Victoria Boutenko on Oxidation, Green Smoothies, Avocado Pits and More – The Renegade Health Show Episode #358

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Victoria Boutenko is one of our favorite people…

We spend the afternoon with her the other day and Annmarie and I completely enjoyed ourselves.

She’s open, honest, loving, gracious, direct, and amazing – all in one. 🙂

She also made us a special bitter green smoothie with dandelion that was awesome.

BTW: Her skin is an amazing tone and color. Which is a testament to the healing properties of green smoothies.

Today, she discusses green smoothies (obviously!), oxidation, natural shaving cream, avocado pits, and more.

Check it out…

Your question of the day: What is the weirdest thing you ever put in a green smoothie? (And wish Victoria a happy birthday!!!!)

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comment now!

If you want to pick up Victoria’s new book, please do so now!

PS. Please wish her a happy birthday too!!!

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Joel says:

    I put a shot of espresso in one smoothie. It was incredibly delicious.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Victoria !!! You just keep looking younger every time I see you . Thank you for this new insight and your new book.We love you 🙂

  3. Good show. Books look wonderful. And Happy Birthday!

  4. Oleksandra says:

    The weirdest thing was…ummm..Greens! – that’s what my friends think :))

  5. The weirdest thing has got to be the plastic label that said that it was organic.I’ve already told you where we found it :0

  6. Tara Burner says:

    Can’t say that I’ve added anything majorly ‘weird’ and Happy Birthday to Victoria!

  7. Flo says:

    Happy Birthday to one very special person!

    And what a very refreshing show. Thanks, guys:)

    Weirdest thing in green smoothie? Hmmm, I have to think about that one.

  8. Guylaine says:

    Happy birthday Victoria. I like your study about the oxidation. It always has been a concern for me as to know if smoothies were oxidizing or not. I’m going to do the experiment with the potato and see for myself. I drink a green smoothie every morning and I can say that I just feel great with it. My 20 year old son just loves it as well. Green smoothies can be a great health saviour for the billions –who can afford a blender.
    Thanks Annmarie and Kevin for your show.

  9. Carmen says:

    I love avocados! Will try using the pit in smoothies – thank you!!

    Cooked barley and cayenne powder…not “weird,” just different and delicious.

  10. Nadia says:

    Hi there, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICTORIA! Kevin, thanks for asking her such great questions. Really appreciated hearing the oxidation explanation. I haven’t had many green smoothies as I always opt for green juices to get the nutrients absorbed quickly. Now I am inspired to go on a green smoothie adventure. Thanks for the shows and for all you do!

  11. zyxomma says:

    The only fruits I put in my green smoothies are salad fruits: cucumber, tomato, ripe pepper, avocado (sorry, Victoria, and happy birthday), olives, okra (yes, it’s a fruit, it has seeds). I love putting fresh herbs in my smoothies (sweet or savory), especially cilantro, basil, spearmint, oregano, chervil, lovage, turmeric root, ginger …. As far as weird ingredients go, define weird! I guess if the definition is unusual, I’d go with bitter melon from the Indian grocery. It truly is bitter (I also like it in my juice), the texture is cucumber-like, and it’s great for blood sugar. I’ve also been known to put Jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke) and radish in my smoothies. So, what’s weird? Wakame? Turmeric? I’ll go with my first answer, bitter melon. Love my greens! Health and peace.

  12. Doug says:

    Happy Bday Victoria, just ordered the new book. Get it now, with free shipping in pre-order. What a deal!

  13. Nick says:

    Not on purpose but sometimes some dirt, bugs and fungus gets into my smoothies because I try to add as much wild greens from my backyard into my smoothies; I do rinse but sometimes a combination of lots of greens and a shortage of time and trying to get a little (B12) from the dirt:) gets these weird ingredients into my smoothies.

  14. Peg says:

    Happy Birthday, Victoria!! I was delighted to see you on Kevin’s and Anne Marie’s program this evening. I am looking forward to your new books.

    I haven’t been very adventurous with ingredients yet.

  15. Kym says:

    Excellent show and happy bday, Ms Boutenko. Weird ingredients in a smoothie? Well, there was the morning I was late for work and tossed in coffee and cottage cheese… really don’t recommend it. I assume the comments about avocados and oils are due to the fat content, which will slow down absorption of nutrients but also leave you feeling full for longer. According to purpose, I guess…

  16. elaine says:

    Happy birthday Victoria.. thanks for sharing abt smoothies..
    I am into holistic studies and practice myself and i do recommend people to eat raw – advocate healthy lifestyle. This is something people not used to in Asia.
    How is like to help market yr books in Asia?


