Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Your Fruit & Veggies The Easy Way!

What Color Is Your Smoothie?
From Red Berry Roundup to Super Smart Purple Tart—300 Recipes for Vibrant Health
By Britt Allen Brandon, CFNS, CPT, Author of The Ever
Format: Paperback

It’s no secret that Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables: as many as 50 percent of Americans don’t eat a piece of fruit all day long (CBS Early Show). Among the chief reasons for our low intake of fresh produce is the time required and difficulty in preparation. Even if you do consume the expert-recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables, you still might not be getting the wide range of vitamins and minerals you need.

Smoothies are an easy way to maximize your fruit and vegetable consumption, and with What Color is Your Smoothie? From Red Berry Roundup to Super Smart Purple Tart—300 Recipes for Vibrant Health (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc.; March 2012) by Britt Allen Brandon, CFNS, CPT, with Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN, eating the rainbow has gotten even easier! 

The 411 by Maria
I cannot wait to get started on this. A dear friend of mine just started a smoothy kick and when I hear her talk about it, I get excited. Now, I know exactly what to add to mine. Green seems to be the color to go for. This week, I am heading to the farms to pick up some spinach, almond milks, blueberries and bananas

More about the book:
Inside readers will find delicious, easy-to-make recipes such as:

Strawberry Guava Smoothie—bright red guava is packed with vitamins A and C. It also contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and belly-filling fiber

Clever Carrots with Spice—orange carrots are full of beta-carotene which prevents cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease

Pineapple Banana Cream—yellow bananas are rich with carotenoids which can decrease the likelihood of lung cancer

Spicy Spinach Smoothie—dark green veggies contain phytochemicals which can protect our eyes by keeping your retina strong

Blueberry Blast Smoothie—blue and purple foods contain flavonoids which help prevent short-term memory loss

Britt Brandon, an ISSA-certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, award-winning competitive runner, and mother of three, prepares smoothies daily to promote the health of herself and her family, and attests to the dramatic improvement they can have on pregnancy, athletic performance, children, and even pets. She has curated more than 300 vitamin-packed smoothie recipes, organized by color, for maximum vitamin and mineral benefit. Readers will blend, smooth, and shake their way to a healthy, new body!

Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN (Middleboro, MA) is a registered dietician and owner of the nutrition counseling company Delicious Living Nutrition. She is certified in adult weight management from the Commission of Dietetic Registry. Cormier often advocates juicing as a beneficial tool to nourish bodies and increase energy levels.

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