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what I do every day, in my family

Robyn Openshaw - Oct 25, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

In a couple of interviews I’ve done for people lately, I’ve been asked, “What do you do in your family to ensure a healthy diet with lots of enzymes and nutrition?”

I find myself thinking, “Really, you want that in a 30-second sound byte?” I mean, everything I do is about that. I’ve written whole books about it.

But it’s a good exercise to have to boil it down. Like you, I have times when I’m better, and times when I get a little lazy or at least busy. But these are quick-n-dirty habits that “stuck” with my family, that I do every single day without fail. They involve a snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

  1. Always the green smoothie. Make it in the morning, put a pint for each kid in the fridge, follow up to make sure he/she drinks it after school. Automatic 7 servings of greens/fruit for each kid.
  2. Homemade kefir for breakfast. Sometimes I just blend a banana in. I add pea protein powder for my 17-y.o. Occasionally I add frozen strawberries. This ensures a healthy microbial population in the gut, against all the nasty critters we’re exposed to throughout the winter.
  3. A raw vegetable and a raw fruit in the brown-bag school lunch. My mom always did it. I always do it.
  4. Big green salad of some kind for dinner. Most often it’s romaine and spring greens, with whatever veggies are in the fridge. Bell peppers, cukes, and tomatoes are staples. On our busiest nights, dressing might be as quick as pouring a little EVO and raw ACV on the salad and tossing it. Automatic guarantee that dinner will have enzymes supplied, for whatever other main dish I might serve.

Those ideas are detailed in Steps 1, 2, and 10 in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. But they’re the things we never slide off the wagon on. They go a long way, even if we are not perfect on vacation or in someone else’s home. I sometimes feel awkward about people who seeing me as GSG instead of just . . . me. (Regular girl next door. Single mom. Doing my best but with good days and bad days.) I feel like I need to say, occasionally, hey, I’m not perfect either. I always mean to have a fermented vegetable on every dinner plate, but sometimes I forget. I know my kids eat crap at school and their dad’s house sometimes, and if I told you I’d never eaten a brownie with ice cream, I’d be lying. Remember how I always quote my Grama, who was my original inspiration:

“It’s not what you do occasionally that will kill you. It’s what you do 95% of the time that will save you.”

Those four things I’ve just listed, I can tell you with confidence, we ALWAYS do them. With those four things in place, 60-80% raw is almost assured. With those four things, we’re far, far ahead of our culture’s low standards.

Posted in: Green Smoothies, Lifestyle, Relationships, Whole Food

19 thoughts on “what I do every day, in my family”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    hi robyn, i am very interested in ordering, especially the protein powder and the almonds. i dont have a co-op or anything…am i still able to order? let me know…thanks

  2. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, you’ve been such an inspiration. I really devour the things I’ve learned from you, your book and similar books. I’ve been slack in my GS the past few weeks but our diet is still forever changed. I eat salad almost every day, as my main entree, and a lot more raw and whole foods than I ever have. It’s baby steps but I know we’re going somewhere with it. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Amazing post. Thanks for that little encouragement.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great stuff, Robyn! The continuous information helps keep me on track. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    *Love* your grandma’s quote!!

    Thanks for this post!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, would you drink raw milk kefir if you were pregnant? I know the whole deal – if the farm’s clean ya da, ya da, but really… maybe I’m just so brainwashed from the FDA that it scares me. Also, goats milk tastes okay, but goats milk yogurt is really hard to get down for me (disgusting), and I haven’t even tried the kefir. Is cows milk really that much worse? I guess I’m asking is it that much worse to do homemade pasteurized organic cow’s milk kefir than for homemade raw goats milk kefir?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Erin, yes I would (and did), but because I can’t stand the taste of goat milk, having not been raised on it, I used cow’s milk for me. The fermentation breaks the proteins down and you shouldn’t have a reaction. Use raw if possible, but at a minimum, use milk from cows that have not been treated with hormones.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    This may be a dumb question, but have you ever thought of throwing an egg shell in your Blendtec smoothie to get your calcium naturally?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Diane, I think there are better ways to get calcium.

  8. Hi Robyn

    thnx for all your great tips! i went out of town and was unknowingly secluded in a resort with no options of grocery stores, i went w/o my green smoothie for SIX DAYs. NEVER AGAIN!! i could not believe how sluggish i was by the third day! next time i will pack my magic bullet and bring whatever i can to ensure i get my green ‘natural coffee fix’ every day. thanks for turning me on to GS!!

  9. Anonymous says:


    I can’t thank you enough for all the information you provide! It is amazing the difference I can actually feel in all aspects of my life since finding you. Do you have a kefir recipe? And calcium has been a big concern of mine. What are the ‘better ways’ to get it? Thanks!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Hi Karen, I teach how to make kefir and yogurt in a video and in Ch. 8 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

  10. Anonymous says:

    just after writing that comment I found your recipe! sorry. But I am still interested in calcium sources. Thank you, Robyn!

  11. Anonymous says:

    about goatsmilk: my mother has been keeping goats for 63 years..she got them so I could survive as a preemie… she couldn’t breast feed me after a short time… cows milk caused all sorts of digestive issues for me …my mother has saved many babies and adults lives by them injesting raw whole goats milk…way back in the 50’s she made Bulgarian cultured milk, cheeses and yogurt…in recent years she has added Kefir milk to her menu…I know it isn’t the taste some might have grown up with..however goatsmilk is by far more compatable with humans than cow milk ever will be. Just my two cents worth..oh and I am # 2 of seven children all raised on raw goatsmilk…my mom is still milking at 87 years young…

  12. Hi Robyn,

    Thanks for the concise words of encouragement.

    I am enjoying this cool weather and my kale is coming up nicely for great green smoothies this fall and winter. Smoothies are simple, but what I need is to find a great easy salad dressing that will get me wanting to eat salads daily.

    I think I will check back on your dressings page in your book.

    Thanks for your grandma’s quote. Very true! I like it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    12 steps to whole food

    Robyn I am interested in this because I teach a health class at our church and the missing ingredient to the class has been something I can put in their hand as steps to follow when they leave the class to go out on their own…we are working on accountability meetings on going but this piece I have mentioned is greatly needed. I have looked at this on your sight but would like to have more info and see how it could possibly work for us.

    Is their someone I can call and discuss this with? Please advise.

    Thank you

  14. Anonymous says:

    To refine that idea for omnivores or ovo-vegetarians, I read somewhere to cover a whole organic egg with ACV, overnight. Rinse off and add the whole egg (w/semi-digested shell) to a smoothie. No I haven’t tried it yet, I’m just the messenger.

  15. http://Huh says:


    I am green smoothie senior about 2 weeks into one quart a day using a one horse blender. Because I am just starting and am sure many others are, would you please tell what your abbreviations are, such as “GSG”, “EVO”, “AGC”. Wow, I just got GSG – Green Smoothie Girl but still have no idea about the rest.

    When writing instructions for TMR (Total Motion Release) I use the method in this sentence. Otherwise I use the word and then the abbreviation – Total Motion Release (TMR).

    Thank for everything.

    Alan T

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Sorry, Alan–good reminder that some people who read my blog are new there. Yes, GSG is GS is green smoothie. EVOO is extra virgin olive oil. I don’t know what AGC is–ACV? That’s apple cider vinegar. I’ll do better!

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