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Valya’s New Video: How to Pick the Best Peach

No Comments 30 September 2013

This year, Valya has grown several pounds of wonderful peaches on her espalier peach tree. We eat them for dessert and add them to our smoothies. Meanwhile, there are still peaches available in the stores. How to pick the yummiest peach? You may find out from Valya’s short video:

How to choose a peach

Victoria’s Webinar Available Till Saturday for 99c

Dear Friends, after my talk on Centenarians I received over 30 positive feedback letters from those who watched and listened. As you noticed there were some technical difficulties in the very beginning for a brief minute. For that reason, we will not put it out for sale. I will try to make another recording sometime later. For now, this webinar, which includes my talk and a slideshow, is still available for 99c till Saturday, October 5th. When you sign up, you will receive a link. Follow this link and click on "Play" button. Allow about a minute for a technical problem to pass and enjoy the rest of the show. It is a unique information and very useful.

You may sign up for the webinar “Centenarians in Siberia” here

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Affordable Webinar with Victoria

No Comments 25 September 2013

Join Victoria this Saturday for a Webinar “Centenarians in Siberia”

Most centenarians we met in Siberia, live a creative life and take care of themselves. We saw a 105-year-old woman who sews daily and threads her sewing needle with thread without the aid of glasses.

Health in Siberia

We have gathered important data, which sheds more light into the understanding of the key factors that help sustain vibrant health.

Cost: 99c
Time: 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Length: 60 minutes

If the time of webinar does not fit your schedule, you may register and listen to it at a convenient time up to a week after the webinar airs. We don’t know if this webinar will be available for purchase after it airs. We will see how the webinar goes and decide later whether we want to sell it in the future.

To sign up for the Webinar click here. The webinar is limited to 250 callers.

The P I N E A P P L E

by: Sheryl Walters

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit.

The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowerets that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.

Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste. After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will. This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical, it also offers many benefits to our health.

Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may be one of the most healthful foods available today.

If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms. Let’s look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.

Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief. In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucus after certain sinus and throat operations. Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often makes a difference. It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.


Valya’s Video about pineapples

Fruit gardening is one of the biggest passions for Valya. As a gardener, she knows a lot about fruit. Enjoy her video about pineapples.

Valyas Video About Pineapples

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A Brilliant Life in Darkness

No Comments 09 September 2013

Dear Friends,

Do you remember reading about this man in my book “Green for Life“?

“I absolutely have to tell you about Alexander Suvorov, whom I met several times and who became my hero and inspiration for many years. Suvorov became totally blind and deaf when he was three years old. Nevertheless, he was so eager to live his life to the fullest that he learned to speak and to understand what other people were saying by holding their hands.

He graduated from high school with honors and acquired a PhD at Moscow University. Suvorov wrote dozens of brilliant books on philosophy and countless scientific articles about helping blind and deaf children. While being unable to view a single movie himself, Suvorov created three engaging documentaries about his perception of life.

I recall the presentation of his first film. It attracted huge crowds in Moscow in the 1970s. People were deeply impressed by Suvorov’s sincerity and passion. I remember that after the movie was over, nobody left the theater for a long time. We just sat there bewildered, sobbing, and ashamed of our cowardly lives and stupid fears.

Alexander Suvorov, living his life in physical darkness and constant silence, had a dream to travel to other countries. So he learned two foreign languages and traveled to several countries on his own. When people asked him why he went, he replied that he wanted “to see the world for himself.”

Since publishing my book nine years ago, I have been receiving countless requests from my readers to learn more about this man. Until now all of the movies were in Russian and unavailable. Last week, RT-TV presented a 25-minute documentary of Alexander Suvorov in English.

A Brilliant Life in Darkness (RT Documentary)

By the way, I emailed my book “Green for Life” in Russian to Alexander Suvorov and he began drinking green smoothies. Maybe you noticed a blender in the middle of his kitchen table on the minute 20:06.

Green for Life 2nd Edition - The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie NutritionVictoria’s book “Green for Life” (paperback)

is available for $16.95 here.



Green for Life Audio Book by Victoria BoutenkoAudio Book “Green For Life” (read by author)

is available for $5.00 here until Wednesday morning.


Last Day of $5 Week at Raw Family

Please visit our on-line store this week for a $5 deals.

Special prices will stay until Wednesday morning.

The prices are reduced to $5 for the following products:

Raw Family (Book)
Green For Life (Audio Book)
Reversing the Irreversible Remake (DVD)
A Gift from Little Bear (Children’s Book)
Fruits I Love (Children’s Book)
Will You Love Me Still? (Children’s Book)
Green Smoothie Magic (Children’s Book)
I Love Greens (Children’s Book)

The sale will end next Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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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.

Ross Pelton the Natural Pharmacist

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.


