Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko


Many years ago I owned a cookbook written by Helen Nearing, well known in the health field for her back-to-the-earth efforts with her husband Scott Nearing. In that book, Helen stated that greens are the staff of life, not grains. I agreed with that statement, but still made grains the focus of my main meals. However, last week, after reading Victoria Boutenko’s book, Green for Life, I became so excited with Victoria’s research about greens that my diet has now been altered with the addition of greens made in the blender with fruits or vegetables to soften the sometimes bitter taste of the greens.

Victoria and her family had switched to a raw food diet for health reasons, but over time felt that something was still missing. By comparing the human diet to the diet of Chimpanzees, who  share 99.4% of the same genetic make up, she found that a chimp’s diet consisted of 50% fruit and 40% greens (the rest is made up of bark and insects). Victoria concluded that the missing piece to finding perfect health was adding more greens to the diet.  She talks about this in Chapter 4: “The Green Smoothie Revolution. Then she calls Chapter 6 Greens: A New Food Group.

Her chapters on the importance of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), fiber from the smoothies, healthy soil, and the healing power of chlorophyll are also very convincing arguments for adding more fresh greens to our diets. On page 102, the author lists green items that go into the smoothies. Greens has the longest list, from arugula to spinach; weeds include dandelions and purslane; herbs include mint, parsley and dill; and sprouts include alfalfa to sunflower. (I love the fact that sprouts are included!)

Near the end of the book are testimonials from some of the men and women who participated in a small study called the Roseberg Study, which involved participants drinking one quart of green smoothie each day. The testimonials are quite revealing and only sealed my enthusiasm for this book’s message: EAT MORE GREENS! At the very end of the book are some green smoothie recipes, some of which I have already tried and found surprisingly delicious. (Dark, leafy greens tend to be bitter and I am not fond of bitter tastes, so I always cook them separately and season them well. Now they are also in my smoothies—RAW!)

Finally, the book is written in a very easy, conversational style, so you can finish the book in one or two readings, especially if you are as enthusiastic as I am about this concept. You don’t have to replace your meals with smoothies. Just start adding them to your menu and you will find them very satisfying. Eventually, you may want to replace one meal with a smoothie. I am still experimenting, so I can give you a better idea after I work these smoothies into my diet.  In warm weather I eat more raw food anyway, so the timing is perfect. I can’t wait!

Green for Life is published by Raw Family Publishing (www.rawfamily.com) and costs $14.95. Also, Victoria’s latest book is Green Smoothie Revolution, which answers many of the frequently asked questions form Green for Life and has more than 200 recipes. That review is coming soon.


To purchase directly from Amazon.com, click on the Green for Life icon below or just the Green for Life highlighted in blue:



Below are two recipes I have tried from Green for Life, although after making a few from the book, I made some substitutions and switching around to use up what I had purchased last week at the market. (And they were also good!)  I recommend organic whenever possible. Also, check with your doctor if you have any concerns about the ingredients or the effect of raw foods on your digestive track or any other nutritional concerns. Raw foods may not be for everyone.


One of my green drinks sitting next to a tray of sunflower greens. How Earth Day appropriate is this? Growing your own greens and then drinking your harvest.

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Blueberry Pudding

Blend well:

1 stalk celery

2 cups fresh blueberries

1 banana

2 cups water

Yields: 1 quart of smoothie

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Raspberry Dream

Blend well:

2 bosc pears

1 handful raspberries

4-5 kale leaves

2 cups water

Yields: 1 quart of smoothie

Additional information: When I emailed my draft to Victoria, her assistant Emily sent me an essay by Victoria, who is traveling to spread the word about greens. This article includes several more green smoothie combos at the end of the essay that I plan to enJOY! (Since JOY is my theme for 2010, it fits right into this wonderful book.)

Ode to Green Smoothie by Victoria Boutenko

What do I mean by green smoothie? Here is one of my favorite recipes: 4 ripe pears, 1 bunch of parsley and 2 cups of water. Blended well. This smoothie looks very green, but it tastes like fruit. I like green smoothies so much that I bought an extra blender and placed it in my office, so that I could make green smoothies throughout the day. More than half of all the food I’ve had in last several months has been green smoothies. I have so much more energy and clarity that I have removed green juices from my diet. (Juicing has been something that I’ve been doing regularly for years.) Green smoothies have numerous benefits for human health.

