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Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Thanks for your blog entry today about what you eat in a day, and when.   I had been wondering about that.   You should also let us know your beauty routine.   Do you use special facial cleaners or just simple products?   I’m wondering if you use Basic H.   Also, […]

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Cracking skin, what can I use?

Dear Robyn, I get cracking skin right around the front fo my thumb nail and it hurts.   Many times it bleeds or just makes big ridges like a deep valley.   It will heal up then occure again.   I wash my hands constantly due to three children and potty training.   Do you […]

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Good, Better, Best: Oils and Pastas

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What are the good oils, and what are the bad ones? And how about pasta? Oils Worst oils: shortening, lard, margarine. Also refined canola, safflower, vegetable, soy, peanut, corn oils. Good oils: unrefined almond, borage, evening primrose, cod liver, butter (in small amounts) Better oils: coconut, flaxseed, palm, extra virgin olive oils Best […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 2 of 2

THINGS I BUY AT COSTCO:   $25.50 olive oil (two 2-ltr. Bottles) or $13 for 1.5 ltr. bottle of organic $11 34-oz. balsamic vinegar $7.50 for two jars of 28-oz. natural, organic peanut butter $5.70   giant box of Grape Nuts (64 oz.) (for emergency or traveling breakfasts)   THINGS I BUY OTHER PLACES:   […]

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High-nutrition items’ price points . . . part 1 of 2

I’ve been asked for a list of prices I pay for high-nutrition items you will want to buy regularly if you’re maximizing fresh produce and whole plant foods in your diet.   These are my “staples” that you’ll notice are rather different from what’s in most pantries (or long-term food storage).   Buying agave or […]

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Quinoa cookies

Brigham Young University’s alumni magazine just ran a story on some researchers who are distributing quinoa cookies to starving populations. The idea is that quinoa is a very nutritious food that is high in protein, important for people in third-world countries. 12 Stepper Kris and I have altered the recipe that ran in that publication […]

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Bood, 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 […]

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pink hummus quesadillas . . . yum!

My friend Cheryl  was all excited the other day about this recipe she made up.   I played with it some because it had no measurements, made the hummus sprouted/live, and my family loves it–enjoy!       Pink Hummus Quesadillas If you fry these until barely crispy on both sides, the live, sprouted nutrition […]

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sweet potato fries

So I wrote recently about the fabulous raw sweet potato  spears you can get at Costo now!   And even though I rolled my eyes at the lady on the way out of the store who told me to DEEP FRY THEM, it did give me an idea.   I put ¼ cup of coconut […]

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eating healthy while traveling

I’m back from a fun trip down south for a baseball tournament in the sun.   I tried a tip from a woman who attended my nutrition class the night before I left–to use coconut oil instead of sunscreen.   She says it works.   (It seems rather counterintuitive–isn’t coconut oil in tanning lotions used […]

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