Why I Love Young Moms

When I put GreenSmoothieGirl.com up in 2007, I was a married mother of 4 young kids. The oldest was 13, and the youngest was 6. Life changes, and sometimes it feels it’s at the speed of light. Parents often say to each other, “Where does the time go?” The purpose of the site was to share my story of switching from the Standard American Diet to a whole-foods diet. I wanted to share the good news of the powerful changes in my life. I hope my story and what I’ve learned have been of value to other parents. Young moms don’t know the power they have. This video is my love letter to you, now that I’m an older mother of adults and teens.

Robyn Openshaw

College students going green and getting healthy!

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Robyn with daughter Emma and friend Aaron at Rex Lee Race a Cure

I ran a 10K last Saturday with my daughter, Emma, and her friend Aaron, both former high school track stars. It was the Rex Lee race for a cure for cancer, a cold but sunny day here in Utah.

Cancer drug companies seem to have focused in on sponsoring these runs, to raise money for drug research. This is, of course, a great idea if you believe that injecting more chemicals into cancer patients will at some point result in a “cure.”

(The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The idea that toxic chemicals and burning rays could “cure” cancer has been an epic failure since it was introduced well over 50 years ago. Medicine will show you results that sound much more promising than that, with specific treatments and specific cancers. But overall, we have not “cured” anything even if we sometimes can burn back tumor growths temporarily, with a huge cost to overall quality of life in the process. And Medicine is doing nothing to strengthen the immune system and the overall organism that caused the cancer in the first place.)

But I digress. I’m really proud of Emma. She came home from working for 7 months in Europe inspired by their ways. She bought a CSA share, with her own money, in her little town of Cedar City where she goes to college. She goes grocery shopping with her bicycle that has a basket on it. She hangs her laundry to dry rather than use the energy of a dryer.

Emma and Aaron with hot pink smoothie
Emma and Aaron with hot pink smoothie

She saw a guy at the race drinking a green smoothie, and she yelled, “Hey! Good job, you! Look, this is my mom, the Green Smoothie Girl!” (Ugh.)

She talks often about how being a vegetarian leaves a small carbon footprint. She points out ways we could be more energy efficient. She’s committed to her life not being one of massive consumption. I am really proud of her. She’s highly aware, works for a nonprofit humanitarian agency as a volunteer, is paying for her own trip to Thailand when this semester is over, to do humanitarian work for the summer. If she is indicative of her generation, there’s a lot of hope that things will change for the better.

And according to her race results, she ran a 6:30 minute mile. (Mine says I ran a 7:37 minute mile. Clearly something was wrong, because we don’t run that fast.) But we were powered by our electrolyte-rich Hot Pink Smoothies (which you get for free signing up for the GreenSmoothieGirl.com newsletter). Delicious. Aaron is the typical college guy who never eats anything healthy, and even he liked it!


Sandra in Canada has a great story of health through plant-based eating!

Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Joel Furhman

Recently we got this story from Sandra P. in Canada I thought you would enjoy!

My family started our plant-based journey less than a year ago. My husband saw Dr. Joel Fuhrman on the Dr. Oz show, and cut out all animal products, as well as all processed foods and oils from his diet! I was stunned by his declaration and told him that if he thought I was going to cook two separate meals for our family, he was crazy! I mean how could he ask me, with my Italian descent, to cut olive oil from my diet!

Nonetheless, he ignored my drama and began eating only whole plant-based foods (vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) and he started losing weight. That did it for me! There was no way he would lose weight effortlessly and leave me behind with the extra weight I couldn’t get rid of no matter what I tried!

veggiesDon’t get me wrong; this is a lifestyle change that doesn’t happen overnight! It took me a while to completely cut all animal products. My family thought I was insane and my mom tried to force feed me chicken! The hardest thing for me to give up completely was cheese! Now I notice that dairy products give me cramps, hives, and gas.

My children have been off dairy since September. One of my sons, Michael, was diagnosed with asthma as a baby and has been on puffers since then! This is the first season that he hasn’t had a chest infection!

