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Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  691 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Thanks to processed and fast foods, being overworked, and feeling stressed while eating on the fly, it is increasingly difficult for most of us to eat anywhere near a balanced diet. We may not be obviously sick, but may suffer from lack of focus, insomnia, sluggishness, or any host of symptoms caused by nutritional deficiency. Green Smoothie Revolution takes aim at this si ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by North Atlantic Books (first published May 5th 2009)
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Sep 04, 2011 Natalia rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2011
I *love* my green smoothies. I drink one every morning. I have become convinced through my own experience that they are a great and tasty method for adding dark leafy greens to my diet. (And dark leafy greens are definitely nutritionally hardcore)

...But this book is full of really weird pseudo-science. There's this giant leap from the health benefits of adding greens to the diet, which I think is pretty much universally good advice, to eating a 100% raw diet which has a *lot* less evidence to su
Apr 11, 2012 Iris rated it liked it
Shelves: cuisine
Gruesome-looking green smoothies are one of the highlights of spring, summer and fall, for me. They are an invigorating breakfast or lunch. Step one: stock up on frozen fruit, juice or juice concentrate, fresh ginger, sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, dates. Step two: swing by the farmer's market or co-op and grab a few bundles of leafy greens. Step three: pulverize.

This book has a few dozen good recipes, and those chapters are worth a skim. I don't have faith the rest of the text, which is pseudo
Jul 02, 2012 Shelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
Not bad... but not great. The sentiment is good - drink your greens! Otherwise, this book was a little too anecdotal for my taste without enough science behind it. There may have been science behind the author's reasoning, but in most cases it isn't cited or explicitly referred to. There's only so far I can swallow the "we should eat like monkeys!" argument without any research behind it. I also disagree with the author about not including vegetables (aside from greens) in smoothies. If that's t ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: nutrition, recipes
This was great as an intro to green smoothies. I wasn't looking to be convinced of the nutritional value of them... I already read Joel Fuhrman's books and feel pretty strongly that this is the way to go. But it's hard to get my family interested. I happened upon Boutenko's book while browsing reviews of the Blendtec blender. I ordered them both together (Amazon) and have been making green smoothies ever since! So far we have made about 40... usually at least 2 quarts a day.

The book is a good so
Apr 27, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read a whole book with recipes for green smoothies. This was incredibly disappointing. The author credits a raw diet full of green smoothies with curing everything from asthma to diabetes to acne to nearsightedness to baldness and gray hairs. And her support for these claims are almost entirely anecdotal. For example, the author says, and I'm paraphrasing, "when I was in school [in Russia, 40 years ago, mind you], there was only one kid with glasses, no one had braces and the ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Write down all the fruits and vegetables you can think of on scraps of paper, throw them in a hat and draw out five. Call it a smoothie and write a book.
Jul 06, 2010 Margie rated it liked it
Recommended to Margie by: Dawn
Shelves: food
Interesting, and a good start for someone interested in going the green smoothie route. The bulk of the book is recipes.
Mmmm, spinach smoothies ...

I forgot I even had this, but I'm flicking through it now and enjoying all the inspirational quotes the author added to each chapter, like

'We know the truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart' - Blaise Pascal


'When the solution is simple, God is answering' - Albert Einstein.

I'm not sure I want my nutritional info guided by the heart, but she did quote Einstein, so that's instant credibility!

What can I say, it was a phase. A delicious, delicious phase.
Aug 19, 2011 Mindy rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed reading this book! I have been wanting to start incorporating green smoothies into my family's diet, which is why I purchased this book. After reading everything the author had to say about adding more GREENS to our diets with green smoothies, it has made me SUPER excited and energized to try more greens in my own diet!! I have been wanting to buy a Vitamix blender (which are QUITE expensive!! $400-$600!!), but after considering the cost I decided to buy a Ninja blender for now. ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, health
I highly recommend both her earlier book Green for Life and this. Read them in order. The information she presents in the first book about the importance of greens in the human diet is fascinating, and numerous tasty and creative recipes and refinements in this one are a great help. A super speed blender, such as a VitaMix, is important for making these green smoothies successfully and easily. I have been drinking green smoothies for breakfast for close to 2 months, and absolutely love them! It' ...more
Good information on green smoothies and food combining. Good smoothie recipes.

I don't go for Boutenko's style, but I'm sure she's contributing something important for a lot of people.

I think the idea that we should base our diet on chimpanzees is pretty silly. However, basing our diet on that of early man, and hunter gatherers, makes a lot more sense--and while it's not a chimpanzee diet, it was probably closer to a chimp diet than a couch potato diet--or even what passes for a -relatively- heal
Lindsey Benage
Sep 26, 2012 Lindsey Benage rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookshelf
I mainly picked up this book for the recipes towards the back and I am very glad that is what drew me to this book as I will continue to use those but felt the writing of the book to leave much desired. I felt that at every other sentence of the book the author was promoting herself with endless self references, references to her family, and things she claimed to have "discovered" on her own. I found this to be EXTREMELY annoying and ended up skimming the rest of the information because of it. A ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Allyce rated it it was amazing
Awesome recipes and life changing nutritional info. Bought a Vitamix and now follow Boutenko's recipes exactly every morning. Green smoothies help you feel fuller and more energized at the same time.
Oct 02, 2011 Cball rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
The smoothies vs. juicing question is what got me picking up this book. I have neither a blender nor a juicer and was attempting to figure out which machine I was to add to my kitchen. I've always been inclined to the blender for its diversity which is probably why I liked this book. I love being "right".

