10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith (Atria Books)

Written by Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse (Atria Books, paperback, 167 pages, $15.99).

Aside from green tea, I don’t like to drink green things. Yes, I know they’re “good for you.” Maybe that’s reason enough to pass the action. But then there's the word cleanse, which makes me a little nervous, for what I think are obvious reasons. But what caught my eye about this particular title was the cover blurb that the reader could “Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!”

The book carries the promise that the recommended cleanse will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind and improve your overall health. The cleanse is a combo of green smoothies, veggies, and high-quality proteins, including eggs, nuts and seeds. Those who have tried reported better sleep, reduced cravings, better digestion and less bloating. All good things. In fact, the book dedicates two chapters to testimonials and success stories. Author Smith, a nutritionist and certified weight loss expert, explains that she created the detox regimen in self-defense while suffering from mercury poisoning caused by, of all things, dental fillings.

I don’t know that all the promises of this book are attainable.  In fact, the book prominently contains appropriate disclaimers advising readers to consult their doctors or other health professionals before embarking on this green quest for well-being.  But I’ll tell you what this book does have. It is loaded with information, starting with a self-assessment quiz to determine if you need a detox cleanse in the first place. And smoothie recipes abound, grouped by specific goals to be attained (athletic performance, stress reduction or, my personal favorite, anti-aging, to name a few) or maladies to be addressed…up to and including eight smoothies to promote blood sugar control for people with diabetes. That section as well as the “clean, high-protein recipes” (real food!) qualify this book as a keeper.

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