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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 […]

Vegetarian athletes

I don’t think anyone knows exactly what seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s diet is.   But if you read his story written by his nutrition coach, you know a couple of things.   First, he eats 70 percent carbs, 15 percent protein, and 15 percent fat.   You’d have a very hard time […]

The 247 lb. vegan

Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs is the NFL’s highest-paid tight end. He’s 6’5″ and weighs 247 lbs. In the off season last year, he went vegan after a health scare (Bell’s Palsy). His experience is interesting, since no study I am aware of compares how vegans can amass or maintain muscle mass compared […]

In Defense of Food

Journalist Michael Pollan researched nutrition for two years to write his new book, In Defense of Food. If you don’t have time to read it, he sums it all up in seven words (I *love* this): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He suggests you shop the periphery of grocery stores (fruits, vegetables, and […]

Eliminate junk food

On this next suggestion for helping kids to eat right, I’m going to mince no words: eliminate junk food. Get rid of the worst choices from your fridge and pantry. Just quit buying them, cold turkey. Especially soft drinks, processed meat (like hot dogs, bacon, and sausage), potato chips, and sugar. Life isn’t over or […]