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Take this nutrition quiz! Are you a GreenSmoothieGirl (or Guy)?

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 20, 2008

Let’s see what grade you get for a healthy lifestyle with the Nutrition Quiz! Add up your points, and if you’re not getting an A, well, get on board 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and we’ll get you to an A at the end of one year! This is just the first part of the quiz: see the whole thing at

Feel free to come back to this blog after taking the quiz, and let us know your score and what your goals are to increase it, if you didn’t ace it!

How many daily servings of vegetables (including greens) do you eat?
(serving = ½ cup cooked or 1 cup loose greens)

8     8 or more
7     6-7
6     5-6
5     4
4     3
3     2
2     1
1     0
0     I don’t much like vegetables, don’t eat any on most days
-1     I hate vegetables and never eat them (except potatoes and fries)

How many daily servings of fresh fruits do you eat?

5     4 or more
4     2-3
3     1
2     0
1     I might eat a piece of fruit every couple of days
0     I rarely or never eat fruit

For the rest of this quiz, go to


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22 thoughts on “Take this nutrition quiz! Are you a GreenSmoothieGirl (or Guy)?”

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  1. I got a 63. I don’t really agree with the conclusion, though 🙂 I eat a green smoothie every day, as well as plenty of other fruits & veggies. I can’t eat corn, soy, wheat, dairy, nuts & seeds due to allergy issues. I never eat fast food because I can’t really eat in restaurants. I drink decaf coffee & an occasional diet soda (though I’m cutting that out). I exercise vigorously daily and drink plenty of water.

    I really imagine the average person probably gets like a 20-30 on this quiz. It seems a bit slanted to me, definitely not above 70 where it says “rather average Western lifestyle”.

  2. http:// says:

    When one is allergic to good foods, that makes it really tough! Sometimes those allergies do go away through a significant period of cleansing–lots of water, using raw local honey, possible homeopathics, a serious colon cleanse are things that can help.

  3. It’s actually my nursing child who has the allergies. We’re definitely praying he grows out of it!

    But honestly, don’t you think the average American would get more like a 30 on this quiz, not above 70?

  4. http:// says:

    Really good question. I’m always loath to go to the “I’m doing better than average, so therefore I’m doing well” only because the average is so dismal.

    Let’s watch and see what others say. Maybe I will get pummelled for holding the bar too high. I think the bar is where it belongs, but maybe those truly eating the S.A.D. are dragging averages down. Dr. Fuhrman (Eat to Live) says that people always tell him, “I eat sooooo healthy but I’m overweight and sick and I just don’t know what to do!” He says he always offers to come look at their pantry, that day, and make recommendations, and NO ONE takes him up on it. I think that’s pretty funny (while also very aggressive . . . and very telling).

  5. Anonymous says:

    This quiz really made me do a double-take on my lifestyle. I’m a teenager with a lot of weight and health issues- unfortunately, I was raised with unhealthy eating patterns and I’m having trouble overcoming that- I’m also an extremely picky eater. Everything on your website sounds so amazing from a health perspective, but I’m just really not sure where to begin!

    However, it is DEFINITELY time for some kind of a change- any suggestions?

  6. Aw shucks, I got 99…drats! Yet I rarely eat legumes, but I do eat wild foods that I forage for. Does that count, why of course it does! That’s why I’m the Yardsnacker!

    Fun quiz!


  7. http:// says:

    Before I started the 12 Steps, I scored a dismal 55 – and I would have thought that I was actually eating fairly healthy because I did most of my own cooking and baking rather than going out to eat. However, I did not realize the issues related to oils and refined sugars. I thought a little was okay. We also used to eat LOTS of meat; we had no idea that it was so detrimental to our health. As of today (six months into the program), I scored 90!

    I too would suggest that the scale may not be representative of the average person in North America. Most of my friends called me the healthy one before we started the 12 steps. Now they think I am a complete health fanatic! I’m not questioning the risk assessment of each category, I ‘m just wondering who makes up that 70-80 point category – because it isn’t the people I know. Am I just living in a social sphere of really poor nutrition?


  8. http:// says:

    Good questions, and I’m going to be doing some research into what a true average is. Of course, as I’ve pointed out, I don’t think an average is really ever very relevant, especially here where averages in the general population are simply dismal.

    If anyone wants to have a cross section of friends take the quiz and report results to me, I would love it–and I think you’d find it interesting, too!

    And wow, Darlene, that is massive improvement!


  9. Anonymous says:

    I think your average American, who is not interested in health, would score 21 points.

    Pre-GSG, I would score a 39, and I consider myself to be fairly obsessed with nutrition. I didn’t really follow my convictions though. Based on my convictions about what the optimum diet was, my maximum score possible would have been 78.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I got a 60. We eat very few processed foods, although we do still eat some. What really hurt me is that I never drink 8-10 cups a water a day because I can’t, it’s way too much for me (my bladder is not that big!) Personally I hate the guideline of 8-10 cups per day, because why should that be the optimum for every body size? My husband drinks that much, but he also weighs about 75 lbs more than I do (and neither of us are overweight.) I don’t regularly exercise either, but I’m very active doing housework, garden, etc. I still know I should, though!

