Kim is a holistic health coach and a toxic-free lifestyle consultant. She obtained her studies from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Glowing Green Smoothie Changed My Life
A few years I embarked on a weight loss journey that started with the book The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. What started as curiosity after spotting her book at Target, became an inspiring transformation of my body and mind.
I lost nearly 20 pounds, toned up, and felt more energized through the day. More importantly, my skin felt and looked smoother! It all started with Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie and digestive enzymes supplements. I effortlessly maintained my ideal weight with no struggle. Green smoothies alone will not make you reach your weight goal. However, it did jump start my jogs every morning.
Kimberly claims that her smoothie, which is made up of different fruits and vegetables, is full of essential nutrients that allows your body to digest it more efficiently. "A serving of the GGS contains over 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week!"
The glowing green smoothie is meant to be consumed every day as a part of a larger detox plan that helps you feel radiant, energized, and lose weight by focusing on your inner beauty and health. So what is the rave about this popular smoothie and what exactly does it taste like? Find out below!
My Story: Feeling Beautiful Inside and Out
I was a competitive athlete throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Yet I experienced the common weight fluctuation, fatigue, yo-yo dieting, and dry skin. Add term papers and finals to the picture and you get the typical stress, insomnia, anxiety, and frequent colds.
I was oblivious to the true meaning of a healthy eating lifestyle. My idea of beauty at the time was superficial, which often involved covering imperfections with makeup and trying so hard to be super skinny.
I am grateful to have accidentally discover the Beauty Detox Solution book. Long gone are the days of counting calories, restrictive eating, binge eating, and yo-yo diets. My skin looks better now that I'm in my 30's compared to my 20's. I look younger and my skin glows. People are always surprised when I reveal my true age. More importantly, I feel healthy and vibrant, knowing that every single cell in my body is nourished from the inside.
Glowing Green Smoothie: Quick Facts
- Low fat, high fiber, plant protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants
- Helps you increase your intake of vegetables and fruits each day
- It's blended, which helps breakdown the vegetables and fruits so your body can easily digest.
- Drew Barrymore, Fergie, and Vince Vaughn swears by it
- Does not have the "green leafy" taste
Glowing Green Smoothie and Weight Loss
Kimberly Snyder's holistic approach is different than most. Although she is a vegan/raw foodist, she inspires her clients to focus on doing their best to incorporate fresh, whole, organic foods that nourish and fuel their body.
She doesn't believe in counting calories, diet foods, or tortuous workouts. Part of her detox plan introduces her famous Glowing Green Smoothie, a simple vegetable and fruit smoothie with a trademark name.
I truly believe in the concept of starting the day off with the Glowing Green Smoothie. It is a smart way to pack in the powerful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the green vegetables and fresh fruits.
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It's super easy and fast to make. I usually make a large batch, enough for 2 days worth and store it in my fridge. I blend the vegetables and fruits, pour it in 32 ounce bottles and have them ready for work in the morning.
Kimberly recommends using a high speed blender, such as Vitamix which will give you that creamy consistency. The Vitamix is expensive, but is a great investment if you are serious about whipping up healthy recipes. There are other blenders that can do the job if you have a lower budget. If you don't mind the rougher texture of GGS, look into some other budget friendly blenders.
The natural sweetness comes from the bananas and other fruits that you choose to put in there. The wonderful concept behind this Glowing Green Smoothie is to blend a good ratio of vegetables to fruits. As long as you have sweet fruits, it will mask the "green" taste of the kale. In the summer, I like to mix up the different variety of fruits that are fresh from the farmer's market. You can try cherries, mango, apricot, strawberries, and any other fruits that are sweet.
As for the vegetables, I would not recommend straying too much from the basic. At least not in the beginning! I usually mix it up between kale, spinach, celery, and romaine lettuce as those are more mild on the taste buds, yet pack a lot of nutrients.
I give the Glowing Green Smoothie 5 stars!
What about adding dairy to Glowing Green Smoothie?
Dairy does not combine well with fruit and will cause fermentation, yeast, digestive issues, and will not aid in weight loss. That’s the reason Kimberly Snyder does not recommend adding yogurt or any other dairy products. Trust me, you won't even miss it.
Glowing Green Smoothie Smoothie
Adapted from Kimberly Snyder
Ingredients (64 ounces / 2-4 servings)
- 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
- 6 cups spinach, chopped
- 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 stalks of organic celery
- 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
- 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
- 1 organic banana
- 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice
- Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
- 1/2 cup of organic cilantro
- 1/2 cup of organic parsley
Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth.
Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
Questions & Answers
Question: What about adding protein to the Kimberly Snyder Glowing Green smoothie?
Answer: There is a small amount of protein in veggies but feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder or chia/hemp seeds for extra protein!
Question: Can I cut this recipe in half?
Answer: Yes, you can cut this recipe in half.
Question: Could I add turmeric and ginger to this smoothie?
Answer: Yes, but don't add too much because turmeric and ginger are really strong!