Educate your kids about nutrition!

Here’s my video showing Tennyson why food matters in his life, and why he

should make good decisions about food.

He’s no different than you and me. He needs REASONS. And praise.

Here are my tips for teaching your kids–some I mention on the video, and

some you’ll just see me DOING:

1. Make it relevant to their lives. (In Ten’s case, link it to sports


2. Keep it short. (I didn’t do a good job of this in the video. This

was for your benefit to tell you a bunch of things you can say to YOUR


3. Make it interesting.

4. Make it visual.

5. Involve them. Ask them questions.

6. Avoid clichés like “eat your greens.” Tell them WHY eat greens.

7. Use car time. We spend a lot of time in the car. They’re trapped

there. So talk to them about things that matter when they can’t roll their

eyes and run away.

8. Ask them what they notice, when they eat right, and praise their

good choices!

26 thoughts on “Educate your kids about nutrition!

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  1. Such a great video! Thanks for sharing this. I have three boys and although they’re younger than your kids, I’ve been sharing all of the information you’ve discussed with them and think it’s so important to teach them the fundamentals of TRUE nutrition!

  2. This is great ! thankyou!, i have actually got my 11 year old son drinking green smoothies,my 8 year old daughter not so much, the slightest smell or even sight of them makes her want to throw up!!! lol, i will keep trying!!

  3. The video was great!! I am a grandmother and I am working at getting my grandchildren knowledgeable about eating right. I have found all your ideas very beneficial . Thanks! Keep up the good work.

  4. Great idea to do a video. Info was good. Almost impossible to hear Tennyson’s words. Please do it again with the mic much closer to him than you or get him to be louder and you quieter. I was a wee bit like a lecture, could you show it more as him helping you spread the healthy message.

    I have friends who have raw vegan kids and friends who have omniverous kids and the difference between the behaviour is amazing. Their ability to learn seems to be compromised by their behaviour. If only all kids could have the chance of the raw vegan diet the whole world would be a better place. Keep spreading the word.

  5. Hi Robyn,

    I’ve recently learned about and then tuned into your website (via the Green Smoothie Queen, Tera), and it is informative and also Down-To-Earth — which is the inspiring part. I love your 3 quart method — one immediately, one in fridge and one in freezer… And your Costco tips (you know, they have some organic greens!). You make it all seem quite possible, while you manage to raise 4 kids! So when I tell people about Green Smoothies, I always mention you and I say “and she has 4 kids at home!”. Really, if you can do it, anyone can.

    Now, the truth is, I’m 49, and I don’t even have kids, nor am I likely to have kids, but I think this is a GREAT video! I am often sharing info on Green Smoothies with my extended family, who live all over the East (MA, Virginia, North Carolina, PA) — One of my brothers has now had a quart a day since Dec 27th (our other brother gave him a VitaMix for Christmas!), and my brother-in-law now makes 64 ounces every morning and shares it with his son. I just visited an older sister on Cape Cod, took the VitaMix and a bunch of fruits, vegies, some figs and prunes, and I made lots of Green Smoothies… Her husband is more interested. Funny how in our family it is the men who are grabbing ahold of the Green Smoothie idea and running with it.

    So, I would not necessarily do a whole presentation for them, but still, this info (re; bones, and Coke, and calcium) is perfect for “kids of any age” (and all those siblings and in-laws are over 50! — and all are fairly active/athletic and would like to continue to be active and athletic).

    The bottom line is: Simple is good, visual is good — for all ages, I find. Really, we don’t need a million books on it (though I’m getting there) or a million emails (I’m there too) — we just need to DO IT!! That’s the challenge, and that is where your simplicity helps so much. I’m getting better and just making the smoothies and enjoying them, rather than reading about them and talking about them!

    thx for the info, and the example!


  6. Robyn thanks for sharing that!

    I’m slowing incorporating the green smoothies into my sons diet. He doesn’t complain too much and usually likes them but it’s great to be armed with more info to share with him.

  7. my 5 kids age 20 down to 9, will drink it about 40% of them time, mostly with bribes. But we’re working on it.

    However, my 13 and 9 year old passed up having cheetos at a bbq the other day. I was a few feet away and I heard them they say that junk food doesn’t taste right and makes them feel sick! Atleast they are starting to listen to their bodies!

  8. Robyn,

    I’ve only been doing green smoothies because I happened upon your website!! Thank goodness. I have to say I feel better than I have in a long time. I use your methods to instill the benefits of green smoothies to my HUSBAND!!! LOL. He has been receptive to supporting my efforts and reluctantly agreed to “participate”. He only drinks a pint a day, but he has been fastidious in doing so. He too has sung the praises of green smoothies and says he feels better. We both have arthritis and have been feeling much less pain. Thank you for your persistence and efforts in bringing nutrition knowledge to us all.