    I think that most american diets would score pretty darn low too. I answered these questions based on how I think my brother would answer, and it’d be about a 26 (which included an 8 for drinking water.)

  11. These are my guesses on the SAD, and some are generous. It results in a score of 34.

    3 servings of vegetables

    2-3 servings of fresh fruits

    I eat a serving every few days, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.)?

    Once a day, meat

    2-3 times (servings) daily, dairy

    I eat less than half whole grains, more than half refined

    20-40 percent, raw foods

    not very often. Raw nuts & seeds

    Occasionally, alfalfa sprouts on a sandwich/salad

    6-7 glasses a day water

    More than once a day, soda, alcohol, or caffeinated drinks

    Once a week, fast food

    More than once a day, refined oils

    More than once a day, sugar or corn syrup

    3-4 days per week for at least 30 mins, exercise

  12. Wooo Hooo, I got a 90! The thing I think I can improve the most on is more exersize. I put that off way to often. But with the warm weather here I know I can do better! Also My husband and I are wanting to do some cleansing. How often do you cleanse and what are your favorite cleanses? Thanks, Tam

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn

    If there were an interactive version of this quiz, it would be great.

    It would be easier for people to fill out and their score would be automatically calculated. You would also be able to see the results that everyone got. I would send all my family and friends along to do the quiz if it were interactive.

    It would also be fairly easy for your technical person to do, with HTML forms and Javascript and/or PHP.

    It would be great if you could set this up. (I could even do it and hand you the finished product!)


  14. http:// says:

    Brilliant. I’m on it. This has gotta happen if I’m going to calculate scores from people for research purposes. I think we’re all curious to know what a true average would be, and I grant you all that it would be lower than the C range, true. (But that doesn’t mean that we should gear standards towards or relative to American averages–watch for my newest e-letter about the USRDA coming out in the next couple of days.)


  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I enjoy your blog and website very much, and admire your dedication to nutrition!

    I took your quiz, and I have to say I agree with those who have suggested that the quiz is skewed. I eat a vegetarian diet devoid of fast food, drink at least a quart of green smoothie every day, walk a mile and a half to work four times a week, choose whole grains four times out of five, and eat whole plant foods with every single meal… but I still almost got an F! (62)

    My most egregious vices according to the quiz are my 3 glasses of wine per week, the cinnamon buns at my workplace, (which I admit to having a small addiction to!), and drinking too little water. Interestingly, a study calling into question the need to drink 8 glasses of water was peppered throughout the news a few months back:

    Anyway, I applaud your effort to raise the bar of nutritional standards. You mentioned in your blog a while ago your frustration with the way that nutritional requirements have been “dumbed down” by the FDA because Americans are doing SO poorly already. I’ve felt similarly frustrated. Despite any potential inaccuracies in this quiz (which was still fun to take :), I have no doubt that if everyone in the USA were able to earn an A, we would be a much, much healthier lot.

    Thanks for the posts, keep up the good work!



  16. http:// says:

    I hear you. The quiz isn’t “inaccurate” so much as that it holds the bar high, and maybe higher than many want it to be. Your perception depends largely on your peer group. Did you read the study last year that people gain weight if they hang out with overweight people, for instance? I have watched this with my husband in the places he has worked. Currently he feels that he is the healthiest human on the planet because he works with a group of extraordinarily unhealthy people with lifestyles of pure junk/fast food, smoking, and drinking. Three of them actually DIED on him his first year working there.

    I want to tell you, though, that as you surround yourself with healthier people, you have higher standards–just like with anything in life. (Education becomes more important if you’re always around people who are reading and educating themselves.) I have lots of friends who would get an A on this test any week of the year.

    So, the idea is to show you where you can go.

    About the water . . . I’m listening. I read that article (and remember it when it came out). We have to be careful to make note of, but not wholly endorse/embrace, a lone voice versus hundreds of others. I don’t know what the final verdict will be on water, but note this paragraph deep in that article:

    “Valtin emphasizes that his conclusion is limited to healthy adults in a temperate climate leading a largely sedentary existence — precisely, he points out, the population and conditions that the “at least” in 8 x 8 refers to. At the same time, he stresses that large intakes of fluid, equal to and greater than 8 x 8, are advisable for the treatment or prevention of some diseases, such as kidney stones, as well as under special circumstances, such as strenuous physical activity, long airplane flights or hot weather. ”

    I have a family member who was a jr. high schoolteacher for 30 years and avoided drinking water, because she couldn’t leave her class to go to the bathroom. She had to take a kidney from her only child when hers failed, and she is now on lifelong anti-rejection drugs and is very fearful of many foods (some healthy ones) and any type of infection.

    That said, is 8 glasses a magic number? Probably not. (I don’t believe 8 hours of sleep is a magic number any more, either, if you’ve been tracking that development in research.) I have also read 2 oz. per pound of body weight, and I should revise the quiz towards that, for the littler people. It makes tons of logical sense that flushing the body out with clean water is just a good idea. I don’t love how this researcher says that beer and caffeinated soft drinks “count.” DUH. They don’t clean anything. They just cause problems.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, I was wondering if your drinking alot of smoothies and juices wouldn’t that count as water?(Not sodas and caffine mind ya),but couldn’t that be the same as water intake?In the summer months I love to drink lotz of watermelon juice and smoothies instead of water.But I do use water to make most of my smoothies.Have a great day.

  18. http:// says:

    GS certainly has a lot of water in it, not just the water you add, but also the high water content of raw greens and fruit. I have found, though, that while that supplies water to the cells (very important) and avoid dehydration, we still need pure, unadulterated water between meals for FLUSHING the organs of elimination (colon, kidneys, skin, etc.). Whether we need 8 glasses a day, the jury may still be out, but I personally do best when I get 8 glasses and find that otherwise, salts cause some water retention, especially noticeable in my fingers when I wake up in the a.m. and try to make a fist. But yes, according to some authors, you can “count” that water.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I scored a 58 and I am considered to be a mild health nut by friends, which I never understood because I’ve always known I need improvement. I was surprised, when I actually thought about it during the quiz, by how much dairy I still eat despite having issues with cow’s milk and cutting out a ton of the dairy I used to eat from my diet. I’m limited to 1/2c-1c cottage cheese (Lactaid brand) per day, and I’ll sprinkle some feta or cheddar or mozzarella in my salads sometimes or in my omelettes, so that brings me to a daily total of 2-3 servings. I cringe at the amount I used to eat, thinking I was building strong bones and being healthy.

    Some instant ways to up my score: up my veggie intake to my normal amount (I’ve been eating less veggies recently), cut down on meat, eat beans/legumes more often (I like them but tend to forget about them), get my workouts up again (just got over being sick so I’m not exercising as much as usual), eat sprouted veggies (I only occasionally buy and eat some alfalfa sprouts; I like’em I just tend to forget), cut back on fast food as I used to be a 1-2x a monther but it stuck up to 1x a week as I’ve been enjoying pizza on Friday nights with my hubby. Oh yeah, and drop the caffeine again, I had to omit it completely due to health issues from it but lately I’ve been sneaking in 1-2 caffeinated drinks a week.

    This is a great quiz and really made me think about how far off my actions these days are from my ideals.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I got an 87 – wahhh – I wanted an A. It was because we eat meat 2-4 times per week according to the test – but really it’s 2. We eat tons of beans and lentils here! Got my good points for my green smoothie, veggies and fruit!

  21. http:// says:

    I am going through all the comments in an effort to revise the quiz to be accurate, weighted well for all the factors, and use all this great feedback, and I noticed something. In the two blogs on this topic, all those who reported their scores are in either the 60’s . . . or the 90’s! (Except Peggy, who is close to 90.)

    The sample size is too small to do too much with, but if I *were* to make inferences, I think we might be seeing that once someone goes down the road to good nutrition, she doesn’t want to stop. She feels better and better, and she wants to improve more and more (within reason, of course–none of us want to spend the day in the kitchen). When you leave “bad” choices behind and you’re in the “good” zone, you start to wonder what “better” and “best” would feel and look like.

    What do you think?


  22. Anonymous says:

    I am also considered at least a mild health nut by my friends. I have joined the 12 step program, so I’m on my way “up” – I hope – to a better level. My downfall is how BUSY I am. It’s so hard to get into better nutritional habits (takes time to figure it out!) when you are running like crazy. I thought I’d do better on the quiz, too, but I ended up at 63. 🙁

    My guess about why you have people in the 60’s and 90’s is this: People who are reading and willing to participate in the quiz are either really healthy (the 90’s) or moderately healthy (compared to the SAD anyway) and are working/learning about doing better.

    I think the “normal” score of people who eat the “real” SAD – not “wanna be” healthy eaters like a lot of us – will be in the thirties at the most. I can EASILY see my good friends that are not interested in educating themselves about nutrition scoring twenty or so.

    I see what you mean about maintaining the higher standard. If what you are looking at is what is ideal vs. what is actual, then I’m sure 60 and below are awful, but when you look at what people are actually doing, then 60 doesn’t look so bad. Know what I mean? In reality it is pretty bad, when you compare to the ideal rather than the standard.

    I found that my failings were: lack of exercise, not eating enough legumes, not enough sprouts, and occasional eating out when I’m running around with my kids. I’ve noticed that my water drinking has decreased as I’ve added the green smoothies to my diet. It seems like it takes me a long time to drink the gs during the day, so I’m drinking that instead of my water.

    Just my thoughts.


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