Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (January 6, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #413,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #198 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Cooking Methods > Raw #354 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Juices & Smoothies #496 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Diets & Weight Loss > Detoxes & Cleanses
I am indebted to Victoria Boutenko because Her book, Green For Life made me aware of how healthy green smoothies can be. Over the last 5 years, I have been drinking a green smoothie every morning. I have evolved my own recipes so I was curious what Victoria had to say in this new book.The book is layed out in a straightforward manner. Boutenko makes her case for using greens as a way of getting supernutrition and for detoxing the environmental toxins we are all exposed to. She talks about the need to create a quiet, restful environment while on retreat and emphasizes that organically grown produce is preferred. She encourages people to do the retreat together for mutual support. She feels 7 days is the right amount of time to clean and heal the body to get thru a detox "crisis" and come out the other side feeling great.After describing the need for a peaceful environment, good quality produce and listing the various items needed, such as a good blender, proper knives etc, Boutenko publishes letters from people who have had perceivable gains as a result of doing the 7 day retreat. The book ends with recipes for green smoothies, soups and even green puddings.Boutenko was once a vegan, then a vegetarian. She found she had a B12 deficiency, so is now adding raw egg to her smoothies a few times a week. This might turn off hard core vegans, but I found it interesting that she is simply interested in health and is not dogmatic and for her at least, this is something she feels she had to do. My biggest problem with the book is that Boutenko's drinks include a lot of fruit. She contends (without any scientific evidence to support this,) that unripe conventionally grown fruit raises blood sugar whereas ripe organically grown fruit does not.
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