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Green for Life

Green for Life

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by Victoria Boutenko, William Menzin (Foreword by)

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Everyone knows they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but consuming even the minimum FDA-recommended five servings a day can be challenging. In Green for Life, raw foods pioneer Victoria Boutenko presents an overlooked powerhouse of nutrition in this equation: greens. For their bounty of minerals and nutrients, greens exceed other vegetables in


Everyone knows they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but consuming even the minimum FDA-recommended five servings a day can be challenging. In Green for Life, raw foods pioneer Victoria Boutenko presents an overlooked powerhouse of nutrition in this equation: greens. For their bounty of minerals and nutrients, greens exceed other vegetables in value. Green for Life details the immense health benefits of greens and suggests an easy way to consume them in sufficient quantities: the green smoothie. This quick, simple drink benefits everyone, regardless of lifestyle, diet, or environment. Green smoothies eliminate toxins, correct nutritional deficiencies, and are delicious as well.

Green for Life includes the latest information on the abundance of protein in greens, the benefits of fiber, the role of greens in homeostasis, the significance of stomach acid, how greens make the body more alkaline, the healing power of chlorophyll, and more. Also included are the results of a pilot study demonstrating the effectiveness of adding just one quart of green smoothies a day to one’s diet, without changing anything else in dietary intake. Green smoothie testimonials and recipes give readers confidence and motivation in exploring green smoothies for themselves. This updated edition offers important new research on the role that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play in metabolic health and includes nutritional data on select green smoothies and updated findings on organic versus conventional produce. Offering more in-depth nutritional and experiential information than Boutenko’s recently released Green Smoothie Revolution, Green for Life makes an ideal companion piece to its recipe-rich successor.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In Green for Life, Victoria Boutenko focuses on the benefits of greens and offers 45 of her favorite green smoothie recipes.”
Publishers Weekly

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.”
Vegetarian Times

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.”
Beauty Snob

“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.”
Elevate Difference

Green for Life is a classic tome on green smoothies, with lots of information on the health benefits and easy recipes to get started.”

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Meet 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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Green for Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Green For Life' is a revolutionary but simple idea whose time is come. Raw foods enthusiast author Victoria Boutenko has compared a standard American diet with the diet of wild chimpanzees and discovered, guess what, an outstanding difference is the percentage of greens and blossoms that are eaten by wild chimps. Her conclusion is that even raw foods consumers need to include substantially more greens in their diet. Her suggested series of 23 green smoothie recipes (containing ingredients such as kale, avocado, parsley, garlic, or strawberries, bananas, romaine and water), are easy to make and tasty to drink. The many benefits of greens consumption are clearly outlined, and by blending the greens, all the nutrients can be absorbed more easily. 'Green for Life' is filled with testimonials and is a finalist in the Health/Medicine/Nutrition category of the 2006 Independent Book Publisher Awards. It is a clear inspiration and great resource to readers who desire to lead healthier lives, and a welcome addition to personal reference collections for the health-conscious consumer.
sumaya More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is full of great information on green smoothies. I have a juicer and really know the wonderful benefits to your health of drinking fresh juiced vegetables. I didn't use it as often as I could because I really didn't want to be bothered with the clean up. Pulling the juicer apart, etc. and I had wanted to make some sort of use out of the pulp that was left over but didn't know what to do with it. With the Green Smoothie I can have all the healthy benefits of fresh veggies just popping them into my blender with whatever fruits I have and the clean up is quick and easy. No left over pulp because it's all in the Smoothie!! I have been drinking the Green Smoothies for about 3 weeks now and I can say that my taste for sweets has changed. Before I couldn't go into Barnes & Nobles without buying a Chai Frappachino but now I just get a water or tea (without sugar) and I'm fine. Thank you so much to Victoria for caring enough to share this important information for our health and well being. Let's all get healthy!!!
sport22 More than 1 year ago
I had heard of the Boutenko family and had visited their website previously, however, it wasn't until I heard Mrs. Boutenko on an interview during WISH (Women's International Summit for Health) that I actually paid attention to her message. I purchased this book and couldn't put it down! I greatly appreciate the research that Mrs. Boutenko has done to find out about the benefits of greens. I have been having green smoothies in the morning, sometimes twice a day. The smoothies fill me up, have cut down on cravings and I know that I'm getting my daily requirements of 9 servings of fruits and vegetables. As someone who barely eats a salad....this is a HUGE nutritional improvement for me! It's my first step towards a more raw food lifestyle. I have recommended this book to many of my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to do a lot of juicing in the past but it is very time consuming and really messy. My problem is over since I got Green for Life. Making smoothies is a great alternative to juicing. It is much faster, less messy, and you also get some fiber in addition to juice. In addition to great recipes for making smoothies the book is also a good source of information about proper nutrition, the importance of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and much more. Get this book!! Another great volume that you may not miss is Can We Live 150 Years. These two books together make a perfect gift of showing the way to healthy living just for anyone.
RAWFORLIFE More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for that something, and ready for a change. Than this book is for you. If you want to lose weight, have more enegry, or be happier, than you have found your frist step to a change for life and a way of eating that will help you and our environment.
Loren_Graham More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I bought on going raw and making green smoothies. Green for Life is quick and easy to read providing lots of information on the health benefits of eating green and making green smoothies. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book to get you started eating more greens. There is a lot of good information given. I would definitely suggest reading this if you are wanting to add something healthy to your lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you do nothing else to help your health and well being read this book and start drinking green smoothies! The energy, vitality and health benefits are real. The family's story is inspiring and there is good evidence that the smoothies and raw diet really works. Works for me!
FE_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
I have not yet finished reading the stories, but almost! Am anxious to try the recipes. I have been juicing for only a few months, but have already noticed the increase in energy as well as the decrease in my craving for sweets.
Freda Anderson More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book. It has convienced me to go raw and eat more greens. When I first started reading the book I went for a whole day eating raw. i could tell a difference after one day. A good read, and even better way to live.
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ezraNYC More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful for learning about GREENS and all the benefits.
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