A daily green smoothie is essential for optimal health, but seems to be only a recent trend. If you had randomly asked people 5-10 years ago if they’d tasted a green smoothie, or even knew what a green smoothie was, you’d have most likely received a revolting look paired with a resounding no. However, green smoothies are becoming quite common households today. Adding fruits and vegetables into a blender just creates something magical that can’t be mimicked.
When we started to learn about green smoothies, we continually found ourselves being guided to an amazing person named Victoria Boutenko. Victoria has an extensive background in the field of green smoothies that was inspired by Doctor Anne Wigmore and her research. Victoria moved to the United States from Russia in 1990 with her family. Shortly after moving to the States, Victoria noticed that her family was becoming ill with various ailments, varying from diabetes to asthma to arthritis. She knew then that a change had to be made, and started to look into holistic alternatives.
In 1994, she changed the lifestyle of her family and their eating habits by switching them to a 100% raw food diet. She quickly noticed that their health started to improve, and they were happier. When her family was feeling better, she noticed that something was still missing from their dietary needs.
Through the study of the diets of chimps, she discovered that they ate more green leaves than we do. Primates tend to feed on greens and fruit.
Victoria then developed an amazing mixture for green smoothies. She combines the perfect balance of fruit and greens with water in a blender to make a healthy smoothie that is sure to please. She adds greens like chard, collards, kale and spinach, while the fruits include coconut, mango, berries, apples, bananas and more.
In her book titled “Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Toward Natural Health”., she has over 200 recipes along with questions that are on most people’s minds about green smoothies. The first 10 chapters of the book talk about things like: Blending versus Juicing, Green Smoothies for Our Children, and The Importance of Rotating Greens in Your Smoothie. The second half of the book is devoted entirely to green smoothie recipes including Green Smoothies for Pets, Green Smoothies for Body Care and Savory Green Smoothies and Soups.
Victoria also wrote a new book titled “Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition”, click here.
Here’s one of our favorite green smoothie recipes
- 2 oz. Lemon juice
- 2-3 Pitted dates
- 1 Apple
- 1 Banana
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups parsley (depending on how strong you want it
Blend well and you have this sweet and tasty treat!
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