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Thoughts after BYU’s Education Week, and Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, Part 1 of 5

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 24, 2009

I was at Brigham Young University ’s Education Week most of this week, with my gorgeous sister and two favorite cousins.  (That’s saying a lot about how cool Rochelle and Quinn are, since I have 48 first cousins and they all rock out loud.) I got to see a few GSG readers here from out of town I’d arranged to meet, or who saw me in classes.  (Lala whipped out her empty green smoothie container from her backpack, and I learned that her dad is one of the authors of Crucial Conversation, one of my all-time favorite books—I was there to attend his lecture. Fun!)

Here’s a photo of us at our last class, my sis next to me and cousins on the outside.  The incredible class we’re sitting in was taught by Kathy Headlee Miner, the founder of Mothers Without Borders, who I am meeting with tomorrow.  GSG readers will be hearing more later about how we are gonna get good nutrition to orphaned children together in third-world countries!

I have lots of comments about things I learned, so this will be a multi-part series.  Education Week has literally hundreds of classes all over the huge campus, about everything from single parenting, to Isaiah in the Bible, to gardening (to give you an idea of some of the things I learned about).

I got Quinn and Roch (12 Steppers) addicted to Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, since they stayed at my house.  Roch told the others that she dreamed about it at night.  Just sixty seconds ago, she wrote me an email about how she made it for her family and they were mocking her because it was disgusting.  Then she said, “I forgot the strawberries!”  She would like me to write you a “testimonial” that says this: “Don’t forget the strawberries.”

If you’ve tried it and don’t like it, you made it wrong.  LOL!  If you can’t find fresh young Thai coconuts (by the case in Asian markets), never fear.  You can buy coconut water/liquid (not milk, high in fat) in cans.  I get them $1.19 by the case, and one can has about 2.5 cups in it, so it’s no more expensive than fresh.  It doesn’t have live enzymes because it’s not raw when it’s canned, but it’ll do in a pinch and has many other health benefits fairly intact.

The recipe is in Ch. 10 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods.  Even though it’s really yummy and virtually all raw, it has beets and carrots in it. Anyone, please tell me a breakfast containing those ingredients that you’ll enjoy as much.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll tell you a couple of REALLY interesting things I learned before I go off about modern dietetics based on a nutrition class I attended.  Watch out: I’m fired up and both barrels are loaded.

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Books, Green Smoothies

27 thoughts on “Thoughts after BYU’s Education Week, and Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, Part 1 of 5”

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  1. Katie says:

    Um, I don’t think any explanation of which one is your sister is required, ha ha!! You two look very much alike 🙂

  2. MarLou says:

    First of all let me say, my family knows I’m really into this healthy eating thing. I enjoy it more than any other type diet, or rather culinary life style.
    Every member—husband, kids and grandkids (haven’t started on the neighbor kids yet) have been offered one of my green smoothies. Some have been willing to try it and even continue to drink it; others have opted out—at least for the time being (heeheehee).

    Sunday at our house we celebrated five birthdays which all cluster around this same week. Besides PORK (ugh!) which my husband served, we had a very nice green salad with lots of red veggies and homemade dressing, plus other “cooked” green vegetables.

    For the birthday cake I made Robyn’s Beet Chocolate Cake with all the best, and in my opinion, yummiest ingredients. When I brought it out I heard suspicious remarks like, “Oh you didn’t make this with all your health stuff, did you? I just kept quiet and served everyone a nice slice after we sang, “Happy Birthday” and blew out the candles.

    Then, after everyone took a cautious bite, I heard my oldest grandson (18) sigh as he gasped, “Oh my gosh Grandma, this is sooooooo good! His mother, who absolutely hates beets, scarfed her slice down and went for a second. Absolutely everyone loved this cake, even the pickiest eater. Thanks, Robyn. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe that gave us a healthy birthday cake.

    Can’t wait to hear your Education Week reports.

  3. Anonymous says:

    MarLou, we’re hanging in suspense here . . . did you ever tell them what’s IN the cake? And then what??

