Thursday, 1 January 2015

Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes by Christine Bailey

Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes
By Christine Bailey
Published by Nourish (30 December 2014)
ISBN: 978-1848992269

Publisher's description
Looking for a simple way to boost your energy levels, improve your health, lose weight and feel fantastic? Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes is an amazing collection of feel-good drinks using the latest range of superfoods to nourish and revitalize your body. Taking juicing to a whole new level with nutrient-packed health-boosting ingredients, Bailey uses an array of ingredients including sea vegetables, herbs, teas, and tinctures to help you supercharge your juice regimen. Using extra boosters in juices and smoothies is a simple, effective way to get your body into shape fast, providing fuel and nutrients for a transformed body and mind. Bailey (author of The Juice Diet) also provides a handy reference section at the back to help you quickly find recipes to lose weight, maximize energy levels, boost your immunity, combat ageing and look amazing. There is even a 3-day power-charged Superfood Juice Diet Plan to se you on your way to looking fabulous as well as feel great.

My verdict
I have to admit first of all that I haven't yet taken the plunge into juicing/smoothing. Not because I don't want to, just through lack of time. But having read this book, I realise that actually juicing isn't a time-consuming process, as long as you are organised enough to have the right ingredients and equipment to hand. Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes is well-written and easy to browse through. The first part of the book discusses 'supercharging your life' with ingredients to reboot your health and the benefits of juices and smoothies. There is also a section on the basics - equipment, how much to drink etc - and another on your supercharged food pantry essentials, including algae, bee products, berries and fruit, herbs, seeds and medicinal mushrooms. The recipes are clear to read and well set out. I particularly like the Quick Look section at the back, to help you find juices/smoothies for specific needs: weight loss, energy, cleansing, immune boosting, radiance and brain health. Some of the extra supercharged ingredients may be difficult to source, although they may be available from some grocery stores, health food stores or online. As a juicing novice, I may improvise or cut out certain supercharged ingredients, sticking with the more basic recipes for convenience. However, I can see this book appealing to someone who is committed to juicing and improving their health and is prepared to put in the time, money and effort into the finding the right ingredients.

NOTE: I received this through NetGalley as an e-book in exchange for an honest review.

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