By Kristine Miles

Review by Scott Keith

We simply don’t get enough fruits and veggies in our diet. We crave processed sweets and goodies. The obesity problem in the United States is through the roof. And obesity, in the decades ahead, will certainly result in skyrocketing health costs.

How, then, can we get more fruits and vegetables in our diet? These days, it can be hard to find the time to eat healthful, balanced meals, especially when we are running from task to task, trying to balance a home life with a rapidly multi-tasking work environment.

A women, who lives on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia,  provides an answer. Kristine Miles, a health professional with over 15 years of experience, has written “The Green Smoothie Bible,” a compact, thoroughly-enjoyable book that describes how you can fit some of those healthy “greens” into your daily diet. The result: Some tasty drinkable concoctions that will give you pep and start you on the road to better health.

In an email interview with Men and Health: It’s a Guy Thing, Miles describes herself as a “self-confessed food and health nerd.” She says, “I have always been interested in anything to do with food – I enjoy eating, I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy learning about food as medicine.”

Miles started drinking green smoothies about 5 years ago; she discovered raw foods a year before. After starting a website, based on her experiences, Miles was approached by Ulysses Press to expand on her site and write a book.

In case you’re curious, green smoothies, according to Miles, are plant-based, blended drinks, made of fruit, leafy greens and water. In the interview, Miles says, “Greens are superfoods and should be considered a separate food group to vegetables. They are full of fiber, minerals, vitamins, protein, chlorophyll, antioxidants and some have essential fatty acids, including omega 3.”

If you think a smoothie with just greens may taste unpleasant, you’re correct. But Miles points out a trick that will make your taste buds smile. “By blending leafy greens with sweet fruit and water, you get a balance of flavor that makes the greens almost tasteless. The green smoothie looks green and tastes like the blended fruit in it,” says Miles, pointing out you get the health benefits of blended greens, yet you get more servings of fruits and vegetables.

“The Green Smoothie Bible” offers 300 great recipes. Try some antioxidant-boosting smoothies, bone and joint-friendly recipes, high-fiber recipes, recipes to optimize cardiovascular health, recipes for blood-sugar maintenance or mood-enhancing green smoothies

Asked if smoothies are an affordable option, Miles says, “Most definitely, particularly when eating seasonally. I devote a chapter to each season of the year in my book, so that people can choose to eat according to what greens and fruits are in season.”

Miles hopes that whatever diet someone chooses, there will be room for green smoothies. “Whether your diet is vegan, paleo, raw, even standard American, the addition of green smoothies has so many benefits.”

240 pages, $14.95, Ulysses Press, available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.

Visit Kristine Miles at kristinemiles.com and at greensmoothiecommunity.com.


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