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Best Green Drinks Ever: Boost Your Juice with Protein, Antioxidants and More (Best Ever) Paperback – January 6, 2014
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About the Author
Katrine van Wyk came to New York from Norway as a model. Her personal struggles with food allergies led her to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is now a wellness expert for MindBodyGreen.com and a certified 200 RYT yoga teacher. Van Wyk helped develop smoothies and juices for Equinox’s juice bars in London and Toronto. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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It helps that author Katrine Van Wyk doesn't just advocate these greens - she lives them! She appears to have not just tested or created each recipe, she KNOWS each recipe, inside and out, obvious when you read all the helpful tips that introduces them. I read the WHOLE book in one sitting, then went back and started a grocery list! I found the following sections most helpful, on good sources for fiber (p.44), healthy fats (p.42), protein *p. 40, quite a bit new to me; especially the warning of what to avoid, such as protein powders et al), another section on sweeteners (p. 52), and a really crisp, easy to absorb and understand section on the so-called SuperFoods (p.46-51).
I read the one critical review that it was an illegible book due to details such as white type on a green background, beautiful to look at but difficult to "read" - well, I am here to allay your fears, I am particularly sensitive to legibility issues as I need alot of good light to comfortably read, and I had not the slightest problem reading this primer.
While I may not try all of these recipes, Van Wky does help you decide what you should start with, where variations are used and WHY, and then alert you to which ones are more advanced "green drinks." BUT it is the overall rationale FOR them is what struck me from the start, she makes a case for adding these greens for both health and well-being, and without feeling like you are drinking your lawn (as some might say). Along with new ingredients (to me) such as raw honey, coconut water, pea protein, beets (in a drink???), Matcha green tea powder, etc you will learn what is possible, sometimes needed, sometimes suggested, in what is integral to "building" a smoothie/drink - and then she leaves it to you to tweak to your own tastes. In less than a week I have made no fewer than 6 different concoctions because it IS fun to experiment with her recipes and discover HOW my body and energy levels respond!
Here is the result after only a week: I find I don't need my morning coffee (this shocks me), I also feel hydrated in a way that my usual 8 or 9 water bottles did not do (I do cardio/swimming 4 days a week), my appetite is satiated, I am actually full, and it takes me about 30 mins just to finish one concoction (I'm still learning to adjust quantities, I've been doubling her amounts to make extra for the afternoon), and I guess it is the same reason I simply don't feel hungry much less snacking (that alone has me so stunned, but happy; I don't have a sweet-tooth, more a salt-craving and that is just as dangerous).
As I am allergic to lemon I use lime wherever lemon is called for and so far no damage to the recipe, (lime and lemon cut back on the bitterness of some green leafy ingredients, at least I find romaine often bitter and this helps). I have also found that if I use ice cube trays I can pour a container of coconut water into them for ready use as needed, I also clean, cut and bag combinations of carrots and celery, crushed pineapple and carrots, cucumbers, banana, mango cubes etc. Another addition I've used is unsweetened canned mandarin orange segments along with the carrots, celery, romaine. Once you understand her rationale for combining fats/fiber/protein, etc, then feel free to experiment!
If you have ever even considered HOW or WHY you should consider adding a "green drink / smoothie" to your daily menu THIS is the place to start, for the most tentative beginner to those who may have just wondered WHAT all the talk is about.
For the experienced blender whiz, who has tried all known smoothies, THIS is still a wonderful place to refresh your own knowledge about various food trends etc, with current (2014!) information, much of which I must admit was totally new to me and helped me avoid making a bad ingredient choice, such as agave, (p. 52).