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365 Skinny Smoothies: Delicious Recipes to Help You Get Slim and Stay Healthy Every Day of the Year [Paperback]

Daniella Chace
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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892990
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars 365 Skinny Smoothies: A Critical Review 3 Jun 2014
By Andre Lawrence TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Daniella Chace, a nutritionist by trade, has written another volume of the benefits of having a healthy diet.

365 SKINNY SMOOTHIES is a day by day smoothie entry for those who'd like to incorporate having a "green drink" as a part of their daily diet.

But, the vast majority of the entries is primarily fruit then vegetables and some occasional nuts and legumes.

Before she actually get to the recipes, she does reminds us of the peripheral benefits of avoiding sugar, "toxins" and to buy organic, add protein.

The only real drawback and it's unavoidable not to mention is that there are no pictures.

I have no idea why a publisher would allow a cook book (of any variety) to go to print without having pictures to accompany the text. This was regrettably negligent on their part.

*** Recipes ***
May favorites from the months:

January-- ("Jan. 30") Chase Morning Boost
February-- ("Feb. 27") Morning Mocha Boost
March-- ("Mar. 2") Vanilla Berry Banana
April-- ("Apr. 22") Tropical Energy Boost
May-- ("May 23") Cherry Almond Nectar
June-- ("June 15") Vanilla Cherry Freeze
July-- ("July 2") Berry Mango Tart
August-- (Aug. 14") Vanilla Mandarin
September-- ("Sept. 13") Chocolate Almond Milkshake
October-- ("Oct. 14") Chia Energy Booster
November-- ("Nov. 7") Ginger Tea Spritzer
December-- ("Dec. 20") Beach Body Fuel

Very good book, but where are the pictures?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting smoothie options but questionable scientific advice 29 Jun 2014
By LMS - Published on Amazon.com
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We are a smoothie family and make them daily. They are delicious but if you are not careful, they can also be calorie bombs. In this book, the author gives 365 recipes, organized by day, that are designed to be nutritious and low calorie (usually around 100 calories per serving). The smoothies we have made have been pretty good. Some of the ingredients she calls for can be hard to find (black cherrie juice????) so we skipped those but there are still plenty of options with ingredients that can be found at my local grocery store or whole foods.

I am docking this for some bad science she espouses. ON page 185, "Most of what we think of as body fat is actually inflammation that can be reduced by anti-inflammatories such as cherries". My head hit my desk with that one. So for background, I have a PhD in biomedical research and I have published papers in the field of inflammation. She doesn't quite understand the science here. Well she kind of understands there is a link between fat cells and inflammation. Increases in fat cells (number and the amount of "fat" they store) seems to cause inflammation in the fat tissue so there is a definite link between inflammation and obesity. But it is not inflammation only! There is an increase in body fat and that seems to cause more inflammation! Most of what we think of as body fat IS body fat and it seems to cause body wide inflammatory responses that start in the fat tissue. She also misunderstands the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy. For example, suggesting a lactose intolerance is a dairy allergy. Head hit desk again. Intolerance to lactose is due to a loss of the protein that breaks down lactose. A dairy allergy is due to an Ig-E mediated response against proteins in dairy products. These were just a few examples. She does much better when she speaks to her core discipline of nutrition.

So, good recipes but bad science. Skip the science part and go for the recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Selection of Smoothies.....Wow! 20 Jun 2014
By Wayne Crenwelge - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I have been on a smoothie kick for about 2 years. Five or six days a week we have a smoothie. They are great in the summer AND in the winter. They are just perfect.

But I needed to change it up a bit, hence the book. I really like this addition to my knowledge. I will note that Ms. Chace tends to use Chia Seeds for her smoothie blends. Since I have a Vitamix, I take the opportunity to crush my Flax Seeds (much larger) into a Flax Seed meal and store it in the refrigerator. If you use Chia, you do not have to refrigerate (could be better as less hassle). I will note that Chia seeds cost more than Flax and basically they do the same thing as far a nutrients.

To book is very detailed. It gives breakdowns of Calories, Fat, Carbs, Fiber, and Protein for each smoothie. (You would have to go online to adjust slightly if you use Flax seeds. There is also a TIP with every smoothie. Stocked full of info. I hope this helps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty; Good Variety 2 July 2014
By Elisa 20 - Published on Amazon.com
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I spend a lot of time at places like Jamba Juice when I could just as easily make a smoothy at hom, so I was glad to get this book for several reasons. First, it's obvious that you can save money doing it yourself. Second, it's also obvious that you have a lot more control over the ingredients--both the quality and the variety available--when you do it yourself. And, as this book reminded me, making a smoothy is also extremely easy. I really had to question why I spend $5 for something I can do easily--and much better--at home. Plus, it uses something we all have already and use for other things, too, a blender. So not even any investment to do it other than the things you'll be drinking.

