Skinny Smoothies – Book Review and Vanilla Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Smoothies are such a great way to start the day. They can also function as an occasional meal replacement or snack. Skinny Smoothies: 101 Delicious Drinks that Help You Detox and Lose Weight is a collection of quick and healthy smoothies.
The ease of putting together a smoothie has contributed to their enormous popularity. Just pull a few items from the fridge or freezer, put them in the blender, and a minute later breakfast is ready.
Shell Harris and Elizabeth Johnson of Smoothie Web have put together 101 new smoothie recipes for weight loss or gain, a quick energy boost, and detoxing from the chemicals of processed foods. Each recipe is followed by a breakdown of the nutritional content of the smoothie, including fat, calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins and minerals.
Skinny Smoothies splits the smoothies into five chapters:
Get Moving Breakfast Smoothies – These smoothies look like the ones I see at smoothie stores. Most of these are various combinations of fruit, yogurt or almond milk, and protein powder, flax seeds, or another nutritional goodie. Some examples are Strawberry Morning Glory, Blueberry Almond Smoothie, The “Basic” Weight Loss Smoothie
Fill ‘Er Up Meal Replacements – These smoothies are a bit more substantial, although the calorie count stays in the 300-350 range for most of them. Some examples are Apple Pie Smoothie, PB & Banana Smoothie, and Peach Almond Swirl.
Get Moving Energy Smoothies – This section has a collection of post-workout smoothies, spiced smoothies, and smoothies for longer-lasting energy. Some examples are Apricot Energy Punch, Greek Greenie, and Cherry Buzz.
Kick Mid-Afternoon Slump Smoothies – These will wake you up and get you past that mid-afternoon slump. Some examples are NannerNilla Smoothie, Creamy Mint Tea, and Vanilla Blueberry Smoothie (recipe included below).
Detox Smoothies – An early chapter in the book covered how to detox. These smoothies help the process. Try Glowing Skin Smoothie, Green Orange Goodness, and Apple Sunshine High.
Early chapters in the book contain information on necessary equipment, recommended ingredients and their nutritional and health value, and how to detox, always reminding the reader that moderation is key.
On the next page, check out a sample recipe from the book!