Book Review: Green for Life

Green for life by Victoria Boutenko | Radiance Wellness by Shari Feuz
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I received the book Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko as a birthday gift several years ago and it’s message lives on in my everyday rituals, in my personal training business and my general perspective on nourishment. 

I believe anyone interested in optimal health and weight-loss should read this book for an underlying knowledge base about nourishing the body, maintaining a healthy weight and restoring health.

This amazing self-published book is a quick and easy read. Boutenko chronicles her own family’s transformation from sick and riddled with ailments to vibrant health through the use of green smoothies.

What I appreciated about the book is the tremendous amount of research Boutenko did on the subject of green food.  She began her exploration with extensive research about chimpanzees including traveling to zoos to observe them and their eating habits.

She reveals some fascinating facts that have really reshaped my thinking about greens and protein.

Cool facts I learned about greens, chimpanzees and protein

  • Greens are not vegetables, they are their own category and refer to leafs like kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, & even carrot tops.
  • 25-50% of a chimpanzees diet is from green leafy food (Source: The Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall, 1986).
  • Chimpanzees never eat in the late afternoon or evening.
  • We need to chew our greens to a creamy consistency to get their benefits
  • Carrot tops have more nutrition than the actual carrot
  • Greens are an excellent source of protein. One pound of kale has more protein than recommended by the USDA for daily allowance

I also liked

  • Many testimonials from people who experienced remarkable health improvements from incorporating green smoothies.
  • More than 20 green smoothie recipes that are simple and do not contain far-out ingredients.
  • It’s not a sales pitch. There is nothing for sale in the book.
Green Smoothie Ingredients | Radiance Wellness by Shari Feuz
My Green Smoothie Ingredients

I have made green smoothies daily in my Magic Bullet blender for the last several years and it is simply a part of my daily ritual (or I cheat with a green food powder supplement).

Enjoy going green! 

Shari

My own Green Smoothie Recipes

Simple N’ Sweet

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Apple

1 tbsp Flax seeds

1 handful Spinach

2 Dandelion leaves or Green lettuce leaves or Kale leaves

Water

Berry Good

1 cup Mixed frozen berries

1/2 Apple

1 tbsp Flax seeds

1 handful Spinach

2 Dandelion leaves or Green lettuce leaves or Kale leaves

Water or juice

Creamy Green Vanilla

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Apple

1 cup Almond Milk-Vanilla flavour

1 tbsp Flax seeds

1 handful Spinach

2 Dandelion leaves or Green lettuce leaves or Kale leaves

Savoury

1/2 Frozen Banana

1 garlic clove

~5 cilantro leaves

1 tbsp Flax seeds

1 handful Spinach

2 Dandelion leaves or Green lettuce leaves or Kale leaves

1/2 cup orange juice

Fresh

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Apple

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

~5 cilantro leaves

2 tbsp Hemp hearts

1 handful Spinach

2 Dandelion leaves or Green lettuce leaves or Kale leaves

1/2 cup apple juice

 

Blend all ingredients until smooth!

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