The Green Smoothies Diet - Robyn Openshaw

 

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:

 

 

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Green Smoothie Revolution - Victoria Boutenko

 

Following my reading of Victoria Boutenko's earlier book, Green For Life I was keen to read her 2009 follow-up, Green Smoothie Revolution. Here, she again carries on her mission to extol the virtues of getting more greens into our diet via the blended fruit and vegetable drinks which have come to be known as 'Green Smoothies'.

In this second volume the author briefly explains her background in the raw food community for the benefit of new readers and the family health problems which led her to exploring more unorthodox methods of healing. She also provides more tips and tricks on making the best, most nutritious Green Smoothies possible and addresses many of the questions readers of her previous book have asked. She gives advice for those who are interested in giving Green Smoothies to children and even pets. Some interesting case studies are also included, particularly that of a 400lb man who lost more than half his body weight on a Green Smoothie regime.

I would say this book suffers a little from the same 'dubious science presented as fact' problem as her previous one. And Boutenko does come across as rather eccentric and evangelical in places. However, if you can gloss over this I think there is much to be gained from following some of her advice.

The bulk of the book is made up of smoothie recipes, about 200 in all, so there is plenty of choice for different palates. Many of them sound quite appealing so I'm looking forward to giving them a try!