Monday, May 14, 2012

Smoothie Mother-lode

I've found it! The smoothie mother-lode! Holy Cow! This is awesome!

Her name is Olivia Parker and her book---the mother-lode- is Sensational Smoothies, Drink You Way to Health Deliciously!

I've looked over this wonderful eBook and I can't find one piece of information left out. If there's a question you have about smoothies and their relation to health- it's answered in this book.

Does she include any recipes? DOES SHE?! That's a big Y.E.S.

Besides information, she also includes over 180 recipes! I read through the book myself and found so much information that I hadn't even thought of before. If you're new to the smoothie experience, this is THE book to own!

Olivia even includes recipes that require you to use CHOCOLATE! WHAT?! AND---if you do decide to buy the ebook, Olivia is including 3--THREE--other ebooks for no extra cost! (Geez, I sound like a freaking infomercial). Seriously, it is such a beneficial book for learning all about smoothies!

Y'all can click the banner on this post or the one on my sidebar to get the whole story on Olivia's book(s)! Meanwhile, here's a guest post to check out! 

Low Fat Smoothie Recipes for the Health Conscious You
By: Olivia Parker 

A lot of people are now becoming more conscious of staying and being healthy. They look for ways to improve their diet and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle. And since smoothies are so good, a lot of people are turning to smoothies and learning how to make smoothies that not only taste good but are healthy all around, too.
Smoothies fit a healthy lifestyle perfectly. It allows heath conscious people to enjoy a refreshing drink and lose weight at the same time. If you’re looking for a low-fat food source, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat. It’s also very easy and very convenient to prepare. All you need is a blender where you can mix and combine fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. You can create recipes that provide you with an energy boost, add lots of fiber, provide your daily dose of minerals and vitamins and so much more.
Health conscious people will be happy to note that smoothies also provide these host of benefits:
-    You can add natural fruit juices that contain vitamin c; studies have also shown it to be beneficial and helpful in the prevention of certain cancers and other debilitating diseases or illnesses.
-    Smoothies made of fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and help speed up metabolism (at least, some fruit juices do)
-    Because fruits and vegetables are broken down, the nutrients are absorbed easily by the body.
-    Smoothies can replace meals and provide you with the energy you need to last the day. This is why smoothie breakfasts are perfect if you need to go to a workout, or before going to work.
-    Smoothies with fruits and vegetables can help correct your body’s acidity or alkalinity balance (since fruits have natural acids and enzymes)
Here are some tried-and-tested smoothies, perfect for the start of your healthy lifestyle:
-          Combine and blend the following ingredients: 1 cup of milk, 1 packet of instant plain oatmeal (or about 1 cup of it), 1 cup of orange juice, and 1 frozen chunked banana. Blend and process for about a minute. Serve immediately.
-          Blend 1 frozen banana (chilled or frozen fruits exude much more of the fruit’s natural sweetness – you don’t even have to put sugar or honey to sweeten your smoothie), ½ cup of low fat milk, ½ a cup of shredded ice, and 2 8-oz. of low-fat yogurt (you can choose your favorite flavor). Blend and serve immediately.
-          If you love apples, you should definitely try this: Blend 6 oz. cold apple juice, 1 cup skimmed milk, 8 oz. of vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt, 3 to 4 crushed ice cubes and a dash of apple pie spice (optional). This yields about 4 cups so it’s perfect for the whole family.
-          If you’re into soy products, then you’re going to love this: Blend 1 cup of soy milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk, 2 to 3 ice cubes, 1 tablespoon of coconut milk (or coconut essence/extract), and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Blend until smooth, and as usual, serve immediately.
Having low-fat smoothies as part of your diet isn’t hard to assimilate. The key is variety - which you can easily achieve these days with books like “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. Reconcile yourself with the idea that smoothies – although sinfully delicious – are a great way to inject some healthiness in your diet. 

WooHoo! What are you doing to get healthy this week?


  1. I am going to walk more this week AND I am going to drink more smoothies, thanks to you!

  2. I love smoothies. Now that summer's (almost) here, I can indulge with all the local fresh fruit available.

  3. BB- And might you be walking with a Certain very nice man? :) If you ever get to SC, we MUST spend at least an afternoon together!

    Stephanie- I've been going nuts over the local veggies! Fruits- just a few around here like strawberries and blueberries..peaches. Most fruit comes from elsewhere I think. Hm....wonder why that is? Research time! LOL

  4. i am going to increase my apple cider vinegar intake and walk more!

  5. LP- Hubby uses apple cider vinegar too. I've just bought some coconut vinegar- I wonder if that will yield the same health benefits?

  6. You blog looks great! I like your buttons at the top.
    Yes, smoothies are the best, This sounds like a winner.
    In fact that is what my daughter and her friends made this morning after their run, they are going to run a 5K they tried to do the Jillian abs workout six weeks to a six pack or something like that, the made it 1 minutes. I told them about you doing the shred.
    They looked at me like I made it up. :)

  7. Finally got me a big bag of berries at Costco and have been having fun making smoothies! Sounds like a great book.

  8. I eat berries year round...all kinds!...:)JP

  9. Hi Pam, how are you? Your smoothie recipes sound really good. I'm so sorry I haven't been around much, I'm trying to get better, so I can go back to all the things i used to do. I hope you and your family are doing great.


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