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organic vs. conventional potatoes

I’ve been grading papers for the university classes I teach.   A student of mine is the son of an Idaho farmer, and he makes a case that organic produce is not worth the money.   This is one of his arguments (edited for length):   “Technologies developed in recent years are amazingly efficient.   […]

GreenSmoothieGirl Does McDonalds

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We greensmoothiegirled this McD’s in Las Vegas.   That means we stopped to use the facilities but did not participate in the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Big Mac, fries, and a Coke) that comprises McDonalds Corporation.   (I know, we shouldn’t use the facilities if we’re not contributing to the company’s profitability, but I worked […]

One good thing

Hey Robyn, I just want to thank you for not focusing on what OTHER raw foods blogs tend to focus on.   They tend to bring me down with all this  talk about being kind to animals.   Of COURSE we should be kind to animals…however…there’s this dark heavy vibe that a lot of people […]

pain and misery at the happiest place on earth

There’s a lot of pain and misery at Disneyland, especially considering it’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth.   We had a blast there.   But every year, we observe more and more people in wheelchairs, very few of them elderly.   This year we saw rides stopped while obese people struggled to […]

Good, Better, Best . . . Part III

I have more stuff to say (and photos to blog) about traveling and eating right, but by request, I interrupt: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, will you please continue the good, better, best discussion, specifically covering pasta, seasonings, nut butters, and fats? Pasta: white-flour pasta doesn’t belong in the kitchen of a health-conscious cook. The more coarsely you […]

Eating right on vacation . . . part II

How do you spend your vacation dollars? This is my breakdown of vacation expenses for my family of six (not including boring stuff like gas):   Attractions: $729 Disneyland two days, $329 Universal Studios, $570 Wicked = $1,200 Bang for the buck:Lots of fun, family bonding time, and memories–PRICELESS Souvenirs:$28 Wicked CD, $40 t-shirts = […]

eating right on vacation . . . part I

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Nobody wants to slow down to eat, so we eat in line at Universal Studios.   My DH developed a new hobby: taking photos of us eating whole plant foods, with people in the photo eating more typical amusement-park, processed food.   Our children found this new hobby MUCH less amusing than we did.   […]

Tonya’s For Cryin’ Out Loud Onion Bread

This is a recipe Robyn made for traveling this week, contributed by 12 Stepper Tonya, whose husband loves to each this for lunch every day. Thanks, Tonya! For Cryin’ Out Loud Onion Bread/Crackers 3 large yellow onions 2 handfuls spinach 3 cups flaxseeds, ground in BlendTec 3 cups raw sunflower seeds ½ cup Bragg’s Liquid […]

Eating right, even at Disneyland

Hi, Ben here—GreenSmoothieGirl.com’s webmaster. Robyn’s on spring break in SoCal, seeing Wicked and doing the theme parks with her family. But she left me her list of what she packed, to give you some travel ideas. She keeps her family’s energy high and digestion strong on vacation, while saving money on restaurants, by packing this […]

Good, Better, Best . . . Part II

GRAINS Good: eat whole grains and quit eating white flour. Better: eat soaked whole grains (this requires planning a little ahead, as my cousin noted). Best: eat sprouted, raw nuts, seeds, and grains. SWEETENERS (Note, that I am uneasy about fructose, xylitol, “organic sugar,” or dehydrated cane juice crystals—ways to spend extra money on refined […]