Coming out of the (McDonald’s) closet, part 2

Well, it’s a fact, I was a McDonald’s employee, and here’s a photo to prove it, circa 1984, Springfield, Virginia–orangey polyester and all. Don’t I look enthusiastic?

Thanks, Chuck, for reviving one of my ugliest (in more ways than one) secrets.

I can honestly say that I have not eaten a meal at McDonald’s since I quit working there in 1985!

Robyn McDonalds employee

coming out of the closet

Haha, that got your attention, didn’t it? So I was facebook “friended” by an old high school friend yesterday, Chuck. (He thinks we dated but I don’t remember that. We grew up in Northern Virginia but now, funny enough, live a few blocks from each other in Utah.)

Anyway, he said this highly threatening thing to me, and I thought I’d better pre-empt public exposure by getting ahead of it and “outing” myself–here’s what he wrote:


Yes, it’s true. That was my first job. I was 16 years old and I schlepped greasy fries and instantly/chemically-frozen “ice cream” and shakes to the unsuspecting American public. Also burgers that I counted 20+ ingredients listed on the boxes of frozen patties.   Chuck worked there with me.

We used to go into the freezer and throw the patties against the wall as hard as we could. Never did break one. (Yes, I was an OUTSTANDING employee. Perhaps this is why I now find it almost imperative to work for myself.)

I’m super excited for Chuck to scan that photo and send it to me or post it on Facebook or whatever. NOT.

Isn’t it funny how life does a 180 sometimes? I told Chuck of the public damage that photo could do based on my current life choices and professional direction and books authored . . . I am not entirely certain, but that may have just goaded him into coming up with all kinds of ways to torment me with the alleged photo.

raw food made easy: new vids on the site

How do you make decisions about whether to buy organic or not? What do you choose in the greens section of the grocery stores where you shop? How much do you pay? What do I do with the rest of the plant when I buy root vegetables? What are some new things you can put in your smoothies when you get bored?

Check out my two new videos now on the site addressing these issues and giving you a tour through the produce section of one of my favorite local stores:

My favorite part is where I randomly (I did not plan it, I promise) make friends with an elderly shopper named Elizabeth and sell her on raw food made easy with the green smoothie habit. (Don’t chase people down at your grocery store who look like they need help. They won’t appreciate it. But when you are making a video in the grocery store with a film crew, and someone expresses interest, open your mouth and start talking, because you just might be in her path for a reason that day!) :-)

Here’s the green smoothie recipe I almost always use!

Here’s my everyday green smoothie “template” recipe.   It allows you to use virtually any green, and any fruit, maximizing the greens.   Enjoy!

Robyn’s Green Smoothie Template Recipe

Makes 8 cups of 100% raw smoothie.

Put 2 1/2 cups filtered water in the BlendTec Total Blender.

Optionally, add:

  • ½ tsp. stevia (herbal sweetener) or ¼ cup raw, organic agave nectar (low glycemic index)
  • ¼ whole lemon, including peel (anti-skin cancer, high in flavanoids)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh, refrigerated flax oil (omega-3 rich oil)

Gradually add greens until, briefly pureed, the mixture comes up the 5-cup line (or less if you are “converting”):

  • ¾ to 1 lb. raw, washed greens, added up to 5 ½ cup linespinach, chard, kale, collards

Puree greens mixture for 90 seconds until very smooth.

Gradually add fruit until the container is very full, blend 90 seconds or until smooth:

  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • any other fruit to taste: pears, peaches, apples, oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple

Make a full blender and you’ll have some to drink, and some to share. I know from my research that 84 percent of my readers who have adopted a green-smoothie habit are teaching others about it!

That’s your goal for today!
To Your Health,
–Robyn Openshaw


p.s. Tips: For beginners and those trying to convert children, consider using LESS greens and MORE fruit (especially berries and bananas) in the beginning, gradually working up to a 50/50 ratio as described here. With kids, consider using only spinach the first few days, then sneak in chard, collards, and kale, the other mild but excellent greens gradually. Add other savory or bitter greens only when your family are “experts” in green smoothies! Add a bit more water if you feel the smoothie is too thick.

I also have a collection on the site of 230 green smoothie recipes, most of which were contributed as “favorites” by readers! Check it out.