Book Review: The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies by Cherie Calbom

The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies by Cherie Calbom is one of the most beautifully illustrated health books I think I've seen. This colorful book offers a large variety of juice recipes and one large chapter of smoothie recipes. I have a Vitamix so I was hoping for a few more smoothie recipes when I set out to read it. . .but in the end Cherie helped me see that a juicer would also be beneficial to my health. I appreciate that she offers hints on buying a juicer so I  better know what to look for as I look to buy one.

With my Vitamix, I was able to try the Blueberry Jazz and the Berries and Cream smoothie recipes in this book. Both were quite good and I liked them for my tastes. Some of the other recipes that I might have tried I did not because she calls for juice as a part of them. . .I think one could use store bought juice but I also realize I wouldn't get the health benefits of juicing my own produce fresh first. 

I also plan to read more of Cherie's books after reading this one. In the beginning of this book, she shares her health issues and how she started juicing and changing her diet and how it helped. She also shares other testimonials throughout the book which I enjoyed reading. All of the personal stories inspired me to give juicing a try. Each chapter also includes a few side bars on various health foods, like greens or cinnamon, and the benefits you can reap from using those particular items.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in juicing and the health benefits that you may reap from juicing. If you are wanting to make smoothies, the book is still good but there aren't nearly as many recipes for them as the juicing, so it is something to keep in mind.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.


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