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Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition Paperback – October 5, 2010
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“In Green for Life, Victoria Boutenko focuses on the benefits of greens and offers 45 of her favorite green smoothie recipes.”
“Green for Life is a revolutionary but simple idea whose time has come. It is a clear inspiration and great resource to readers who desire to lead healthier lives.”
—Midwest Book Review
“In more than thirty-five years of practice as a psychiatrist affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, I have learned one thing very well: Human behavior is very hard to change. Now Victoria Boutenko is persuading me otherwise. … Thirty days of green smoothies will change how you feel, and how you feel about yourself. That’s no small achievement for one small book.”
—A. William Menzin, MD, Harvard Medical School, from the foreword
“Victoria Boutenko’s clear, simple, masterful concept is so valuable, so powerful—we can expect to see and feel the world of health rocked to its foundations within the decade.”
—Thomas C. Chavez, homeopath and author of Body Electronics
“Victoria, you did it again! I love your new book. It will bring health to millions, reduce future risks of degenerative diseases for new generations, and make life easier for all of us now. A must read!”
—Dr. Ruza Bodganovich, internationally renowned lecturer and author of The Cure is in the Cause
“Raw food expert Victoria Boutenko wants you to eat more leafy greens, but she knows chomping on big bunches of them can be difficult. So, in the second edition of her book Green for Life, originally published in 2005, she instead recommends blending kale, spinach, chard, and the like with different fruits and vegetables and drinking a quart of the resulting green smoothie every day... Already own the book? The new version includes nutritional information on Boutenko's favorite edible weeds (stinging nettles, dandelions, lambsquarters); testimonials from smoothie converts, who marvel at how their various ailments disappear after going green; and some 20 additional recipes for smoothies and puddings, which Boutenko perfected over six years of experimentation.”
“Green for Life is the book that makes the case, the proof, if you will, that green smoothies are the missing link in human nutrition… After you read the science and the amazing testimonials, you'll be itching to make your first smoothie… Few books are as ‘must-have’ as this one… 10+ out of 10.”
—The Raw Mocha Angel
“Green for Life is a book of hope and encouragement, as it shares a simple and viable way to revitalize your life.”
—Lily of the Valley
“Amazing and inspiring... Green for Life is impossible to read without craving a fresh, green smoothie. Why? The information and stories in the book (including dozens of first person experiences from those who changed their diets after reading the first edition of Green for Life) are compelling, even shocking, and offer the promise of healing for any of us with health and skin issues... pick up this influential book and start getting greens into your daily routine!”
—Beauty is Wellness
“[Green for Life] is extremely motivating. It’s short, it’s interesting, and it makes you want to run to your nearest green grocer for an armload of greens to shove into your blender.”
—All Things Nourishing
“Green for Life is a very informative book if you are just getting into the green smoothie revolution. Lots of information and case studies on why green smoothies are beneficial, along with a recipe section. Chlorophyll is liquid sunshine!”
—In My Mind’s Zen Garden
“As a nutrition professional I frequently discover new diets and eating habits. Many claim to offer optimal health or weight loss, disease control or the next thing. I find myself reading diet books with a certain skepticism… [Victoria Boutenko’s] research finds many benefits to adding green smoothies to the daily diet... I highly recommend reading [Green for Life], and trying the smoothies, to anyone. If your health is declining, your weight is increasing or decreasing unexpectedly, or if you would like overall health benefits of amazing greens…read this book!”
—Rachel Fox, RD, Eat Drink Better
“[Green for Life offers] background, logistics, health information, facts, and even a short study with people trying out the smoothie lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! ... I noticed a difference in myself after only one day drinking the smoothies. That shocked me. I felt so betrayed by my own desires of wanting 'regular' food. I felt more energized, didn't need as much sleep the night afterward, and could tell my digestion was better… I'm glad to know there's an easy way to add greens and fruits to my diet… helpful and informative.”
