Considering I actually crave leafy greens, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Smoothies has become my new favorite go-to cookbook in the morning to whip up superfood smoothies to start the day. Author Bo Rinaldi, co-owner of the acclaimed Blossoming Lotus restaurant in Portland, Oregon and the website VeganFusion.com, is an avid proponent of a vegan lifestyle. His smoothie book is a thirst-quenching, health-boosting resource that shows you how to incorporate ultra-nutritious ingredients into smoothies as a means to naturally increase your energy, rev metabolism, burn fat, cleanse out body toxins, and satisfy your daybreak hunger. Here is one of over 100 green smoothie recipes you’ll find when you page through his book.
Raspberry Recharge Smoothie
Featured in Smoothies for Weight Loss section in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Smoothies, this green smoothie is a refreshing low-calorie eye-opener.
- 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 cup fresh apple juice
- 1-1/2 cups chopped cucumber
- 2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
- In a high-speed blender, combine raspberries, apple juice, cucumber, and cilantro.
- Blend until smooth.
Cook’s note: Rinaldi suggests swapping in spinach for the cilantro if the herb is too strong for you.