Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health

Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health

CAPTURE THE BENEFITS OF EARTH'S SUPERFOODSLooking for a quick, flavorful and nutritious way to stay youthful and healthy? The Green Smoothies Diet provides the perfect solution! Green smoothies are the best way to power up your body and supercharge your health in just minutes a day. Packing a tasty, nutrient-filled punch in every sip, these ultrahealthy smoothies pair leafy gre...

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Title:Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health
Author:Robyn Openshaw
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Edition Language:English

Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health Reviews

  • Karina

    I was afraid this would be really boring, but it's actually pretty interesting and entertaining. Talks about the health benefits of a green smoothie diet, different greens and their benefits and tastes, why they're important, superfoods and health benefits they have, and lots of recipes and even testimonials of many people and how it's changed their lives. I have had some health issues and instead of being on medication the rest of my life I'm hoping this can help improve my issues. I have only

    I was afraid this would be really boring, but it's actually pretty interesting and entertaining. Talks about the health benefits of a green smoothie diet, different greens and their benefits and tastes, why they're important, superfoods and health benefits they have, and lots of recipes and even testimonials of many people and how it's changed their lives. I have had some health issues and instead of being on medication the rest of my life I'm hoping this can help improve my issues. I have only tried two of the smoothies so far, but they have both been great! Can't wait to explore with this more!

  • Nicole

    Probably among my favorites of the health related books I've read recently,

    was enlightening and easy to read; I read it in one sitting. I definitely plan on re-reading it again later, and implementing the daily smoothie at the very least.

  • Sharon Rainey

    good recipes, informative. i've been drinking smoothies for more than six months, but this gave me some new ideas.

  • Jaime

    Every time my husband saw me reading this he would ask, "So is everything we eat going to kill us?" Because that's what I told him I felt like after I'd read the first chapter. While the author subscribes to a mostly raw, whole foods diet, and she certainly promotes that, this book is really focusing more on the benefits of her "green smoothies" and there is comfort in her encouragement that even just a pint to one quart a day of green smoothies can drastically improve health and nutrition. My f

    Every time my husband saw me reading this he would ask, "So is everything we eat going to kill us?" Because that's what I told him I felt like after I'd read the first chapter. While the author subscribes to a mostly raw, whole foods diet, and she certainly promotes that, this book is really focusing more on the benefits of her "green smoothies" and there is comfort in her encouragement that even just a pint to one quart a day of green smoothies can drastically improve health and nutrition. My family and I had already been doing green smoothies for breakfast, but since reading the book I'm more adventurous in what I put in them, we've doubled the amount we drink (we now have one with dinner as well), and have set aside two days a week for no meat and no sugar. Surprisingly we made all those changes with very little complaint from anyone. While I cannot commit to a raw diet, I also cannot argue with the importance for adding more greens and less refined and modified foods to the standard american diet. It's definitely improved some of my nutrition choices. It is also a quick read and very well outlined with good recipes, tips, and explanations.

  • Christina

    We had a green smoothie this morning, and it is actually something I think I can work into my daily menu. If you're already sold on the whole-foods way of eating, the book doesn't have a whole lot of new information. However, it is a quick book and has a few good ideas about converting children. I checked my copy out at the library, but I think I'll have to get my own copy so that I can try some more of the recipes.

    Just a note. This isn't as well-researched and documented as some goo

    We had a green smoothie this morning, and it is actually something I think I can work into my daily menu. If you're already sold on the whole-foods way of eating, the book doesn't have a whole lot of new information. However, it is a quick book and has a few good ideas about converting children. I checked my copy out at the library, but I think I'll have to get my own copy so that I can try some more of the recipes.

    Just a note. This isn't as well-researched and documented as some good health books (

    and

    come to mind). It feels like Robyn is a regular mom who tried something for herself that worked well, so she decided to share her knowledge. It is written in a friend-to-friend style that is easy to read.

  • Emily

    So inspiring! Learned a ton of healthy ideas to improve my life and excited to start my day with a green smoothie

  • Heath

    Great recipes and a different approach to getting yourself a nice habit. If you are new to getting your kitchen health together this will help. I have followed Robyn for many years and enjoyed a majority of all that she teaches. I will say that one particular health professional isn't for all, so keep finding what/who works for you.

  • Jona Cannon

    Openshaw educates the reader about the importance of eating healthy. You will learn precicesly what each variety of greens do for the human body and the benefits a person might derive. She explains simple and realistic ways of giving your body everything it requires to thrive without breaking the bank.

    This book SO reminded me of the old testament story in Daniel chapter 1. Daniel and his companions were being taught to be leaders for King Nebuchadnezzar and were to be given the kings

    Openshaw educates the reader about the importance of eating healthy. You will learn precicesly what each variety of greens do for the human body and the benefits a person might derive. She explains simple and realistic ways of giving your body everything it requires to thrive without breaking the bank.

    This book SO reminded me of the old testament story in Daniel chapter 1. Daniel and his companions were being taught to be leaders for King Nebuchadnezzar and were to be given the kings meat and wine to eat and drink. Daniel convinces the head eunich to allow them to eat pulse (seeds and grain) for 10 days to see if their health improves over the other boys in training. After 10 days their health is so much better that the head eunich decides to have all of the boys eat pulse from then on.

