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Cool Waters: 50 Refreshing, Healthy, Homemade Thirst Quenchers (50 Series) Hardcover – January 17, 2009
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“Brian’s healthy, fresh approach to his thirst quenchers combines fruits, vegetables, and herbs to create unique flavor profiles designed to refresh. The recipes in Cool Waters satisfy my passion for both nutrition and food. Delight your taste buds with these delicious homemade beverages.” – Susan Mitchell, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A., host of the nutrition and health podcast on WDBO.com and co-author of Fat is Not Your Fate
About the Author
Brian Preston-Campbell is a professional food stylist and former chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has brought his talent for food styling to national ad campaigns for such companies as Starbucks, Absolut, Nestle, Godiva, and Smucker's. His creative food styling has also appeared in magazines such as O: The Oprah Magazine,The New York Times Magazine, Prevention, and Men's Health. In addition, he was the food stylist for several books, including The Sneaky Chef and Good Spirits, winner of an IACP Cookbook Award for Food Photography and Styling. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
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Overall I dislike how the author tries to be "inventive" with the recipes and make them more packed with flavor than they should. I think you are just better off infusing slices of cucumber or lemons in water and drinking that! More refreshing and fewer weird ingredients.
I was a diet soda drinker all my life - an addict some would say - downing 4+ cans of the stuff a day, and I was so frustrated that all of my weight loss efforts seemed to be in vain. I then read an article that claimed soda (in any form, not just regular) was an impediment to weight loss.
So, I decided to slowly cut out my soda intake. I stopped buying cans and switched to 2 liters. This helped quite a bit. Eventually I phased out the soda in place of sparkling water like San Pellegrino, and eventually just stopped buying soda to keep in the house and only had it when I went out to a restaurant. However, at home I was feeling the need for something else so I was making and ingesting gallons of Crystal Light, Sugar-free lemonade, and other "calorie free" drink mixes. My weight loss progressed, but painstakingly slowly.
Finally - it clicked. I was still drinking diet soda only without the fizz. I was still pumping my body full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners that made my body crave REAL sugar only to cause me to overeat. I bought this book and have found that after a few months of drinking only the waters in this book (I try to stay away from the fizzy waters, but they make good party punch) I no longer crave diet soda or Crystal Light. In fact, it tastes kinda funky now. And, without changing my food intake (I was on restricted calories before) my weight loss has sky rocketed and I feel like I'm no longer in a chemical haze.
This book was a Godsend for me. Not all of the recipes are awesome (the green one just tastes like liquefied grass), but my standbys are super easy to make, and way cheaper than buying all that diet soda and hauling it in from the car.
Tip: if you own a juicer just chuck everything (except herbs) in the juicer and pour it in with the water. WAY less mess than the author's method of putting everything in a food processor then straining the pulp, plus I feel like the water has a more intense flavor with the juicer method.
Enjoy your Cool Waters!