{VIDEO} 3 Ways To Make Your Coffee Healthier

Remember the Dolly Parton song, “9 to 5?” I always thought the lyric “Pour myself a cup of ambition” was a clever phrase. That little kick of courage is just ONE reason people love their coffee. Is coffee good for you, or not? Two-thirds of Americans are drinking an average of almost two cups a…

Can You Spot Neurotoxins On Your Food Labels?

Can You Spot Neurotoxins On Your Food Labels?

A few years ago, I was taking my turn running the snack bar at the baseball field, during one of my son’s high school games. (It’s not a task I relish, selling poison to children, but it’s a requirement, of the baseball parents.) A father at the game thought GreenSmoothieGirl selling Snickers bars and soda…

Nutrition for pregnant moms, babies, toddlers….part 3 of 5

Today’s topic: WHAT DO I WEAN MY BABY ONTO? So, you can’t feed your baby nothing but breast milk, and then goat milk (or yogurt/kefir) forever. Now you know why I highly encourage you to breastfeed as exclusively as you can, for 18 months. But when you do begin to wean your baby, avoid all…

Does your heredity dictate whether you get cancer?

Ayna posted this on my blog, and my response follows: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: “I have been a vegetarian for so many years I can’t count them. But my family women have a breast cancer gene. You can’t beat that, it does not matter what you do, it’s in the blood. I have lived through 2 breast…

Independence Day, part 2 of 2

So I told you my dad is the most rad dude ever. He is unfailingly positive. In fact, if you’re grumpy, he just gets MORE peppy and smiley. He epitomizes the idea that work is a blessing, because he embraces hard work. Forgive me if I’ve told this story before. As a teenager, my dad…

me and Matthew debating “chemicals” and whole foods

I have more to say about Expo West, but today I’ll write you some of a text exchange I’m having right now with my good friend Matthew F., who loves science and despises religion. I’ll leave out the unrelated parts, like about what day we’re going to take our kids skiing this week: MF: Did…

anything to make food prep easier

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I was talking to someone today who said he puts whole, uncored apples in smoothies. Is that okay? Answer: Absolutely. I do it too. However, if your apples are not organic, quickly cut out the divots in the top and bottom of the apple. That’s where the pesticides collect, and it’s hard to…

What should I buy organic, and what isn’t such a big deal?

You’ve heard of the “dirty dozen,” the fruits and vegetables that test highest for pesticide sprays. Top of the list is PEACHES. My suggestion? Plant a peach tree! I have three. Here are the others in the top 12 to buy organic or grow yourself, wherever possible: Peaches Apples Bell Peppers Celery Nectarines Strawberries Cherries…

should you cut skin off fruits and vegetables?

My sons Kincade and Tennyson hate peaches because of their fuzzy skin. I tell them they’re crazy, because inside the fuzzy skin is one of the most fabulous foods on this planet, when they’re in season. (My mom soaked sliced fresh peaches in orange juice overnight–it’s wonderful, and even my peach-skin-haters love it.) I refused…