I got this book--Green Smoothies by Fern Green--with the best of intentions. (It's so easy to have good intentions for January when it's still December, isn't it?) When it arrived in the mail, I told myself that in January, oh in January, I would do the full seven day smoothie/juice cleanse outlined within.
But then I started looking at the ingredients required. Watermelon in January? Ew. I decided to just do three days.
And then--about four hours into day one--I remembered that I turn into a sad, horrible person when I don't have protein.
My co-worker walked into my office at about ten in the morning and I was--really, truly--like, "I hate this person and I hate that person and this thing really sucks and that thing really sucks and my life is going to be horrible forever!"
"Let's go get you some Chipotle," she suggested gently.
Once my senses had been restored by tacos with carnitas, I ratcheted my smoothie-challenge down even a notch more. I decided I'd try to have one green smoothie a day for the rest of the week and basically just eat whatever else I wanted.
That, my friends, was do-able. And even kind of fun. It's all about setting low goals!
But, a few thoughts on Green Smoothies itself:
1. This book would be great, I think, for someone who is more advanced in the world of smoothies. It's basically just recipes, with very little how or why. I had to consult the internet a lot with questions--e.g. How do you make juice when you just have a blender? Can I make my smoothies the night before? I also found the section on equipment quite lacking. It was, literally, one page.
2. Further, some of the ingredients were hard to find. Keep in mind, I live in hippie-heaven. If I can't find unadulterated aloe juice, I can't imagine someone in a more rural area having much luck.
3. The smoothies I tried were good, but ultimately I like vegetables too much. I don't need to mix grapes and oranges into my kale to make it palatable. If anything, I actually probably need to go the other way--fruit and I are kind of "meh".
4. Avocado smoothie is basically guacamole. Who knew I was eating health food all this time?
Overall, Green Smoothies had some delicious smoothie recipes, but I would recommend people read it as a supplement to, not instead of, a more complete green smoothie resource.
[I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.]