A nutrition book for kids. What do you want in it?

Were any of you on GreenSmoothieGirl.com early enough to remember this photo of my daughter Emma, then 11 years old?

It used to be the concept the site revolved around. My original intent was to support moms in their quest to feed their families good nutrition even as the world they live in has made that very difficult.

My daughter was the “green smoothie girl” poster child I had in mind. She is now 14 and taller than I am at 5’9″.  Still lovely and healthy and enjoys green smoothies. She plans to try out for the soccer team of the state championship high school this fall.

As traffic on the site (and feedback) grew, I wanted to be more inclusive, as the moms on the site were joined by single people, grandparents, couples without children, and so many others whose health would benefit from a natural, mostly raw and plant-based diet. Others working with me convinced me to put my own photo up.

But I want to get back to the roots and possibly co-author a book with my teen daughter.   Any title ideas? I’m thinking something like this:

20 Reasons Why Kids Who Eat Right Kick Butt

Would you want your tween (age 10-15) to read a book focusing on the motivations compelling to that age group? A separate, illustrated book for the younger kids, may end up on my to-do list.

Obviously I have a lot of ideas of my own, but imagine this book containing the things you want YOUR kids to know. (Or grandkids, or any children in your life.) More and more dieticians/nutritionists are approached by desperate parents, saying, “Please help me teach this to my kid–she won’t listen to me!”

Those of you who have studied child development know that after the latency period of childhood (ending about age 12), the parent is no longer usually the pivotal influence. The peer group is. This, of course, makes me very motivated to reach the young moms who have the most influence, as well as control of the diet. But as kids leave home more often and are eating at school, friends’ homes, and social events, what might motivate them to choose natural, whole, raw plant foods? We can’t give up on nutrition just because a headstrong child has reached 13. Many parents are watching helplessly as their children slide into weight problems in middle school.

So imagine the book as an extension of your own pure motive to help your child eat a healthy diet. What should it cover?

You are always so helpful when you comment on my blog, so thanks so much for any feedback!

51 thoughts on “A nutrition book for kids. What do you want in it?

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  1. Testimonials from other kids that are doing it. The lack of peer support has made it hard on my children, to where they are stuffing away what they know is true.

  2. It probably wouldn’t be easy in a children’s book, but I think it is important that children understand the pressures from marketing. The “Got Milk?” campaign isn’t about health, it’s about selling milk. The food pyramid is more about not upsetting the industry than about eating healthy. It makes me mad that they teach this crap in school. I do my best at home to help my kids know the truth, but they still have to act like the food pyramid is healthy eating as they do their school assignments.

    I think a children’s healthy recipe book would be awesome, with filling recipes using a true variety of whole plant foods (especially common, easily available ones)– vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes and whole grains.

  3. Do what Jamie Oliver did. Show the kids how to cook their own nutritious meals with simple, do-able recipes in the book, with lots of pictures of kids doing it.

  4. I feel like we (our family) have a lot of head knowledge on why we should be eating differently, but less practical tips. We have a generation of parents now who have been raised on pop tarts for breakfast and hostess cakes in the lunch box. The healthy choice isn’t always the common sense choice now. I had to learn that boxed mac and cheese was not real food.

    So – if everything goes according to plan, I can get it together and feed our family right, but life rarely goes according to plan. I would love practical tips on things like when we are out running errands and it takes longer than normal and we need to grab lunch out. Also, I get in a rut and my kids get tired of quinoa and salad, or wraps.

    I think you do a great job of helping us with those things and you really bring it down to my level. I could just always use more. Maybe one day, I will be able to say I’ve got this figured out, but right now I’m loving all the help I can get.

    And – how fun is that writing a book with your daughter!

