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The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

I’m trying to read one book each week, in an effort to make my way through my Hoarders-style book collecting.  I picked up The Elegance of the Hedgehog the last time I was in Canada and picked it up about 15 seconds after finishing The Shack, desperately needing to get that book out of my head.  My experience with The Shack was less than stellar.  It did make for an interesting book club meeting…9 out of the 10 of us didn’t like it!  Just not our cup of tea, I guess.  I think it was the first time that we’d read a book that most of us didn’t enjoy.

Anyways, I had heard good things about Elegance, so I was eager to get into it.  It is a truly beautiful book.  Well written, entertaining and engaging, this book made me want to go to bed a bit earlier each night so I could make some headway on it and some of the writing is so beautiful that there were lines I read a few times over, just because they were such lovely thoughts.  I really enjoyed it.

OOTR’s Book Rating: 8/10

Next up is The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff.  This one is a book club pick and I’m looking forward to it!


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Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko

A few years ago, I went home to visit my parents and found my 50-something year-old Dad furiously grinding vegetables and greens in his new and fancy blender.  I’m not going to lie…it was weird.  I was skeptical.  How could liquified spinach, beets and grapefruit possibly be a good thing?  Well, maybe that particular combination wasn’t fantastic, but he was on the right track.  I was curious, so I bought Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko and read it in one sitting.  Because it was that interesting.

Green for Life introduces the famous green smoothie, in all its glory.  The author, Victoria Boutenko, is well known in the  raw foods world and, with her family, has dedicated her career to educating people on the benefits of eating fresh, raw produce.  Blended.  According to Boutenko, our digestive systems are not able to properly break down leafy greens enough on their own to capture all of the nutrients stored in the cellular structure of the plant.  By blending greens, the “chewing” is done for us on a much more efficient scale than we are capable on our own, so the nutrients can flow right into our own cells, where they can be utilised by our bodies immediately.  She talks about the many health benefits that can be gained from adding green smoothies to our diets and profiles a study where she prepared and provided a group of people with green smoothies for 30 days and observed changes in health.  The results were amazing…disappearing asthma and allergies, skin conditions cleared up, weight loss…those are just a few. 

The end of the book contains a number of green smoothie recipes to get you started.  They’re pretty basic, but contain combinations I wouldn’t think of (parsley and pear comes to mind…) and so far, they’ve all been tasty.

I found this book really interesting and it was definitely what jump-started me on making my own green smoothies on a regular basis.  I was surprised by how delicious they are and how you really can’t taste the greens at all when you add fruit.  It just tastes like a regular fruit smoothie.  Seriously! 

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of green smoothies, I would highly recommend this book as a starting point.  It’s an easy read, super interesting and motivating when you read through the results of the study.

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