  1. Green smoothies are very nutritious. I believe that the ratio in them is optimal for human consumption: about 60% – ripe organic fruit mixed with about 40% – organic green vegetables.
  2. Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended well, all the valuable nutrients in these fruits and veggies become homogenized, or divided into such small particles that it becomes easy for the body to assimilate these nutrients, the green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth.
  3. Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still have fiber. Consuming fiber is important for our elimination system.
  4. Green smoothies belong to the most palatable dishes for all humans of all ages. With a ratio of fruits to veggies as 60:40, the fruit taste dominates the flavor, yet at the same time, the green vegetables balance out the sweetness of the fruit, adding nice zest to it. Green smoothies are simply the best tasting dishes for the majority of adults and children. I always make extra smoothie and offer it to my friends and customers. Some of them eat a standard American diet. They all finished their big cup of  green smoothies with complements. They were quite surprised that something so green could taste so nice and sweet.
  5. By consuming two or three cups of green smoothies daily you will consume enough of greens for the day to nourish your body, and they will be well assimilated. Many people do not consume enough of greens, even those who stay on a raw food diet. The molecule of chlorophyll has only one atom that makes it different from a molecule of human blood. According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, to consume chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.
  6. Green smoothies are easy to make, and quick to clean up after. Many people told me that they do not drink green juices on a regular basis because it is time consuming to prepare green juices and clean the equipment after juicing, or to drive to the juice bar.
  7. Green smoothies are perfect food for children of all ages, including babies of six or more months old when introducing new food to them after mother’s milk. Of course you have to be careful and slowly increase the amount of smoothies to avoid food allergies.
  8. When you consume your greens in the form of green smoothies, you can greatly reduce the consumption of oils and salt in your diet.
  9. Regular consumption of Green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. Several people told me that after a couple of weeks of drinking green smoothies, they started to crave and enjoy eating more greens. Eating enough of green vegetable is often a problem with many people, especially in children.
  10. Green smoothies can easily be freshly made at any juice bar, restaurant or health food store for the great convenience of health-oriented customers.

Also from Victoria: I encourage the readers of this article to start playing with green smoothies, and to discover the many joys and benefits of this wonderful delicious and nutritious addition to the menu.  You may find many more amazing facts about green smoothies in my new book, Green Smoothie Revolution, available at my website: www.rawfamily.com

Here are more ideas for your green creations from Victoria:

Some of my favorite greens to add to green smoothies: parsley, spinach, celery, kale and romaine. My favorite fruits for green smoothies are: bananas (especially red and finger bananas), mangoes, pears, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries taste superb in green smoothies, particularly when combined with ripe bananas.

Delicious combinations to play with from Victoria: (I tried the mango parsley and the pear-kale-mint combos, which are also in Green for Life,  and both were terrific! ellensue)

Mango-Parsley

2 large mangos

1 bunch parsley

2 cups water


Peach-Spinach

6 peaches

2 handfuls of spinach leaves

2 cups water


Mango-Weeds

2 mangos

1 handful of edible weeds, such as lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc

2 cups water

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Strawberry-Banana-Romaine

1-cup strawberries

2 bananas

½ bunch romaine

2 cups water

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Apple-Kale-Lemon

4 apples

½ lemon juice

4-5 leaves of kale

2 cups water

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Kiwi-Banana-Celery

4 very ripe kiwis

1 ripe banana

3 stalks of celery

2 cups water


Pear-kale-mint

4 ripe pears

4-5 leaves of kale

½ bunch of mint

2 cups water

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Finger Banana-Spinach

10 finger-bananas

2 handfuls of spinach leaves

2 cups water

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16 Responses to “Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko”

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  4. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Thanx so much. I will check out the smoothies later. Is there a website I can post for these recipes?
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  5. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Just looked at the smoothie recipe link and they look delicious! However, I also think the green smoothies can be made palatable by using lettuces with fruits, with more fruit at first and then more greens as your taste buds dictate.
    ellensue

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