Book: Fresh and Green - All you wanted to know about Green Smoothies, Plus, 80 easy to follow recipes by Ruth E. Murphycategories: Book, Green Smoothies, Living Food, Health and Beauty, Nutrition, Acid, Alkaline, Fruit and Veg, Weight Loss, Diet, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating
Ruth E. Murphyabout this book: My book is a recipe and how to book about green smoothies. Green smoothies use leafy greens such as spinach and kale and fruits like bananas, limes and raspberries in a combination that makes a super healthy and delicious drink for all the family.
• What inspired you to write the book?
I had my first green smoothie a few years ago and I thought it was delicious. However, most of the books are written for the American market and I felt that we needed a European one, where sometimes leafy greens can be hard to find. I have a small section on growing your own in the book. It makes me feel fantastic when I see people doing it for themselves whether that's making their own green smoothie or growing some parsley to put into it.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
Health conscious types, those wanting to lose weight, eat more healthy in general or the can't cook, won't cook individual. It is also ideal for people on the run and those with little or no time for the pomp and ceremony of the kitchen.
• How long did it take to write it?
About a year to write and then the editing began……
• How did you come up with the title?
I was watching a cookery programme and some chef mentioned those exact words when preparing a dish. I thought it was great and exactly what the book is. I did want a different title like Eat,Pray, Love, but then I was really running out of time and sitting on the fence way too long!
• Why did you chose this cover?
Cost! I couldn't afford to pay a professional designer so used Fiverr.Com. I had a very different idea of what I really wanted, but people were asking for it and it was just hanging out on my lap top.
• What was the hardest part of writing the book?
Getting all my facts straight and also the editing. Exhausting! I also found keeping it on point challenging. I wanted to write about everything that I know about. Also, making it flow and read better. This was quite a challenge too. I find putting structure on my thoughts difficult. I am hoping that the next time I do it, it will be a lot easier.
• Did you do research for the book? What did that involve?
Yes. It involved continually checking that what I had written was scientifically correct or at least not incorrect. I had to walk a fine line because I am not a scientist. There have been several other people who have written books on a similar subject but I wanted to write it for the complete beginner. I did not want anyone to feel judged when reading it. In other words, some of the others out there would like people to feel bad if they don't have their green/living drink daily, I wanted people to see how good they feel when they have them. This meant, that I checked and double checked with all the other authors' work before settling on my own way of expressing similar information.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Hmmm. Yes, definitely. I have a much better idea of flow. A bit like telling a story really. I learned that you might have information to pass on to people, but there's a way of saying it that is more effective. I learned to keep on topic and to finish what you are saying without waffling. I learned about structure too. I started writing and writing everything I knew and had studied about nutrition but in the end, had to edit lots of it out because there was no place for it in that particular book.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
I want to tell them to start where they are. Introducing some living foods into their diet is a great and health enhancing habit to adopt. If they falter, no problem, just start again. Greens are a really inexpensive way to increase your nutritional profile and are very accessible via either your local supermarket or grow your own if you've the time. If there are other superfoods or foods that you know are healthy for your but are finding it hard to manage getting them into your diet, throw them into your green smoothie. They really were (not so much now!) the best kept secret in town! Get rid of those ice cream and fruit laden smoothies, and get blending some of the easy and delicious recipes from my book.
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