  17. Betoman says:

    That was great! Y’all hit it out of the park with this episode. Thank you so much! Keep the good vibes coming. My smoothies haven’t really been that wierd so far, but they will now! Best episode yet!
    Thanks again.

  18. Sue says:

    Wierd things in smoothies? I’ve only made one smoothie I didn’t like. That was when I added the papaya seeds to a smoothie. It was too peppery & I had to force it down.

    Victoria mentioned shaving with green smoothies. After I drink my morning smoothie I scrape out the residue from inside the blender and smear it all over my face. I let it stay on for 5-10 minutes and then wash it off. It makes my skin really soft. This is how I wash my face every morning.

  19. Happy Birthday Victoria! I love the step by step photo recipe book, fabulous idea.

    My husband might like the sausage green smoothie recipe. That is about as weird as it gets, I can’t top that. The weirdest tasting thing I have ever put in my green smoothie was kelp powder. I like my green smoothies to taste like fruit, not like fish! I enjoy kelp in savory dishes only now.

    I agree that this was a great episode! Keep up the great work.

  20. Irene says:

    Thanks Victoria, that answer my question of whether I should get a juicer or blender.

  21. Viren says:

    I wonder if Vitoria who is the originator of
    Green Smoothies having cured herself and her family from dreaded diseases in the past,is now practical and serious in consuming the wonder smoothies herself

  22. sharon in Sugar Land says:

    Victoria,You are delightful. Wishing you a very happy birthday. May all your birthday wishes come true!

  23. Mary says:

    First of all, dear Victoria Boutenko, God bless you on your birthday. You’re a wonderful, generous inspiration to anyone who wants to live life in a healthy way.

    Second, this week I discovered again that kitchens can be dangerous places. The lesson was learned by not paying attention. Instead of adding a couple of leaves from my basil bush to a beautiful smoothie of bok choy, cucumber, and kale and spirulina, I tossed in delphinium leaves and seeds (!) The beautiful kale was left sitting on the countertop.

    Children! Don’t do this at home. It’s a waste of good produce and electricity for blending! Plus, you might get sick.

  24. Maryam says:

    Why is Victoria Boutenko still quite overweight after being on raw food over ten years and especially if she is drinking all those delicious green smoothies?

    Does she even eat raw food and drink these smoothies?

  25. Bill says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria from Bill in Australia!

    We had Victoria and Valya as house guests earlier this year. They are truly wonderful people! 🙂

    I have never put anything weird into a smoothie, definately not sausage…maybe I am boring!!! LOL

    I might try the avocado thing, sounds interesting!

  26. Nicole says:

    Happy Birthday, Victoria! Loved the video. I have also read that you shouldn’t put supplements in smoothies, and I wonder how that relates to “elixirs” being so popular lately. Hmm. I wonder if Victoria’s new book talks about that?

    Weirdest thing I put in a smoothie? The store I buy organic food from has Chinese labels so I often don’t know what the greens are called in English. I thought I bought some kind of bok choy but it was so spicy I couldn’t drink it all. Still don’t know what it was, but I know what it looks like and I stay far away from it now.

  27. jackie says:

    I planned to try the avocado pit in a smoothie and actually had it cut and ready to go in; then decided to taste it just in case. It was so bitter I was afraid it would ruin my smoothie so I threw it out! Maybe next time I’ll try a small piece of it. Haven’t put anything really weird in my smoothies as yet…

  28. Hi Kev, I think the weirdest thing I ever put in a green smoothie is a twinkie, NOT!
    Just kidding.
    I do agree with Victoria, just keep it simple.

  29. Brian says:

    Happy birthday and I really enjoyed the show.

    The weirdest thing I put in my smoothie was cooked quinoa in an attempt to get complete protein since I was always feeling hungry at school.

    I have some questions. When should you drink those green smoothies(with only greens, fruits, and water)? Is it more satisfying and energising if you consume them for breakfast compared to smoothies with additional protein and fats? Wouldn’t you absorb less fat soluble vitamins by omitting fats? I never tried the combination before.

    I always have sesame seeds, hemp, pea, and rice protein powders, kale, apple, and spirulina in my smoothie.

  30. Irina says:

    Happy Birthday, Victoria! You are an inspiration to so many!

