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Let’s Start an Office Green Smoothie Revolution

Robyn Openshaw - Feb 22, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

So here’s what you do. You send your office mates to, or have them watch my 3-minute YouTube vid. Together you chip in on a BlendTec or VitaMix for the office. Here’s my review on both machines to help you weigh the pros and cons:

Then you make a plan to take turns picking up ingredients once a week: Frozen mixed berries, bananas, and spinach are cheapest at Costco. Spinach, kale, and chard for the fridge. A couple other fruits like (now, in the winter) apples and oranges.

You have a rotation: Monday it’s Erica’s day to make the smoothie, Tuesday it’s Kyle’s turn, Wednesday it’s Juan’s turn, etc.

Six people in the rotation means a pint a day for each person. Work your way up to a quart, daily, after a while. (Start slowly for those who are in the poorest health to get past any “cleansing reaction” they might have for a few weeks. See that chapter, on my research, in my book The Green Smoothies Diet.)

This is a fantastic way to do very little work, and spend very little money, to get 7-15 servings of greens and fruit in your diet every single day. AND you have that critical piece, for success in making a major lifestyle change–SUPPORT!

One of the managers at BlendTec told me last week that her group is doing a green smoothie co-op as I’ve just described. She loves it and says, “If I’d known it was this easy to get the good stuff in my diet, I’d have done this long ago! Now I’m going to get it going for my family, at home.” She reports that the Accounting group is now working together daily to get a green smoothie to everyone.

Think of the increased energy and productivity and more positive mood, experienced by the vast majority in my research. Every workplace should do this. In fact, GET YOUR BOSS TO PAY FOR IT. I honestly believe your boss will get far more benefit from supporting a green smoothie co-op than it will cost. (You can send him or her a link here to my blog. Blame it on me. Say the boss will get his or her own smoothie made, every day, by the group!)

And report back here how it goes! If you’re a wife worried about your office-job husband’s health, go in and put on a little demo at his work.

Everyone can pitch in. Lots of people will lose weight too. (50% in my research did–every time I do a class, like I just did Friday, someone comes up to my afterward and says, “I was in your research study and I lost 40 lbs. doing green smoothies!”)

Excited? Me too!

Ready, set, GO!

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23 thoughts on “Let’s Start an Office Green Smoothie Revolution”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been reading your blog since September and have been drinking at least one green smoothie a day and many days, twice a day. I have my four children and husband drinking them too and we feel great. I think this office idea is terrific as well. My question is this, I have seen various people say that when we blend foods, they oxidize and lose their nutrition. Robyn, do you have any data on this? It just does not seem right to me. Thanks in advance!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Amy, when you peel the banana or slice the apple, the exposed part begins to oxidize (and lose a bit of nutrition). So yes, after you blend, it begins to oxidize. I put it immediately in quart jars with lids and refrigerate, if we aren’t going to drink the smoothies immediately. (Immediately is best.) But the VAST majority of the nutrients are still there–and so is the fiber–so this really just isn’t something to worry about. Especially considering that your alternative–to whatever you might eat INSTEAD of a 6-hour-old green smoothie–is almost certainly nutritionally inferior.

  2. Anonymous says:

    For some reason I don’t think this would go over well at my particular office

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Katie, since I happen to know your particular office, LOL, you might be right! (Or–you’d be the one doing ALL the work!)

  3. Sounds like a great idea! Today i was being visit taught and telling her about my raw diet that I love so much. She told me that my husband must be just so wonderful because her husband would never stand for it. Lame copout if you ask me because my food tastes delish! (And I do not force my husband to make the same diet lifestyle choices that I make.) But then she asked me how she can get more fiber in her bread that she makes without weighing it down. I told her to use whole grains, and add flax to them. But it wasn’t the answer she wanted. So then I said, “If you want more fiber in your diet and you aren’t willing to sacrifice your soft bread then drink green smoothies everyday.” Well I doubt she is going to do that but hey I put that out for her in case she ever decides to.

  4. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for your quick response. Based on my research too I think that the minimal oxidation occurs does not equal a significant loss of nutrients. The reason I raised the question is because I saw Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Institute claim that juicing is superior to blending because in blending there is a 90% loss of nutrients. He however did not produce the data or studies that show this. I really don’t like to get caught up in debates like this. I do want to thank you for your great website and blog; they both greatly inspire me. And, just from my own experience, the green smoothies have had nothing but positive effects on me and my family, and now even my parents are drinking them. My 79 year old father says that he feels as if the pain from arthritis has diminished. Thanks again!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Yes, Brian’s comment confused many and yours is not the first query I got. I find no evidence of his statement being true, nor does logic bear it out. Juicing not only creates some oxidation but it also causes all the fiber to be removed from the whole food and usually thrown away.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey Miss Robyn! 🙂 This is Robin. I responded on your blog quite a bit one year ago. In one of the responses I told you that my husband had just left me and you responded with some encouraging words, but also said that it would probably be the hardest year of my life. Well, 50 weeks later, I can say that you were absolutely correct. But, I am much stronger for it. He procrastinated on starting the paperwork (ugh) and is just now doing that, finally. My two ‘girlies’ and I are doing well. (remember, I have a daughter, Emma, who is the same age as your Emma?)

