Author: Cherie Calbom, MS, CN
Publisher: Siloam
ISBN: 978-1-62136-030-8

The Juice Lady has quite a personal story to tell, but her expertise and dedication to health is what makes her a convincing pitchperson for dietary revolution. You, too, can change your outlook on life if you understand the dynamics of food ingredients.

The point of juicing is not convenience, as you might assume. But if you “drink and dash” in the morning, this book will give you some really great ideas about making that drink matter. First, you really do need a juicer, and not a wimpy one, certainly not just your average blender. A juicing machine separates the juice from the insoluble pulp by breaking down plant cell walls. The soluble fiber remains, and that is good for the digestive tract. The juice captures more nutrients. Juice is easily absorbed into the bloodstream in 20-30 minutes.

If you are in dire need for a diet change to give you energy – especially when your body is healing – you might consider her arguments: Unlike our ancestors, few of us have the time it would take to chew up the amount of vegetables that are on the USDA recommended daily requirements. In juice we can eat micronutrients that we normally throw out, such as those in leave, stems, seeds and peels. We can add herbs to make vegetables more attractive to family members who resist plain vegetables. Green juices “fire up” the metabolism, giving us energy fast, so we quickly notice changes.

Over 400 recipes are included in this tome, divided into seven categories: simple, gourmet and exotic, green, yummy fruit blends, old favorite, and remedies and rejuvenators. Chabom has a shopping list at the back that will give you the staples for a juice diet; to that you add specifics of the menu you have planned. Combinations may seem a little crazy at first glance, but they have a purpose. The most impressive aspect of this book is the care with which she footnotes, appends with resources, and explains in boxes why certain foods are important, such as the magnesium abundant in greens. Most of us lack magnesium, the mineral that calms our body.

I do not (yet) have a juicer, but had things in the house for La Bella With Greens -- 1 apple, 1 lemon, ½ red pepper with seeds, 3 ribs celery with leaves, 1 cucumber, and 4 romaine lettuce leaves. My husband and I both thought it was a great drink, and quickly realized that’s all we needed for lunch. I am shopping today for Carrots and Spice, Lettuce Wrap, and Chard Lemonade. And oh yes, I have looked at her website for recommendations on juicing machines.

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