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Check It Out: Juicing and smoothies: a recipe for good health

February 26, 2011|By Tamara Henn

Healthy juice drinks and smoothies are a delicious way to add fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Nutrient-rich beverages provide vitamins, dietary fiber and phytochemicals. They also make great mini-meals and portable snacks. Perfect the art of juicing and making smoothies with these wholesome guides available at the Newport Beach Public Library:

"101 Ways to Juice It!: Luscious Recipes and the Best and Most Comprehensive Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Juicing" by Carol Gelles: Readers who want to reap the benefits of juicing will find everything they need to get started in this essential resource. The author shares her expertise on purchasing juicers and blenders, selecting the best produce, and combining foods. Boost your energy with nectarine orange smoothies, banana mango strawberry nectar, herbed cucumber juice, and other healthy elixirs.

"Your Kitchen's Magic Wand: Getting the Most out of Your Handheld Immersion Blender" by Tom Steele: One of the easiest ways to whip up a smoothie is with an immersion blender. This versatile kitchen appliance features a handheld electric motor with a rotating blade at its tip. Immersion blenders can also purée vegetables and smooth sauces. Discover more than 60 recipes to use with your immersion blender in this innovative cookbook.

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"Squeezed: 250 Juices, Smoothies + Spritzers" by Jane Lawson: Why go to the local juice bar when you can make exotic juice cocktails and spritzers at home? Jane Lawson offers 250 mouth-watering recipes accompanied by lavish color photographs in this comprehensive guide. Quench your thirst with juicy energizers, creamy smoothies, fresh fruit shakes, and icy frappes.

"Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body" by Stephanie L. Tourles: If you're looking for delicious, health-conscious alternatives to empty calorie snacks, you'll find plenty to choose from in this whole foods cookbook. Recipes, which range between 150 to 250 calories per serving, are made with raw nuts and seeds, dried and fresh fruits, vegetables, oats, nut butters, carob, cocoa, and freshly extracted juices.

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