Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?
We all know that eating a variety of foods, colored like the rainbow, is one of the best ways to make sure that you are getting a full range of nutrients in your diet. In truth, we should eat a rainbow every day. But seriously, it’s not always easy to eat a rainbow everyday. Who has the time?
I know I don’t always have the time to eat as healthily as I would like. Which is one reason I started making smoothies. I discovered that I really enjoy making and eating smoothies. I mean, I REALLY enjoy smoothies. I typically have a smoothie at least 4-5 days a week, if not everyday. After about two weeks of smoothie making, though, I ran out of ideas.
Then I received the What Color is Your Smoothie? book for review, from Adams Media. It is a veritable treasure trove of smoothie recipes and ideas. I would have NEVER considered putting cauliflower in a smoothie. Or green tea. Or spinach. And yet, they are DELICIOUS! With recipes like Strawberry Guava Smoothie, Clever Carrots with Spice, Pineapple Banana Cream, Spicy Spinach Smoothie, and Blueberry Blast Smoothie you are sure to find a few you love. I know I have!
Here’s a few of my recent smoothies…
Aside from discovering Kefir, I’ve also learned that I enjoy a savory smoothie just as well as a sweet smoothie. Of course, the kidlets and Hubs prefer the sweet ones.
What Color is Your Smoothie? contains over 300 smoothie recipes, divided into chapters by color. That’s nearly enough for a different smoothie every day of the year! It also has an “At-a-Glance Produce Chart” that details the serving size, proper color, main nutrients, and main benefits of a variety of produce, from acorn squash to zucchini and everything in between.
The only thing I would change about the book is the index, which isn’t nearly as comprehensive as it could be. For example, the benefits of Vanilla bean are described on page 56 of the book. Several recipes, including the Very Cherry Vanilla (p 98) include vanilla bean pulp. HOWEVER, the only thing referenced in the index under vanilla is the description of the benefits of vanilla (p. 56). I would love to be able to flip to the index and see a comprehensive list of places to find vanilla bean (i.e. p. 56, 73,74,84,98, …). Of course, doing that may cause the index to be longer than the book itself, since there are so many recipes.
Overall, I have really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys smoothies, wants to broaden their smoothie horizons, or wants to be creative in eating the rainbow (or getting their kids to do so)!
In honor of National Nutrition Month, Adams Media Bookstore would like to give one lucky TBC reader their own What Color is Your Smoothie? book, to help you eat a rainbow a day!
***I received a product sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. ***