Woah. I have just read Victoria Boutenko’s book ‘Green For Life’ in about an hour; I couldn’t put it down. It was fascinating. It’s all about green smoothies, basically. Sound boring? Well maybe for some, but what she say’s in this book is important for everyone. Since getting into all this raw food stuff, I of course have had my fair share of green smoothies. I like chucking an apple in a blender along with some romaine, spinach and lemon just like the next person! But after reading ‘Green For Life’ I’m going to aim to do this every day. The thing is, although I am on a high raw diet, I still find myself craving dense foods such as dehydrated breads and crackers or nuts. Especially if I’m stressed or tired. I know, I know…there could be worse things to crave, right? But I also know OD’ing on cashews late at night, no matter how harmless that may seem to you, isn’t very good for your health or waistline. Plus, I’m not quite at the ‘I only need 30 seconds of sleep a night!!!” place yet. So even though I eat very healthily, I feel like something is a miss. I am still striving for even more energy and for once I’d like keep my hands out of the dehydrator whilst the onion bread is crisping. Interestingly the author of this book, even after being on a complete raw food diet for several years, also had these same ‘problems’ along with some other small niggling health issues. Too cut a long story short, here is what happened when she started drinking green smoothies daily:
“I felt more energised then ever before… I noticed those cravings I had occasionally for heavy foods such as nuts or crackers, especially in the evenings totally disappeared. I noticed that many of the wrinkles on my face went away and I began to hear compliments from other people about my fresh look. My nails became stronger, my vision sharpened, and I had a wonderful taste in my mouth, even upon waking in the morning. I began to feel lighter and my energy increased. My tastes started to change… My cravings for fatty foods declined dramatically. I stopped consuming any kind of salt altogether… I began to look younger… One of my fears was that I would get tired of green smoothies and wouldn’t want them any more. But after six months of regular consumption I was enjoying them more than ever. Now I couldn’t imagine my life without green smoothies…in addition to smoothies, I eat flax crackers, salads, fruit and occasionally seeds or nuts.”
Obviously Victoria explains in much more detail in the book exactly why green smoothies are so good for you, and also why you might choose one over a juice. She also talks about the healing powers of chlorophyll, the importance of an alkaline body, why so many people hate greens and how you can change that if you do! I’m not on commission for this book by the way, I just think you all should go out and buy it. Now.
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely gonna dive head first into a vat of green smoothie every day! Here’s the one I made after reading the book with what greens and fruit I had in the fridge (see picture!). Victoria recommends drinking 1-2 litres of green smoothie a day, and this one comes to about 1 litre. Although it’s best to drink it fresh, green smoothies will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge, so if you don’t finish it all just save it for tomorrow…
I felt ridiculously good after drinking this Green Mango Smoothie and it tasted delicious. So fresh and cleansing! Now throw away all your anti-wrinkle creams and get a daily dose of this instead. Bottoms up!
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves
- Large handful of spinach
- 1 small bunch of parsley
- 2 sticks of celery, chopped
- 1 mango, chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cups of water.
- Place everything in the blender and blend, baby!