may I publish YOUR child’s green smoothie mustache photo?

My favorite emails of all time (right up there with stories from those of you whose health has turned around from the green-smoothie habit) are GREEN SMOOTHIE MUSTACHE photos, of your cute kids.

We are in process of publishing on paper, with beautiful photography, these four books that have formerly been e-books:

Healthy Holiday Favorites (to release this week)

Robyn’s Healthy Favorite Family Favorites (probably the week after)

101 Healthy Lunch Ideas

The Big Book of Green Smoothies (230 recipes)

The last book is not only a lot of my recipes, but it’s a lot of yours too. We put it together a year or so ago, with contributions from many of you. Now we’re publishing it as a physical book.

I think I’m going to put some of the photos I’ve gotten from y’all, over the past few years. (I’m writing to those moms whose emails I saved, asking for permission.)

If you want to send me a photo of your child drinking a GS, or better yet, with a big cheesy grin and green mustache, please do! Support123@greensmoothiegirl.com

I’ll publish your first name, your child’s first name, and the state or country you’re from. If you write a little testimonial, I might publish that too. I’ve emailed some parents and grandparents who have sent me their beautiful children’s photos in the past two years. I’ve got permission from parents in Canada, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nebraska, Florida, Utah, Switzerland/Washington and California so far.

Be a part of inspiring other parents–thank you!!

more M.D. reaction to the China Study

I went to a baby shower, at a restaurant,  for one of my tennis teammates this week. I got to chatting with Sherston, whose husband is the orthopedic surgeon recommended to me recently on facebook. When I posted about my podiatrist wanting me to undergo surgery for my running- and tennis-induced plantar fasciitis.

(After reading that on facebook–thank you Becky, whose M.D. husband’s practice hosted my class recently–I told Sherston. Without my even asking, she  dialed her husband up on her cell phone after our workout–he has a 3-month wait list!–and put me on the phone with him to ask my questions.  Wow!)

Anyway, I loved Dr. Faux, because he advised heavily against surgery even though that’s what he does. (I wasn’t really considering it anyway, but that’s interesting when a surgeon says that the rate of complications for foot surgery is enormous, and suggests I do at least six months of physical therapy first.)

So back to the baby shower–Sherston saw what was on my plate and said, “Are you a vegetarian?” I answered, and  she said, “My husband [Dr. Faux] read The China Study and now he won’t eat meat or dairy products. I make it for dinner and he just skips it.”

I love when medical professionals are health-oriented, acknowledge the risks of very invasive procedures and drugs, and undertake lifestyle changes to prevent disease and promote health.

free movie: Food Inc. showing next Saturday

I mentioned seeing Food, Inc. (here on the blog) last year. Had to go to a seedy little theater an hour away to find it, as it was the only showing anywhere around here.

Because I’m steeped in this industry (counterculture, anti-S.A.D. nutrition) and have read widely on the subject, I didn’t see anything new in the film. For most of America, though, I believe it will be enlightening.

I was a bit disappointed. The film slams modern Goliath Monsanto (deservedly), modern agribusiness that has turned our food supply into a thousand permutations of corn and soy, and deplorable poultry/livestock practices. But then it doesn’t leave the viewer with anything uplifting to really DO about the problem.

However, it’s a good first step towards getting us away from accepting the offerings of fast food, refined food, and animal products in America.

I would absolutely recommend taking your child or teen for a primer on what has happened to food in America.

I was at The Good Earth today and a reader approached me about posting this on my blog:

You can see Food, Inc. for FREE on

May 15 (Sat.) from 1-4 p.m.
with a panel discussion with local chefs and area farmers afterward

At Meridian School in Orem, UT:
280 S. 400 E.

More info at meridianschool.org.

Coming out of the (McDonald’s) closet, part 2

Well, it’s a fact, I was a McDonald’s employee, and here’s a photo to prove it, circa 1984, Springfield, Virginia–orangey polyester and all. Don’t I look enthusiastic?

Thanks, Chuck, for reviving one of my ugliest (in more ways than one) secrets.

I can honestly say that I have not eaten a meal at McDonald’s since I quit working there in 1985!

Robyn McDonalds employee