Red Velvet Dessert Smoothie!

red velvet smoothieThis is a delicious, easy, and healthy dessert recipe, shared with us by GSGLife Instructor Heidi in Ohio, using her favorite GreenSmoothieGirl superfoods. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Dessert Smoothie

1 cup almond milk

1 cup coconut milk or coconut water

1/2 med sized beet (I love beets, so I use a whole med sized)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen cherries (about 10)

1 Tbsp honey or agave

1 tsp vanilla

flax-berries-720x7201 scoop GSG chocolate protein powder (organic, plant-based, raw, no isolates)

1 scoop GSG Chocolate Superfoods Greens (drink mix, organic and raw)

1 Tbsp GSG Life Sprouted Flax with Berries

Mix in a high-powered blender and enjoy!

Heidi F., Ohio, R.N.

GSGLife Instructor


A Healthy Gingerbread House?

holiday houseSo much of what happens at the holidays is beautiful, and creative and fun–and brings us down, after we eat it, susceptible to colds and flu, and lower energetically.

I started the GSG Detox early, on Dec. 27, due to my upcoming travel schedule. The live event starts Jan. 5! I eat healthier than 99% even during the holidays, but gosh, this year, so many parties, and so much temptation! (I still have four parties and business dinners in 2 weeks, even starting AFTER Christmas!)

What indulging I DID do, changed my energies. And after 36 hours on the detox, I texted my buddy, Melinda–always do the program with someone, for support and sharing the work–and said, “I feel like ME again!” She wrote back and said, “Me too! I woke up after 6 hours feeling awesome!” She lost 4 pounds in the first two days. WE LOVE THE GSG DETOX and hope you participate with us!

I was delighted to see this posted on my facebook page, from Village Green Network. Who says doing something yummy and fun, together as a family, can’t be good for you, too?

Can Easter be Sugar-Free?

Sugar Free Easter Baskets for my Kids

hug me don't eat meAs it turns out, you CAN do Easter without sugar.

I love to make my kids baskets of gifts on Valentine’s Day and Easter. There are plastic eggs in these baskets, which I filled with treats, but no candy with refined sugar or corn syrup. I get them in bulk at the health food store: carob raisins and nuts etc.

I fill baskets with lip gloss, socks and underwear, movies, toys, mugs and other festive little gifts. My kids don’t expect sugar in their baskets.

I once did what everyone else did, before I knew better–but kids can and do survive the shift to a healthier life.

I love you, Cade, Emma, Libby and Tenn! Enough to get creative with the holidays.

Happy Easter to you. He is Risen!


My fantasy Halloween


Matthew sent me this cartoon last week.

I wrote back: “I wish!”

If you’re a new reader, you might not know that I’ve tried lots of things to
deal with this holiday. I love the costumes and macabre fun, and hate the

What has worked best for my family is that my kids go trick-or-treating, and
when they come home, I pay them $20 for the privilege of throwing their
candy away. My kids have never balked at this—they like money more than

If you have very small children or don’t have kids yet, remember, it’s not
wrecking their childhood if you opt out of the candy-collecting part of the
holiday, unless you decide to take them door to door asking for junk food.

I was raised doing it. And then I’d be sick for weeks after Halloween. I
don’t know what’s good about that rotten tradition.

Some friends of mine take their kids out to dinner on Halloween every year,
opting out completely and making their own memories in a different way.


Birthdays don’t have to be corn syrup hell

This summer has been a whirlwind. Lots of activities and travel, and, oh I don’t even know why. BIRTHDAY SEASON has snuck up on me. That’s the three

weeks of August where ALL FOUR of my kids seem to require some attention, gifts, and a party.

The only pregnancies that “stuck” were the ones that commenced in November.

(I lost several along the way that were due when people PLAN pregnancies—in the spring!) Finally with my baby, Tennyson, we gave up on planning and just went with what worked: August babies.

So I rented Big Screen Game Center for a dozen boys to play video games on giant screens. We had the usual stuff everyone else serves at birthdays, except I also had a big veggie tray and Tennyson had to eat a boatload of veggies before eating the birthday pizza-and-cake. I didn’t do ice cream, soda, candy, or treat bags, or a piñata.

It still wasn’t good. I’m not proud. With Colorado right before, and Pacific Northwest right after, I didn’t pull off Chocolate Beet Cake this year. (Ch. 11 of 12 Steps.)

I did send the remainder of the pizza and cake home with the first parent to show up at the end of the party. I did manage to not eat any of it myself.

And Tennyson received, as gifts from friends, a bag of taffy, two

movie-sized boxes of candy, and a $10 Coldstone gift card.

Apparently it could have been worse. Dallin, who we once terrified by

driving down a steep hill and screaming, while pretending to lose control of

steering and brakes, said to me:

“This is the first birthday in two years that I HAVEN’T given the friend a

bunch of candy. My parents said it would be ‘inappropriate’ for your

child.'” LOL! Some people didn’t get that memo.

That’s okay. I bought the $10 Coldstone card from Tennyson.

Sheryl, my customer support manager, said, “Just regift it—isn’t the gift about what

the person wants, not what we want them to have?”

Yep. Done. I agree, and I’m not above regifting to a Coldstone fan.

But the candy? I paid Tenn $5 for the privilege of round-filing it, as you

can see here.

One boy heard me tell Tennyson the figure I would give him, and Tennyson’s

response. (“Cool.”) The boy, who knows that I give my kids $20 for their

Halloween candy for the privilege of getting drugs off the streets, asked:

“Do your kids ever get mad or refuse to let you buy their candy?”

Nope. They never have. They universally have preferred the buying power of

$20 over a bunch of junk. Plus I’ve done this their whole lives.

This is why I say in my lectures that the moms of young children have all

the power.

If you buy and feed your kids sugar, you lose that power. They’ll demand it,

regularly, forever. Nag, whine, drama. They know they can work you over.

In my house, there simply isn’t any sugar or white flour. We do have “fun

foods” sometimes—they just aren’t made with refined or processed garbage.

I think what they get at their dad’s house, at church, at school, at

parties, is excessive already. Why would I offer more of it in my HOME?

Just because we’ve lived another year doesn’t mean we have to make ourselves

depressed, fat, and fuzzy-headed with high-fructose corn syrup. (That’s the

main ingredient in all three candy varieties currently at the bottom of my

office trashcan.)

I like Chocolate Beet Cake better than buttercream-frosting cakes anyway. If

you quit eating corn syrup (HFCS) for a period of time, even a few weeks,

and observe the reaction of your body and mind when you eat it again, you

will know with certainty how much your body hates it.

Your body loves you when you say no to HFCS. It’s not just highly refined,

acidic, high calorie, and zero nutrition—it’s also genetically modified.

It inflames your cells. It ages them, and it erodes your gut lining. I never eat it anymore.

Even before I undertook the One-Year $10,000 Sugar Bet with Matthew nearly

11 months ago, I’d completely quit eating HFCS. Not only do I academically

know too much about its detrimental effect on health, but it sends my

lifelong anxiety, completely under control on whole foods, into

instantaneous orbit. NOT WORTH IT!