Sergei With WIld Edibles Book Cat help
Shipping WIld Edibles Book Valya With WIld Edibles Book


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

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Athletes Need More Nutrients Than Less-Active People

No Comments 27 March 2013

By Sergei Boutenko

If you run, hike, swim, snowboard, cycle, attend crossfit, or actively engage in any other sports, then you’re probably aware that your body requires extra nutritional supplementation in order to function properly. Simply put, athletes need more nutrients than less-active people. They demand more from their bodies and thus must compensate with the right nutrients to keep up performance and recovery. Unfortunately, today’s athletes have been duped into believing that in order to maintain proper health, they must consume a wide range of animal products, supplements, and power gels.
Sergei Health Through Green SmoothiesI think this is one of the biggest misconceptions in the field of sports and fitness. In this post, I am not interested in arguing whether athletes should be vegans or not. I simply want to challenge the traditional approach and illustrate that the nutritional needs of an athlete can be met through natural means. I believe all athletes can benefit by consuming more fresh, organic greens and fruits in a blended concoction commonly referred to as a “green smoothie.”

To keep the body performing optimally, you must consistently replenish the following seven essential nutrients: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Traditional athletes accomplish this by taking multivitamins and supplements. In my personal practice, I have found it beneficial to disregard tradition and instead blend green smoothies made from dark leafy veggies and fresh fruit. While I do not consider myself an “endurance athlete,” I live an extremely active life. Here is my idea of a good time: last summer I climbed Mt. Shasta (a 14,179 foot tall mountain in Northern California) in four hours and forty-five minutes. The following day I decided that I needed to climb more mountains so I scaled nearby Mt. Mcloughlin (9495 feet) and Mt. Thielsen (9182 feet) in one day. Mind you, I have never taken artificial supplements and base my success and endurance largely on my diet.

Let us now look at the essential nutrients needed to sustain prolonged exercise, as well as how one can get these elements in natural form.

1.) Calcium is essential because it prevents muscle cramps and helps strengthen bones. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) most athletes don’t meet their need for daily calcium intake. Lack of calcium can lead to a slew of problems, such as, osteoporosis and hormone imbalance. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommended daily dose of calcium ranges between 1,000-1,500 mg per day. Most people think that the best way to get calcium is to drink a glass of milk. Few people are aware that dark leafy greens are just as effective at loading the body with calcium. According to the USDA, one cup of milk has 314 mg of calcium ( A cup of collard greens has 357 mg of calcium. That’s 63 mg more than a glass of milk. Thus a green smoothie crammed with collard greens can meet ones need for calcium no worse than milk.

2.) Iron is another common element that athletes are deficient in. One of iron’s primary functions is to carry oxygen to cells and eliminate carbon dioxide from the body. Most sports nutritionists recommend eating red meat to get your daily dose of iron. In traditional sports nutrition it is rarely mentioned that tomatoes, apricots, pomegranates, currants, olives, Swiss chard, and parsley are also excellent sources of iron.

3.) Magnesium is essential for athletes. Its presence is vital in more than 300 chemical processes that sustain basic human function and health ( These functions include blood pressure regulations, muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve function, immunity, and cardiac activity. Foods that contain high amounts of magnesium include: almonds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, spinach, beet greens, collards greens, and dates. Adding these foods to your green smoothies will aid your body in many of its metabolic processes.

4.) Potassium is easy! Every good smoothie needs a banana. According to the USDA, one cup of mashed banana has more than 800 mg of potassium. If you’re not a fan of bananas, here is a list of other foods that are high in this essential nutrient: avocado, beet greens, spinach, apricots, cantaloupe, figs, nectarines, and pears.

5.) Selenium is critical to antioxidant production. Athletes who don’t get enough selenium in their diet experience more cell damage and take longer to recover from strenuous exercise. Regular consumption of Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, and seaweed will ensure that your body gets enough selenium.

6.) Sodium retains water in the cells and prevents dehydration. Fresh fruits and vegetable are better at helping cells retain water than any sports drinks on the market. Period!

7.) Zinc levels are directly correlated to endurance. Athletes who have lower than recommended zinc levels in the body will struggle to perform at their peak. According to the ICPA ( zinc is also crucial for tissue repair. Here are some foods that contain high amounts of zinc: pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, water melon seeds, peanuts, bee pollen, sweet peppers, spinach, parsley, and seaweed.

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In addition to the seven essential nutrients, sports enthusiast also require higher than normal amounts of protein. If you look at the nutritional composition of most dark green, leafy veggies, you will find that they rival many types of meat in essential amino acids (protein). For example, one pound of romaine lettuce or kale provides you with roughly the same amount of protein as a quarter pound steak ( One pound of greens may seem like a lot, but when you blend a pound of greens in a smoothie, it’s not too difficult to consume it in its entirety. After all, large, muscular animals like elephants and cows get their protein from greens.

In a nutshell, my message is simple… “Stop spending money on expensive supplements and instead, blend a smoothie!” I am so confident that green smoothies rival conventional supplements; I’m making a documentary about it. One week ago I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary about how green smoothies affect endurance athletes. For more information on my project, check out this link:

If you pre-order my video your contribution will help me fund this documentary.

Powered By Green Smoothies Documentary Sergei’s Green Power Smoothie
1 cup spinach
1 cup Swiss chard
1 cup collard greens
1-2 stalks of celery with dark green leaves
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 peach, pitted
1 pear
½ avocado
4 dates, pitted
2 Tablespoons bee pollen (optional)Add enough water to blend everything in the blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Serves 2-3

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