  4. Erin says:

    Robyn, can we get the 12 Steps book in printed format (other than from my printer…)? I prefer real books. Your Green Smoothie book arrived today. 😉

  5. Lala says:

    Hey Robyn–it was so good to get to finally meet you in person! (and in my dad’s class) I want to apologize for not sticking around to introduce you to him–I had a husband out in the parking lot waiting for me to nurse my daughter inbetween classes..I should have told you that. I’d love to get you a signed book sometime…but only if you sign a book for me in return–ha ha ok?! 😉
    Education week was AWESOME–can’t wait for you to share what you thought.
    I went to the first day of a “nutrition” class there and about died–waste of time–even though I am still overweight (and you’d think I’d love the justification)–she spent the class giving us the numbers showing that those in the overweight category of the BMI possibly even live longer (have less chance of dying early) than those in the underweight or even normal weight category..I was amazed as she showed the numbers of following the recommendations for fruits and veggies–basically she was making it more reachable for those not eating them yet–but she said–I think it said 1 cup of greens–the WHOLE week (she was breaking the amounts down into colors of vegetables)–then she was pretty adament that there’s no reason to have any more than this. needless to say–I found a different class the rest of the week to spend my precious time away from my kids!

    ALSO- if you haven’t made the chessy kale chips yet–do! I made them last night and they are amazing! my son is so excited since he hasn’t gotten “cheese” anything for a long time. I’m excited to make these on a regular basis! (instead of chips) even my lover of doritos husband (but doesn’t eat them)–loved the taste and thought they were good–sucess!

  6. Lala says:

    Also –I’ve been trying to find where I found one of my favorite recipes for lunches for the kids and I finally found the source so I “think” I can post it–if not please remove- I found it at happyfood.com

    Sloppy Joe Lentils
    1 cup uncooked lentils
    4 cups water

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 medium yellow onion, diced small
    1 green pepper, diced small (optional)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 – 1 Tablespoons chili powder (orig. recipe called for 3!)
    1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
    1 teaspoon salt
    8 oz can tomato sauce
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    3 tablespoons maple syrup
    1-2 tablespoons yellow mustard (wet mustard)

    4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns (whole wheat for you guys)

    Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

    About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.

    Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

    Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait.

    since we are gluten free–we eat these as a spread in a nice piece of lettuce–SO good! even my son will eat them with the lettuce–sometimes I eat a head of lettuce with them myself. i usually have them warm but took them to education week on the go and they were almost even better cool on the go–enjoy!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love the Hot Pink Breakfast smoothie! I forgot the carrot once and that’s another mistake because the fresh taste of the carrot really balances out the earthy flavor of the beets and dates. Drinking less of it right now though because I only like having 1 smoothie a day and right now the green smoothie is vital for my iron intake but I plan to up my daily intake of smoothies to 2 a day once I get further into my pregnancy and require more calories.

    BTW, loving Robyn’s granola recipe right now too! I was wasting money on store bought high fiber cereal and granola bars but I switched to making Robyn’s Granola and my grocery bill went much lower and I feel even better eating the granola than I did the store bought stuff. The 12 Step book is really a life saver for me right now!

  8. 7 Thompsons says:

    I’m one of her cousins she spoke of that atteded Education Week with her. I thought it amusing that I was sipping on my pink smoothie this morning when I read this. I told my husband that the smoothies make me so happy. I got home late Friday night and on Saturday I was on the hunt for the cocunut juice. It took me two stores to find it but I have looked forward every morning to the thought of me and my pink smoothie. Thanks Robyn!!! What a fun week I had and I will now get to be reminded of all our fun every morning!! Excited to hear how you are going to be involved in service internationally. It has been a life long dream of mine to get invovled in such service.

  9. Robyn says:

    Correction: WE, the GSG community, are going to be doing service in Peru! Anyone willing, with me, that is! I’m so excited to announce a GSG expedition in December/January to teach and serve an orphanage founded by my friend Van (and see one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Macchu Pichu, and more) . . . watch your free GSG newsletter starting tomorrow, and this blog for more info in the next couple of weeks.

    It is going to change the lives of anyone who comes along.

  10. MarLou says:

    Robyn, I only told two members, my husband and one of my sons. I thought my husband would renounce this cake forever, but he wanted more. In fact, he had three more pieces after that. Tonight he told me to make another one. As for the other family members, well . . . I think I will just keep my little secret where it’s safe—with me, at least for the time being.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where do you get the case of coconut water and what brand is best?

