Saturday, March 21, 2020

Super Green Smoothies: Veggie-Based Recipes to Boost Your Health and Well-Being

Super Green Smoothies is a plant based recipe and technique collection by Danielle Omar. Released 17th March 2020 by Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 216 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The book follows a logical and easy to understand format. The first chapter covers the background of ingredient selection, why everyone should care about the quality nutrition and important dietary potential raw greens provide, as well as the practicality of making your own, how to streamline prep (including a pantry staples lists of ingredients and tips) along with a very general beginner-accessible discussion of time-saving and other techniques. The author also includes some logical pointers, ingredients, and supplies lists. There is an interactive chart with greens listed and linked to their corresponding recipes. The process and technique sections are comprehensive and include tips for making the best and most palatable smoothies. The recipe chapters are arranged thematically by common dietary improvement areas: detox, weight loss, digestive health, energy boosters, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healthy skin, and healthy heart. Nutritional information is included in the footer at the end of the recipes and includes calories, fat, sodium, cholesterol, carbs, fibre, sugar, protein. Some special dietary information is included (high-fibre, low sugar, dairy, superfood,etc).

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The book also includes a short author bio, and a metric conversion chart, but lacks any index or general ingredients index. Each of the recipes includes a space for notes and observations as well as tips and substitutions in highlighted sidebars.

My main quibble with the book is that the recipes are mostly not photographed. There are some photos, and they're clear and attractive, but they only represent about 5% of the recipes included in the book.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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