In a word: WOW. This book is one of the absolute best when it comes to the exhaustive list of nutrition-geared literature out there. Morena Escardó is delightful to read and will have your mouth watering within the first few pages. You’ll like her right away as she is both friendly and approachable, speaking both from personal experience and a highly informed perspective.
But first – yes, juicing does seem to be somewhat of a fad, something you’ve likely been hearing more and more about in the last few years (and perhaps even more so lately with the new year upon us, a time when many of us decide to ‘get healthier’). So what’s the deal?
Escardó does a great job distilling the central concept of juicing: when you’re eating the Standard American Diet (so appropriately abbreviated as SAD) your digestive system is doing a LOT of work breaking down all those highly processed and chemical-laden foods and animal products. Because this diet is so taxing on your body, it leaves your system primarily focused on digestion with little opportunity to devote energy to the other systems in the body (like the immune or nervous systems). By incorporating more juices into your diet, you give your digestive system a much-needed break, allowing the body to focus on other areas. Furthermore, you’re pampering your body by giving it healthy, nutrient packed meals and snacks, flushing out the bad and replacing it with the good.
This book doesn’t solely offer juices; there are recipes for healthy meals and snacks, and all-too-dreamy smoothies. Escardó has made her recipes and detox programs incredibly flexible, depending on both your tastes and your goals. Whether you want to do a full on multi-day cleanse or simply incorporate more juices into your diet, you’ll be doing your body a favor and helping to realign your cravings towards healthier, natural foods. These recipes provide a great way to reconnect with yourself and what you really want (to feel good about what you put in your body!), and to help your mind and body become more in tune with one another.
Even if juicing weren’t so good for you it would still be appealing due to its deliciousness. This book offers over 65 recipes for all types of juices that benefit all the different areas of your mind and body. Want to spruce up your skin from the inside out? Try Peachy Keen, a juice made of peach, ginger, and cucumber. Want to flush out toxins? Try the Forever Young juice, comprised of carrot, lemon, cucumber and a generous amount of cilantro. Need a good night’s sleep? Go for Cleopatra’s Night Tonic. So intriguing I’ll leave its ingredient list in your imagination for now.
This book is thoroughly informative, offering advice on all aspects of juicing, from produce to appliance shopping. More importantly, this book is approachable; juicing is for anyone and everyone who seeks to improve their quality of life from the inside out. If you are what you eat, I’d like to be one of Miss Escardó’s juices.
Kelly Rummel, Arts and Lifestyle Contributor