Introducing Plant-based Single Servings

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Whey Protein Part II and Our New Single Servings!

Hopefully, you read my recent blog post about how protein powders are mostly made from whey, which is highly processed and tainted with steroids, hormones, and antibiotics fed to the cow. Even the plant-based proteins are made from “isolates,” which processes the ingredient and throws out the fiber.

I wanted to make a protein that was delicious, but made from only whole, raw, organic plant foods. No isolates. No sugars. No animal products. Humane, eco-friendly, gluten-free, and…..don’t GSG vanilla protein single servingforget, delicious.

But when I packed for a trip, I used to almost always fail to measure scoops of protein into a baggie. Instead, I would tote around the whole bag, which was messy to use on the road. Now it’s easy because we have SINGLES!

With SINGLE SERVINGS, I just keep them in my carry-on bag and I’ve got lots of plant-based protein while on the road. Or in the sky.

Our berry, chocolate, and vanilla protein is now available in convenient SINGLE SERVINGS, and are 20% off till the end of the month.

GSG chocolate protein single servingsUsually, I mix a scoop of protein with one of our SINGLE SERVINGS of Superfood Reds, Greens, or Chocolate Greens, too. These are brand new and also 20% off this month! Chock full of raw, organic, whole-plant foods (no “extracts”)—these are a great way to increase your servings of nutrient-dense foods, no matter where you are.

I hope you love them like I do. All our Singles taste great and blend very well in a shaker bottle with water or in your green smoothie.

You’re adding 15 grams of quality, organic, plant-based protein to your diet with every scoop you use. And you’re retaining the fiber and micronutrients because our protein is RAW.

Stock up before the sale ends on July 31!

 

To Your Health!

—Robyn Openshaw

Joe Mercola and GreenSmoothieGirl on agave

In the natural health space, Joe Mercola is very much a Goliath, and I’m very much a David. Today’s topic: my affinities and differences with his philosophies.

Dr. Mercola responded to my blog posting and newsletter of a week ago, about agave.

I stand firm that drawing fear-based parallels between raw, organic agave from a reputable company and tequila or HFCS is “ridiculous” as I said before.

A raw agave plant is to agave is to HFCS—as an orange is to orange juice is to Tang.

I disagree with Joe Mercola on a variety of issues, including his promoting and selling whey protein, beef, tanning beds, and his metabolic typing theory with no real basis in science.

This whole agave controversy reminds me of something I remember from when my kids were little. There was a group of parents who were furious with the Barney show. The parents decided to form a coalition to fight the producers because they’d decided Barney was really the devil in a big purple suit, teaching kids about séances and witchcraft. The lawsuit, as I recall, referred to Barney the Dinosaur as promoting Satanism.

As a young mother, I remember reading about it in the paper and laughing out loud.

There are so many true evils in the world hurting children. Sweat shots, kiddie porn. Too-heavy backpacks full of textbooks. Let’s not forget McDonald’s products and marketing program. Just to name a few.

Why spend precious energy creating fear about a harmless TV show that has the dinosaur imagining things and disappearing?

That’s how I feel about the agave controversy. Again, I disagree with People Magazine calling it a “superfood” as much as I disagree that it’s going to hurt us when used in moderation.

I have interviewed experts as well. I feel confident that predicting nutritional catastrophe because someone adds a bit of agave to her green smoothie takes away from the real, more meaningful debate.

Let’s attack the true villains gaining traction in the food world: Monsanto; modern practices in raising beef/poultry; corn/soy products taking over the food supply; processed foods; fast foods; GMO foods; pasteurized and irradiated foods.

There’s plenty of evil without attacking the little bit of maple syrup, honey, agave, or stevia we whole-foods advocates use. (Each of those has pluses and minuses. Agave’s pluses are lower blood sugar impact as well as availability in raw/organic form.)

The whole debate takes away from the basic premise I reiterate here over and over:

Plant foods are good preventive medicine. We alter them to our detriment. We have to get back to our roots. Less processed is better, less concentrated sweeteners is better, more natural is better. Whole is good; fractionated and refined is bad.

And I want to say this about Joe Mercola. Some of the things he promotes seem oversold or a bit paranoid to me, and others are counter to what I teach on this site, like an incredibly expensive tanning bed being a good way to get Vita D. However, I respect him tremendously for being one of the first on the internet to start educating people about natural healing. He is smart and educated, and I believe he has good motives.

He and I have the same goal of educating people, empowering them, to eat natural foods and live a lifestyle that avoids reliance on medical solutions such as drugs and surgery.

I agree with Mercola about far more things than I disagree with him about. I appreciate his commenting here on my blog.

Power foods? Really?

I saw a People Magazine article last week about 10 “power foods.” They listed agave, along with the aggressively marketed, uber-expensive acai and goji berries. Now I’m not going to diss  acai and goji, which are certainly high in antioxidants.

But if you’re trying to adhere to a budget, do you really want to pay $10 to $60 a pound for these “power foods” from thousands of miles away from your home, when you can buy oranges and apples for $0.69/lb.? Their antioxidant levels may not be as high, but they’re wonderful foods grown close to home that won’t break the bank, and IF YOU EAT THEM REGULARLY they can be an important part of an aggressive anti-disease and pro-energy healthy diet.

Not too exotic, I know. And if you have lots of discretionary income, great. Eat interesting little berries from mountain ranges all the way across the world. (I do really like goji, though I justify the cost only now and then.)

But meantime, common sense suggests that if you stick to greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains grown near you, you’ll be JUST FINE.

As for agave being a power food, no way.

WHAT?! You offer agave in the group buy and it’s in your recipes, GreenSmoothieGirl! WHAT. ARE. YOU. SAYING!

My friends, it is much preferable than sugar. If you get a reputable brand that certifies it to be raw and organic, you should use it for treats that are alternatives to junk food.

But no concentrated sweetener is a power food–except maybe honey, because of its pollen content and anti-bacterial properties. (Still really high in calories. Use it sparingly.)

Anyway, I rolled my eyes at the People article, so mainstream and dumbed down. But I guess nobody wants to hear that boring old broccoli, or almonds, or raw sweet potatoes, are power foods. Yawn. We want something NEW!

People are always writing me, “What do you think of Dr. X’s heart-disease preventing supplement?” “What do you think of emu oil?”

I haven’t studied every new, well-marketed product out there. But keep in mind that for every drop of something-or-other you can squeeze out of the poor emu, or every new pill full of “natural” stuff, there’s a bunch of people sitting around a boardroom strategizing on how a study they pay for can “prove” that you simply must have it to heal 30 different maladies.

I don’t mean to sound cynical. Try it if it’s in your budget. But now and then I like to pull everybody who might be listening, back to the straight and narrow road. That is, simple, whole, unadulterated plant foods. Those we KNOW will heal us and prevent all the awful things we’d rather not die of. If you’re reading the Emu Oil ad online while eating your second Hostess Ding Dong of the day, an examination of priorities might be in order.

Just my $0.02.

hardcore smoothies

Do you make hardcore smoothies?

I’m talking about making them for health benefits rather than taste.   You really can’t do this if one of the GS drinkers from your blender will be a new convert or a child.   Or if you’re squeamish about textures and tastes.

I love Xtreme people.   People who do things all-out because they’re passionate and disciplined.   Of course, I love  squishier people too (good thing, since I have  three  kids who beg for more fruit–and some raw chocolate and agave–in their smoothies).

We have altogether too much sugar in our diets here in the Western world.   I’m always looking for ways to reduce it.   So when I don’t have my kids because they’re at their dad’s . . . okay okay, sometimes I make green smoothies for them anyway and go sit in his driveway with  the pint jars  and call the kids to come outside and get them–I know, I’m CRAZY! . . . anyway, those weekends, I sometimes make Xtreme smoothies.

Lately I have been making GS for Craig.   But since he’s a lobster being boiled to death slowly (make the GS taste really good, then put more and more greens in over time until it’s hardcore) . . . I make my own blenderful, pour out two quarts for me, and then add more fruit to Craig’s.   So far, so good.   He is drinking them and still praising them rather than complaining.

Remember, while fruit is good for you, the REAL POINT of the GS is the greens.   The more funky and unusual greens, the better.   Your greens are savory or bitter?   Right on!

Tell me what’s in your Xtreme Smoothie.   Cool greens and other superfoods.   Only you hardcore green smoothie girls or guys, the ones who have been on this path for a while, the ones who’ll do anything if it’s good for you . . . I love you guys.

What’s your recipe?