    And, guess what?!?! I just ordered my mocha colored Blendtec this morning!! This may seem like no big deal to a lot of people, but it is HUGE for us. I can’t wait to get it and use it. Yea! :o) I had green smoothies daily from March to summertime of ’09. Depression & a having a crummy blender & some other issues set in and I stopped.

    Anyway, thank you, Robyn and have a wonderful day!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Robin, I truly hope you’ve completed that “hardest year of your life” and that you get to that “new normal.” If your girls are doing well, that’s a tremendous blessing and a credit to you keeping their supports under them!

      I think you’ll love your BlendTec! Have fun with it!

      May this year be much better,


  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Robyn you got my husband to try green smoothie after seven years!

    I had my first GS in 2003, I’ve read piles and piles of books about nutrition since then. My husband prefers to know nothing or less about nutrition which I’m sure is pretty normal. Just because one spouse embraces a new idea doesn’t mean the other one will. However, he went to Robyn’s class last Friday with me and it was the first time he had heard any of the information she shared including the acronymn SAD which made him laugh and probably start thinking. He also had his first green smoothie (after seven years wahoo!) He liked it, but I doubt he’ll be having more anytime soon. If its healthy, he won’t eat it. My job has always been to not criticize his food choices and not condone them all at once (and sneak in GreenSmoothieGirl demos when they come along.)

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Haha, that’s fun–good for you, being a supportive wife and acknowledging that baby steps are steps after all.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This question is totally unrelated, I just don’t know where else to ask it. It’s kind of a gross question, but here I go. What is a normal stool for someone who eats a mostly animal product-free, greensmoothie a day, lots of beans a whole grains diet? I’ve read the best stools are light brown, but the smoothies make mine dark green. If I miss my smoothies for a few days, they go back to brown, but I don’t think that’s better. Anyway, maybe a blog post if you feel like getting personal 🙂

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Search the blog for a 9-part series on cleansing and digestive issues, where this is addressed in detail. Green stool is completely normal! Take a look at what horses eliminate, who eat a plant based diet high in greens.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I just recieved my complete course for 12 steps to whole food and am so excited. I have recently completed a 30 day detox with a raw food coach and was finding things a little unrealistic for my entire family to go raw…then I found you on the internet. I do have a question regarding raw/organic nuts verses just organic! Due to the extremely high cost of “raw/organic” nuts, I am unable to buy them and have resorted to the cosco nuts in a bag (some are raw and some are not). Even thought these nuts are not raw am I still getting the benefit from them that I am looking for because they are somewhat processed? Thanks so much for all you do to help families live longer and feel great. I hope to learn enough to take this entire concept to my church and my childrens school and teach on the health benefits of whole living foods. Blessings to you and your family. Katrina

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Nuts are good food–best raw, still good not quite raw (like cashews, which never are unless you pay $13/lb. for them). Just avoid the roasted/salted thing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Do the chard and kale go in raw?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Chard and kale are always best raw!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I have been making green smoothies at the office for a while , but I could not justify the cost of another Vitamix or Blentec , so I chose a Breville

    which works great for me at the office since I am the only one making smoothies, and I don’t over tax it. It sure beats the 12 speed whatever

  11. Hi, this idea is my best news of the day.! Thanks.

    To whom never heard about smoothies I will teach them. Im good on that! It will make my work and people’s health better!

    I just love it! Wait for news from me.

    all the best for them, for You, for me……

  12. I just had a great green smoothie with coconut butter, maca, pineapple, orange, and two kinds of green powder that I get from a company where I get all my live fruit and vegetable juice powders. It would be great for the office cause it would minimize shopping. Plus, the canister of green powders would not have to be refrigerated and would not take up much storage space. Also, great for the person who has not gotten used to the green taste yet.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Peggy Carey, The Zest Lady,

    Which company do you get your live fruit and vegetable juice powders from? –and which two green powders do you get?

    (I’ve noticed that every time I do a green powder drink, I start to feel…well, green (that is, nauseous) sometime during the day. Has that ever happened to anyone else?)

  14. Going raw is the best thing that my husband and I have done. Our lives have been transformed. We are so full of energy and vitality.. I work with teens and I am trying to introduce it to them.It has been slow, but I believe it is just a matter of time. Great blog.

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