Green Smoothie Revolution - Victoria Boutenko


Following my reading of Victoria Boutenko's earlier book, Green For Life I was keen to read her 2009 follow-up, Green Smoothie Revolution. Here, she again carries on her mission to extol the virtues of getting more greens into our diet via the blended fruit and vegetable drinks which have come to be known as 'Green Smoothies'.

In this second volume the author briefly explains her background in the raw food community for the benefit of new readers and the family health problems which led her to exploring more unorthodox methods of healing. She also provides more tips and tricks on making the best, most nutritious Green Smoothies possible and addresses many of the questions readers of her previous book have asked. She gives advice for those who are interested in giving Green Smoothies to children and even pets. Some interesting case studies are also included, particularly that of a 400lb man who lost more than half his body weight on a Green Smoothie regime.

I would say this book suffers a little from the same 'dubious science presented as fact' problem as her previous one. And Boutenko does come across as rather eccentric and evangelical in places. However, if you can gloss over this I think there is much to be gained from following some of her advice.

The bulk of the book is made up of smoothie recipes, about 200 in all, so there is plenty of choice for different palates. Many of them sound quite appealing so I'm looking forward to giving them a try!