I am not a 100% raw foodie, I am technically a newbie, although I do eat raw for 2 meals and for snacks. Breakfast I begin drinking green smoothies or just plain eating raw fruit depending on my mood for the day. Lunch is raw veggies and fruits.. salads and sometimes another green smoothie. And dinner usually consists of a family cooked meal, but I do involve raw foods from time to time. Including salads and raw veggies with dips.
Green Smoothie Revolution is a fabulous guide into the raw food green smoothie kick. I have tried several different green smoothies that I love and frankly, so do my children. Green Smoothie Revolution gives many recipes for beginners, children versions, and even the brave & adventurous ones. But... We as a family love the children's ones, very sweet and not "green" tasting. *If you are a beginner you would probably love these too.
Green Smoothies are amazing for many reasons, one being; blended greens open up cell walls. So if you are going for all raw diet, you need to open cell walls to partake in ALL the nutrients it has to offer. Chewing alone doesn't break down everything you need, you simply can not chew it sufficiently to derive to full benefits. Which is also why juicing greens is also effective, though I found out by reading this book that, blending works more efficiently unless you need juices for digestive issues, seeing as juice digests much quicker than solids.
Eating raw foods; greens, fruits, and vegetables is very important. Raw foods are high in fiber, and nutrients.. and are literally 90% water. That is everything your body needs to function properly. We have cursed ourselves with the "normal" refined foods we have consumed since birth. We have taught our bodies not to digest normally/properly. So eating raw foods, even if you don't go 100%, is essential for your body.
I really loved the entire book. This book has extremely useful information; like why it's important to "rotate your greens!" What a great resource for overall health and nutrition. With 200 recipes you are bound to find several you love. And your children! Green Smoothie Revolution has an entire chapter dedicated to just children. Smoothies my children actually drink. They even drink the regular versions too.