  5. I’ve found my kids are slowly understanding the WHY in choosing healthy foods as I discuss the epidemic of illness all around us including family members and recent deaths from disease- my kids are 4, 8 & 18. It’s terribly dramatic to learn this way but as a kid sugar and junk tastes good so they wonder -why can’t they have it? Well because it’s poisonous. It causes disease and a build up of toxins. I teach them to be well aware of anything healthy they might choose and to balance it big time in order to flush out those toxins so that they don’t build up. We only serve healthy food at home but when they are not with us or have a birthday party they need to understand what their choices will result in and thankfully, slowly they are noticing after eating bad foods how they feel afterward or seeing poor skin as a result. Teaching them why people develop disease and what foods will assist in avoiding them is necessary in my mind- don’t you think Robyn? They need motivation and a little fear to make different choices especially teenagers- and especially if you are like me and fed them “the wrong way” for more than half their life and have now made healthy changes. I am sensitive and careful how I communicate as well, of course and not saying anyone was careless and died cuz they ate poorly (most people are just uneducated as was I) but to point out the commonalities that are being discovered in poor diets that contribute to symptoms and disease as well as the incredible testimonies of reversing disease with diet changes. Thank you for your continued inspirations Robyn:)

  6. How to get schools to plant a garden and steps of what to do to get the ‘other’ classroom moms to jump on board to feed their kids healthier. It worked in my class to have my son bring his lunch everyday. He is now bringing other kids AND the teacher salads to school. He also tells them how to open coconuts, eats coconut meat yogurt that we make with a kefir mix and he also tells the kids about unpasturized raw almond butter. My son is making the almond butter now and making his own home made jelly at 6! He is the only 1st grader (in a special needs class, too) that was chosen in his school for a special art class and usually can name any kind of vege, herb or fruit that is shown to him.

  7. I think a companion DVD to go along with a cook book would be great. My kids get quite motivated to try new things when they see others eating and drinking healthy things like green smoothies. We watched Food, Inc. a few nights ago and after it was over my 9 year old son looked over at me and said, “Now I get it.” I asked “what?” He said, “Why you don’t want us to eat McDonald’s chicken nuggets.” I was thrilled with his revelation!

  8. My kids are 4 and 2. I’d love to have an illustrated health food book to read to them that teaches real nutrition with cause and effect and answering those “why” questions I constantly get. I have the Children’s Health Food Book, but you’re right that it is weird, and although it teaches to eat the right foods, the way that it sums up everything bad as mucus-creating and saying that mucus is the cause of all health problems is a bit oversimplified. I don’t want my kids to say weird stuff like that to other people – they’ll think we’re crazy and tune out the good advice that we have to offer.

    Thanks! I’m excited to see whatever you come out with.

  9. And what state championship school might that be? My daughter goes to Alta and they have been state champions 4 years in a row! We need your daughter! Hope you mean our school. I want her to teach our WHOLE TEAM how to eat right and how they could dominate with green smoothies and healthy eating!!!

    I love the title you already came up with. I like kick butt with diet!!!

    You have changed not only my immediate families eating and idea’s, but our extended family too. Look who you have helped!

    V, M, A, B, H, M, R, L, J, G, P, K, K, J, J, E, C, D, S, B, A, Z, and the list keeps growing!

  10. Robyn, This is a great idea! I have been taping the Jamie Oliver show to watch with my 9 year-old. My 6 and 3 year-olds won’t sit and watch it, but when my older child and I model good eating habits, they do pay attention. My 3 year-old had a playdate the other day, and her friend wanted me to cut off the peel of an (organic) apple. My 3 year-old said to her that she should eat it with the peel because it’s good for you. I was so proud! So our words do rub off!

  11. Mostly Robyn, I will always be so grateful to you for all that you have done to teach and promote healthy eating. I wish I would have been more curious and self-taught! Green smoothies have truly changed my life, and now I care so much more about the plight of animals being raised in factories etc. I cared first because I didn’t want to eat meat that has been treated with hormones and antibiotics, but I care now because of books you suggested, which lead me to even more books. It is so interesting how some people hear something good and they jump on it and how others do not care a single bit about my new found knowledge. For me the greatest thing about green smoothies is that once you have them you crave them, and once you have them, you don’t crave unhealthy foods. I am a new woman! Seriously!

