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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Recipes, April 21, 2009
This review is from: The Juice Lady's Juicing for High Level Wellness and Vibrant Good Looks (Paperback)
"Over the last 20 years researchers have found that people who eat the most fruits and vegetables have the lowest rates of cancer and other diseases." ~ pg. 10

Juicing changed Cherie Calbom's life. Before she started juicing she suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome. Juicing is not inexpensive, but what is your health worth to you? For Cherie Calbom, juicing is an essential part of life. After just a week of juicing I now agree. Why didn't I make my own juices before?

Cherie Calbom teaches a lot of essential things in this helpful book. She teaches you to leave the white pithy part of citrus fruit so you can benefit from the vitamin C and bioflavonoids it contains. She advises you to peel mangos and papayas and to never juice rhubarb and carrot greens. She also explained why the juice turns brown when you try to reserve some for the next day. It has oxidized.

The only thing I found strange in this book was the instruction to "scrub a pineapple." Wouldn't it be simpler just to peel it? That is what I normally do. There is also some advice about rubbing ginger root on your scalp to help your hair grow. Carrot juice is also supposed to make your hair shiny. There is a chapter on how to get rid of cellulite and how to lose weight. For expectant mothers, they may enjoy reading about how to have a healthy pregnancy with juicing. I was also surprised to find a chapter on how to get pets to eat/drink juices.

While there are not a lot of recipes there are enough to keep you busy for quite some time. There are recipes for creative juices, smoothies and freezes. Here are some examples:

Tangerine squeeze - pineapple, tangerines and lime
Sparkling Cranberry Apple - apples, cranberries, lemon and mineral water
Spicy Peaches and Cream - peaches, apples, ginger, yogurt, vanilla, honey and cinnamon
Spring Tonic - tomato, cucumber, asparagus and lemon
Triple C - cabbage, carrots and celery

The recipes seem to be a little more gourmet than other books I've read recently. I could tell that Cherie Calbom has a sense of adventure and loves testing recipes. In fact she talks about making six smoothies all in one day. The only thing this book doesn't seem to talk about is stevia which I find essential when making some juices that are a bit more tart.

There is a short section on juice fasting with instructions for how to use the recipes in this book for one to three days. I'd suggest you get a book on the subject. I just ordered: Juice Fasting and Detoxification: Use the Healing Power of Fresh Juice to Feel Young and Look Great : The Fastest Way to Restore Your Health.

~The Rebecca Review
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