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The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day Paperback – April 25, 2003

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Natalie Savona trained as a nutritionist at the acclaimed Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. She runs two nutritional practices based in London and England’s West Country which specialize in the link between diet and mental well-being. A member of the expert panel for Healthy magazine, Natalie has also written features for several newspapers, including The Times, Observer, and Evening Standard. --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (April 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007662394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007662395
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natalie Savona is a highly regarded nutritionist who runs a busy nutritional practice and presents workshops throughout the UK.

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252 of 254 people found the following review helpful By The Laundry Never Ends on May 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently inherited a lower end store bought juicer ( Juiceman, it is a very nice starter model, btw.). I ordered up a handful of juicing books through my library system and 'The Big Book of Juices & Smoothes' came in first not only to my house but the first for ease of use, layout & design and understanding. It is layed out according to the main product you want to use, say you have a bunch of carrots as the main ingredient, you go to that section. It is all well thought out.

After just a week of juicing for breakfast and an afternoon snack, I have to say that I am hooked and look forward to trying veggies and fruits of the exotic nature that were eschewed before due to the " How do I prepare this?" factor.

Natalie Savona has a way of mixing together fruits and veggies that would normally make you think, " Ugh...that sounds awful." but after trying a few root veggies and citrus fruit combos of hers, I've found her little comments about each drink are spot on.

Under every recipe is a Star Chart that rates the following:

Energy, Detox, Immuinity, Digestion and Skin. One to Five star rating of what exactly that recipe will help you in whatever area you feel you need. This is very nice as you can flip right through the book when you have a raging cold and look for the 5 Star Ratings on Immunity to see what produce you have on hand to help nourish your body.

An example of a recipe: #130 Easy Morning

3 carrots

1 apple

1/2 orange

1 stick of celery

1/2 inch of ginger root.

I prefer this now over regular orange or apple juice in the morning. So do my kids, who are 7 and 5. They also enjoy putting the fruit into the juicer and watching it get pulverized. YAY!
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Carolyne on January 12, 2007
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Is a lifesaver. From getting so overwhelmed with the exotic concoctions in the juice/smoothie books which sit on my shelf, I happened to pick this one up at the local juice bar. The girl there apologetically said it wasn't for sale, but from what I read whilst standing there, I have to say I have never had a book impress me so much in so few seconds. I ordered one, and the rest is history.

1. Brilliant,logical layout

2. Non overwhelming recipes (for those of us who don't want to live in the kitchen)

3. Surprisingly informative, from the basic fruit/ veg nutritional facts at the start to the 1 to 5 star rating after each recipe. Brilliant.

I love this book. It is my favourite, and as a raw foodist, I have stacks of books.

If you buy it, you'll see what I mean.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Dark on October 1, 2005
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Originally I bought this book for my father in law, who is a cancer survivor and on a liquid diet. I thought the immunity and energy smoothies would help. He loves the book, b/c he was trying to create his own smoothies, with some gross results. (not to mention a huge waste of money on the ingredients!) Then I decided to buy the book for myself. Last year I had purchased a $$ vita-mix blender from a home show and had never used it..(which pissed my husband off immensely) The book of recipes it came with had so many ingredients, some, in which my opinion werent the healthiest. This book is excellent, with most smoothies having just 3-4 ingredients! Our fave is Morning Mash, with an orange, 2 bananas, a pear and 8 tbsp of apple juice! Delicious!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joy Austin on July 24, 2010
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This was the first recipe book that I bought on juicing, and I really enjoy it. It gives a great and easy to understand introduction on juicing and why it is so beneficial. Another great point of the book is the star ratings based on skin, immunity, energy, etc. The back of the book even gives lists of ailments and then tells you corresponding recipes that are good to alleviate the symptoms.

The only downside to this book is it is mostly fruit and doesn't have many vegetable juicing recipes. Carrots are used, but for the main ingredients there isn't celery, spinach, parsley, etc. If you're looking for an introduction to juicing and want to get into it slowly, I would recommend starting with this because the fruit mixtures are great and tasty and then you mix a little carrot in them and as you continue, experiment and include more vegetables.

Overall, great book!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By joe j on October 25, 2011
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This book as everyone else said has lots of good tasting juices and very easy to follow and easy to us. I however am looking for a book of juices that are healthy as a primary factor and then good tasting as a second, while all of these are not bad for you they are mainly fruit with very little veggie juices. Sure most of them have a veggie or two but not what you would expect by its title.

If I just wanted a good book about store bought alternative juices then this is excellent...

Kale, the worlds super food is hardly used in any of these, with it being as good as it is you would think there would be a chapter with this in it, no! there are a few chapters with viggies but far less than fruits.

I have two other books that have many more good "Green" recipes but not nearly as easy to use, they are complete books with data, facts nutrition info (including calories) one is called Juicing by Michael T Murray, the other Juice Fasting and Detoxification. These have lots of good recipes, BUT these books are not just for that so there are not nearly as many as in the book I'm reviewing here.

So all in all it is a good book if you just want some pop or store bought alternatives, but not if you want to go on a health kick or juice diet.
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