishes. Thanks for the info!
That is awesome! My boyfriend is a veggie eater- and we got our five servings no problem- but when I first mentioned blending them- he was leary about it... he said why would you mix vegetables and fruit? But after trying a few... he LOVED them and was making them on his own! The theory behind the blending is that you get more of the nutrients that the plants absorb. Our mouths can not chew enough to break them down enough. Reading the book I had a lot of Ah-Ha! moments where I was amazed at what she was saying! It is a great read and tool for eating healthy! And I bet your husband would like some of the recipes in the book- there is a pretty good variety with different tastes, some sweet, some salty, ect...
I just started drinking green smoothies maybe a month ago and I love them.
The book I got is written by Robyn Openshaw. Her small child was sick and she realized after repeated visits to the emergency room that the doctors were not going to heal him, and that if anyone was going to save her child; it would be her.
Robyn Openshaw's book is called, "The Green Smoothies Diet", but it is not a "diet" book at all.
There is tons of information in this book about the American medical industry, the American food industry, and even information on gardening so you can grow your own greens to make your smoothies more affordable and your food even more fresh. I am very impressed with this book and some of my friends will receive copies of it this Christmas. Her advice is great and her recipes are easy to follow.