Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Song–and me, giving her props

When my book The Green Smoothies Diet came out, last year, I got an email saying, “Who do you think you are? Victoria Boutenko invented the green smoothie! You owe her some credit!”

In fact, I give V. Boutenko, one of my heroes, credit every single time I speak. (Back me up here, if you’ve been to my classes?) Also I give her credit in my books. I love her, own every one of her book and her kids’ book, too. I want to give her a shout-out here, as I hear she is going through a very trying time because of her divorce.

Here is a goofy, sweet YouTube video she and her daughter Valya did, where she sings a song about green smoothies. I laughed all the way through it. (Maybe since I’ve been accused of being her lackey, I’ll do a song too—but it’ll be all edgy and rap):

Victoria, please know I think you’re so cute for doing that video. Thanks for your impressive and tireless efforts to educate people about the benefits of a raw, plant-based diet.

Here’s a video I made to give you the credit you deserve. Victoras Kulvinskas and others like Ann Wigmore may have “invented” ideas decades ago that led to the green smoothie concept. But, for the record, I think you’re a pioneer, and today I want to say, thank you and God bless you through this difficult time in your life.

If you don’t hate your book by the time it’s published….

Today I dropped my high-school junior off at school with his just-completed, illustrated children’s book. The assignment was to find out the favorite and least-favorite things of a five-year old and write/illustrate a book about it.

Considering the COMPLETE lack of artistic talent in this family, I was impressed with Cade’s final product. The book was something about Batman doing battle with an army of killer zombie carrots. (I’ll let you guess which the little boy likes and which he doesn’t, between Batman and carrots.)

Cade was grumbling on the way to school today about how much he hates his book. My comment: “I always say that if you don’t hate your book by the time it’s published, you didn’t write a good book. So that’s a good sign.”

(You’re sick of it. You’ve read it until you’re blue in the face. Any other authors can weigh in here.)

Ironically, I got a call this afternoon that the proof of The Adventures of Junk Food Dude was here! I’m now proudly carrying it around with me. One of the owners of The Good Earth just came over to my house to pick up 12 Steps courses and books, and I practically forced him to read the whole book.

I was telling Cade this morning that I want to show him the book when I got the proof. I’ve had enough space from it that I don’t mind looking at it anymore. He said, “Yeah. Well. That’s because YOU didn’t have to illustrate it!”

True enough. Lori Sume, my illustrator, you are so creative and artistic, I just love you. You worked so hard.

Can’t wait for y’all to see the book, which is maybe my favorite thing I’ve ever done. A few weeks now!


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!

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!!

My friend drinks green smoothies, loses weight, addresses diabetic issues

I have a close friend who rents my basement apartment. Jean is a 46-year old mom of 3 and a Type 1 diabetic since age 16. As with all of my friends, I never undertook to try to convince her to eat whole foods, but she’s in my kitchen a lot and sees what I do. And eventually almost everyone tries it–at LEAST the green smoothie habit, and most of them even more of my lifestyle habits. I have quite an army of friends and ex-boyfriends who make green smoothies regularly and tell me they’ll never give that up.

One of the most common questions I get is, “How can I get my [sister] (insert name of someone close to you) on board?” And of course I have detailed answers to that in the 12 Steps Intro, regarding your kids and spouse. But my general answer is, “You don’t.”

You can’t change what someone else eats. A minority of people would rather die than eat right. But lots of people WILL change, just by watching you and seeing the results. Example is so much more powerful than lectures.

So this weekend Jean was sitting in my kitchen while I was testing recipes for Junk Food Dude’s Yummy Healthy Recipes, which you can pre-order now. It’s a companion to The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, which is being printed right now, and I found a way to reduce the price of the hardback book by $4! Yay!

We were talking about why she left yoga early that morning. And her insulin pump started beeping right about then. She got it out and squeezed it a few times to eat the “mashed potatoes” (featuring cauliflower and spinach) that she’d just tasted and wanted a bowl of.

My son Tennyson was in the room, so I asked Jean to show him her pump and tell him about diabetes. I asked Ten if he has noticed Jean pricking her finger to test her blood, when she sits with us at church, and he nodded. “I have to do that 20 or 25 times a day,” she told him.

“And what happens if your blood sugar is low?” I asked. (All in the name of instructing Tennyson–I would talk to him later about what causes Type 2 diabetes.)

“I have to eat a piece of candy,” she said.


“Or a piece of fruit?” I suggested. “Yes, even better,” she said.

So we were talking about how she sometimes has to leave yoga (we go to the same class on Saturdays at the gym), because her blood pressure is too low, and yesterday she had a lot of muscle fatigue and just couldn’t finish.

She said to Tennyson, “I used to feel like that a LOT, until I started drinking green smoothies, and it almost never happens now.” I asked her what other health benefits she noticed, and she said, “More energy and I lost weight.”

Good stuff. I’ll post more green-smoothie mustache photos and testimonials sent by readers, soon!

The ending of Junk Food Dude!

Here’s the end of my book, The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, with a little

activity for kids to review what foods are positive and negative choices.

And a review of what the consequences are of making positive nutrition


We will also be publishing a companion recipe book,

Junk Food Dude’s

Yummy Healthy Recipes

My next blog post will be just a few of the spectacular photos from my

recipes in that book. Every recipe will have full-color photos that will

make children want to get in the kitchen and experiment with real, living

foods, and then eat those creations!