  31. Alétheia says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria…

    i keep it pretty simple! i am very excited to to try the sausage….lol just teasing! that’s hilarious…yuck! i cant wait to check out the new books Victoria…yummy!

  32. rawkus says:

    weirdest thing…..the moisture-absorbing plastic canister !!! that got hidden in the mound of cacao powder as i scooped it out of the jar into the blender. hmmm, what are these little bits of thing that i’m rolling around on my tongue…. wait, no way! i freaked out, then calmed down after reading up on the internet that the moisture-absorber wasn’t going to kill me. but i was haunted by it four hours later. needless to say, that batch of green smoothie went down the drain.

    Happy Birthday, Victoria! been looking forward to your new books.

  33. Stahi says:

    Happy BDay Victoria great show I’m still new to making smoothie’s so nothing weird yet. I do plan to buy your books thank you so much for your inspiration

  34. Sue says:

    Hi there

    I heard about the avacado pit a while ago and have been putting them in the smoothies. I started with half and didn’t notice a difference so now i just toss in the whole thing – maybe I got accustomed to it. I do peel and quarter it before adding.

    Happy Birthday Victoria. Looking forward to your smoothie book crossing the pond.

  35. Irondoll says:

    Happy Birthday, Victoria! Did you know Fatima Leal got married to Matt Hansen recently? His job brought them to Ft. Bragg where they are living. I bet she would love to translate your latest books into Portuguese! Also, I see Lucy once in awhile. Boy, could I use a raw smoothie retreat!

    Take good care!


  36. Carmyl says:

    I wonder if raw people would consider green savory soup as smoothies. It has the consistency of smoothies?? I am a bit confused here. I concluded that for healing purposes water, fruits, and greens are the best combination but for taste, adding variety and maintaining a raw food program, savory soup may be helpful. For me it may not be weird, but I like to put Dr. Schultz, cayenne tincture into my buckwheat or sunflower sprouts green soup. Thanks for changing the whole one show at a time. Happy Birthday to Victoria, may you live a healthy long life. Carmyl

  37. Paul says:

    great video!
    Umm I once tried to blend up my salad (Lettuce, tomatoe, mushrooms, capsicum, cucumber) it was feral – a think brown sludge, which made me dry reach. But I got it down after 1.5 hours of drinking then chewing (yes i had to chew it still haha)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Victoria, i just finished reading your book and my whole family now has a quart of green smoothie each morning!

  38. Paul says:

    woops forgot to write… it also had sunflower, pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds, almond and macadamias. Which made it thick!

  39. Yair says:

    Nothing extremely wierd in my green (or red) smoothies..
    Beets give it very nice colour though(:

    one question I was always wondering about – many nutrients are FAT soluble, doesn’t it mean that you need to have some fat (nuts\olive oil\avocado) in your green smoothie in order to absorb them??


  40. Sherri says:

    I’ve tried a couple of different “weird” additions to green smoothies and all of them taste great: a piece of citrus peel w/pulp (absorb more iron, adds fiber, anti-parasitic, detox); japanese ume plum concentrate (very alkaline, immune booster – add a sweetener, very tart); japanese kuzu root starch (gut healer, digestive aid, immune booster – can boil in water prior to add); dulse or other seaweed (minerals); raw sauerkraut (neutralizes some of the bitter flavors); apple cider or coconut raw vinegar + sea salt + pepper + raw oxidized garlic + herb (e.g., fresh rosemary or thyme).

    Happy Birthday Victoria – thank you for significantly increasing my awareness (and public awareness) about the importance of a raw food diet.

  41. Pat says:

    Kevin and Ann Marie: For the first time ever, I didn’t get anything to open. Just the comments. Can you resend it? I love what you do.

  42. rose says:

    i always put soaked flax seeds in my green smoothie to make it more substantial. otherwise i have to eat too often.

    i put alot of things in my smothies. lately rose petals, medicinal herbs,supplements, bee pollen, protein powder, egg yolks, etc.

    happy birthday!

  43. rose says:

    kevin, why don’t you replicate the oxidation experiment for your show?

  44. Marijana says:

    Happy birthday, Victoria!

  45. Jenna says:

    lots of wild things for me just now, rosehips, rose petals,lavender and all the wild greens.

  46. Suzanne says:

    I am totally new to the whole concept of raw foods. My family will (quite happily) have berry smoothies into which I sneak some spinach, bok choy, or a small beet, but that’s about as wierd as I’ve gotten so far.

    Happy Birthday, Victoria! Thank you for your info on the difference between juicing and blending. I have a juicer, but I really love my Vita Mix!