  12. I’ve talked to my kids about healthy eating, and the big thing is to keep it simple. I would probably give a book that would draw the teens in and not the parents. Maybe more to the tune of 20 simple foods teens recommend. I don’t know. But, I’ve got two teens and one 9 year old and they like the simple fruit and veggie recipes. My daughter who is a freshman has turned form cooked whole foods to raw foods at lunch. She takes huge chunks of watermelon to school now that it is season and loves her fruits. I even make raw oat treats with coconut and cocao powder and cinnamon, etc. I think the more simple the better and showing photos of the teens/kids with hands on.

    Great idea though to get a book out directed at the kids and their health potential. And of course teaching them very directly and no sugar coating that any junk food is good, even in moderation I tell my kids it is fiberless and that is why they want to eat so much or wanted to. Now they tell me, they want food that fills them up and makes them feel alive.


  13. Hmm…well I only have a little 5 month old so far…but I think that there needs to be a more simple approach out there. I am currently working on a project that I hope will help more people (teens and children included) understand basic health and nutrition. It is a bit slow going right now but I am excited about it. Hopefully people in SA will discontinue their SOOS (same old obesity stunts) will my assistance. Heh heh

  14. Thanks so much Robyn for continuing to do what you are doing. I have two girls, 17 and 13. The older will not touch a green smoothie. The younger will only occasionally. Their diet consists mostly of cheese

    (Raw cheddar from Trader Joe’s) with a chaser of more cheese with bread. They’ll eat fruit only if I cut it up in lovely pieces and if not sweet enough, I’ll have to add stevia. I guess I’ve spoiled them in an effort to get some nutrition in to them. I do eat mostly raw and am still hoping they learn by osmosis as they will not tolerate any more nutrition info from me! I guess I came on too strong in the beginning and have now thoroughly turned them off. So as you can see, your timely book would be perfect. I will look forward to it — hopefully it won’t be too long in the making and testing of the recipes!

  15. Robyn – this is a great idea. I started on Green Smoothies 6 months ago for many reasons. Let’s say I took your test and scored a whopping 32!.

    6 months later, with excercise, I have lost 30+ lbs, dropped my cholesterol to 187 from 218, my BP to 117/70 from 134/84, etc. I have an 8 yr old son and 4 yr old daughter (who loves to help make the smoothies, then drink some!). We always talk about eating healthy and like most kids they ask their favorite question…why? My wife and I can generally answer but they are so inquisitive they would love to go through a book, with pics.

    Thanks for this site, I don’t see enough guys on it. Keep up the good work!

  16. What a great idea Robyn. I think it is very important for kids to not only hear about healthy eating from parents but also read about it and try their own recipes. I do not have kids but I think nice book with tons of pictures comparing bad food and healthy food next to each other would be great. Also teach kids how important it is to help out with preparing foods so they can learn not only names of vegetables, fruits but also how they feel, their texture etc.

    Anything and everything you do Robyn is going to help a lot of people and kids. (as it already has)

    It is a time to bring your classes to every school on daily bases.

  17. I asked my mom what she thought and she said, she thought the book should have lots of small sections like “the diary of a wimpy” kid, because that is popular and kids are more likely to read the book if the look and feel is trendy. She also thought having lots of pop-ups with facts and figures like in the “dummies” books would be nice because kids who aren’t interested could skip through them and kids who are really impressed by the facts and figures could still get the information.

    last but not least, humor is tough, but add it in however you can!