I'm also searching for a quick easy mornning-on-the-go breakfast that will keep me full until morning snack time. I'm open to losing a few pounds and this book looks like it'll help in that area
Mar 11, 2015 Suzan rated it liked it
Who would ever think I would read a cookbook???? I did and enjoyed it! I am looking forward to whipping up some of the recipes. The stories were facinating.
Apr 15, 2014 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Love this smoothie book it is very informative although I would like to see the caloric breakdowns of the recipes. Specifically sugars.
Apr 03, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
Another recipe book that I'll refer back to should I ever get serious about smoothies. Winter was just not the time for me.
Mar 19, 2012 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I understand finally!!! I haven't been able to stick to a raw food diet, or even a high raw diet. I found myself bored, or sick feeling when I looked at my options (nuts, oils, fruit)... I have been eating the wrong things and in the wrong quantity! This book and "raw and beyond" have both answered many questions I had and I recommend them both! I need more greens & less nuts, fats & oil... And its "ok" to eat some beans & some grains! Bingo!!! Next up on my to-read: the revised edit ...more
Ruth Hapeta
Sep 04, 2015 Ruth Hapeta rated it really liked it
Excellent book from the creator of Green Smoothies, educational & helpful, with recipes
Mar 11, 2015 Ronni rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Informative, inspirational and easy to read. And a lot of green smoothies to try out.
Jan 24, 2014 Omeletnpepper rated it did not like it
Thought I'm just getting a green smoothie recipe book but turned out to be more, the author's logic is somewhat entertaining. The one star goes to the recipes in the book from the contributors.
Amy Alpert
Feb 11, 2016 Amy Alpert rated it did not like it
Another book by Victoria that makes too many audacious claims.
Sep 05, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This book is more about the recipes and options than why to incorporate green smoothies. I learned about recipe mixtures and keys to success in the first 1/4 of the book. The meat of the book includes many recipes for beginners and smoothie veterans. The ending appendices included two life stories and how smoothies impacted one man. There is also a summary of Victoria's journey to smoothies.

The book also pushes a raw diet, which I'm not as inclined to incorporate, but the value of green smoothie
Jul 01, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
Some good recipes for green drinks in your blender. Yum.
Apr 03, 2012 Rarabecca rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I am not a raw foodist and don't plan to become one. I would consider myself a "foodie" I love trying new things and not limiting myself to any lifestyle. In my quest I have found green smoothies to make me feel more alert and energized especially in the morning for breakfast. This book has really great recipes and I learned to rotate my greens. It will also help me be more creative in developing tasty smoothies and maybe I will make a green soup or 2 in the summer months.

Aug 13, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Anyone that owns a Vita-Mix blender needs to get this book. It has so many green smoothie recipes. There is even a section for kid-friendly green smoothies. Whenever I make a green smoothie for my 2 year old, he sucks it down. Little does he know there's a ton of spinach, kale or chard in it. It's brilliant! The only complaint I have about the recipes is that every recipe mixes the fruit and vegetables with water. I use ice and a little bit of water so it's nice and cold.
Mar 16, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it
There are some great recipes in here, from the basic to the adventurous. I look forward to planting some things in my garden this season that I will be able to use in making some of the recipes. I will say that making a green smoothie for our cat is not going to happen--a little over the top for me personally. For now, I feel accomplished with my 5 year old wanting the rest of my kale smoothie. I will definitely purchase this book now that I have enjoyed the library copy.
May 20, 2012 DG rated it really liked it
Everyone complains about this book having pseudoscience in it, and that might be true but there are some other really compelling arguments. I have to say her chimpanzee pie chart (I think) was a compelling argument. I did not learn to much from this book that I hadn't already read, just picked up really good recipes

I do prefer the Thrive series by Brendan Brazier, those are phenomenal Vegan nutrition guides that offer lots of cited info about Vegan and Raw foods.
Jan 06, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
I like that she has actual smoothie recipes in here. It's sometimes hard to find all the ingredients, but I'm looking around and keeping note in the book of which grocery stores carry which things. I cornered a poor guy working in produce at Giant today. "So, do you have butter lettuce? How about beet greens? Black currants? Figs?" Poor guy. ;)

My boys and husband won't drink the first one I made (blueberry, spinach, and ginger), but I don't mind it.
Nov 20, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Good info about the why we should eat greens. You can tell she has a lot of personal experience informing her writing. I think she is rather close-minded about what you can put in a green smoothie beyond greens and fruit. She is against food combining, but others who write about green smoothies don't take issue with it. It's your choice, but you won't find recipes with veggies in them in this book. Just greens and fruit, and a limited amount of other add-ins.
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Victoria Boutenko is an author, teacher, inventor, researcher, artist and mother of three. She teaches classes on healthy living and raw food all over the world. As a result of her research and teachings, thousands of people are drinking and sharing green smoothies.

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