    And thank you to both Kevin and Victoria for making great information easily accessible to those of us who were raised on McDonalds and Spaghetti-Os and wouldn’t know where to start otherwise!


  47. Jean says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICTORIA AND MANY MANY MORE.Thanks for all your hard work. Kevin I would like to know if and why it is not a good idea to put supplements in your smoothie. Was wondering what the difference was in putting in supplements and super foods like vita mineral greens, or dried anything super food. The wierdest thing i did put in was supplements because it is only way to get my husband to take his supplements that he needs. You can only guess all the stuff i stuff in a green smoothie to get it down him.LOL

  48. Jean says:

    Oh i forgot one thing kevin and Annmarie. I wold love to send a picture of my 4 pound yorkie to victoria, My Yorkie Pixy loves green smoothies and I got a pic of her. Is there a way to send this to her. I think she would love to see it. My Pixy knows when I turn the vita mix on that I am making green smoothie and she comes running and stands on her back legs to beg for some. Sorry I know this isn’t a dog forum. But had to tell you.LOL

  49. Fun show, you two! I was laughing out loud! The sausage killed me. LOL!

    I tried the avocado pit smoothie I found on YouTube (1 pit to a blender-full of water) – BLECH! VERY bitter. Never thought of just adding PART of the pit. Will have to try that.

    Probably the weirdest thing I’ve added to a smoothie wasn’t an item, but an amount. Went a little nuts on the powdered wheat grass one day. Oh, my. I forced myself to drink it so it wouldn’t go to waste. Not a good day. ; )

    Lisa Marie
    Rite Food and Company

  50. Joann says:

    Probably Daikon Radish. I love mustard greens – makes smmoothie hot and spicey. Happy Birthday Victoria. Look forward to getting the two books next week. Always good to hear from you!!

  51. natalya says:

    I appreciate everything what Victoria is doing for humankind, but every time I see her in some new interview I become very shocked seeing how she becomes bigger and bigger in size. Is she still on 100% raw food lifestyle or she is eating some cooked foods or too much of avocados?

  52. Dianne says:

    As another middle-aged woman who eats high raw, I can offer the perspective that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes, and genetic predispositions are not easy to break! I think Victoria is positively radiant!

  53. Genevieve says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria. Keep up the great work!

    I also like fresh herbs in smoothies, especially chocolate mint. Mmmmm. I do use avocado in smoothies because I like to make a meal out of it. I tend to use way more veggies than fruit to keep the sugar down, and therefore the blood pressure down as well.

    Always experimenting, but nothing too weird yet. Sausage?? My husband would agree with that too. Ugh!


  54. Enrique says:

    Happy BDay Victoria!

    the weirdest thing I have put in my smoothie was when I mixed mango with kale, mustard greens and banana and carob, it was very difficult for me to drink it. I prefer to separate my smoothies, I usually do fruits and veggies separate and don’t ad nuts, chocolate or seeds to it. I do use coconut water in most fruit smoothies and lately I discovered that the more simple the better two or tree fruits only turn out better. I find that combining fruits of similar groups like papaya, mango and guava work great and I ad banana for the more creamy texture. Kiwi Pineapple and apple juice(Juiced) is great!

    My veggie smoothies I call them stews or soups because I eat them as I meal and ad chunks to it. Cucumber, tomatoes and avocado stew and I cut pieces of the tree ingredients and ad at the end and eat it as a stew…

    Great show!

  55. Enrique says:

    Sorry for the spelling meant “a meal” ont I meal and “three ingredients” not tree ingredients.

  56. Lucio says:

    What a great video, Thankyou! VB is such a great person to listen to. So sweet and radiant!

    Kevin.. I heard you mention a soap that you use for shaving but couldnt quite hear it. Is there any way you could maybe do a show about these kind of products.. eg.. Shaving, shampoo or just good alternatives to the usual stuff you find on shelves which are packed with garbage. I know a few good brands but would be cool to hear you guys’ thoughts on it.

    Weird smoothies? I once blended plums and added too much macca.. Big mistake!

    I love the show! U.K’s Biggest fan! Luc

  57. Gayle Waxon says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria! Absolutely love your new information about the Green Smoothies! I make a smoothie every morning and people are now telling me how I look younger! I have had these comments from people I do not even know! I am excited to purchase your new books!
    Thank you Kevin and Annmarie for all your work and dedication to health information! I LOVE it all. 🙂

  58. Karen Jackson says:

    Happy birthday Victoria! I love your books and am looking forward to getting your new ones. I add extras to my smoothies because I use them as a whole meal, I get the added nutrition, and it keeps me full longer. Thanks so much to you and the Giannis for teaching us so much!

