- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 Original edition (Aug. 25 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156975702X
- ISBN-13: 978-1569757024
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health Paperback – Aug 25 2009
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About the Author
Robyn Pay is a freelance writer and editor as well as an adjunct instructor of business writing at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. A life long vegetarian, she lives in Provo, UT.
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The author of the book, Robyn Openshaw, devotes no more than a couple of pages talking about the blenders - primarily the Blendtec and the Vitamix. These are the two best blenders on the market in terms of build quality and power. She is simply trying to pass on her knowledge and experience that these blenders are made well enough to handle anything you can throw at them and should last a long time. Would the naysayers prefer that she recommend less capable blenders? I have used both blenders, but ultimately purchased a Blentec which I think is a little easier to use. However either one would work well for making green smoothies.
The remaining 99% of the book is devoted to the nutritional benefits of a plant based diet, tips on creating your own vegetable garden and making green smoothies, along with some recipes. In spite of the naysayers who go to great lengths to denigrate the book, it still provides valuable information and perspective on how a plant-based diet can significantly improve your health. And that green smoothies, because of the variety of plants you can put into them, are a powerful way to deliver lots of nutritional content in a highly concentrated and tasty form.
This book certainly opened my eyes. If you go the green smoothie route, you can throw away every other diet and weight-loss book you own - you won't need them.
* This is a very easy, quick read book. It's got just enough science behind it that you aren't taking just her word for it, but it's watery. She mixes hard scientific "truths" around some elements with near internet rumors about benefits of others, and they come out very similar. Still, didn't read anything in here that is any any way dangerous, or not worth trying.
* This is a family focused book. It's clearly targeted towards the mother who wants to be healthy herself, but also provide health to her kids and to a lesser extent husband. Nothing wrong with this, and frankly the sections on getting kids to drink smoothies is the strongest part of the whole book and what sets it apart. And it's works just as well for dads that do the "cooking" too.
* Very focused on green smoothies as a "gateway" into just a better life of nutrition. I love my meat and dairy, so I'm not giving those up, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of her advice to ditch sugars, refined carbs, and go with organic, ideally home grown, leafy greens and fruits. This is just common sense. I'm still waiting for anyone to credibly argue that eating more vegetables and to a lesser extent fruit isn't about the healthiest change needed for the American diet.
* She is paid by Blendtec, who sponsors her and gives her free blenders to give out at her classes, and she makes money selling their products. Nothing wrong with that. I wish she disclosed it a bit more clearly and upfront, however. I felt that the book does a very good job of laying out that you really need either a Blendtec or a Vitamix to effectively make smoothies long-term. Either work. I personally own a Vitamix, but would have no problem with a Blentec either. So all the other reviews of it being a long infomercial are bunk. Make smoothies for one week with your Oyster, then try it with a Vitamix/Blendtec, and you won't ever doubt that you need a high speed motor if green smoothies will be part of your life.
* Her personal faith is only thinly veiled throughout the book, and shines through. She's Mormon. If you hate that and can't stand anything that brings religion and nutrition together, then maybe pass on this book. But frankly, I'm not Mormon, and I didn't find it to be "too much" in any way. It surely isn't trying to in any way convert to the faith.
* As I said before, being a short read and meant to be easily digested, you kind of have to take a lot of her conclusions on faith, since she doesn't list her sources for those conclusions. She's not a nutritionist, and not a doctor. Still, other than maybe some of her statements about the benefits of some of the "out there" nutrient additives that are optional like bee pollen, are very well established nutritional truths.
Conclusion: I think it's a good book. It's an easy first step book, and doesn't come across as some wacky vegan conspiracy... suburban soccer moms and dads will find it's filled with common sense and an easy path to follow. If people bought this and introduced a green smoothie a day for themselves and their kids, we'd all be a healthier world. Green smoothies may be the easiest way to get your kids to eat spinach, ever invented! Trust me, I know. The book is cheap, interesting, has great starter recipes, and if you give it a try, you might permanently change your health for the better.