Book Review and Giveaway: Superfood Juices and Smoothies

Dianne August 11, 2014 23
Book Review and Giveaway: Superfood Juices and Smoothies

Superfood Juices and SmoothiesI’m sure you’ve heard of foods such as camu cumu, yacon, and lucuma, and maybe you’ve even seen them in Whole Foods or your local health foods, and wondered what exactly they are and what to do with them. In Superfood Juices and Smoothies, author Tina Leigh explains what these foods are, what their health benefits are and how to use them.

 

So what makes a food a so super? According to Tina, it has to do with the food’s nutrient density and pH balance. Most of the foods that we consider to be superfoods also have ancient origins and were used by our ancestors for medicinal purposes. Many of them are also hearty and resilient and can withstand harsh elements, making them easy to grow and store.

 

Blue Genes SmoothieSuperfood Juices and Smoothies is divided into chapters by superfood type: there’s Super Fruits, which includes goji, camu camu, and cacao (yes, chocolate is a fruit!); Super Seeds and Nuts which includes chia, hemp, and flax; and Super Plants, which includes kale, maca, and wheatgrass. Each food that is spotlighted has its own section, which begins with a description of each food, what its health benefits are, where to find it, and other helpful tidbits of information. There are 5 recipes for juices and smoothies to go with each food, making it easy to add them into your diet.

 

CB&J SmoothieI had been in such a smoothie rut that I stopped making them. My typical morning smoothie was a frozen banana, a big handful of greens, half a bag of frozen fruit, a scoop of protein powder, and almond or hemp milk. They tasted pretty good, but it good pretty boring. The recipes in Superfood Juices and Smoothies are creative and flavorful, and they’ve gotten me out of my rut, and back to making big smoothies for breakfast and mid-day snacks – some of the recipes even suitable for dessert. (It’s too bad the book hasn’t made me like cleaning my juicer after making juice!) The smoothies offer a little versatility too – The CB&J smoothie calls for 1 cup of frozen raspberries, but in the headnotes Tina suggests substituting them with strawberries, blackberries, or cherries. Cherries are my favorite summertime fruit, so I used them to make an absolutely delicious cherry-chocolate drink. Another favorite was the Dream Bar Smoothie, which was made with coconut, dates, pecans, and vanilla extract. Yum!

 

SmoothieIf you’re looking for creative recipes for juices and smoothies, want to add more superfoods into your diet, or are just interested in a nutrient boost, Superfood Juices and Smoothies is for you!

 

We have a copy of Superfood Juices and Smoothies for one lucky winner. Follow the instructions below to enter. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on Sunday, August 17th. U.S. residents only, please. Good luck!

 

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23 Comments »

  1. Jacky August 11, 2014 at 11:21 am -

    My green breakfast smoothie: almondmilk, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, spinach, bananas, and almond butter!

  2. Nicollette D August 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm -

    Fresh apple juice, still my favorite since childhood.

  3. Kim August 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm -

    My fave smoothie: banana, frozen pineapple and mango, a handful of baby spinach, flax seed, and shredded coconut.

  4. Ashley August 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm -

    One of my favorites is spinach, blueberries and chocolate protein powder!

  5. Janine Cheryl August 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm -

    My fav smoothie: almond milk, fresh blackberries from the yard, and bananas. I also add Arbonne shake mix for vegan protein.

  6. Kelly A August 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm -

    My fave is spinach, pineapple, oranges and frozen banana!

  7. Korie B August 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm -

    Spinach, banana, blueberries, chia seeds and almond milk! I add almond butter if it’s a pre-workout smoothie!

  8. sarah August 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm -

    anything with watermelon!

  9. Calli August 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm -

    ginger, apple cucumber juice, so simple but so good!

  10. Becca F August 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm -

    I love almond milk, frozen banana, vanilla flavoring and cinnamon

  11. Lydia Claire August 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm -

    I like a tropical fruit smoothie!

  12. Corrine August 13, 2014 at 4:26 am -

    I really like tomato juice. =)

  13. Tabitha August 15, 2014 at 11:36 am -

    I like a green smoothie made with kale, banana, carob chips, vegan milk, and frozen berries!

  14. maria August 16, 2014 at 12:38 am -

    I love trying all the different smoothies out there. Lucuma is something I have tried in my morning smoothie.

  15. Priya August 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm -

    I make my favorite smoothie with non-dairy milk (almond is my favorite), frozen bananas, Amazing Meal protein powder, powdered green tea, cardamom, fresh ginger, and frozen mango.

  16. Sheila Chaffins August 17, 2014 at 10:21 am -

    Strawberry Kale Smoothie

  17. Zyxomma August 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm -

    I know almost everyone does it, but I rarely mix sweet fruit with greens. My green smoothies are avocado and greens, and if there’s any fruit in the mix (apart from the avocado), it’s likely to be cucumber, tomato, and other salad fruits. Health and peace.

  18. karen August 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm -

    juice – apple with carrot and lemon juice

  19. Michelle August 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm -

    My favorite “treat” smoothie has frozen mixed berries, chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, non-dairy milk, and a small handful of chocolate chips – yum! : )

  20. Elissa B August 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm -

    I’m usually lazy and don’t make smoothies according to a recipe. Generally, I add some frozen berries, frozen banana, a lot of greens (usually spinach or kale), kiwi, half an orange, non-dairy milk. and, sometimes, pineapple. I add fresh mint and ginger, too. If I want more of a “dessert,” I make a chocolate peanut butter shake or a kale shake.
    These comments are giving me some good ideas :).

  21. Frankie August 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm -

    Apple juice, mango juice, papaya juice, bananas, chia seeds

  22. Lauren King August 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm -

    My favorite smoothie: Vanilla almond milk, raw cacao powder, red maca powder, 1 frozen banana and a big dollop of almond butter. Chocolate Almond Paradise!

  23. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating August 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm -

    Favorite smoothie is a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough smoothie!

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