Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Cooking - Green Smoothies by Fern Green

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Book Tite: Green Smoothies: Recipes for Smoothies, Juices, Nut Milks, and Tonics to Detox, Lose Weight, and Promote Whole-Body Health 
Author: Fern Green
Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Description: (From Goodreads) A collection of 66 illustrated smoothies, juices, nut milks, and tonics to kick-start metabolism, fire up the mind, and promote whole-body health.  An easy-to-follow and informative guide, this book pares smoothie-making back to its essence. Each recipe is presented in a highly visual spread, and grouped ingredients are displayed opposite finished smoothies and juices, providing at-a-glace instruction. Recipes like Dandelion Tonic, Popeye's Juice, Coconut Kale, and Pineapple Twist provide a simple introduction for the new smoothies making, as well as new inspiration for the experienced blender. A seven-day detox plan with straightforward recipes energizes and invigorates. 

3 Little Thoughts:
1.  I got my hands on a juicer and dove into trying this juicing thing. I can't say it was an eye opening experience, but I did enjoy a few of the juices like the Green Giant (broccoli, green grapes, spinach, cabbage, red apple), Strawberry (strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage), and Carrot-ene Healer (carrots, red apple, sweet potato).  I really liked the strawberry and carrot-ene healer, it was interesting to juice a sweet potato.

2. I requested this book because of the smoothies, I have really gotten into making smoothies and wanted to try some new recipes (and ones not pulled from Pinterest). I was torn on smoothies, I liked the ones I tried, but I kind of hit my wall on blending greens. I enjoyed the Banana Tonic (romaine lettuce, banana, mint leaves), and Fruit and Fiber (cilantro, strawberries, coconut water, banana). 

3. I'm not into the nut milks, so I did skip those, but I tried two of the shots. As with the other two sections, I both liked and disliked recipes in this section. Not a fan of the milks, but there were some interesting shots. I really liked the Aloe shot (aloe vera juice, green apple) and the Ginger shot (ginger, lemon, agave nectar) it was um, interesting. I think I put too much ginger in and wow, it was quite strong. I'm going to give it another shot (pun intended) with less ginger.

I will be using this book again to make some more juices and smoothies!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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