  18. It would be great having a book for kids. I’d try to integrate some recipes that kids know (i.e. pancakes, burgers, nachos, etc.) and make them healthy (i.e. whole grain pancakes made with almond milk, vegan burgers with guacomole, nachos with homemade raw salsa, etc.). Give the recipes interesting names and where possible lots of colors. Maybe some puzzles, games, or quizzes? Some expert advice from pediatricians, physical trainers, teachers, etc. as well as statistics on where healthy food has made a difference would be great.

  19. I think it’s a great idea! I don’t have a tween yet (mine is almost two) but I’ve already been thinking about how to keep her eating healthy as she grows older and has more to contend with than her grandmother trying to tempt her with chocolate, ice cream and lolly pops. Yes, please, please, I’d love a book.

  20. Please be sure to include FAST, EASY-to-PREPARE, foods that they can eat on the run (i.e., no refrigeration required) – after school, after sports practice, etc.

    Ideally, it would be food that they can prepare by themselves and it

    would be a big plus to have non-dairy suggestions.

    Thank you for considering such a desperately needed book!

  21. Give children the tools with which to make informed choices that are real in their world. Sort of the ability to discern & apply the concept of “good, better, best” & avoid the poor choices that are offered under the misleads of advertising (milk), what is ‘cool’, etc. That way they can make good choices when they are away from home without feeling odd or too restricted.

  22. Thanks Robyn, for trying to reach our children. It’s especially crucial for teenagers and young adults to maintain healthy diets during highly stressful high school and college years.

    My 17 year old son suffered a complete mental breakdown at the start of the last school year. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with a major mental illness – Schizo-affective disorder. I was told that he would probably be on medication for the rest of his life. (Risperdal and Adivan)

    To make a long story short. He is back to normal and off all medications. His miraculous recovery is solely the result of dietary changes and added supplements. He now starts every day with a few key vitamin supplements, omega 3 supplements and a wheatgrass/frozen fruit smoothie (sweetened with stevia and blue agave syrup). They taste wonderful! He also asks me for some “wheat-grass lemonade” every night.

    My son can see for himself how much better he feels and looks when he takes proper care of himself.

    I recommend that parents don’t send their kids to college without a Vita-mix blender and a steady supply of zip-lock bags full of fresh or frozen wheat grass for their smoothies.

  23. I would love to have a book that focused entirely on the do’s. Having struggled to overcome anorexia I’ve learned that when I shame something by saying it is a “bad” food I give it power to be used as an obsession. For example if I list all the foods besides milk that have Calcium in them and the foods that have Vitamin D, Silica, and Magnesium to help absorb calcium and make no mention of milk then I have countered the education of “got milk” with another viewpoint to give a balanced perspective that my children can use to make their decisions.

    I don’t want my kids to shame themselves by thinking they make “bad” food choices. Instead I want to inform them of all the benefits each whole food provides. And instead of all or nothing thinking (which is often involved in a control and release cylce of chaos) I want them to be well informed on the best times to indulge in the foods that are not nutritious, but just for fun. Like after a meal consisting of a a serving of a complex carb., a protien, a calcium rich food, a fat, and one or two servings of fruits and vegetables.

  24. Love all the ideas others have come up with! I’d like to add to the comment about real kids giving their testimonies: how about pic of the real life kid and the name of their home town? just so kids who read it will be able to connect better with a “Real” face and place.

    love the DVD idea too. again a better connection for kids who watch. How to’s, recipes, etc. are all wonderful ideas!

  25. Hi Robin,

    I am fairly new to this green smoothy deal. I have only been on it for 1.5 months and I must say, I feel so much better. I had major stomach problems and I was thinking I was alergic to everything. When in reality my body was telling me it could not take it any longer. Red Meats, Fast Foods and all the substitute that are in frozen quick meals. I have now got 1 of my daughters to drink 1 morning shake with me and I am slowing getting my teen agers to see how harmful those other foods are. I can’t wait to see how well I feel in 5 years from now. Thank you once again. I think you should partner somehow with Jamie Oliver. He is onto something great. I love how he exposes all that bad food to the parents and children across america.

