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Green Smoothie Magic - 132+ Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes That Trim And Slim Paperback – November 14, 2012
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About the Author
Gabrielle Raiz is an author, a keen foodie and health-loving educator who perhaps surprisingly started her working life as a dentist. She has a knack for making things practical and understandable and has a flexible approach to her food and her yoga.
Gabrielle has recently expanded her food writing to publish 2 top selling books "Green Smoothie Magic" and "132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings and Dips". All of her recipes are fuss-free adaptable recipes which most importantly use easy to find ingredients that anyone can make. Some embody beautiful simplicity of 1 or 2 ingredients while others are marvellously complex, but never hard to make!
Gabrielle's talent as an author was crystallized through much online writing and of course with the publishing of her highly successful first book: "Hot Yoga MasterClass" (which is now finally, recently available on Amazon).
Her hallmark style has an easy, intelligent and conversational tone with a touch of humor!
In both her currently chosen fields (!) of nutrition and yoga she has built a solid reputation for creating products of beauty and above all, quality. "What you eat and how you move are 2 fields in which being mindful and present are vital", Gabrielle says. "I love that I help people do both!"
As the "Hot Yoga Doctor" she helps tens of thousands of people every month in every corner of the planet improve their yoga practices by demystifying all things yoga, hot yoga and Bikram Yoga™.
Something you may not know about Gabrielle (and rather unusual for a yoga instructor) is that she used to race motorcycles! But as she's been known to say "the last time I rode a motorbike was to go and buy a pregnancy testing kit". Her daughter is now 10!
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The first 89 pages of this are actually background information about making smoothies, and I learned so much from reading it. Raiz encourages you to add 2 cups of greens to every smoothie you make, and she explains why and how to create variety in the types of greens you use. Especially helpful were lists of mild greens, medium greens, and strong greens so you know why certain greens will work in a smoothie, while others might be overpowering.
Also interesting is that she has you start with making your own nut milk by adding water and nuts to the blender and blending, before you add the other ingredients. I love this idea since it helps keep the focus on whole foods (as opposed to purchased nut milks, which contain other ingredients).
She also doesn't use any special "superfoods" (like maca, lacuma, etc.) to keep the recipes simple and accessible, but does say that you can add them in. I really like this since all of those superfoods can really add up.
Just so you know, it looks as if this book is self-published, but the quality is very nice, and the pages are thick. The print is also dark and easy to read.
I've only made a few recipes from this so far, but everything has been great! This is definitely a book that will get you out of your box in order to make tasty, healthy treats!
The cookbook is organized into sections entitled: introduction, the magic of the green stuff, not all green smoothies are green, don't get stuck with the same green, greens, how green should my first smoothies be?, green smoothie magic basics, the pragmatic approach to health nutrition and everything!, freezing fruit, green smoothie rescue -- what to do if a recipe doesn't work out!, about blenders and blending, about drinking and storing your smoothie, green smoothie magic 101: instructions at a glance for blending any smoothie, and green smoothie magic recipes. If that sounds like a lot of sections, it's because it is. Raiz has a lot of information to give the reader. She clearly knows what she's talking about, and I found a lot of what she had to say very useful! Particularly how to pick the right blender, the different flavors of greens and how to pick which ones to use, how to store greens, how to save a smoothie that doesn't taste quite right, and the basic elements of a smoothie. Also, the recipes of course! But how this valuable information is organized is a bit haphazard and can sometimes be repetitive. I'm glad I took the time to read it all and glean out the important bits, but I'm not sure everyone would stick it out through such a disorganized and long introduction. A more concise introduction to the hows and whys of green smoothies is needed.
The recipes themselves are creative without going too far off the deep-end in exotic ingredients. For instance, even though Raiz recommends making your own nut milks, she provides substitutions for those of us who would rather not do that. The recipes are easy to read, fully utilizing bullet-points and simplicity. I really appreciated that. There are also full-color illustrations throughout the cookbook , although they are primarily of the ingredients and not the smoothies themselves. I get it that green smoothies tend to be, well, green colored, but a few more smoothie pictures would be nice.
So I read through the whole book and was ready to try a recipe. I knew from reading the book that my low-powered food processor wasn't ideal for blending but would work with a recipe with less tough ingredients (for instance, the beet smoothie might be a bit too much for my food processor). I also followed Raiz's newbie caution and went with a recipe with a more traditional smoothie taste to ease myself into it. I tried out Cinnamango Smoothie (location 1558) and after some tweaking (necessitated because I used fresh instead of the frozen mango the recipe called for, so my mistake), it turned out delicious!
I got so excited about green smoothies after this cookbook that my partner got me a blender for my birthday (using the recommendations in Raiz's book to help him choose which one). So I'd call it a success! The recipes are easy, adaptable, and Raiz arms you with troubleshooting techniques to help you learn to get it right. The beginning of the book needs more focus, organization, and clarity to help Raiz's true expertise and talent shine through but if you want to start incorporating green smoothies into your life, this book is a great place to start. It both explains greens and green smoothies and blenders AND gives you a bunch of adaptable, easy recipes to get going.