Green Smoothie Questions

Common Green Smoothie Questions

75 Comments 07 June 2010

Victoria Boutenko 200x300 Common Green Smoothie QuestionsQUESTION: How much green smoothie do you recommend I drink daily?
VICTORIA: In the beginning people tend to drink more green smoothies, sometimes up to two gallons per day depending on how acidic their body pH is. After several months the quantity goes down to 1-2 quarts per day.

QUESTION: Do I have to make fresh green smoothie several times per day?
VICTORIA:  Smoothies can stay in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but fresh is best. As soon as a smoothie is warmed to room temperature, it should be consumed.

QUESTION: How much greens does one really need? I generally consume a head of lettuce. Do you think this is enough?
VICTORIA: One needs fewer greens in the form of green smoothies than in the form of salad, because blended greens assimilate several times more thoroughly then chewed greens. I estimate that if you prefer to eat greens as a salad, you should consume at least two bunches of greens (or 6 packed cups) per day. If you drink your greens in blended form, then one bunch (3 packed cups) will be sufficient per day.

People who have an acidic pH balance in their body could benefit from consuming up to 80% greens in their diet. When they reach a stage of balance, they will notice that they want less greens and less green smoothies, but they will enjoy them more than ever.

QUESTION: It seems you talk about having an entire bunch of chard, or other greens, daily. Yet in your recipes, a smoothie only has 3-5 leaves from an entire bunch. Are you having more than 1 smoothie a day?
ANSWER: The goal is to eventually consume more greens in the smoothie than fruit. However, many of us are not used to consuming large amounts of greens. Also many don’t have adequate hydrochloric acid to digest greens. For this reason, I recommend starting with more fruity green smoothies and slowly using more and more greens. As the body finds out the many benefits of greens, it becomes very excited and starts craving greener smoothies. Experiment with what amount of greens you find palatable and gradually add more greens so that you work up to the equivalent of one average-sized bunch of greens per day.

It is possible that you will start with a fruity green smoothie and progress to extremely green smoothies. Yet, there will be another change later. As you keep consuming green smoothies on a regular basis for many months, you will eventually reduce the total amount of green smoothies that you consume daily.

This happens because the assimilation of nutrients increases and the body can get more nutrients from less smoothies, your body satisfies the most urgent needs for nutrients, it also becomes more alkaline and doesn’t need as much greens as before. Please remember to keep rotating your greens for variety!

QUESTION: How long should I blend my ingredients to make the green smoothie?
ANSWER: I usually blend my greens and fruits for 30-45 seconds. I always start on the low speed and turn it up to high.

QUESTION: I cant afford to buy a Vitamix or a Blendec, can I use a regular blender?
I recently visited Russia, where almost nobody can afford a Vita-Mix blender. However, a lot of people are drinking green smoothies there anyway. The main difference between smoothies made in a high speed blender or a regular blender is in the quality of taste, and the efficiency of assimilation by the body. Vita-Mix, Blendtec or other high speed blenders enable the health seeker to enjoy wonderfully whipped, delicious concoctions,which are quickly assimilated by the body. On the other hand, those who use simple blenders have to put up with some chunks and pieces of unblended greens and fruit skins. These green smoothies may be less smooth but still provide a great deal of greens in one’s diet, much more than if people didn’t drink them at all. A

QUESTION: What kind of blender do you recommend I use to make green smoothies?
VICTORIA: You may use any blender to make smoothies, however I recommend using the most powerful blender you can find, 1000 watts or more. If you don’t have a powerful blender, you can still make green smoothies and benefit from them, but you will have to chop your ingredients into smaller pieces, blend for longer periods of time, and to put up with some chunks in your smoothie. A regular blender may have a motor that burns out quickly if you are using it to make green smoothies every day.  A smoothie prepared in a high-speed blender is smooth in consistency, and will be assimilated better by the body. For those who live in the United States I recommend any model of the Vita-Mix blender. To purchase one free of shipping costs, please visit my website at: www.rawfamily.com

If you live outside of the United States, I recommend another high-speed blender called, Blendtec, which is priced reasonably for international sales.