  26. My grandson is 6 years old and has ADHD and getting him to eat right is a fighting battle. Ideas on what hyperactive children should be eating or doing to not take these horrific drugs they want to put these kids on.

  27. You’ve got a shot with the younger kids as far a book is concerned but tweens not so much. Perhaps an interactive wii type program that could teach while being fun and active at the same time would hold their attention.

  28. They need a way to eat without feeling too incredibly weird about the food they take for lunch. My kids have gotten comments for eating green peppers! They need creative/innovative ways to eat healthy but not be labeled as strange or “granola”. Recipes or ideas for things they can make and take, would be great.

  29. I raised 6 children on wholesome food. My kids ate alfalfa sprouts every day after school and I was not there to make them. they loved them and they ate them as a snack. I grew most of all of our food organically and they were involved in the process. They could tell the difference between ours and store bought. They have taught others how to cook and prepare healthy meals. They appreciate not having pimples, menstrual cramps and other teenage problems. My son had his wisdom teeth pulled and was back at school the next day. His friends thought that he did not have it done. Show them the rewards of good food and how to grow it. Store bought, even organic, is not perfect. i can taste the imbalances in nutrition and I starve all winter. Sprouts are the perfect fresh food in the winter since you can do it yourself.

    I have dealt with ADHD and Dr. Jon Wright gave him three supplements and he was calm in 24 hours!! Minerals and B vitamins are mostly the key but some may have heavy metal problems. Feed the brain with good essential fats also.

  30. Sounds great to me..I’ll take any help I can get for my 8yr old son. I do not get any support from his father on my nutritional beliefs, so any outside help would be nice.

  31. Love the idea. I don’t know any parent who doesn’t want to teach their kids about the benefits of a healthy diet.

  32. This is a very important topic to me, and I’d love any assistance I could get. My four teens don’t care about their future health. At this age they are invincible, so a book about why good health choices brings them benefits NOW would be compelling. I agree that a trendy format and title would be essential, but my kids would not buy the book with the title you suggested.

    My kids get teased a lot about the lunches they bring from school, so lunch ideas that look and are tasty enough that their friends-are-so-jealous-that-they-want-to-trade-lunches-with-them-but-can’t would be awesome.

    Helpful hints on how to politely handle social situations that involve food would be great. (What do you do if somebody hands you a donut? That kind of stuff.) Also, the food pyramid can be a hot topic if not handled properly, and once in awhile my kids will end up stumbling and accidentally end up in You’re wrong/I’m right wars with their friends. To make matters worse, they rarely have a good handle on the whys of good nutrition despite my valiant efforts to teach them, so they make claims to justify their odd eating habits and then have trouble substantiating them if they are different than what the rest of the world has been trained to believe. End result: Blame Mom. “I can’t help it, my mom makes me eat this stuff!”

    My kids love healthy and unhealthy foods. The biggest stumbling blocks for making wise choices are taste (face it–fat, salt and sugar taste good, while healthy food tastes, well, healthy!), a desire to be seen as normal, lack of convenience, and being plagued with a feeling of denial. That’s why we love green smoothies. They address all of these concerns. (Lunches at school are still a challenge. Anybody out there know of a spill-proof way of transporting green smoothies in a backpack?) My coping philosophy with my teens has been to fill them up with healthy food when they are in my presence and try to keep junk food out of the house. When they are full from a healthy meal, they only eat a few Cheetos instead of a whole bag. As a family we also cut loose on special days of celebration. That way they don’t view me as a bad guy who will never let them eat a Snickers bar.

  33. HI Robyn, This subject really gets me going. I’d love to have resources that teach our kids at their level. My kids are 7,9 and 11. They don’t need any baby talk, but long dry details won’t keep their attention either. They care a great deal about many subjects, but they want to get information quickly, or in short spurts. They want to know “why” a specific choice is bad, how bad, and how important it is to be “perfect” at it. They love anything fun and positive, although some scary drama about the nasty long-term effects of eating junk is also within thier scope of interest.