—Kari, Reading For Sanity
“[Boutenko] makes it clear throughout [Green for Life] that consuming vitamin-packed smoothies is not only the most effective way for our bodies to absorb essential nutrients, adding just one quart of green smoothie a day to one's diet can help with everything from weight loss and cravings, to healing skin conditions and reversing diabetes. She literally has pages and pages of inspiring testimonials, which is helpful for us as readers since we can pinpoint our trouble spot and then look through the book for a way to tackle it with the help of greens.”
“Go green with in-season fruits and veggies via one of Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life smoothie recipes. Our fave, the Aloe-Ha.”
—The Posh Mom Life
“A good beginner's guide that is ripe for discussion.”
“Green for Life is a classic tome on green smoothies, with lots of information on the health benefits and easy recipes to get started.”
About the Author
Victoria Boutenko teaches classes on raw food and nutrition worldwide. The author of Green Smoothie Revolution, Raw Family Signature Dishes, 12 Steps to Raw Food, and Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening, her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her self-published Green for Life was a finalist for the 2006 Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) in health and medicine. Victoria and the Boutenko family, also known as The Raw Family, live in Ashland, OR.
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Since I have been making these green smoothies, I really see a difference in my mood and energy when I drink them compared to when I don't. And the weight, just seems to melt away! After only doing the smoothies for a week, drinking close to 2 quarts a day and eating one regular home cooked meal for dinner, I lost a dress size, no joke! I am really impressed! But another thing I noticed is my appetite is changing, I had fewer cravings after only a few days of doing the green smoothies, and when I do eat that one regular meal a day, I get full on half of what I use to, but that could be because of various reasons. One thing I'm sure of though, is this is a very healthy way of eating and you can even feel the difference when your doing it.
This is a book I think everyone should read and consider doing, not just to lose weight but to be healthy for the rest of their life. So many people today have such poor eating habits and we really need to change that, but that's just my opinion. I know I am on a path to a healthier life though, and I'm lovin' it! :)
After trying a few recipes, I decided to actually READ the book. I think she did an awesome job by not only giving background on why she feels it is important to eat raw, but she has done her research. She does mention that she prefers a certain blender over another, but I don't feel like it is a sales pitch. I am a cheap woman and am not going to spend tons of money on one appliance knowing I may or may not keep with making smoothies.
Either way. I would recommend this book to anyone, it is helping me to understand more about greens, different varieties, and how to mix each into my diet. I don't feel like she is trying to sale anything more than her book and trying to inform people about healthier eating habits. I even have gone so far as to just make up my own smoothies outside of what she has in her book.
Like many 'Heal Everything' 'Cure All' pamphlets and books there is a fair amount of opinion in it, but it also contains lots of important food facts that will help guide you towards a healthier diet. I expected Green Smoothies to be bitter and hard to swallow but there are lots of recipes to keep both a variety of flavors and variety of nutrients in your diet.
I saw a video about raw foods and diabetes that originally sparked my interest in this lifestyle but the information in this book has really helped me zero in on solving another problem with muscle cramps. I am active, playing competitive racquetball 3x a week and some weight training one or two times a week and I was waking up nightly with leg cramps that nearly sent me to the emergency room. I have not had a single cramp in almost 4 weeks and that alone would be reward enough. In addition, my overall health is better, I feel better and I am losing body fat.
I am not an extremist so I have been substituting green smoothies for one or two meals a day and have been craving more raw foods as time goes by...
I highly recommend the book. You can't go wrong and the price on Amazon is much less than my local Barnes & Noble store.
raw. I am very thankful to Victoria Boutenko.
Having a 9 tray EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR, and 14 cups COUISINART FOOD PROCESSOR helps a lot in raw food and desert preparation.
Also convinced many athers to do so. And send books to my friends living in Turkey. There is no Turkish TRANSLATION. I wish there was one.
Her book RAW FAMILY SIGNATURE DISHES is also wonderful. I suggest every raw system eaters. AMAZON.COM IS THE BEST TO MEET YOUR NEEDS IN RAW EATING, for books and other equipments. GO RAW
I recommend this book to anyone looking for information about green smoothies, jucing and a guide to better nutrition.
I have to say, a week after getting this book, I purchased a Vita Mix blender and have made many green smoothies since then. It's amazing but I feel so good after drinking them!