Overall health benefits for all of us: weight-loss, anxiety and depression gone, sleeping better, more energy, and I’m always in a good mood, which is a bonus for the rest of the family, too!

Forks over KnivesYou already know about the amazing Robyn Openshaw, also known as Green Smoothie Girl! She is helping to spread the word about the benefits of plant-based nutrition and has already changed so many lives! Watch Forks Over Knives, and read Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and Dr. Campbell’s The China Study too!

The greatest gift that I gave my family was that of knowledge! They can now take their health into their own hands, and can make our world a better place, one person at a time!

God Bless,

Sandra Perri



Am I the only parent who HATES these songs?

dislikeyou are raising teenagers like I am, you hear their music constantly, like it or not. Am I the only parent who goes into a white-hot rage every time you hear this song, Rude, by Magic?

Knocked on your door with heart in my hand

To ask you a question

Cause I know you’re an old fashioned man

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life

Say yes, say yes, ‘cause I need to know

You say I’ll never get your blessing till the day I die

Tough luck my friend, but the answer is NO!

Why you gotta be so rude?

Don’t you know I’m human too

Why you gotta be so rude?

I’m gonna marry her anyway!

Marry that girl….marry her anyway…marry her anyway….no matter what you say….

Why you gotta be so rude?

Don’t you know I’m human too

I hate to do this, you leave no choice

I can’t live without her

Love me or hate me, we will be boys….standing at that altar

Or we will run away

To another galaxy

You know she’s in love with me, she will go anywhere I go

No matter what you say……

Every time I hear this song, I imagine some guy saying this to me and my blood starts to boil. Why I gotta be so rude, BOY? Maybe because you have no job, and you’re on drugs—what, you say your “job” is singing, in a garage? I didn’t spent the last 20 years raising this baby girl to throw her life away with your sorry *#$!……oh, now my daydream has gotten into my blog. Sorry.

My kids told me when they’re driving with their dad, he goes off on a rant about the kid singing this song, too…..I guess I’m not the only one!

Here’s another song that ticks me off: Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass.

beauty“My mama she told me don’t worry about your size. She says boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”

So we tell our daughters that the only thing that matters, regarding their “size,” is what appeals to boys? Holy wow. Please tell me there aren’t really parents out there saying stuff like this.

I’m all for loving the skin we’re in. Eating disorders, comparing ourselves to magazine standards, starving ourselves—I’m against all of this. And I dislike judgment and condescension towards those around us struggling with their weight.

But our size is related to our HEALTH. An extra 20 pounds can kill your libido. An extra 50 and we’re at vastly higher risk for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. I realize it’s “just a song.” But I wish we cared more about our daughters’ physical, emotional, and spiritual health than what boys may or may not like.


Awww. This Texas story is so cute and sad!

Tonya’s kids climbing in a tree

Tonya S. is a 44-year old mom and cancer survivor. Her cancer doc told her to drink Ensure for nutrition when she lost 30 pounds in treatment. This is a highly processed, canned “medical food” I hear about often from cancer patients. Then her radiologist told her to make green smoothies! She got started with that habit, started getting healthy, and then a friend introduced her to GreenSmoothieGirl.com. She says, “our world changed!”

This is a photo of Tonya’s kids Ainsley (9), Keagan (7), and Trevin (5), whom Tonya is committed to feeding a healthy diet. She missed my San Antonio lecture I did recently and wrote us a sweet story:

Picture of green smoothies drawn by Tonya’s kids

I had to miss tonight because my son got sick, from sneaking gobs of Halloween candy that we were going to donate. He threw up just two hours before Robyn’s lecture. I was so disappointed. My husband was in Canada on business, and I had a long drive to San Antonio. But, then my sweeties drew me this picture. I’m a mom trying to do my best, provide good meals for my family, and offer grace when needed. I was so sad to have missed the class. My kids made this drawing as an apology and I wanted to share it. I’m so impressed that my green smoothie is making an impression on them already. Blessings!