5/11/13

Its Non-Fiction Saturday!


Its smoothie weather! Woo Hoo!
I love smoothies, and I love making smoothies. I found 2 free smoothie e-books, one from Amazon and one from B&N (I will give the links at the bottom).
So - Get ready for the 
"Free Smoothie e-book smack-down!"
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3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
I’ve put together 20 recipes for Smoothies that I think can help achieve the goal of staying healthy. Maintaining over all health can help the mind become more creative where we can start as well as successfully finish whatever goals we set for ourselves. I hope you enjoy these Smoothies! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
My name is Marie Roy. I write both fiction and nonfiction. In fiction I write contemporary romances. You can find out more about those at my newsletter/blog: newsletterofmarieroy.blogspot.com

In nonfiction you can find my book here at Smashwords: Dating Hell, Relationship Heaven - A Journey for Baby Boomers after Becoming Divorced or Widowed.

MY REVIEW -
This is an OK book. There was not as many recipes as I would have liked but still a few good ones. And it was FREE! So really, who can complain?
What I thought was missing was the basics. There were the recipes, but the introduction and explanations were missing.
There are a lot of "Green smoothies" (smoothies made with veggies) and I just don't know if I could go for that. Drinking ground up broccoli and spinach just doesn't appeal to me.

Here are a few I will try -
Cranberry and cherry cooler
7 oz can pitted cherries, drained
10 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
crushed ice
Place cherries and juice in blender, puree until smooth.
Add plenty of crushed ice to a tall glass, and pour over the ice and serve. (I think I would blend the ice with the mix)

Another Banana smoothie
1 ripe banana (I would use an already frozen banana)
10 oz milk
1 tbl. smooth peanutbutter
Cinnamon, a pinch
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until thick. Pour into a glass and add ice (if you use frozen bananas you don't have to use ice)

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5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
"Smoothie Creations" is a comprehensive, yet simple and easy to read smoothie recipes book & creation guide full of essential information regarding smoothie types, ingredients, blending techniques, and all of the knowledge you'll need in order to create the ideal taste and texture in your smoothies, as well as beneficial health tips and advice. It covers a broad range of smoothie types, including basic fruit smoothies, green smoothies, specialty smoothies, and smoothies which pertain to weight loss, detox, cures, and workouts. Also included is over 100 of the best smoothie recipes in existence; some simple and some complex, fruit-based, vegetable-based, and specialty mixes too. There's something for everyone; men, women, and children alike.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Inspired to help shape the general health of America, and even worldwide, author Christian Ross has taken it upon himself to create informative and life-changing books and guides to contribute to the mass improvement in health issues of adults and children alike. People are striving for longer, happier, and healthier lives, but sometimes lack the insight necessary to make the right decisions. Christian Ross is making it easier one book at a time, filling the population with motivation, knowledge, and guidance for a better tomorrow.

Born in 1965, Christian Ross has been a respected writer and enthusiast for over two decades. He resides in Los Angeles, California where he enjoys the company of his wife, Michelle, and their four daughters. He also owns a horse farm and is very passionate about his hobby of horseback riding and taking care of his American Quarter horses. He hopes to someday expand his body of work beyond general health topics, and venture into writing about horse care and guidelines.

MY REVIEW -
This book is great! Lots of instructions, lots of recipe ideas, lots for health and just for the yum factor.
"So, What is a smoothie? A smoothie is described simply as a thick, frosty beverage made with fresh fruits or vegetables, blended with ice, milk, yogurt, or ice cream."
It starts off with full basic instructions on how to make any smoothie - this is a great idea. You just add your own ingredients and follow these basic steps and voila- smoothie!
1. Purchase fresh raw fruit
2. Freeze your fruit before hand
3. Prepare your fruit and veggies
4. Place your fruit and veggies into the blender first
5. Pour your liquid base into the blender
6. Add any additional ingredients
7. Add the final ingredient - frozen fruit or ice
8. Cover the blender and tun on
9. Enjoy!

Here's a few recipes I am going to try -
Weight loss surprise
Blend 1 cup low fat vanilla frozen yogurt with 1 cup crushed ice and a shot of espresso. 
Then dump a tablespoon of cocoa powder in, and blend. 
You can add a banana for extra substance.

Peach Melba (very low in fat and calories)
Start with 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, and 1 cup frozen peaches.
Add 1 cup non-fat milk and 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
If you want to add ice to make it frostier, use only 1/2 cup because of the frozen fruits.

There are so many great ideas in here - and its FREE!
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So the clear winner here is "Smoothie Creations" by Christian Ross!
But both book are good and FREE!
Get them both - 

"Smoothies for Good Health" is free at B&N - HERE
"Smoothie Creations" is free at Amazon - HERE

 


3 comments:

  1. I'm mad about smoothies. I love searching online for different recipes.

    Great reviews.

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  2. I thought that second book said, "Christian Smoothies" I was a bit taken aback at first LOL!

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    1. Hahahaha funny!
      Welcome to my blog Bella!

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