  12. Robyn says:

    Erin, we are working on an expanded 12 Steps course that will be fulfilled by a third party: 26 DVD video demos, lots of audio files, the whole course printed and bound, and a journal. We will also probably offer the printed course without all the other items. I expect this to happen in the next month (and we will launch an affiliate program, too, at that time, all you mom bloggers, doctors, Costco blender demo folks, etc.).

    MarLou, that made me laugh!

    Thanks for the recipes, Lala! I like to make tacos out of cooked lentils with taco seasoning added–yum! You can get a healthy version of taco seasoning through Azure Standard.

  13. Robyn says:

    Coconut liquid: health food stores, Asian markets, Azure Standard.

    I get Amy & Brian brand but I haven’t investigated for which is “the best.”

  14. Anonymous says:

    I found six young coconuts at a health food store in town last night. I bought them all and have only opened one so far today. The liquid was tinted pink and there was barely any meat in it. The meat that was in there was a purplish color. That just doesn’t seem right to me. I read on one blog that it doesn’t necesarrily mean it was bad, but that still seems odd. Please enlighten me on what they should be like. I hope the other 5 aren’t bad also!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ok, the second coconut I opened had dirty looking liquid. Isn’t it supposed to be clear?

  16. Robyn says:

    Nope, sometimes it’s cloudy. And sometimes it’s kind of purplish. All fine. If it has gone bad, the liquid and/or meat will taste bad.

    This is the thing about plant foods: they vary widely.

    People love that at McDonald’s, you always know exactly what you’re going to get. That’s how America got addicted to franchise food.

    Not so when dealing with the wide variety in the food God/nature made. That’s why raw recipes are hard to do–textures, water content, colors, and many other variables shift widely!

  17. Anonymous says:

    So the purplish/pink water & purple meat was ok, but the second one looked a dirty brown, not just cloudy. How long will the water & meat keep in the refrigerator?

  18. The Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie is phenomenal! I froze my leftovers and it was a great icy pick-me-up by the afternoon.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Where do you get the $1.19/can in a case price for the coconut H20?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Pls send me recepies for the green drink and others,,,thanks…..

  21. David says:

    Hey I have been reading your newsletter for months. If I had of known you were at education week I would have looked for you. I was there and it was just amazing. I can witness to this. I did miss the lectures on nutrition. So next year I will go. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. I have been learning and trying stuff that you teach. It is a slow progress however I am learning. Keep up the great work your doing. Thanks so much. David

  22. JTRoney says:

    Robyn! I’m already fired up about what your future blog holds, and I cant wait to read it. I took a nutrition class my freshman year at BYU in 2005 and the teacher (who ever-so-proudly announced she had a PhD), bashed on raw foodist ALL the time (I was eating raw), taught the class that you don’t need to eat food raw because your body has all the enzymes it needs to break down the food/junk you put into it and that you can get your dairy intake from ice cream! ICE CREAM! I wanted to throw my text book at her every time I walked into that class room! So I’m really excited to see what you have to write about tomorrow on the matter. 🙂 (Hope my post doesn’t sound too angry. Im not usually an angry person. haha)

  23. Joelle says:

    Hi Robyn. I am new here. i just had to make a comment about nutrition being taught at the PhD level. My daughter who just went off to college, and is working towards being a nurse, is taking a nutrition class. She came home last weekend and I was telling her something, and she says, “MOM, you are going against everything I am learning in class!” It was pretty funny. She knows tho…who’s right! = )

    Now, where do I find out info about this group almond thing??

    Thanks, Joelle

  24. GSG Support says:

    Hi Joelle,
    You can find information about the almond group buy on these blog posts:


  25. Rod says:

    You really should not eat any coconuts that is gray or purple it has gone bad rotten to be truthful.

    You really take a chance when buying the tahi coconuts.
    Try looking at the bottom of the coconut and see if it is white on the bottom

    this has always helped me.

  26. Rosemary says:

    I am interested in buying 50 lbs. of almonds. How do I go about


    1. Robyn says:

      GSG Admin Said,

      We haven’t started taking orders just yet. You will be notified through the newsletter. If you aren’t receiving newsletters you can sign up by going to greensmoothiegirl.com and you can sign up right on the front page. You will order through GreenSmoothieGirl.com.

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