QUESTION: Can I freeze smoothies or will they be less nutritious frozen?
VICTORIA: I have never frozen my greens, but if I lived in a northern country and had, for example, a large harvest of spinach, I would freeze it and use it over time. Frozen greens will still be more nutritious than cooked greens. However, if you have access to fresh greens, they are significantly more nutritious and tastier than frozen.

QUESTION: Since I started drinking green smoothies my stool became green. Is it normal?
VICTORIA: When the stomach acid is low, one may find pieces of undigested food in the stool and color of it may reflect the color of the food consumed such as red from beets, green from green smoothie, etc. After daily consumption of green smoothies, the body receives plenty of nourishment and the level of stomach acid begins to normalize. Eventually you will always observe the same stool despite of your food intake. Normal stool should be light-brown in color, odorless, well formed and not sticking to the toilet. It leaves the body easily with no straining or discomfort.

To learn more on digestion please visit this post

QUESTION: Why is it so important that humans model their diet after chimpanzees? From my understanding, they only live an average of 50 years. They are usually riddled with parasites too.
VICTORIA: Chimpanzees are genetically the closest creatures to humans. They share 99.4% of genes with humans. That is why, unfortunately, chimpanzees are used for medical research. However, chimpanzees have often demonstrated such a strong immunity, that doctors were not able to infect them with HIV or hepatitis C. In my book, I brought up the point that instead of making chimps ill with human diseases, researching how they are able to stay healthy may reveal immensely valuable information on human health. In captivity, chimpanzees do live much longer than in the wild because they are guarded against accidents and environmental dangers.

Chimpanzees are not only healthy, but have the ability to intuitively find and use healing herbs. Scientists from the Jane Goodall Institute described in their research that chimpanzees are familiar with natural ways of parasite control by eating medicinal herbs. On the other hand, any colonic therapist will tell you how so many humans are laden with all kinds of parasites.

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75 Comments so far

  1. Linda says:

    Is it OK to use the skin of mangoes in green smoothies. I noticed in the Raw Family signature dishes book that Victoria removed the skin?

  2. Nika says:

    In regards to eating too much spinach… you should really rotate your greens, Sergei mentions it in his you tube green smoothie recipe video.

  3. Lisa says:

    Dear Victoria, I am not sure where to post this questions, so I will here. Have you read or done research on goitrogen’s and thyroid conditions. I have hypothyroidism (Hashimotos) and a friend of mine told me too many greens can be toxic to my thyroid. I have been 95% raw since June 2010 and feel 100% better then I did before going raw. My intuition says consuming greens outweighs the negative but I would really like to know your thoughts. Thank you for your time, Lisa

  4. Dee says:

    Ashley,
    I am in my third week of drinking green smoothies every morning. I have severe eczema and severe insomnia and am hopeful that the green smoothies will help me to heal these problems. At first I was trying to drink a quart a day, but had the same problem, extreme bloating and abdomingal pain; so decided I needed to back off and drink only 8-12 oz./day as I was probably sensitive to it or was detoxing. I talked to my doctor (chiropractor) about it and she said I was probably allergic to the ingredients in the green smoothie and wasn’t able to digest it and reacting to those ingredients. She does NAET (Nambutripad’s Allergy Elimation Technique) on me. She checked to see if I was allergic to the green smoothie and I was. She did NAET on me for the same green smoothie (same ingredients)for three weeks before I was cleared and allergy free of the ingredients in my green smoothie. I am still only drinking about 8-12 oz./day.

  5. Sarah says:

    I am always cold and miss warm things to eat or drink. Can I drink tea or coffee on a raw diet? Can food be warmed in any way?