  9. Thanks, Robyn! I have a 10-year-old boy/sports fan, too, and notice he tunes out instantly when I try to talk about nutrition with him. He’s been living with his dad during the week because of school logistics, and Dad loves the “10 for 10” deals at the grocery store–10 bags of Oreos for $10! Who could pass that up!? Argh. But Cisco just came down with FOUR cavities (I made his dad get the mercury-free fillings, at least; didn’t press my luck on the BPA-filled amalgams), so my boy’s starting to see some real consequences to his dietary preferences. Will have a SHORT, non-lecturing talk with him this weekend, as I think he’ll be more open now…. Thanks for your work, and good luck with David Wolfe. Terrific!

  10. I’d repost this to my twitter feed and face book page. This info is so helpful to so many parents. Thanks Robin, and keep up the good work. It makes such a difference. I’ve gone through yet another winter season without my kids visiting the doctor once. I’ve burned up a few blenders, even a pretty expensive one. But even with those costs I’ve saved more with three healthy kids. I think I need to check out your blender next.

  11. Thanks Robyn! I always get sooo excited when I see you have a video about teaching children! It helps me to be inspired and no where to start with my own four children and two on the way! That is a BIG problem for me at my house it getting them on board with the way I think and why! Have you ever taught classes just for kids? I would love to bring mine. If you do please let me know we WILL be there! Thanks so much! Amy K

  12. Can’t wait for my kids to come home to share this with them!!! GO RED SOX!!! I live outside of Boston and am a true fan!! Hope that you enjoyed your visit to Fenway! I have 3 kids and the fruit is definitely key to “change the color” Thanks for all your info.

  13. This is a great video. It’s very relevant to me because I am exactly your age and my youngest son, Jared, is exactly Tennyson’s age and we ski together a lot. Jared is all about basketball (Go Jimmer) so the hard bone and soft bone discussion was very on-point. We watched this video right after Jared scared the daylights out of me by jumping OFF the trampoline. He landed it nicely, but I was not amused. Do more kids videos. That was great! Thanks Robyn.

  14. We just watched the video with Tennyson. We had a lot of reasons to talk about how it really helps. I take gymnastics and I eat a lot of salad and stuff and it has helped me be a better athlete and be easier to not drink so much cokes and stuff that make it hard to do it. (From Jana’s daughter)

    Thanks for the video. Hope you will do more of these! Great visuals! One thing we noticed is how kind you are to Tennyson, and how respectful. You obviously have a neat relationship. And Tennyson is obviously a great, nice kid! Tell him “thanks” for being on the video! (From Jana)

  15. Hi Robin: I loved the video as well as all your other informational videos. I think I’ll try it on my husband! Lol!

  16. Thank you Robyn. My 4 year old loved this and didn’t want to turn it off. It is great to have reinforcement from other sources and you are one of the best of those. Thanks!!

  17. I want to send this video to all my friends that drink gallons upon gallons of Diet Coke each week. I’m going to have my kids watch the video even though it doesn’t have the sound quality it needs. My 16 and 13 year old will drink one glass each morning of green smoothie – about 16 ozs but I can’t get my younger ones to drink it. I still pour them a glass each morning and hope they will eventually drink it. Thanks

  18. love the tutorial. I have 5 kids 17 to 2 and even though I have always eaten “healthy”, never so much as recently, and it has been a struggle to cook for the family and put up with the complaints. But there is so much info, it is difficult to teach by “drips”, though that is really what has to be done with kids. It helps to see it done, thanks.

  19. Very good illustrations. I love whatever you do. Keep up the good work. I love green smoothies. My children have both come and gone but now it’s the precious grandchildren. They are 7&4. They are learning, but it’s not easy when junk food is so around.

    I have a question in regards to breakfast. I heard you say some where that you have a special smoothie made with with beets in it. Can you share your breakfast? I love beets. I tried to make one but it was awful.
    Thanks Robyn

  20. Hi Robyn:

    My 15-year-old son and I just watched this wonderful video. While this is a subject he hears about often (and his green smoothie is often the color of Tennyson’s) :-), it was great for him to hear this valuable info from someone else, too!!! So, thanks a bunch for validating for him what he hears me talking about all the time!!! 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Green Smoothie Smiles,


  21. As a former P.E. & pre-school teacher I say yep, there is what is so desperately needed!! Helping kids realize they are responsible for the foods that go into their bodies too….especially as they are going outside the home more & more and making their own eating choices..

    Where is the purple smoothie recipe located? Haven’t seen that one in the books yet? Did I miss it? Or is it in the newest super smoothie recipe book? Wasn’t in the Super Dude book…did think you would have included one in the back of that book :(….

    good work…keep it going Robyn….

    Also a PhD candidate for Natural Health ……

  22. Thanks Robyn. Great information for those of us who are on board, but love the reasons behind it too.

    I have a question…Costco isn’t carrying the 40 oz bags of spinach anymore. Any suggestions? Have you switched to the organic. I just really really really loved the amazing price of the 40 oz bags and can’t find anything comparable now.


    1. We got those 40 oz. bags last week. Maybe they’ll come back where you are too? If not, well, we’ll pay more but it’ll be organic, which is GOOD.

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