  59. Melissa says:

    I suppose the oddest thing I have put in a smoothie was cream cheese. It was wonderful! It made it very creamy and velvety in texture.

  60. Jeff Haskins says:

    Great stuff!! I’m working on getting all my clients to add smoothies to their diets…

  61. Avi says:

    Hey Kevin – very awesome interview!

    Hm, weirdest thing…I’d have to say white asparagus. Don’t usually put things like asparagus or eggplant in my juice.

  62. CO says:

    This has nothing to do with weird shake additives, but I was wondering… I have noticed lately that experts of the raw food world, many of them appear unhealthy looking especially the woman. The woman, the older ones appear to be on the heavier side and the men appear very thin and gaunt in the facial region. How is this possible when they are supposedly eating all healthy raw foods?

  63. Annabel says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria!

    I think my mom put some weird stuff in my smoothies (blended soup) when I was a child. I was a very picky eater and did not eat veggies among many things. Out of desperation my mother would put my dinner (including cooked food) into the blender and make a smoothie soup out of it. It came out something like split-pea soup. Anyhow, it did work and I ate it, not knowing what was in it. This was all long,long before all this smoothie/raw diet stuff became cool. LOL

  64. Maryam says:

    In response to Natalya and Dianne’s comments, I have to say that I think this is an honest and valid question that deserves an honest answer!
    I’ve seen Victoria Boutenko at the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona, and she does NOT look radiant and healthy.
    Being overweight is not a sign of vibrant health, on the contrary it’s very unhealthy to be over that much over fat, especially in the midsection.
    Anyone who raves about how healthy she looks is deluding themselves.
    She ought to be a living example of what she teaches, however this is not the case.
    So what’s really going on? Does she eat raw or not? Or only part of the time?

  65. Connie says:

    I once tried red cabbage in a smoothie. I think I mixed it with an orange and water. It was very bitter, difficult to get down, I and concluded that it may have been the pits. Made a note to never do that again!

    I JUST purchased an Excalibur dehydrator and am looking forward to experimenting with it. My garden is overflowing with lettuce that I cannot keep up with, so I am considering dehydrating a quantity of that and then turning it into powder that I can use in green smoothies in the winter. I will probably do the same with some of the kale; fennel leaves; carrot leaves; pea shells, tendrils, leaves; beet greens; and nasturtium, etc. Anybody know if I can do the same with the leaves of broccoli and sunflower (since we do sprout them)?

    Victoria, will your books be available from any distributors in Canada? I would love those two books, but last time I purchased books from you I was hit with heavy fedex and border charges and I decided never again. 🙁


  66. Connie says:

    Oh, I wanted to ask….since you mentioned making a Douglas Fir smoothie…are you planning on doing a book on wild edibles? (Or does anyone know of a good reference for northern Ontario?)

    It would be awesome to have a good way to learn about all the wild greens we can eat when the going gets tough…or even if not.


  67. Christine says:

    Thanks Kevin and Annemarie for the information.
    Happy birthday Victoria. I like to add to my smothies young wine grape leaves from our garden. We love the tangy taste.

  68. Page says:

    Thank you for posting this interview.
    I just ordered a couple of Mrs. Boutenko’s books. As a newly realized vegetarian, I am also learning the ways of raw food preparation and feel that her books will definitely speed my transformation.

  69. Meri says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria!!
    Great info on oxidation, thanks for that. Victoria’s research is always so relevant to the questions we’re all asking.
    The weirdest thing I ever put in a smoothie? I don’t know. If it’s a plant it can go in right?

  70. Didiydi says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria! Kevin, could you please, please answer these questions:

    1- What about candida people? It’s always with fruit, and if you want to move away from some basic cucumber/celery/spinach recipe it’s not very palatable. Is there a green smoothie book for candida people? I can’t even tolerate berries.

    2- Could you please research on Donna Gates’ statement that since juices come without fiber they hit the blood so quickly that they actually have acidic effect and not alkaline. I just did Ejuva cleanse and was doing green smoothies the last week (with no fruit), and even though it is summer I would feel freezing cold after a green juice for hours, and it was getting worse by day. I think she is right that cold foods negatively affect thyroid, and I can’t figure out why so many people do well on raw, and I can’t.

