Thursday, August 26, 2010

Green Smoothies!!!

Hi guys! Here is short article from Robyn Openshaw - aka Green Smoothie Girl-maybe you have

heard of her?? :) I have just recently found her and she has loads of knowledge to share!

Juicing, smoothies etc are a great way to get a ton of nutrients and to help your body detox all the junk out of it! so read up!

Green Smoothies

by Robyn Openshaw, The Green Smoothie Girl

Hello friends,

In my effort to teach people how to convert to a whole-foods, 60-80% raw, mostly plant-based diet, I've found one habit that I consider to be the highest and best use of your kitchen time.

Making a blenderful of green smoothie takes only 10 minutes a day. I recommend doing it first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from you. Then put it in quart or pint jars in the fridge. Take your quart (my daily recommendation) and a straw to work with you, or running errands.

A 96-oz. blenderful makes a quart for me, and a pint for each of my four children. That's 15 servings of greens and fruit for me, and 7.5 servings for them. Wow!

I prefer drinking my green smoothie at lunch because that's the meal people typically have no time to prepare. Consequently, it's the meal where we are most likely to eat "fast food" that lacks nutrition and fiber. The foods most Americans eat cause a big energy drain because the body has to work so hard to manufacture enzymes and break down heavy processed foods and animal proteins.

Even if you want something not particularly good for you at lunch, if you've filled your stomach up FIRST with high-nutrition greens and fruit (400 calories in a quart), you'll eat less of the inferior foods. And your blended greens provide external enzymes to break down other food.

Furthermore, you're going to see a stabilization of your energy and mood in the late afternoon. That's when many working people find that they need their productivity most - right as it fails them! Many turn to caffeine or other stimulants just to get through the day.

If your lunch nutrition includes large amounts of the highest-micronutrient foods on earth (greens), you will likely achieve radically improved energy. That may happen immediately. Or it may happen after giving the "cleansing reactions" a chance to subside, if you're new to green smoothies. (Eighteen percent of the 175 people in my study experienced temporary reactions such as headache or diarrhea. That's normal as your body recognizes excellent building materials coming in, and uses that opportunity to "clean house.")

In my research, 95.4% said green smoothies noticeably improved their health or quality of life! 84 percent were so excited, they taught others the habit! And the top benefits reported were more energy (85%), improved digestion (80%), fewer cravings for sweets and processed foods (65%), and weight loss (50%, with an average loss of 18 lbs.).

Search "green smoothie" on YouTube and see the phenomenon of well over 1,000 demos there--it's a hot topic! Mine is the top-viewed demo, and it takes only 3 minutes to watch.

To Your Health!

Robyn Openshaw

Robyn's Green Smoothie Template

Yield: 3 quarts


  • 2 ¾ cup water and ice
  • ¼ cup raw, organic stevia ( from the plant- not drops etc.. you can use those but keep in mind they are also highly processed)
  • Greens
  • Fruit


Add water, ice and stevia to blender.

Add greens and blend until smooth up to the 6-cup mark in the blender (VitaMix or BlendTec are best).

Greens can be spinach, collards, kale, chard, greens from turnips/beets, weeds like dandelion or purslane, or lettuces.

Add fruit and blend up to 9+ cups.

Fruit can be anything, though my favorites are 1-2 bananas, 2+ cups frozen mixed berries, and then whatever fruit I have on hand.

You can find more info about her book and recipes at or check out her blog for lots of great info here

Saturday, August 7, 2010

GaRlic... and such

I have a ton of fun stuff to share with you but I haven't the time right now so here is some great info and while the farmers markets are plentiful go stock up on GARLIC!!! Garlic is great in food of course BUT it also has a ton of medicinal properties, problem is that most any you buy from the store has come from China, which means it has been irradiated which means it still tastes good but most of its properties have been killed- so go stock up! For all the garlic info you may want to ever know go HERE (serious -I am talking Garlic symposiums etc.. this guy has a vast array of knowledge-his website is at the bottom of the link)
Garlic is great to know about in emergency cases, first aid kits etc.. For example.. my sweet mom got stung by a huge hornet out in the garden.
One of these nasty little guys.. She immediately got a huge welt- like 3 inches by 4 inches on her arm. SO she grabbed what was close- some fresh garlic! Rubbed it on the site and not only did it stop hurting but it also stopped swelling!
Go learn something new about Garlic today!

Almost Forgot....
I am starting a recipe exchange group.. a Healthy YUMMY recipe exchange :)
If you want in...send me your email and I shall add you!
once a month I will email you for any recipe ideas you might have- HEALTHY YUMMY recipes :) if you have some share... if you don't no worries! I will email them out to everyone once a month- don't feel like you have to contribute but if you have fun ideas please do SHARE!! I will try and add a couple a month too so we can build up our recipes and not get in a RUT! I have fun recipes but so do you guys!!! If you want to get in on this months send me your recipes by Aug 16th. If I get them afterwards I will just add them to the next months- this is an easy going group :)
no harsh deadlines or rules.

Also...I was planning on doing a oil class in the next few weeks but I am not sure I can squeeze it in before miss Indie gets here! I will let you know if anything changes but for now it probably will not be until feb or march. BUT I am doing an oil order so if are in need of something let me know - I will put it in Aug 16th- I just need to have your order and money by then- if you need prices, totals w/ shipping etc.. let me know!

That should be it.. have a great day!