    The only criticism I have for this book is that it felt like a sales pitch. You know the kind, where you are at the store, and someone is speaking to a small gathering of people and trying to sell you some new product. A good portion of the book guides you to Openshaw's web site where you have more oportunity to pay more money for more green smoothie education. It also guides you to buy the blendtec blender which (coincidentally?) if you buy from the manufacturer will give you her book. I have nothing against capitalism, but I would have preferred less sales pitch, and more smoothie recipes for the $15 book.

  • MJ

    This book is all about eating lower on the food chaim. As in vegetables and fruit. Then you mix it all in a blender and drink it. Robyn Openshaw-Pay starts by explain how she came to the revelation that she needed to change her families eating habits. So she went back to the basics raw green vegetables. She includes testominal from others who have tried her diet along with some really good recipes.

    I have been drinking these drinks for about a month. Reading this book has cemented my

    This book is all about eating lower on the food chaim. As in vegetables and fruit. Then you mix it all in a blender and drink it. Robyn Openshaw-Pay starts by explain how she came to the revelation that she needed to change her families eating habits. So she went back to the basics raw green vegetables. She includes testominal from others who have tried her diet along with some really good recipes.

    I have been drinking these drinks for about a month. Reading this book has cemented my belief that this was a good choose for me. I am not sold on her whole diet, no meat. I love a good steak and wont be giving up my BFs yummy steaks any time soon but I do beleive that cutting back on certain foods is a good idea health wise. Mostly I believe that I dont get enough fruits and vegtables and this is a good way for me to suppliment my diet.

  • Willow Curtis

    I had a hard time with a lot of the stuff in this book - like Robyn Openshaw's obsession with Blentec - but overall it was okay. The writing wasn't great. She repeats herself often and some phrases are used ad nauseum. I can't think of one right now, maybe I've blocked them out.

    There is one point in the book where Robyn Openshaw explains how to educate a child about the benefits of green smoothies that almost made me laugh. She describes fiber as a broom and afterwards says: "That wa

    I had a hard time with a lot of the stuff in this book - like Robyn Openshaw's obsession with Blentec - but overall it was okay. The writing wasn't great. She repeats herself often and some phrases are used ad nauseum. I can't think of one right now, maybe I've blocked them out.

    There is one point in the book where Robyn Openshaw explains how to educate a child about the benefits of green smoothies that almost made me laugh. She describes fiber as a broom and afterwards says: "That was an example of how I speak to my children. It's different than how I speak to you, or how I write on a scientific topic on my blog" (p.74). Wait, didn't she just write that same analogy for me, the reader, a few chapters back? Let's see... "[Plant fiber] drags the length of our gastrointestinal tract, much like a broom, keeping its tissues clean and pink and healthy" (p.30). Or how about a few more pages in when she tells us again that, "Insoluble plant fiber is the best broom: It cleans out the 100 plus feet of your entire digestive tract" (p.50). Yeah, she just confessed to simplifying her nutritional knowledge in this book like she would for a child, while at the same time denying it.

    I appreciate the amount of material that she has read on the subjects of nutrition, gardening, and health, but she didn't seem to cite her source material very often. Vague claims were either unsubstantiated or based on ambiguous personal experiences. In fact, I've read a lot of the same books as she has on these subjects (or am at least familiar with them) but I do not feel confident in my ability to tell everyone else the best way to improve their health.

    To be fair, Openshaw does state in the book that so many people asked her about her lifestyle that she wanted to share it with everyone. I admire her enthusiasm and dedication to what she believes. A lot of what she believes I believe too. I am not going to fault her for researching ways to improve the health of her family and putting those things into practice. That is commendable. Now, does a raw food diet cure cancer as Openshaw alludes to?

    There are a lot of intriguing recipes in the book. With names like Rad Raspberry Radicchio, Smooth Sunflowers, and Pollen Persimmon Potpourri, the smoothies seem a bit out there. I guess if they were things like Mixed Berry Banana and Spinach we wouldn't need to buy a book for the recipe.

    Okay, I love green smoothies. Most of the smoothies I make for myself and my husband depend on the fruit and vegetables that we have on hand. When I first saw Robyn Openshaw's website several years ago touting her as the self-proclaimed Green Smoothie Girl, I thought, "Great! This woman has experimented with something that I'm interested in and is sharing her experiences online." Then, I saw that her ebooks (like her 12 Steps to Whole Foods) had to be purchased. I clicked away from her website and didn't look back. When my mom and sister started getting into green smoothies, my interest was rekindled.

    After moving back to Utah recently I saw that Robyn Openshaw was having a free green smoothie class and demo. My skeptical friends agreed to go with us. The whole event seemed more like self promotion than a class. It was not very instructional. Our friends were uncomfortable with what they described later as scare tactics and left part way through. I'd bought 3 raffle tickets, so my husband and I stayed hoping to at least get a blender out of the disappointing evening. We did not win anything unfortunately. The products that she endorses were being sold in the back and I felt like we were sitting through a sales pitch. Oh, and the small shot of green smoothie offered as a sample was disgusting.

    After this experience my friends did start to purchase green smoothies at a local smoothie place called Roxberry Juice. I went and saw that the smoothies were based off of Robyn Openshaw's green smoothies. The smoothies were surprisingly good, but not cheap. Roxberry had this book for sale by the cash register and I flipped through it. I decided to check it out from the library. With such a long waiting list I expected a better book, but in the end I am happy I read it.

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