    Thanks for your show, love watching it every day!


  71. Didiydi says:

    sorry,… was doing green juices the last week…

  72. Cindy says:

    I’m a little confused if Victoria doesn’t recommend avocado in smoothies what about the seed.
    Does it contain fat or just soluble fibre?
    Does she mean to use the seed alone with greens, fruit and water? I’d like to know as I hate wasting things and we always throw the seed away. Also if you cut it in half can you use store one half in any way for later use or does it oxidise to. I’ve never seen the inside of an avocado seed.
    Thanks in advance for the reply and happy Birthday Victoria. Hope you have a wonderful day and a great coming year.

  73. LENORA says:

    Kevin, again, thanks for giving us good healthy information.

    I was going to ask the very same questions about the avacado that CINDY #54 asked. Hope you will expound on it as I love avacodos for the taste and great for keeping the skin from wrinkling.

    Happy birthday Victoria!

  74. Paul from Australia says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria. It was wonderful to see you as a real person after taking in the inspiration, healing and health benefits of your green smoothies from “Green for Life”.

    The wierdest smoothies that I have made? For a start I use a juicer and recombine the pulp as I haven’t got around to buying a good powerful blender (still seems to work), then when I put beetroot greens, carrot, apple, tomato and other stuff in, the color is vile, then the texture of stringy beetroot stalks, lumpy tomato seeds and apple pulp makes for a very unattractive smoothie.

    I am more careful about combinations now, as I don’t want to turn my wife and kids off the idea.

    Once again, happy birthday Victoria!!

  75. Linda says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria! I have several of your books and love them. Already preordered the new smoothie one and am exited it’s on the way.

    I haven’t been adventurous yet with my smoothies. Just simple and yummy!

    Great show! I love it when I can learn and laugh at the same time !


  76. Michael T. says:

    Thanks for the good show.

    Regarding weight gain, it looks like Victoria has low thyroid function. A low thyroid condition would be made worse by eating raw cruciferous veggies.

    Many of the greens that Victoria recommends, such as kale, collards, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, etc., are cruciferous, and they have a chemical in them which blocks thyroid hormone synthesis.

    People with low thyroid function really ought to cook these veggies. Even lightly steaming them is said to inactivate the problem chemical.

    Here is some important information regarding how cruciferous vegetables can interfere with thyroid function:


    Kevin, this kind of information is important. People need to understand that raw is not necessarily better than cooked. I am all in favor of eating high raw, but people should know which foods are better cooked.

    People who have a hard time losing weight or feel cold most of the time probably have low thyroid function, and they ought to be cooking their cruciferous veggies.

    Michael T.

  77. Michael T. says:

    Here is the link I referred to above:

    For some reason, it was deleted from my post.

    Or, do your own research. Just google cruciferous vegetables thyroid function.

  78. Linda says:

    Happy Birthday Victoria!

    Thank you SO much for the wonderful research that you do.

    I don’t recall putting anything weird in my smoothies.

  79. Maryam says:

    Michael T,
    If a thyroid deficiency is treated, this should not cause a problem.
    I suppose it would if a person was eating a very high volume of crucifers and the wrong diet, and not exercising while having an untreated thyroid problem, it could.
    But it seems to me the benefits of a raw diet even with lots of brassicas would outweigh any thryoid supressing effects of brassica consumption.
    The benefits of cruciferous vegetables eaten raw are so numerous it would seem unwise to limit their use, and it would take a lot of concentrated extracts of these foods to supress thryoid function, like they do in lab rats.
    Btw fermenting these foods also eliminates the effects of the goitrogens.

  80. Bette says:

    Hmmmm thyroid not functioning. I always wonder why I see raw foodists with extra weight. I only shrink and shrink. And I have to say it, especially Victoria with all the green smoothies she does.

    For me, I want a health advocate that I will see sheer health. Weight does not speak health to me. My opinion.

    I know thin people who are not healthy for sure too.

  81. Bette says:

    Forgot to say….weirdest ingredient (not so weird )and not in smoothie but in juice was radish sprouts…was so hot it hurt my stomach….pain oh my!

  82. Deanna says:

    I really enjoyed this show. I can’t think of anything to weird that i’ve put in a smoothie. Maybe hemp seeds might be weird for people who don’t know about them. Thanks for your shows.


  83. Beth says:

    I haven’t put anything “weird” into a smoothie yet. But once I put in too my chard and it was too bitter for my taste. I managed to get it all down, slowly throughout the day. Can’t waste a green smoothie 🙂

  84. James says:

    Her step by step book looked interesting especially for someone like me.

