What enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 1

I’m going to write about the work of Dr. Edward Howell, who spent 20 years writing Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept.   I confess to reading the 170-page abridgement rather than the 700-page original work with 700 sources.   I’m abridging that book and other sources I’ve read on enzymes so in reading a…

defending that my diet’s not all raw

I read the raw foodists all the time (Patenaude, Wolfe, Boutenko, and lots more).   I think their diet is fantastic.   Sometimes I go all raw, for a few days, weeks, or even months.   I wouldn’t criticize anybody for a minute who wants to do it permanently, as some of my friends do–they…

The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 5

These are the last three of my general nutrition Top Shelf. (Then we go on to the best books about CLEANSING, the best books for PARENTS, and the best books on VEGETABLE GARDENING.)   Again, if you want to buy the book, click on it for a link to Amazon.   Steven Arlin’s Raw Power,…

What about OXALATES in spinach?

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Some people think you should lightly cook your spinach and other greens before eating them. Is it safe to eat them raw? Answer: This is an excerpt from Ch. 1 of my e-book, 12 Steps to Whole Foods.   It is both safe and good to eat spinach raw, which I have done…

Foods that cause constipation . . . part 2 of 9 about ELIMINATION

Yesterday, pee.   Today, poop. Green bowel movements are completely normal (that’s the plant fiber in all those greens  you’re eating!).   Take a look at the horse poo you see along the road, if you live where you can see horses.   It’s indicative of what they eat (alfalfa, all plant foods).   You…

sprouted quinoa salad recipe

A few days ago, I referenced a sprouted quinoa salad I made that my family loved, which I’ve typed for you here. Our next chapter is PLANT-BASED MAIN DISHES . . . to be released June 1 to the January 12 Steps subscribers. And in it, I introduce you to quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), one of…

Good, Better, Best: what should I put on my cereal?

***Note: I apologize to all those who have sent me unanswered email questions.   I am trying to get to them all.   FYI, I  prioritize what is blogged over what is emailed.   🙂   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What should I put on my cereal? Most people put fractionated (skim, 1%, or 2%) antibiotic- and…

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…

Teach children at home

Teach children at home, in age-appropriate ways, about nutrition, since that’s where most food prep and eating takes place anyway.I once taught my children about the three parts of a grain–the bran (fiber), the germ (vitamins), and the endosperm (the glue).I’ve told them that white bread throws away the two good parts and keeps only…