Green Smoothie Inspiration: Glowing Green Smoothie!

In celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s (above) book The Beauty Detox Solution, she advocates drinking her glowing green smoothie every morning for increased health, vitality and radiant skin. Being a smoothie lover and willing to try anything that promises glowing skin and extra energy, I jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon and set myself a goal to drink her infamous smoothie for every day in June.

Every Saturday I would head down to the local farmers market to pick up all the organic produce I needed to make the smoothies for the week. The total cost usually amounted to around $35. That’s $5 per smoothie- bargain! I would prep all the ingredients on the weekend.

I’d come home and chop everything up, put them in individual bags and freeze the 7 portions to save time on weekday mornings. Each night before I would take a bag from the freezer and leave it to defrost in the fridge overnight.

So, overall how did it go!? I ended up drinking the smoothie everyday in June up until the 27th (When I jetsetted off to Melbourne for a food filled weekend :P)

How did I feel by the end of the month? Absolutely FANTASTIC!

When I first started I was skeptical that the smoothie would be filling enough to keep me going throughout the morning, however it was surprisingly satisfying. When I sipped the smoothie throughout the afternoon (as a snack) I had a constant level of energy (and no afternoon sugar cravings!). Another bonus- it kept me extremely hydrated. And my skin? Well I only got 1 pimple the whole month. No complaints from me there!

Knowing that I’d had over half my recommended daily intake of fruit and veg before 10am felt great and I would recommend that everyone try this smoothie at least once!

Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

Ingredients


♥ 1 & 1/2 cups water

(add more water to make smoother)
♥ 1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped

♥ 3-4 stalks organic celery


♥ 1/2 head of a large bunch, or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach

♥ 1 organic apple, cored and chopped

♥ 1 organic pear, cored and chopped

♥1 organic banana


♥ Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon



Optional


♥ 1/3 bunch organic coriander (stems okay)


♥ 1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)



*Note: I added parsley but not coriander. I also usually added about 1 teaspoon of honey or bee pollen for added sweetness and nutrients.

Directions 



♥ Add the water and chopped ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.

*Note: I halved the recipe and found this made enough for 1 L of green smoothie every morning and occasionally leftovers to sip on during the day (depending on how much water I added).

My other tips:

♥ I thoroughly recommend spending one morning per weekend prepping all ingredients. It keeps fresh in the freezer for 7 days and saves so much time during the weekday mornings.
♥ Drink the smoothie cold. If making fresh I suggest adding lots of ice.
♥ Make sure to blend the smoothie well. Otherwise you’ll end up with chucky, grainy bits that are not very nice. Add more water if it looks sludgy.
♥ Drink the smoothie slowly, relax and enjoy it. Drinking too fast may lead to that bloated uncomfortable full feeling.

Article by Kavisha, self confessed ‘health foodie’ who believes a little dessert is good for the soul. She is currently studying for her Master of Wellness at RMIT University and blogs at Style My Coconut.

9 comments

  1. katie says:

    hi there
    the list of ingredients you list in the article, do u use all that in one smoothie for one day or your note about halving the the recipe means the one you posted is halved or you halved the one you posted? just seems like a lot to drink in one day!!

  2. Kavisha says:

    Hi Katie,

    The recipe posted in the original recipe 🙂

    I half the recipe (eg; use 1/2 an apple, 1/2 pear, 1/2 banana, 2 celery stalks etc) and still find it makes a lot! I use about 2 cups of water though.

  3. Katie says:

    cool thanks!

  4. Alex says:

    This looks so healthy for you!! I really should try it, I’m just not a big fan of lettuce or celery 🙁

  5. Kavisha says:

    Alex you can’t taste the lettuce at all, I promise! It just makes the smoothie really fresh. If you don’t like the taste of celery just omit it and add more spinach! Will still taste great 🙂

  6. K says:

    I usually only make a small one in my tiny little blender, but it means that I have to make them fresh two-three times a day – what blender (proper size!) do you reccomend?

    Thanks

  7. kelly says:

    Hi there

    I really want to try this smoothie and i do have the magic bullet but i was wondering if the magic bullet would have enough power for this smoothie

  8. Kavisha says:

    Hey guys,

    I dont think the magic bullet would have enough power for this smoothie, unless you make it in smaller batches. The blender i use has a 1L capacity. Check out Sunbeam. They have a great range that are really affordable 🙂

  9. K says:

    My little bullet blender (not THE magic bullet, but an el cheapo knockoff I bought from IGA years ago) handles this kind of thing ok, its just the quantities that have made me realise that I need to get a bigger one!

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