  85. Delicia McEvilly says:

    Hope you had a great birthday, Victoria! Sorry about the belated wishes; didn’t get to my e-mail until this morning.
    Loved the interview. I usually like to alternate between green juice and green smoothies. I enjoy both but do feel more sustained when drinking smoothies. Summer allows me more time to make juice and during the school year a smoothie is faster to make. My colleagues at work tease me every day–but I’m older than all of them AND healthier, as well.
    Kevin, the interview was wonderful and Victoria, the information was great. Thank you both.

  86. Ariel says:

    Whether we’re on a health forum or not, we should all try to be more tactful about weight issues. Victoria Boutenko is a lovely women full of kind words and smart ideas, but raw or not, her weight is none of our business if she hasnt mentioned it.

    Different circumstances and experiments may change our health and appearance from time to time- we wouldnt dream of holding it against Kevin when he got lyme disease! Like all of us, Victoria is on a lifelong health journey.
    We should let go of the attitude of “you appear less than perfect, why should i listen to you?”
    Victoria has helped many on her journey to health and cured her family miraculously. She writes great, inspiring books that have been invaluable to me in my transition and countless others, i’m sure.

    Let us remember that without kindness, all the raw in the world wont mean anything.

    PS Does anyone know what nutrients are in avocado pits?

    Great show!

  87. Susan says:

    What a great segement. Looking forward to learning about her new books this coming week. Can’t speak to anything weird in my smoothies but today I had a Grand Slam from Arden’s Gardens here in Atlanta. It’s four shots – one each of wheat grass, ginger, cranberry and lemon. It sure wakes up the senses and I notice a difference within 30 min. or so if I wasn’t feeling too good beforehand.

    I also support the comments about more love and acceptance and less criticism of others.

  88. Cherie says:

    Happy Birthday Mrs B!

  89. Maryam says:

    It is our business, because she is presenting herself to the public and to her paying audience as an expert in the business of health and wellness.
    I think it’s fair and reasonable for her to expect people to ask her about her weight problem!
    Lyme disease is hardly a good comparison, you don’t “catch” a weight problem from a virus.
    It’s something a person has a great deal of control over.
    No one is holding it against her, we’re just asking for an explanation.
    Either A. She is living the raw food lifestyle and drinking green smoothies but despite that is still over fat and unfit, in which case, I want to learn why, and can I expect to gain weight also?
    Or B. She is extolling the virtues of this lifestyle for a living but not practicing it herself.
    Her readership deserves to know.
    I do respect Victoria and admire her work, however, I would respect her more if she would deal with this question once and for all!
    Yes it’s a lifelong journey, but she is teaching this lifestyle to others and basing it on her personal experience of the last ten years.
    Is this a case of the blind leading the blind or what?
    Meaning no disrespect, nor meaning to be tactless, I just think a lot of people would like to know what she has to say about it.
    Many raw foodists are dealing with weight problems and perhaps she can shed some light on this that would even help others?
    The important question is, if she can’t help herself to achieve health and wellness with what she is teaching, how can anyone who follows her advice expect to be helped by it?

  90. Ariel says:

    Maryam- you bring up some good points. It would be nice if she would address weight issues on raw food -not necesarily her own- because everyone is different even according to the same diet. No matter how clean the diet and lifestyle there are many other factors to consider: thyroid as you have said, stubborn genetics, etc.

    I wouldnt go so far as to say we should hold her responsible for being overweight. I only hold her responsible for the validity of her information and thouroughness of her research.
    Since she is not addressing the subject of her weight, its possible that she feels uncomfortable doing so and so it may be hurtful when people address it for her.
    It can’t be easy to be in the spotlight.

    Anyway, my main problem was that some of the comments seemed rude, and could have been presented more tactfully.

  91. Rich Wilkins says:

    I unknowningly blended the small white packet that is used to absorb moisture from the spiralina bottle. Not good. Happy B Day. Thanks for the show Kevin.

  92. Wendy says:

    Hey everyone,
    i missed your b’day Victoria,but i am a total convert.sentyour 1st green smoothie book to my mum,and eagerly awaiting the new one.
    Just wanted to add,don’t use arm pits instead of avocado ones..i tried it,and it didn’t taste too good.

  93. Sam says:

    Happy belated birthday Victoria.