    I love your work, Nutrition and Health are my second love, so you’ll always have a fan here! Keep it up!

    Selah Cambias

  34. That is a wonderful idea Robin, my 13 year old just rolls his eyes when I remember him something about thinking what he is putting in his mouth, so I really need HELP!

  35. I’m a junior undergraduate English major, and I just took an adolescent lit class this semester, so this is pretty relevant to what I’ve been learning. A nutritional advice book for teens sounds like a fantastic idea, especially since I heard the frightening projection that this generation may not outlive their parents due to complications from obesity. Teens are especially targeted with junk food ads and the fast food mentality, so a book aimed at them would be super useful.

    I would recommend doing one of those turn-around books where half the book is aimed at guys and half the book is aimed at girls. This way, everything in each gender section will be relevant. In both sections you can talk about brain food and building muscle because many teens are concerned with those no matter what their gender. But there are also individual issues that you could address in a gender-divided book.

    Most of all, teens crave sincerity and things that are relevant to their lives. A book talking about food choices and why food is important in a language that is teen friendly, using a format engaging to teens would be a huge asset to the adolescent literature field.

    I would change the title to something a little less “textbook/boring magazine article” sounding. Sorry if I’m harsh. Perhaps something like, “You Want Me to Eat What?!” I would also change the book’s aim to hit the 15-18 crowd. Any younger than 15, and kids are usually at the mercy of their parent’s eating habits. After 15, when they’re driving, they have more say in what they eat, and it becomes more critical to convince them that a healthy diet is vital. Also, the older kids of that age group (17 and 18) are going to be going off to college where they will be entirely responsible for their own nutrition. This is a key turning point, and an opportunity to encourage healthy choices at college.

    Keep me posted on this. I would be very interested to see a book like this published.

    Again, that’s been my two cents. I’m considering charging for my ten cents.

  36. I am a Youth librarian who loves the idea of promoting health through great books for children. There aren’t many (good) nutricional books for kids. I think it would be a good idea to add “Green Roots” at the beginning of “20 Reasons Why Kids Who Eat Right Kick Butt.” Families always remember the first frase of book titles. Just an idea 🙂

  37. Yes the title has to be right…. for teens and even pre teens… “20 Reasons Why Kids Who Eat Right Kick Butt” probably loses the reader before the best part…”Kick Butt”

    There is a book in Australia called “If I eat another Carrot I’ll go Crazy” (not about raw foods but a bit of a non establishment look at heart disease reversal. “You want me to eat what?” has the same kind of attention grabbing effect… to me any way…

    Love the ideas about kids actually telling their own positive stories about healthy eating… peers listen to peers…

    DVD or links to utube of kids preparing fave healthy foods would be great too.

  38. From reading through all the comments and ideas, I see a series of kids eating healthy books coming, starting out with toddlers and going up to teens. Eventually adding more books for all the ages in between. Simple, colorful, educational, from growing the food to preparing it with lots of simple recipes that the kids can eventually prepare themselves. I love what Tonja’s son, at age six, is doing. How impressive! I’ve always thought that the youth is what will change society, from environmental issues to health and wellness and beyond. He is making a fantastic impact and he is just one child. If we start out with the youngest children, we can guide them so they do make intelligent decisions as they are exposed to peer pressure later on. Tonja’s son is creating peer pressure in a positive direction. How fantastic! If we could get all of our children creating that positive peer pressure from a young age on, we won’t have to worry about what will happen when they become teenagers because they will be the leaders setting healthy examples and educating those less fortunate.

    I have a one year old granddaughter that I would love to have a book to help teach her about the importance of healthy eating and why it is important to avoid the bad junk. A board book and/or pop up book with animated illustrations would be wonderful. As she passes through each stage, it would be great to have a book that would be age appropriate with new recipes and ideas in each.

