Greens, Raw Food

Instead of Gold or Silver I bought Food

No Comments 17 February 2014

Dear Friends,

Many people are asking me these days if I am buying gold or silver? If I had some extra money I probably would buy some precious metals, but I don’t have any savings except for my books. I will tell you how I prepared for any possible weather disaster or economic problems.

In 1986-1997 my family survived the collapse of the Soviet economy. I recall how my mother told me to stock up on food, which I never did. I replied to her that the Soviet economy was strong and didn’t have any crisis for 70 years. One time when my mother visited us, she bought a large box of yellow split peas and hid it in my apartment.

Then in January 1987 food began to disappear. First, it became very expensive and there were long lines at each store, and then the food vanished completely.

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All the stores were closed and they each had a note on the door that read: “Closed indefinitely.” I recall how scared people were. I had to feed my three children. My oldest son Stephan, was thirteen. Sergei was two, and Valya was one. The morning came when we had no food. Igor ran around our entire town and didn’t find any stores that were open.

At that time my mother called and told me about the split peas. For one whole month my family of five survived on those split peas, which I boiled until they became soft and fed my family. We ate them without any salt or oil, as we didn’t have any. Though we quickly grew tired of the same food that we consumed day after day, it saved us during that long month of scarcity. Shortly thereafter, some stores were re-opened and we were able to buy food again.

Based on these memories, I try to keep a small stock of food on hand in case anything were to happen that would prevent me from being able to purchase food from the grocery store. Here is an example of what I currently store.

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canned raw food purchase Instead of Gold or Silver I bought Food

Both lentils and buckwheat can be consumed in two forms – as sprouts and as a cooked dish. We packaged all of these foods into half-gallon glass jars, and I expect them to last at least two years in our well-isolated storage.

By sharing this story I am not intending to alert or scare anybody but simply answer a popular question and share my approach to it.


Wild Edible Cards

Knowing your wild edibles is another great way to be prepared for tough times. Nature is full of food that’s easily accessible if you know where to look. This is an incredible gift that nature provides for us.

My son Sergei constantly promotes how to eat wild edibles in his books, videos, and on his website. Recently he released a deck of wild edibles playing cards. These cards are a great way to learn how to identify wild edibles without feeling overwhelmed or bored.


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We now offer Sergei’s Wild Edible Cards at our Raw Family online store for $9.95 plus shipping.

To order, click here.


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Health & Testimonials, Raw Food

Video about the Importance of Bees

No Comments 14 October 2013

Dear Friends,

In his new 6-minute video, Sergei interviews a beekeeper. In a fun, positive manner, she explains:
• Why everyone should care about bees;
• In what way a bee is connected to your apple pie;
• How can anyone of us help the bees;
• What is the magnetic relationship between bees and flowers
• And other amazing tips. Enjoy!

The Importance of Bees Video about the Importance of Bees

Wild Edible Poker Cards

 Video about the Importance of BeesSergei loves wilderness and wants to teach everyone about wild edible plants.

Recently he created a deck of poker cards with a survivalist twist for the nature-loving outdoor enthusiasts.

To afford the printing of these cards, Sergei started a Kickstarter project with several inexpensive offers for backers.

To view more details click here.


Raw Family Signature Dishes

 Video about the Importance of Bees
This week we offer “Raw Family Signature Dishes” at $10.43 (45% off)

(Regular price: $18.95)

You may order this book at a discount price until next Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013.

Raw Family Signature Dishes is Boutenko family’s most treasured dishes with easy instructions and hundreds of color photographs.

To view 60-seconds video about this book click here.

You may order this book here.

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Green Smoothie Questions, Greens, Raw Food

Does Blending Reduce the Benefits of Fiber?

No Comments 16 September 2013

blending smoothies and fiber Does Blending Reduce the Benefits of Fiber?Dear Friends,

Lately, I have come across several statements about blending destroying or reducing the benefits of fiber.