    The oxidation information explained a lot to me. I bought a VitaMix years ago, and they suggested using it to make drinks. However, we’ve all heard for years how wonderful juice is for us. Every time I’ve ever juiced, I see all the wonderful fiber being tossed away, and kept thinking something isn’t right here. After hearing Victoria explain the VitaMix vs juicer and what the difference in in the oxidation process, I now see it so differently, and will start making veggie smoothies. Up until now, my smoothies have only been fruit smoothies made with protein powder, yogurt, and fruit. Thanks for this information.

  94. debra says:


    Remember, the images you see in the media are not the norm for women. Look back at some old movies. Notice Marilyn Monroe’s thighs. She had curves and bumps. That’s normal, not the sculpted hard cord-like limbs of the movie stars today. They spend many hours and much money on physical appearance. Madison Avenue has sold us the thin is better myth. A normal woman as she matures becomes curvy and some of us even curvier -especially after expanding to make room for carrying babies. So lighten up, inside!

    Now, that said, I have to agree that every one has to find the right ratio of raw veggies and fruits for their body type. We are not all created equal. No diet can be mandated as suitable for all body types, climes, or metabolisms. I’ve found that I become too thin on all raw and must eat some cooked veggies and hearty soups like mung dahl in the winter if I want to be healthy and energetic. So find out what’s optimal for you, exercise regularly, and be beautiful from the inside out.


  95. hyesun says:

    i put garlic, green onions and raw egg in mine!!

  96. Nick says:

    Not to be rude. So apologies in advance.

    But, doesn’t this lady look over weight and not particularly healthy?


  97. k says:

    I agree with Maryam. In her recent interview with Matt Monarch I think Victoria was being dishonest. She says she lives on steamed greens, sunflower seeds, no nuts, no salt, and all she uses for her salad dressing is lemon juice and water. I think it’s naive to think that’s not dishonest. The perfect image mentality that motivated her to say that statement I think is part of the problem. Real raw foodists like Matt and Angela are better to learn from because they show how to implement a raw food lifestyle in the real world. They are more raw than Victoria but they eat carob fudge and nuts every once in a while. I appreciate their transparency. I don’t like Victoria’s dishonesty but I think her books are still great. She doesn’t practice what she preaches but she preaches the truth. Others, though, who are raw in actuality like Matt and Angela, rawdawgrory, and others, are even better to learn from because they show what made them successful.

  98. I have to agree with K here.

    I love what Victoria teaches and drink smoothies every day but I do not think she is being honest about why she has gained weight.

    And, it is important to be honest about it because being overweight is not healthy and alot of people turn to raw food and green smoothies as a way to lose weight and become healthier as a result. If that’s not going to work, they let’s be upfront about that. We can still love Victoria and know the truth at the same time.

    I have heard her say on a podcast that when you start eating raw your metabolism speeds up and you drop alot of weight fast but then is slows down and you gain it all back — which is what happened to her. I don’t think I buy that because at the end of the day calories in, calories out is going to determine weight and eating raw provides the enzymes for a speedy metabolism.

    So, still confused over here and would love to understand what caused her to gain so much weight. I do not mean any disrespect to her and trying to be as tactful as possible but there has to be a open honest way this can be discussed.

  99. Julie says:

    I’ve had the same questions about Victoria’s weight, but I just wanted to note that a blanket statement that “overweight is unhealthy” seems a bit reductionist and problematic. We live in a society that values being underweight–so, truly, what is overweight? Yes, Victoria is by most definitions overweight, but its hard to judge why someone might be a certain weight. Perhaps she simply doesn’t exercise. One commenter mentioned something about calories in and calories out–perhaps she’s just got too many calories going in and she’s not actually lying about the food she eats, just the amounts and her calorie output.

    I lost my thyroid to cancer six years ago when I was nineteen and I’d already had an autoimmune thyroid disease since I was thirteen. I will probably always be “overweight” (though I am within normal BMI) no matter the exercise or food I eat. In fact, I found that being 100% raw caused me to gain weight as I was eating so much more food and so many foods like dates (typical of beginning raw fooders). I’m still in this adventure, though I’ve gone back to certain steamed foods and found that this is more effective for me. So here we have a paradox. Am I healthier being heavier and 100% raw or am I healthier being slightly less heavy and 70-80% raw?

    Just some food for thought. 🙂

  100. Leah says:

    Weirdest thing I ever put in a smoothie was a few handfuls of mung bean sprouts. Wasn’t a pleasant experience, they didnt blend well with the fruits like the greenery does!!

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