I have at least one, sometimes even two, smoothies per day and I love them! It is the most effective way to get nutrition into the body without taxing it during the assimilation. Being the food is in liquid state, the body doesn't have to break down solids. And, actually having only smoothies one day a week is a gift to the digestive system. Smoothies are great for detoxing the body as well as part of a healing process for ailments. For the purpose of the review we are asked to test three recipes. Of course, I looked for combinations I've never used before. The first one I made was Corn Chowder. Yes, corn chowder. Keep in mind that smoothies don't necessarily have to be made with raw fruit. The chowder recipe calls for the normal ingredients: broth, corn kernels, onion, sage, thyme, and milkcream. (I used coconut milk instead.) After cooking, this combination is blended and can be served hot or cold. The combination of sage and thyme gave a great flavor. The second recipe I tested was Almond Date. It is suggested to use soy or almond milk but I used coconut milk and added dates, almonds, cream cheese, banana, cinnamon and nutmeg. The end result was delicious!The third recipe I tested was Ice Green Goddess. The combination of coconut milk, lime juice, kiwi fruit, mint leaves and 2 scoops of agave sweetened vanilla coconut ice cream made the best ever combination. It's one of those that you say wow after the first sip. Aside from recipes for smoothies, The Smoothies Bible, Second Edition has a huge section on body systems and health conditions that smoothies are indicated for. Pat Crocker covers the best foods for blending and their actions, uses, how to buystore, and corresponding recipes. As well, Crocker has a section on herbs -- their use, properties, and healing powers. This one of the best smoothie books I've ever seen and it is certainly a keeper. I would honestly say that anyone just venturing into the world of smoothies for health reasons, The Smoothie Bible, Second Edition is your first option. (Irene Watson Reader Views
[Review of earlier edition:] Full of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes plus loads of useful information.
[Review of earlier edition:] Opens a world of concoctions to enhance health as well as please the palate. (Myrna Collins Appleton Post-Crescent
[Review of earlier edition:] A lot of unusual combinations for refreshing Smoothies. (Marion Sullivan Charleston Post and Courier
[Review of earlier edition:] Keeps the recipes coming until you're serving them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and medicinal purposes. (Janet Groene Family Motor Coaching
[Review of earlier edition:] I found most intriguing the chapter filled with smoothie recipes for preventing or controlling diseases. (Beverly N. Williams Newport Daily News
About the Author
Pat Crocker is a culinary herbalist and professional home economist. She has written, demonstrated and lectured about herbs and health issues for 25 years. An international award-winning cookbook author, Crocker has written six cookbooks and three herb books.