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The verdict on Idaho

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 07, 2010

So here is our class in Idaho Falls. Turns out, people in Idaho DO care about good nutrition.

Tennyson is my helper in the photo. My favorite thing from this class was when I was asked if it’s expensive to incorporate whole-foods habits. I discussed my top two money-saving ideas (one, grow a garden; two, have a full-size freezer to store greens and fruit, nuts and seeds, when you can get them inexpensively).

Then I mentioned that I know the edible weeds, and I just get some out of my backyard sometimes for smoothies. Dandelions and morning glory, for instance. I freeze them for the winter, too. The whole audience burst out laughing and I wasn’t sure why, for a minute. Until I saw them looking at Tennyson.

Ten and I have been discussing his “poker face” or lack thereof. (It was a big problem, playing cards all weekend.)

His eyes were big and shocked and his mouth was hanging open.

Tip for those of you who would like to put weeds in your smoothies: don’t tell your kids. They wouldn’t understand.

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8 thoughts on “The verdict on Idaho”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Be careful what weeds you use. There is a weed in Washington State that actually killed a woman who ate it this year. It is a type of hemlock. Stick to the ones that you actually know, such as dandelion and purslane.

  2. Anonymous says:


    I just have one quick question. Some of my family members are concerned because i’m not eating meat…. they want to know about my Vit B 12 intake? As i started to do a little research i just got more lost? Where and how do you recommend to get your B12?

    Thanks! Heidi

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Heidi, organically grown vegetables, not washed much. Aloe vera. Brewer’s or nutritional yeast. Those are sources of B 12. It comes from the micro-organisms in the soil.

  3. Sounds like such a fun workshop!! & gotta love kids’ (lack of) a poker face!

    Here’s a great interactive B-12 ‘gauge’ http://www.b12d.org/content/B12-signs-symptoms-assessment-form

    I’ve taken B-12 sublingually for years, (under the tongue – B-12 is absorbed in the intestines, not stomach, if you feel you need more, this is an easy way to supplement) since having a bout of bursitis after adding a new massage move to my ‘rep’ – B-12 & dropping that move turned it around, I take it sporadically, when I feel I need it.

    Gluten sensitivity (which I have) is one of th ‘flags’ that you may need more B-12 than you ABSORB from your food! Green Smoothies are a GREAT way to move away from overconsumption of grains – & heal some of the damage done by gluten.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s ok to tell the kids about eating weeds. Saturday my husband finally tasted oxalis (a lemony flavored shamrock relative with no poisonous look-alikes) and he started searching my book of Edible and Medicinal plants for more! We showed our 6 year old daughter where oxalis is growing in our yard. She thought it was amazing and showed her friend. Soon they were picking it by the handful. Kent added the oxalis, plantain and dandelions to the chard in our smoothie. It was delicious. We will be adding more backyard “weeds” if the kids don’t pull them all!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Heather . . . COOL!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a triathlete and LOVE the GSD…have been making the drinks for almost 3 months and having so much fun with it and getting even healthier at the same time.

    My question is what drinks would you recommend to use before, during and after my training sessions( if possible). Right now I am using a product with calories and electrolytes in it but if I could train and race with the GS I would be willing to try it and see how I do.

    So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and if there are other athletes out there doing something like this please share your thoughts with me!



    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hey Suzette, the Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie I have every morning is an electrolyte powerhouse. Ch. 11 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, or the breakfast recipe collection. I play sports 2-3 hours every day and I love it.

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