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Green for Life [Paperback]

Victoria Boutenko
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September 2005
In search of the perfect human diet, Victoria Boutenko compares the standard American diet with the diet of wild chimpanzees. Chimpanzees share an estimated 99.4% of genes with humans, but their diet is dramatically different from ours. The most glaring difference is that chimpanzees consume significantly more green leaves than humans. Victoria developed a series of greens smoothies that enable anyone to consume the necessary amount of greens in a very palatable way.

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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.”
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.”
Chatelaine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to healthy living Oct. 28 2007
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain Sufferers Oct. 2 2007
By dmaertz
I was pointed toward this book by my Doctor. Because of chronic pain and pain medication, irregularity has been a real problem. This book contains great ways to get your GI working again... or for the first time... with nothing but food. a Vita-Mix blender is a must-have for great smoothies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must get... April 9 2009
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For anyone that really wants to make a difference in their health this is the book for you!
Loaded with excellent information and a straightforward presentation this is a good read that will inspire you to take a few easy steps to take care of yourself better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lulu
Simply EXCELLENT in every way a book can be. I appreciate that the author has updated her original copy with new research, shares her own experiences in an open and honest way, and backs everything up with tons of research and scientific facts as well as including tons of recipes. Extremely informative. It was everything I was looking for in one book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid Advice Dec 22 2012
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Easy recipes based on the wisdom of eating green in a palatable form. I never met a salad or green vegetable I liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life Nov. 5 2012
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I can't even begin to articulate how much this book changed my life. I've recommended it to several others and use it as a reference guide quite often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. Nov. 3 2012
By Bounce
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A great book full of really useful and helpful info. A real find and I especially enjoyed the testimonies and the chapters on the importance of HCL and CHLOROPHYLL.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The science is a bit off in this book but the message is good and I can see how having research to back up the claims would encourage many people - hence I see the need for the research she includes but she could be more accurate in reporting it. I can also see that there isn't much research for her to choose from for some of these things - like with vitamin supplements the research funding is scarce. Ideally she would have had a scientist in Biology or Nutrition edit the book - most of the problems I have with the book is that she makes strong claims when a more tentative interpretation is called for. Regardless, I found the anecdotes interesting and some of the information helpful and I think more people should be drinking green smoothies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If the printing letter is bigger, i will give 5 star
Published 2 months ago by marie lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Smothies improved health!
Good book for green smothies beginners. You'll have a lot of information about it and you'll learn how to make some good smothies to improve your health. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hélène
1.0 out of 5 stars Preaching to the converted - 12 Steps to Raw Foods was better
I have read Victoria Boutenko's other books and have been living a raw food, green smoothie lifestyle for a few years so I find this book to be somewhat repetitive when held up... Read more
Published 9 months ago by libragal
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
This book is full of valuable information on food and health. I would recommend everyone read it to be aware of the foods we eat and how ours bodies respond to these foods.
Published 12 months ago by carol kapchinsky
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful
if you are going vegan or already on a vegan diet this provides some insight on how to stick with it and how to get started.
Published 13 months ago by jennifer st george
2.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad
What I liked about this book was the concept of making green drinks - giving you a choice in-between just eating greens as they are and juicing them. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2012 by Jodi-Hummingbird
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one!
After reading so many books, this one was the jackpot! Easy to read, to the point and easy to follow. I've recommended it to many and will continue to do so. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2011 by Lilian
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy, unless you don't mind developing cavities.
They recommend alot of sweet fruit, more than the greens, to make the greens palatable as a smoothie. Unless you don't mind developing cavities, don't get this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2009 by J. Steuernol
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