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you have the face you deserve

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, is that photo on the homepage really you at 41, or is it an old photo like Ann Landers used to use?   Did you retouch the photo? A: I shouldn’t even run this question, because it’s so self-serving.   But it comes from a European reader, and it’s funny, no?   […]

iron supplements

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, my little girl is anemic and also has been constipated for years. She is taking a prescription iron supplement and also Miralax. Couldn’t I tweak her diet for better iron absorption or something without overloading her on beef, liver, etc?  A:   You’ve read about the beef recall. I would skip the […]

a day in the life . . .

Q:   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I’m trying to figure out what to feed my family, now that we’re committed to eating right, so I’m wondering what your family eats every day.   Could you just give me like  a “day in the life . . .”? A: Sure.   It’s not that this is the ultimate […]

sprouting seeds and nuts

Q: ABOUT SEEDS: In your granola recipe, you indicate soaking sunflower/pumpkin seeds overnight makes them living plants.   I had understood this (making them living plants) didn’t happen until you could see the beginning of sprouting.   Can you do this with flax seeds, soak them overnight and add them to the green smoothie?   […]

Probiotics and digestive enzymes

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl,  what’s a good probiotic/enzyme you recommend? A: Probiotics and enzymes are two different things.   I like Pharmanex’s probiotic called ProBio because their scientists, whom I know and trust, have isolated a proprietary strain that supports all the others.   I can obtain these at wholesale cost for anyone who writes me, […]

kefir grains

The next three days, I’m going to post some Q&A on subjects related to my recipe collection.   These are questions some  truth-seeking readers have asked: Q: ABOUT KEFIR GRAINS: I understand they are “friendly bacteria” that “keep on giving.”   They ferment milk into living organisms right?   Therefore, do they live indefinitely, and […]

young people with heart disease

Every semester, I have my Management Communications 320 students do an online writing assignment on a company discussion board.   I give them a case involving discussion of an elementary school’s parent-teacher organization’s proposal for a new hot-lunch menu sponsored by fast-food chains.   This case is based on my own real-life experience with my […]

School lunch nutrition

Today was Go to Junior High With Your Child day.   It’s hard to describe the level of enthusiasm Kincade expressed when I told him I was going to spend my birthday with him at his school, but I’ll try: eyes rolling, mouth hanging open, slumping.   “No! Seriously? Mom! You wouldn’t!” I have developed […]

natural cold remedies

I have a cold.   And I’m happy about it.   Lest you think I’m sick in more ways than one, let me explain. Many experts say you need to get a cold now and then (once or twice a year), so you don’t need to think of getting a cold as a failure of […]

blending vs. juicing

I’ve had three people email me the past week to ask why you’d blend smoothies, rather than juice your fruits and vegetables.   So here’s why, for anyone else wondering. First, on a practical level, if you’ve ever operated a juicer, you know what a mess the cleanup is.   Even those of us quite […]