It seems that following the success of Victoria Boutenko's two books on the benefits of drinking Green Smoothies (blended fruit and vegetable drinks) other writers want a piece of the action too. Robyn Openshaw's book is quite similar in structure to Boutenko's offerings. The author begins by explaining a little about her history and how she found her way to regularly consuming Green Smoothies. Much like Boutenko, she lists a myriad of ailments which she claims were cured or ameliorated by her smoothies.
Openshaw is a likeable writer and her personality comes through in her book. She goes into depths discussing the importance of greens in the diet and the relative benefits of various greens. She gives tips and advice on how best to buy and store produce, how to get children started on smoothies, and even how to grow your own vegetables. There are also many testimonials from people who have reported improvements in health.
The major difference between the two authors is whereas Boutenko advocates nothing except fruit, vegetables and water in the smoothies, Openshaw promotes the inclusion of a variety of other food items such as yoghurt, nut butters, oils, sweeteners and cocoa.
In my opinion Openshaw's book is more enjoyable to read, but there is a relatively small selection of recipes. If you are interested in this topic I would recommend buying books by both authors to give a more rounded overview of the information. I'm now excited to get started on my own Green Smoothie experiment and to see what health benefits I might notice!
Here is a quick video of the author showing how to make a Green Smoothie:
Are you tempted to try Green Smoothies?