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The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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While you need a juicer for most of the recipes there are also some recipes for your blender. If you are feeling adventurous you might enjoy making a spicy drink made from chai tea, peaches, vanilla and yogurt. Most of the smoothie recipes use yogurt. The only thing you have to do first is to juice some of the fruit before you add it to the blender with the yogurt. Other fruits like mango and papaya are better just added to the blender as they don't juice as well. Specific instructions are not given on each recipe so you have to read the instructions at the start of the book and at the start of each chapter. Instead of instructions the author just gives a few sentences to inspire you to make the drink. This works well for individuals who have already been juicing for a few months but is not as helpful for someone new to juicing. From my own experience I learned to peel most fruits, especially citrus fruits. You will also want to peel mangoes, pineapple and papaya.
The last section in the book contains some recipes using sparkling mineral water. There are also some recipes for teas made with fresh herbs. There is an interesting tea made with licorice and mint. If you are looking for something to calm you at the end of the day there is a tea made with lemongrass, cardamom, orange zest, chamomile and mint.Read more ›
I'm new to juicing, but I've been drinking green smoothies (blended fruit and leafy greens -- no dairy) for months now. Juicing seemed like the perfect adjunct to the smoothies -- I wanted to add more vegetables to my diet. If you've done any research about juicing or smoothies, you've seen the debate about combining fruits and vegetables. If you're not a fan of combining them, this is not the book for you -- virtually all of these recipes combine the two food groups. (While I don't generally combine them myself, my current favorite juice is Natalia Rose's Life Force Powerade -- kale, cucumber or celery, beets, ginger, apples and lemon. Drinking this the first thing in the morning is an amazing start to the day.)
Having said that, this book is an inspiration to me as a juicing newbie, and gives me plenty of ideas for both my juices and green smoothies. BUT -- much of this content is duplicated in Ms. Savona's book, The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day (The Big Book of...Series) (Spiral-bound). Until recently this was available here on amazon.com in a spiral-bound format -- a much more condensed version, and probably easier to use.
Either of these books is worth a look -- I think anyone interested in juices or smoothies would benefit on some level.
This book is a great resource when you need some new recipes, and a great intro book for people wanting to learn more about juicing. This book is sort of a new edition to Natalie Savona previous book, but it has some updated photography and more recipes (including smoothie recipes which I enjoyed a lot). One of the great things about this book is it rates each recipe according to it's benefits (as in good for skin, detoxing, digestion, etc) so you can pick recipes that will benefit a specific aspect of your health. There is also an index of various ailments (acne, fatigue, etc) at the end and it offers a few recipes for each ailment. Personally, I think you should try them all at least once. For me, I was surprised how much I like the combination of green apple, parsley, lime, and lettuce! That one is great right before bedtime.
There are a lot of facts (or myths, depending on your opinion) about the "rules" of juicing. For instance, many people believe vegetables juices should not be combined with fruit juices because your body can't take both at the same time, or apples are the only fruit juice that can be combined with vegetables. There are a lot of things floating around there on the internet but Natalie doesn't touch on these very much. It's more of a recipe book than a diet plan, and I like that.
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The recipes for smoothies or for quenchers do not include preparation..i.e. ratios of yogurt or water etc, only the recipe for the juice.Published 9 days ago by Judith Brown
Half of the "big book of juices" is smoothies. If I wanted smoothie recipes I would have bought a smoothie book.Published 16 days ago by Steelers fan
Interesting book. Recipes look good, but I wish each one had a calorie count.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer