It was 2001, and my life was at a stand-still.
My little boy had been diagnosed with severe asthma and “Failure to Thrive.” He was below the fifth percentile for weight and in a revolving door of desperate pediatric visits and hospitalizations, on growth-stunting steroids, antibiotics, and bronchodilators--and the pediatric and E.R. doctors couldn’t seem to help him.
I knew there had to be a way for my son and me to live healthy, happy, fully functional lives – but as I sat in the pediatrician’s office, being told again that all they had to offer was drugs, and more drugs…I realized it was up to me to find the solution.
What did I have to lose?
The short answer is: about 70 pounds and 21 disease diagnoses of my own. But what I gained is the real story:
My son and I got our lives back. No more panic attacks. No more emergency room visits. No more dangerous prescription cocktails. No more antibiotics.
My son emerged from illness and I left obesity and many diagnoses and drugs behind, by shifting to a whole-foods, mostly plant-based diet.
Now I’m on a mission to educate and empower families all over the world to be healthier and happier, despite living in an increasingly toxic world.
I launched GreenSmoothieGirl.com in 2007, to share my experiences with the world and help others feel and look younger and healthier than ever before.
Over the last decade, my team and I have turned “green smoothie” into a household word and helped people all over the world reclaim their health through delicious recipes, a podcast series that accesses the knowledge of the world’s leading experts in functional medicine and holistic health, online courses on everything from hormone balancing to detoxification, and a blog dedicated to nutrition and wellness.
The concepts I teach on this site, blog, Facebook page, and podcast literally saved my life and my son’s life. These concepts, recipes, and detox program eliminated my infertility as well as all my 21 diagnosed diseases, symptoms, and drugs.
My dream has always been to create an army of folks feeling and looking younger and healthier than they ever dreamed possible. It’s not hard, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to eat right. No deprivation is required around here and no guilt trips, either. We just take a step at a time.
We offer radical ways to live in the high-vibration states of health, energy, gratitude, and joy. After you master some simple habits, the sky’s the limit. Prepare to raise your vibration!
To Your Health!
Robyn Openshaw, MSW, former psychotherapist, Brigham Young University faculty, and single mother of four, is the original “Green Smoothie Girl” and the driving force behind GreenSmoothieGirl.com.
She is an author of 15 books on health and wellness, including 2017’s #1 Amazon and USA Today bestseller, Vibe, and her all-time bestseller The Green Smoothies Diet (2009).
She is the author of the popular course 12 Steps to Whole Foods as well as the 26-Day Detox that she has guided over 16,000 people through since its launch in 2014. Many healthcare professionals and coaches worldwide prescribe to the GreenSmoothieGirl 26-Day Detox and 12 Steps to Whole Foods program to their patients.
Robyn is a sought-after speaker, and did a 6-year, 450-city international speaking tour.
She has been a featured expert in more than 20 online summits and a keynote speaker in health and personal growth events. She has also been featured in Forbes, Women’s First Health, Good Things Utah, Utah Valley Magazine and many other national and local media outlets.
In 2017, Robyn was voted the Go-Giver Award by her colleagues in the Mindshare community for her generosity of spirit in helping many of her wellness-influencer colleagues rise up and give back to the communities that follow them.
Because of Robyn’s commitment to a holistic approach to addressing root causes with health issues rather than symptom management, she, her family, and Green Smoothie Girls (and Guys) around the world have been able to regain their energy and reclaim their health.
Our mission is to bring you information and inspiration that matters to your health and happiness. It’s our goal to help you:
Since our inception, over 10 million people have visited our site. GreenSmoothieGirl.com offers real-world tips to help you improve your life by eating whole foods and finding better, non-toxic ways to live.
Kristin is the original Green Smoothie Girl employee and Robyn’s long-time best friend. While she’s worked in literally every role at GSG at one point or another, she now manages the whole GSG team to make sure the everyday “boots on the ground” work gets done and Robyn’s vision becomes a reality. Kristin has overseen the building of three other brands under the GSG umbrella. Her affectionate title is CXO: “Chief Officer of Everything.” Kristin co-founded a highly-recognized charter school in Utah and currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys gardening, home renovation, attending concerts and geeky science lectures, belting out the blues, entertaining, cooking, and playing games with her family.
Nikki has been researching health topics since working her way through college at a health food store, earning degrees in English and Education. After teaching composition for 16 years, she joined GSG in 2012. She has been on staff in a number of capacities in research, events, product development, and operations, but is now solidly in her favorite niche, managing content. Besides wrangling the millions of words Robyn has produced over the years, Nikki loves reading, quilting, traveling, and attempting to keep up on a manageable fraction of what her six kids are up to.
Sara is a writer and mom of two from Utah. After earning her BA in English in 2009, Sara moved on to write for food storage companies and nonprofits. That love of writing led her to become a contributor to a popular blog in 2013 and publish a book of its most influential essays in 2018. Sara joined the Green Smoothie Girl team in 2018 to assist with editorial work and behind-the-scenes projects. When she’s not communicating the GSG message, you can find Sara spending her paycheck at the nearest used bookstore.
Annie works in our CRM software, supporting our email-marketing, weekly newsletters, and promotional efforts. Her on-the-job training has made her a standout and Jill-of-All-Trades here at GreenSmoothieGirl! Outside of work, Annie stays busy as a mom of two sweet kiddos and loves baking, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Malia has been with GreenSmoothieGirl since 2013, where she has worn many hats but now focuses on design and marketing. Her love of learning has led her to earn two degrees (a BA in Sociology and an MFA in Writing) and become a part-time professor. Malia loves reading, goofing off with friends, and drinking a good Hot Pink Smoothie (a famous GSG favorite).
Zoe is a ‘Green Smoothie Girl’ to her core, making one almost every day. Her favorite secret ingredient? Frozen avocado slices! Zoe came to GSG with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communication and previous experience working for a New York Times company. She specializes in Facebook advertising and has contributed to campaigns for hundreds of brands. When not strategizing social media ads and posts, Zoe can be found hiking, camping or kayaking around Texas.
Tanya is a certified copy editor and joined the GSG team in 2018, bringing over ten years of writing experience along with her! She earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Art History and is a self-proclaimed wellness enthusiast. Tanya enjoys writing, yoga, and spending time by the ocean.
Alexa is proud to be the one who makes us look good! As our graphic designer, she loves all things art-related and continually learning more about how good design engages and connects with people. Alexa earned her BFA in Graphic Design and went on to work in branding, print and packaging, ad design, and web design. When she’s not behind a computer, Alexa loves doing hand embroidery and spending time outdoors with her dog, Winnie, in Austin, Texas.
Jason bought a copy of the first edition of 12 Steps to Whole Foods in 2008, back when it was being released one chapter per month, so you could say he’s been a believer since the beginning! After earning a Bachelors of Music in Recording Technology from UW Oshkosh, Jason taught himself HTML, ASP, and PHP and began building websites and doing WordPress Development. He's been the primary Web Developer and IT Team Lead for GreenSmoothieGirl since November 2012. He's a father of two, and enjoys cycling, reading, podcasts, cooking, and playing guitar.
Jamison has been on the GSG tech team since 2013. When he’s not teching it up with GSG, Jamison works as a music educator, composer, producer, and audio editor in Wisconsin. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, writing, and deep conversation about science and the humanities.
Carly is currently a computer programming student and has been web developing and running the tech side of the GSG shop since 2016. Her love for web design and background in project management make her a standout on the team! Carly loves to hike, camp, bike and do anything outdoors in the nearby Wasatch Mountains with her family and two droopy basset hounds. She can also be found cooking and creating new healthy vegetarian recipes.
Jared has been in the field of user experience design, SEO and web development for 5 years. Outside of his role at GSG, he is a martial art instructor and avid athlete. He loves the outdoors, eating lots of food (not always healthy), and always having a goal to work toward.
Isil has had a story to tell since she was a little girl. Most of her playdates would eventually evolve to a scene from a movie in which her poor friends had to act. After growing up in Istanbul, Isil studied Film and Media at the University of Utah. She's a mother of two wonderful kids, a traveler, photographer, writer, videographer, and risktaker. Her Mediterranean roots make her passionate, loud, dramatic, and highly sensitive about the world. She can't imagine a life without chocolate, independent cinema, humor, and of course, her babies (who still count as babies to her, even at ages 11 and 13).
James was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018 with a BA in Film and Digital Media and followed that up with a move to Salt Lake City shortly after. When he’s not editing videos, James enjoys hanging out with his two cats, playing tennis, going on hikes, cooking, and gaming.
CCaroline Lowman loves all things travel and adventure; when she joined the GSG team in 2016, Events Coordinator was the perfect fit. She has since transitioned to Operations Manager and also has the privilege of being Robyn’s Executive Assistant. As a graduate in Psychology, certified Health & Physical Education instructor, and former Olympic weightlifter, Caroline’s passion for health and wellness led her to spend years travelling to different schools, educating children about the value of healthy eating and exercise with a program she helped to develop. She currently lives in sunny Florida with her family of five and one very adorable dog.
Although single-mom Sue has been working with GSG for a few years, GSG has been a big part of her life for much longer, when she lost 70 pounds as one of the earliest followers of Robyn’s 12 Steps to Whole Foods program. Sue earned her BA in Education/Psychology and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT). If she isn't answering customer emails, booking a GreenSmoothieGirl retreat for Switzerland, or editing a podcast, she's probably out enjoying nature, teaching yoga, or spending time with her five kids watching a movie, playing music, or having deep discussions about life.
Kami is a graduate in Psychology and has ten years of Customer Service experience to her name, seven of which have been in the natural health and wellness industry. She joined the GSG Customer Service team in 2013 and has helped thousands of people take advantage of our whole food resources. Kami lives a health-conscious life, feeds her family green smoothies every day, and is thrilled to help others find their path back to health. She loves to travel and is the proud mother of three children.
