Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are on a fresh path to health and happiness—deprivation not included. In their book, Simple Green Smoothies, these two friends invite you into a sane and tasty approach to health that will inspire and energize you on your own journey toward a happier life. The Simple Green Smoothies’ lifestyle doesn’t involve counting calories or eliminating an entire food group. Instead, it encourages you to make one simple change: drink one green smoothie a day.
Simple Green Smoothies includes a 10-day green smoothie kick-start to welcome you into the plant-powered lifestyle, with shopping lists included. Follow it up with 100+ delicious recipes that address everything from weight loss to glowing skin to kid-friendly options.Hansard and Sellner are two moms raising their own families on healthy, whole-food recipes. They’ve seen the amazing health benefits of green smoothies firsthand—from losing 27 pounds to getting more energy. Simple Green Smoothies will empower you to take control of your health in a fun, sustainable way that can transform you from the inside out. Get ready to join the plant-powered party!
- Okay – I’ll admit I’ve only had the book for 24 hours – but I do already love it. 🙂 I had my first smoothie from the book this morning – and it had sweet potato, so I was of course a bit apprehensive – but it was fantastic. I needn’t have worried. I’ve been enjoying the Simple Green Smoothies lifestyle for almost a year now and Jen and Jadah rarely steer me wrong.
I was first introduced to SGS via their 21-day cleanse – which I *highly* recommend. (look for it on their website) I’ve done it twice now and plan to do it at least 2x per year – forever. I can safely say SGS has changed my life. I have completely changed the way I eat, starting with having a Green Smoothie 5 out of every 7 days, or more. Having so many smoothie recipes in one book is going to be the best.
Quite of the book is devoted to “setting up” and the “gear.” (too much, imho) SO don’t let that intimidate or steer you away. It’s not a big deal and before you know it you’ll be whipping up smoothies every day without thinking twice. I now have a complete routine and inventory of what’s on the counter, what’s in the fridge and what’s in the freezer. It’s just a matter of deciding which one to make when I wake up each morning.
One final note: I especially love the book’s index. Say you’ve got a pear on the counter that’s perfect and ready to be eaten – today! – just look up “pear” in the index and there you go, all 10 smoothies featuring pear. Take your pick. Yum!!
- Overall, pretty decent. The layout of the book is fun and easy to read, designed to help you skip around. The recipes are approachable, not a lot of extremely expensive/exotic ingredients. Anyone with a Wal-Mart or decent size grocery store could put together the recipes. It also has a great balance of breakfast/snack/dessert/meal replacement recipes.
I haven’t really tried it as a “diet”, so I can’t talk about weight loss. I’m on a medication that can absolutely kill your appetite, and sometimes I have to force myself to eat. The feeling is similar to trying to eat on an already full stomach, kinda makes you feel queasy and gross. But, you can’t not eat, so I tend to reach for a lot of soups, smoothies, and other liquid meals. So if you have a kid that just will not eat, or someone who has a difficult time eating enough to stay nutritionally satisfied, this is a great book to have around.
The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because there was a good chunk of blogger-ish filler. I wasn’t really expecting that, I thought this was more of a straight up nutrition/recipe book. So there was a lot of focus on the authors and their family’s side stories that didn’t really contribute much to the book. There were also some surprisingly churchy passages that took up page space but weren’t relevant to the subject matter. It is still mostly recipes and nutrition talk, but they probably could have cut out a good 15% – 20% of the book and made it even better.
- Recently got a Vitamix Blender with the intention of making a green smoothie everyday to clean up my diet a bit (have being doing well for over a month). Looked at a bunch of green smoothie books and saw pretty much the same recipes in most of them. What set this book apart from the rest was its layout and basic smoothie 3-column formulas but, mostly the personal stories of the two authors. Found those pretty motivational. Looked at their blog too and found it very useful and got the sense that this smoothie business was truly a lifestyle for them and their busy families. Also, they provided plenty of convincing anecdotal accounts of their personal health benefits which were better than charts and scientific citations on the merits of blending. They also provide a 10-day starter kit with two shopping lists that were very helpful in getting started.
I did the juicer stuff several years ago and found that process too messy, too labor-intensive and too expensive producing minimal amounts of juice from a lot of effort. And it took out all of the pulp which I tend to like.
This blender method is much easier, less messy and less expensive and this book is the best one I found for someone getting started.