Green smoothie benefits seem to be a trending topic on social media channels these days. Despite all the buzz, I was happy to drink the occasional fruity smoothie from my favorite smoothie and vitamin store. Adding spinach or other greens to my smoothie wasn’t my idea of tasty. But after reading Green Smoothies for Every Season by Kristine Miles, and after trying her recipes, I have changed my attitude. A few months ago, I wouldn’t have guessed that I would be relishing watercress in a smoothie, but here I am–more smoothie savvy! Published by Ulysses Press, Miles’s book delivers A Year of Farmer’s Market–Fresh Super Drinks (the book’s subtitle). This slim volume of inspiration and motivation is perfect for green smoothie newbies, who should get this book and keep it tucked next to the blender.
Green Smoothie Benefits Explained
Green Smoothies for Every Season begins with concise explanations of green smoothie benefits. In a just few pages, Kristine Miles discusses every aspect of greens, from nutrition and sourcing to selecting and harvesting. Those new to drinks with greens will appreciate “Getting The Most From Your Smoothies,” a brief section describing the best sweeteners, herbs, micro greens, nuts and seeds to add to smoothies. It’s the basic, must-know information for busy people (and who isn’t busy?) to “hit the ground running” with green smoothie drinks.
The best part of this book are the recipes. Miles begins with recipes for “Springing Into Spring,” which includes descriptions of spring fruits and greens. Every season has its own introduction with lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Green smoothie benefits are clearly in the recipe ingredients. Throughout the recipes, Miles includes a surprising variety of ingredients: from star fruit to borage flowers, along with a balance of locally available and tropical fruits and vegetables. She suggests organic ingredients for smoothies. Particularly for healthy, blended drinks, organic ingredients are important for gaining all the green smoothie benefits available in foods. All of the fruits and vegetables featured in this post are organic.
What I love about Green Smoothies For Every Season is the helpful tone throughout the book. Miles, also author of The Green Smoothie Bible, inspires while tempting with whimsical recipe titles, like “Mint and Melon Multivitamin,” “Fig-tastic,” and “B6 Bombshell.” In the recipes for these smoothies are carefully selected ingredients that combine to provide an abundance of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Don’t have a $500 power blender? No problem. I used my $27.00 Kitchenaid blender with great results. Another plus is the book’s size, which is perfect for taking to the market while shopping for fresh produce. I’ve lived with this book since October 2013, and have tried nearly all of Miles’s recipes. If eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is one of the keys to health, then Green Smoothies for Every Season promises such variety. I’ve purchased and blended vegetables, herbs, and spices that have never before been ingredients in my kitchen–and that’s a good thing. I love this book, and I have been looking forward to sharing it with you.
What good would it be for me to crow about this wonderful book without giving readers an opportunity to win their own copy? So here goes: Ulysses Press will send a copy of Green Smoothies For Every Season to TWO LUCKY WINNERS. To be eligible to win, you only have to do the following:
- Leave a comment on this post about your experience with green smoothies. Never had a green smoothie? It’s ok. Just tell me why you’d like to win a copy of Green Smoothies for Every Season.
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- The two winners will be announced next Sunday, April 13, 2014.
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Just in case you’re not the winner, you can get your copy from Barnes and Noble, Independently Owned Bookstores, or from Chapters and Indigo in Canada. Until you get your own copy, here are two recipes for the smoothies featured in this post. You’ll love them, I promise, and you will begin to reap the green smoothie benefits for your body immediately.
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1 cup unhulled strawberries
- zest and flesh of ½ lemon
- 1 cup water or almond milk
- Agave syrup or honey, to taste
- handful of mint leaves
- Place ingredents, as listed, into blender and blend until smooth.
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 lime, peeled
- ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
- 11/2 cups orange juice
- handful of watercress
- Add ingredients, as listed, into blender and blend until smooth.
Note: I was provided a review copy of this book. I purchased my own food products for this post, and the ideas are, as always, my own.