    As Vivi says, there are virtually no good nutritional books for children out there and there is a huge need for them. I am looking forward to your books.

    I also think the parents of teenagers definitely need outside help for their teens eating choices and I liked Cora’s two cents worth of ideas on that.

  39. Robyn, I think this is a fantastic idea. I am working really hard with my 9 year old on changing our old habits and creating new ones. She voluntarily chose to be Vegetarian after me modeling it for several months and chooses mostly raw, fresh (local) vegan foods as well – HOWEVER – since making these changes she has really gotten a lot of ridicule from her friends at school who actually make fun of her for bringing “green smoothies” in her lunch or being a Vegan (one kid actually told the other kids that being Vegan was like being an alien????) She is given a hard time when she chooses water or brings rice milk to school instead of drinking the juice and whole milk (yes even in the 3rd grade they are still pushing these things) offered. I want to figure out how to make being healthy cool?? How to make her feel special and privileged to be making these choices. I would love a book by kids for kids that really help convince them why they should do this.

  40. This is a great idea. Our kids said it would be good to know how to handle being at a party when there aren’t many healthy options, good snacks to make. I think a book or videos where you or young adults talk directly to the kids would be good. I also agree with others about helping the kids see that it is cool and that they’ll be glad they are making these choices. Maybe what to do when they don’t like something at first.

  41. I’d also like to see information on what specific nutritional needs kids have as opposed to adults. Some of our kids have been experiencing hair loss (our 14 and 13 year old girls, and I’m not sure about my youngest girl, 8, and boy, 11), and I’m not sure if it is getting better or not. We’ve added beets to their green smoothies for iron, and flax oil for probably about two weeks. I’m not sure when we should expect to see a difference.

    When my husband talked to his doctor, the doctor was concerned that our kids might not be getting enough complete proteins or nutrients. He mentioned that a concern is that without the proper nutrients there could be liver damage, and this wouldn’t show up in the blood work until there is significant, irreversible damage. We eat peanut butter and whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, lots of lentils, beans and some tofu. So I’d really like to know how to solve our health problems (hair loss being a symptom of being nutrient deficient, I assume), and some specific advice of portions sizes and nutritional needs. It would be nice to be able to know what a vegan nutritionist would say to balance out what the mainstream doctors say. Do I need to be worried about liver damage?


    1. From the diet you describe, you may be eating better than most Americans, except you didn’t describe what I recommend eating MOST of: greens, vegetables, and fruits (in that order). THEN the legumes, whole grains, etc. that you list as parts of your diet.

      Liver damage from what? I would worry about liver damage from the toxic Standard American Diet. Stay out of the drive-thru and out of the middle of the grocery store.

      Two children are losing hair? I would ask if there’s an environmental factor–some kind of chemical exposure? Are they drinking tap water? What’s in your municipal water?

      Regular green smoothies will provide minerals to hopefully address hair loss issues, but if you’re eating refined sugar, it will slow mineral absorption significantly.

  42. Robyn – Very late to this thread, so don’t know if you’ll see this. But I’ve been doing something at work to make the green smoothies look amazing to people, and I think it might work for kids, too. At work I use an easy to carry around Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Belnder/Processor. Actually, I make all my smoothies with it – at home, too. Cost 30 bucks at Costco and pulverises veggies as well as a giant expensive blender. Since I don’t have kids, and my husband has no interest in GS (sadly) something that small works fine for me. Anyway, mix all your reds first (red cabbage, radishes, carrots, blueberries are what I use) and pour that in the glass – make enough to fill it half way. Then do your greens (usually romaine or spinach with a little banana) and pour that in slowly. It makes an awesome two-toned smoothie of beautiful, vibrant colors – the colors aren’t mixed and don’t muddy each other up to an icky brown. And each one comes out different. It reminds me of the old Big Stick frozen popsicles that had side by side colors – fun and pretty to look at.

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