My son sent me the small book, Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko, for my birthday last year. Boutenko is a Russian lady who brought her family to the U.S. for a position as a university lecturer some years ago. Within a year all four of them had serious health problems as a result of adopting the American diet. Boutenko, determined they would avoid drugs and surgeries took them cold turkey onto a raw food diet. That amazing story is recorded in Raw Family. A few years later, sensing their diet was still missing something, Boutenko researched further and decided the perfect human diet should model that of wild chimpanzees that possess a stong natural immunity to AIDS, Hepatitis C, cancer and other fatal human illnesses. Chimps share around 99.4% of the human genome, have the same A-B-O blood groupings and their tissue is used in compatibility studies in medical research. However they have a vastly different diet, 50% fruit, 38% greens and blossom, and the rest pith, bark, seeds and insects. Boutenko started adding greens to her family’s diet – and found the best, most delicious way to do this was to blend them up with fruit in a delicious green smoothie. They noticed all kinds of health benefits – fewer cravings for bad foods, weight loss, more energy, clearer skin, stronger nails, better and less sensitive teeth – to name a few.
The nutritional content is astounding, preparation is simple and fast using a heavy duty blender, and you can use many different ingredients for a different taste and color experience. The basic rule for it to taste good is 60% fruit, and you learn from experience not to use too much strong-flavored greens such as mustard or dandelion greens. It’s good to follow a recipe to begin with and Boutenko’s book includes 17 that use easy to find ingredients. Bananas add substance and smoothness. Plus we add two scoops of whey powder for protein, and a teaspoon of vitamin C powder to aid detoxification of the body. We drink a green smoothie for breakfast every day now, and my husband often has a second at lunchtime. Here is my favorite recipe of all time from Green for Life:
4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 bunch mint
2 cups water
Yields 1 quart smoothie
If you’d like to learn more, Watch Victoria Boutenko making a green smoothie.