  6. Victoria says:

    Once in awhile I hear about people getting bloated from green smoothies. There could be several reasons for that. Most of these reasons I have listed in the “Guidelines to Green Smoothies” which I published both in my book “Green Smoothie Revolution” and on this blog. Those recommendations include: drinking smoothie slowly as if chewing it, not combining smoothie with other foods such as sandwiches or chips, and others. If these suggestions don’t help, then I highly recommend a colonic. I am not a medical doctor and can not legally give medical advice. I am talking to you just as a friend. I have observed people at my retreats who had bloating problems, it went away after even one colonic and never came back. I believe green smoothie promotes a detox of the intestines and causes gas. Yet another reason for bloating is lack of good bacteria due to use of antibiotics. In this case, colonics also useful.

  7. Cheryle says:

    Hi there Victoria,

    I just started drinking green smoothies 3 days ago. I am seeing benefits but am wondering why my stomach burns within minutes after consuming one. It’s mild and not a big deal – I’m really just curious and want to know the reason. The smoothies I’ve made have had rainbow chard or romaine (I’ve used both but not in the same smoothie), mango, kiwi, banana, an orange, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. I’d think that means my stomach is working hard to digest it since I did not eat a lot of greens prior to this and my stomach gets a bit noisy after one of the green smoothies. I put anywhere between 3-7 large leaves in with the fruit and water and fill the regular sized blender about 3/4 full. Do you think that means my stomach acid was low or already high?

    Thanks a bunch!

  8. Ravi says:

    When you start to drink smoothies, are we supposed to stop eating any other food or is it that you are supposed to eat what you have been ( probably watching more carefully ) and drink the smoothies additionally . Or are we supposed to stop eating other foods and only consume the smoothies. Pl comment.

  9. Marcia Anderson says:

    I love fruits and vegetables and I would like to go “raw” for three month during the summer to try it. I’ve already started and I have two questions.

    Should I eat even if I’m not hungry? I’m happily losing weight, but rapidly.. about 5 pounds in the first week.

    Second question: I don’t see any comment about how we are supposed to combine foods to insure we get all our needed nutrients – B vitamin complex and calcium, especially for women. Can you please respond to my questions? Thanks!

  10. Marilyn says:

    What are your thoughts on juicing? I have a green star juicer and I add water kefir to the juice I make, about 1/4th kefir water – thinking that would be good intestinal microorganisms. Your comments please. Your research is very important to me.

  11. Cheryl says:

    Today my doctor told me my hands have turned yellow from too much beta carotene since starting my green smoothies 6 weeks ago. I alternate daily the greens and fruits I use and don’t use carrots at all. I occasionally add a small amount of assorted sprouted seeds and nuts. Any tips on what I can do with my smoothies to correct this problem?

  12. sandra says:

    After finding your website, I did about 3 weeks of green smoothies, 1 quart a day, consistently and I felt good, with a lot of energy…but around the 4th week I started having an acute pain on my lower back, that lasted for another 3 more weeks, I’m still in pain, I thought first it was bone related, but several chiropractor’s treatments didn’t help and still have to do to do an ultrasound, but all symptoms indicate kidney stones…I stopped with the smoothies when the pain started…just in case…It is possible that they started a process of cleansing ending up on stones moving? I don’t know if I should continue with them…please help

  13. Brandon says:

    I have type 2 diabetes and I weigh 230 lbs height 6ft. How many smoothies should I have a day to lose weight and to eliminate the munchies for choc, cheese popcorn.

  14. Marilyn says:

    please change my e-mail address to lynard3@gmail.com

  15. Terry says:

    a friend has been on a raw diet for several months and noticed he feels REALLY chilly. Any suggestions? Note we live in Canada.

  16. Heather says:

    What about using frozen fruit in the Green Smooothie, Is this still beneficial?

  17. roxy says:

    I love fruits but have a sugar intolerance, diabetes in my family, what do you suggest instead of all the fruit in the smoothie?