In 2012, Helen attended her first GreenSmoothieGirl lecture, accepted Robyn’s challenge to drink a quart of green smoothie daily, and kicked off a new journey as a green-smoothie-lovin' mom and grandma. Now as a GSG Health Coach, Helen treasures being able to encourage and lead Detox and 12 Step members toward their very best health. When not coaching, you can likely find Helen with any number of her twelve grandchildren, gardening, gathered around her kitchen island making smoothies and healthy meals, or hiking in the North Carolina mountains, fresh organic picnic in tow.
Elsa began her journey with GSG as a Detoxer who had a mission to optimize her own health. Now a Health Coach for GSG, she finds immense fulfillment in empowering people and celebrating the triumphs of our 12 Steppers and Detoxers. Elsa came to GSG from a creative background, having earned her BFA in Advertising Art Direction and explored her passion for photography. Nowadays, she geeks out on anything related to health and has been an avid crossfitter since 2015 (this woman can hold a plank for 8+ minutes!). When she's not supporting our community, you can find Elsa in the backcountry or high up on a mountain top in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
After serving customers for nearly 25 years as a retail pharmacist, Rose has changed gears into the world of natural medicine. As a lover of all things health and nutrition, Rose now spends most of her time guiding people to better health through choosing natural remedies, detoxing, and green smoothies of course! She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2005. When Rose is not busy researching, reading health books, and serving the Green Smoothie Girl community, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and three boys in CT.
Celie has worked off-and-on for Green Smoothie Girl since 2014, pitching in wherever she could, and now that she’s finished a year-long training program for web development and programming, she’s excited to bring her talents to the team! Celie comes from a family of green-smoothie-drinkers and still keeps up the habit on her own. Outside of her professional life, Celie loves photography, music, gaming, and travel.
As a writer and editor for healthcare, fitness, and lifestyle brands for more than 10 years, Noelle Ihli is passionate about combining reputable research and effective writing to make complex healthcare topics readable and relatable. Noelle graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Translation and Editing. In her free time, Noelle can be found hiking in the beautiful Boise foothills, or curled up with a good book. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, her two sons, and her cat Michelle.
Marisa graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 1988 with a degree in Human Physiology and as a Doctor of Chiropractic. From there she went on to establish Breath of Life--Central Coast Rejuvenation Center. She was one of the first to bring the now popular hot river stone massage to the Central Coast of California. Her program also included the detoxifying effects of saunas, mud wraps, and herbal concoctions. In addition, Marisa specialized in finding the underlying emotional component that can often be at the root of chronic diseases and pain. She was ecstatic to join the Green Smoothie team in 2018.
Kristen is a holistic nutritionist and certified Culinary Nutrition Expert based in Boston. Her journey to health began, of course, with her own green smoothies! When Kristen's not working with clients or researching the latest article for GreenSmoothieGirl, you can find her teaching cooking classes, standing on her head at a yoga class, or back on her feet at a concert!
While GreenSmoothieGirl started as one woman’s quest to improve her family’s health, many of Robyn’s blog posts are reviewed and approved by functional medicine doctors, biological dentists and other experts.
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen is an author, speaker, teacher, biologic/holistic dentist, and health and wellness provider. After practicing traditional dentistry for 10 years, she was inspired by her own experience with mercury poisoning to pursue Biologic/Holistic Dentistry, where she has become a pioneer and visionary in her own right.
Creator of the Total Care Dental Way, a patient-centric, health-focused method for treating dental and overall health, Dr. Jorgensen sees patients from around the world who seek out her care to have their health restored. Since founding Total Care Dental in 2001, the practice has helped over 20,000 patients in Utah. Dr. Jorgensen and her team have been awarded the Dental Team of the Year and the Dental Practice of the Year at the Prestigious Crown Council Member’s Choice Award. They were also recipients of the Best in State in Utah Award.
When not at work Dr. Jorgensen is busy with her husband, four children, and her own mini-farm, where she loves to grow, harvest and preserve her own food. She’s an and has a huge library of books on homesteading, gardening, natural health, herbology and so much more.
Dr. Tim Jackson, DPT, received his undergraduate degree in Health Science and Chemistry from Wake Forest University in 2003, then completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. Realizing that manual therapy and orthopedic care helped only some of his patients, Dr. Jackson transitioned into functional and environmental medicine in an effort to help others achieve wellness.
Dr. Jackson is educated in nutritional biochemistry, digestive health and its systemic effects, functional endocrinology, epigenetics, mold and Lyme disease, and auto-immune/neuro-immune disorders. He has been featured on The BulletProof Executive Podcast, Ben Greenfield’s Podcast, RobbWolf.com, The Huffington Post, as well as countless health and wellness summits. He is on the advisory board for The International Academy of Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition and Your 2nd Half, a program that helps collegiate and professional athletes transition from athletics into other careers. In addition, he consults with various medical practices across the country helping them to incorporate functional medicine into their clinics.
Dr. Tim can be reached at www.healyourbody.org.