I verified what science has to say about blending fiber. I was able to find several studies that conclude that “particle size of the fiber source did not affect performance.” 1 One of the most interesting research articles I found was from, “Gut,” an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology & hepatology. The researchers compared bran particles of 2 mm to less than .7 mm.

This study found that both fine and coarse fiber have only 2% difference in performance, favoring the smaller fiber. Moreover, the researchers stated “Fine bran causes less disturbance of gastric physiology than coarse bran2 and discussed how finely ground fiber increases nutrient absorption, and reduces bloating, heartburn, and constipation.

I love that these studies confirm the benefits of blended greens and fruits. That is why I encourage people to consume green smoothies.

Maybe one day, every family will know and enjoy green smoothies.

Raw & Beyond

raw and beyond Does Blending Reduce the Benefits of Fiber?
By Victoria Boutenko,
Elaina Love, Chad Sarno

This week we offer “Raw & Beyond” at $9.35 (45%off)

(Regular price: $16.95)

You may order this book at a discount price until next Wednesday, September 25th.

In this book we present our revised approach to raw food. All three of us discovered the benefits of eating raw at about the same time, some seventeen years ago. Throughout this period, we often participated in the same events, either serving raw food or teaching others how to prepare it.

In 2010, our paths crossed again at a Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. We were intrigued that we had all independently come to similar conclusions about our diets and had begun practicing “beyond raw” cuisine. As we discussed this coincidence, we decided it was important to share our adjusted raw food diet with our followers.

You may order this book here.

Sincerely, Raw Family


2 Effect of bran particle size on gastric emptying and small bowel transit in humans: a scintigraphic study
R Vincent, A Roberts, M Frier, A C Perkins, I A MacDonald, R C Spiller. Gut 1995; 37: 216-219


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Greens, Raw Food

Free Webinar with Sergei Tomorrow

No Comments 19 August 2013

Dear Friends,

Please join Sergei tomorrow for a free webinar about wild edibles. Here are the details:

 Free Webinar with Sergei Tomorrow

Tuesday August 20th, 11am PST to 12pm PST

Sergei Boutenko presents “Practical Foraging Tips for Wild Edibles“—a FREE webinar designed to teach you about the health and economic benefits of eating wild-harvested food and how to safely identify trailside weeds, herbs, fruits, and greens that grow worldwide.
Learn how to save money, expand your diet, and boost your health by collecting and eating wild edibles.

Register here:

This Webinar is organized by our publisher, North Atlantic Books.

Raffle to support Dr. Ann Wigmore Living Foods Conference

ann wignmore Free Webinar with Sergei Tomorrow
I was fortunate to participate last year in the opening of Dr. Ann’s memorial in Lithuania. The event was excellently organized and was full of learning on many levels for all participants from many countries.

I was happy to donate many of our products to the ruffle to support this year’s Dr. Ann Wigmore conference that will take part in Lithuania on 27-29 September 2013.

You may view the beautiful prizes and buy a $5 raffle ticket at this site:

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Greens, Raw Food, Videos

Salad Buzz

No Comments 29 July 2013

Dear Friends,

Sergei has started working on his new film called: “Powered By Green Smoothies.” He is shooting a full-length documentary about how endurance athletes are affected by regular green smoothie intake.

Ross Pelton, R.Ph., Ph.D., CCN is a part of Sergei’s team and will be overlooking the testing of the athletes in this unique experiment. In this video, Dr. Pelton shares his smart and easy way of preparing a salad.

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All Pre-orders Mailed

By now most of you have received your copy of “Wild Edibles.” We are beginning to receive your feedback that has been highly positive.

Shipping 470 autographed books in one week was a challenging task. So we turned it into a family project. Sergei was signing the books, Valya and I were packaging, and my grandson Nic was putting labels and writing MEDIA on the envelopes. Even our cat Masya participated by overseeing the quality control.


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Sergei’s new, hot-of-the-press book is now available for purchase here.

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