  18. Yolanda says:

    I have the same question as Lisa, 3/11.
    I started eating 80% raw with lots of smoothies. I felt great at first but then started losing my energy, feeling awful and my hair started thinning. I did some research and realized that I had been eating all fruits and vegetables that are goitrogenic. I went back to cooking my food and feel better now.
    I’m going to try again with new knowledge and rotate the greens and vegetables that support my thyroid and leave out the others. Too bad because they include peaches, pears, radishes, strawberries, yams, collards, kale, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, chard and more. Do you have any other suggestions and could you address this in one of your videos, please? I found a list of goitrogenic foods here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen

  19. Susan - Canada says:

    I have been having green smoothies daily for the last year or so and feel great. I try to rotate the greens, but I find you have to have way too much of it in the fridge to do that, so I try to rotate weekly. I use a lot of greens, usually leaves from Chard, Kale, Spinach and also add celery and broccoli. Once that has been blended and liquified, I add 2-3 fruits and blend and liquify again. I use to add more fruit, but found I couldn’t lose the last 10 pounds I was trying to lose. Once I reduced the fruit to 2-3 I lost those 10 lbs. I also add a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds to the smoothie. Now, I’m thinking that maybe I could cut back to just every other day instead of daily.

  20. Maria says:

    dear victoria,

    i drink green smoothies including a dandelion smoothie w/ 2 apples, 1 lemon, 1 banana..yet my blood sugar spikes and stays high after drinking the smoothies…even after 2 hrs. My doctor insists that I take metformin, glyburide and other anti diabetic medicines and 15-20 units of insulin daily..but I remember your story about your grandma dying from her regular dose of insulin so i do not take insulin often and skip the anti diabetic pills a lot. What else does Sergei eat in addition to the green smoothies..I know I need to exercise…but aside from that.. how can i get rid of my type 2 diabetes NATURALLY, like Sergei? My blood sugar is so inconsistent..on the low side..it can be 125 but on the high side it can be 199..and recently it was 140, 2 hrs after I took the insulin; when i regularly took the medicines and insulin after my surgery in
    5/2011 my blood sugar was controlled..in the low 120′s, though several times it dropped to 55 and 77, which scared me. But I do not want to be on drugs or insulin…HELP! If I do not exercise regularly will green smoothies bring up my blood sugar? How long did it take Sergei to get rid of his diabetes?Was he taking anti diabetic medicines until his blood sugar was controlled? How many minutes of exercise did he do daily? I have a trampoline I can use indoors.. i have many other medical challenges and do not have the strength to run for 2 miles like he does.I am old –62–what can I do to get rid of diabetes naturally?

  21. Mary says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies for 6 weeks now. Averaging 2 full blender per day. I have gained 7 pounds and my upper abdomen is so distended that I feel pregnant. I don’t have any pain but have been feeling nauseaus for the past 3-4 days. I do take medication for underactive thyroid. I was so desperate to feel better that I guess I didn’t read enough before I started. Should I stop? Should I reduce the amount I’m drinking? Could I be allergic? I’m so confused, I don’t know what to do. Does anyone have any advice?

  22. Claire says:

    I’m trying to find out about adding or not adding milk, cow, soy, almond or even coconut to green smoothies. Everything I’ve read by Victoria says not to, but not why. I’m new to green smoothies and I try to learn everything before I jump in. However I see lots of recipes on the web using milk products. I just don’t know if I should try them.
    Thank you for your reply.

  23. brenda says:

    is it bad to use all frozen fruits when making a green smoothie ? If so why?

  24. Kristina says:

    Hi Victoria! Thank you so much for your informative site and blog! You and your family are such a blessing to us!!!

    Can you give me any info about rhumatoid arthritis? What would one put into a smoothie, for instance…?

    Any help will be joyfully appreciated!!!

    Thanks, Love, Kristina

  25. Kate says:

    Green smoothies / raw foods had me hospitalized with IBS. I just stick so salads w/different ingredients now.


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