What impressed me most about her recipes is the variety of ingredients--ginger, chia seeds, almond milk, figs or prunes as natural sweeteners (okay, that's not all in the same drink.) That may not sound particularly appetizing, but the variety of ingredients in her smoothies really is very creative and they taste good. (You also pretty much "get what you expect" with the smoothies because you can tell from an ingredient list how it will taste, give or take a bit of sweetness.) I liked the recipes, but also the lists: different fruits and vegetables that combine well, different protein sources to include (and the value of protein in promoting weight loss), different kinds of fiber, different kinds of liquids, some I had never thought of. It's not just "milk and protein powder and mango and orange juice and bananas" There are 365 different recipes so a LOT of variety. Since the author is a nutritionist, she also emphasizes the importance of reducing our sugar intake and also of watching carbohydrates (this is, after all, supposed to help with weight loss). The calories are usually around 100 calories a drink and she has made them low carb, low calorie--about 15-30 carbohydrates per drink, which she points out are the low range of what is recommended for diabetics. All in all, a good book and its rectangular shape means its easy to fit in a large purse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sane Snacking with Non-Insane Ingredients 23 Jun 2014
By S. L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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365 Skinny Smoothies by Daniella Chace is geared towards weight-loss and better health through nutrition. Arranged by month, it takes advantage of fresh seasonal produce. Some smoothies are to be used as snacks, while more caloric ones are meals. (It might have been more helpful to organize the book by this information instead of month, as each recipe has to be examined in order to separate the snacks from the meals.)

Will you need to buy any weird, expensive, or hard-to-find ingredients? Not as much as other similar books. Chace relies mostly on whole fruits and vegetables, along with liquid sources like coconut water, teas, nectars and juices. Frozen fruits can be used and are easily available. Certain protein sources (powders, hemp or chia seeds) might be unfamiliar to some folks, but they ARE find-able, especially on Amazon.

What about food allergies? Chace supplies substitutions and a wide variety of ingredients. She strongly encourages tweaking the recipes for your own tastes and needs.

Will you have to buy a new kitchen apparatus for these recipes? Probably not; just a high-setting blender or a food processor is needed. However, when sampling some of the recipes, I found there was not enough food volume for my food processor to work effectively on.

Is this too preachy, gimmicky, or new-age-y? Not at all. In fact, Chace's approach is as refreshing as her recipes. She is an informed nutritionist and health is her chief concern. The first sections of the book have some really good information without being overwhelming or dull. And she knows her stuff from research and experience: store items in glass containers to (avoid BPAs in plastic), buy only non-GMO foods (to avoid chemicals), milled flaxseed may mess with one's hormone levels (whereas chia seeds do not), and certain foods can fight inflammation. She also states that fiber not only helps to slow the carbohydrate load, but it can also impart sweetness. Some taste buds may not be convinced by that last point; a small amount of additional sweetener can be added, within reason.

Is this truly a low-carb cookbook? According to the author, the CDC, the FDA, and the American Diabetics Association, yes. But from an Atkins-like induction/ketosis point of view, no. The carb counts range from 10 to 30 grams per serving. (And take note that many of the recipes are for _2_ servings each.) Diabetics and dieters will still need to factor these smoothies into their daily allowances, making changes in other meals as necessary to accommodate.

But will these smoothies taste good? Quite simply, they taste like their ingredients. In other words, they are different than their monster-portioned high-fructose veritable milkshake imposters. Don't be tempted to add too much additional sugar or sugar-substitutes; doing so can undo the intent of this book, which is to control calories, reduce inflammation, and provide a sane solution to snacking.

Here are some I tried, with (allowed) substitutions and results as indicated:

May 2: Strawberry Basil Icy - Very nice flavor, although the basil leaves left bits of green in my mouth and their texture was also unpleasantly noticeable during consumption. (Maybe more blending/processing next time?)

September 25: Fuji Mint Crush - I had to switch out the Greek yogurt for coconut milk. Very mild: the flavor of the apple juice and the Fuji apple was lost to the coconut milk and mint leaves.

November 13: Mexican Chocolate - Quite good. Again, I made the same substitution as for the Fuji Mint Crush. Also, I doubled the cocoa from 1 teaspoon to 2, because I just knew it would be mild despite the cayenne and cinnamon. (Who uses only 1 teaspoon of cocoa for anything??)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found a bunch of great recipes to use 17 Jun 2014
By Megan Bedroom Bookworms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
365 Skinny Smoothies opens with the a secrets for losing weight chapter. It talks about the ingredients you’ll find in the book and why you should use them in your smoothies. It’s essentially a weigh in on smoothie ingredients chapter which I found to be really informative.

Next we have a what you need to keep in your kitchen chapter. The items aren’t all required but they do go beyond just a simple blender. While having all those gadgets would be nice, really you could stick with the blender and be ok.

After these informational chapters we get right to the good stuff with the smoothie recipes. Each ‘chapter’ is written as a month with a smoothie recipe a day. They are then also broken into sup groups with the largest ingredient (orange, plums, etc).

Most of the recipes list the total amount of calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein. I did see a few that were missing this information but for most of them it is there. I like this, because I hate having to try and add up my ingredients, google how many calories are in each, and then add them together to get total calories for my fitbit. This was such a nice system to have.

For the purposes of the book, the author considered smoothies with less than 250 calories to be a snack and those with more than 250 to be a meal replacement. When going through the book I generally stuck to those recipes that were under 250.

I looked at recipes with fewer calories, and easy recipes with limited ingredients. Keeping it simple is the only way something like this would get done at our house. I don’t to have to buy out a health food store to make a few smoothies. I wanted simple ingredients that I could find at my local grocery store. And even with these restrictive criteria I was able to find quite a few smoothies that would work for us.

In total, after lots of back and forth because there were so many good ones, I was able to find fifteen recipes that were easy, had a small amount of similar ingredients and were under 250 calories. I think this is a great starting off point for us.

I hope to start making some next week and I’ll post the results we get here. Although, in order for you to get the recipes you will have to buy the book. For less than $10 this book is jam packed with information

If you’re a smoothie lover or just looking for something healthy you can quickly make up 365 Skinny Smoothies is the book for you.

I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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