I Drank Kimberly Snyder’s Famous Glowing Green Smoothie Every Day for Two Weeks. Here’s What Happened.

A big part of our job is keeping up with cool new wellness trends. Some of the new ones rock and become an everyday staple. Some – eh – we could take or leave (sorry cryotherapy, my teeth chattered far too long after that session to make me run back for more).

But with all the cool new things to try – sometimes we lose sight of the basics. A few weeks ago, we hosted Kimberly Snyder for the Philly stop of her Radical Beauty tour. While Jess has been a superfan of KS since her debut on the wellness scene in 2011, I, admittedly, knew pretty much nothing about her work.

The night of the event – you could FEEL the loyalty in the room. While a few attendees were newbies to KS like me, most were die hard fans. Kimberly’s teachings had truly changed a lot of these lives. And I could see why. Her smile was infectious, her skin seriously did glow, and she spoke to the room with a relatable energy that made you really WANT to listen.

Of everything she spoke about that night, one thing really stuck with me. KS starts every. single. day. with her Glowing Green Smoothie – a generously sized blend of filtered water, lots of greens, veggies & fruit (without any added fat or protein). Ok – a green smoothie in the morning is not THAT different from my regular routine (I usually have some variation of greens/nut milk/fruit/nut butter) but what was super cool about the GG is that it doesn’t really count as your breakfast. Chug this baby, wait 25-30 mins, and then you’re free to eat an additional breakfast that includes protein/fat. The point of the GG is to flood your body first thing with easily digestible nutrients – with an extra promise of being just what you need to feel energized all day. So two breakfasts can be a thing? Sign me up.

For this experiment, I took the GG and adapted it slightly to fit me. You can find the OG version <<here>>.

B+YND’S MORNING GREEN

½ HEAD ROMAINE LETTUCE

½ LARGE CUCUMBER, ROUGHLY SLICED (OR A WHOLE ONE, IF ITS SMALL!)

HANDFUL OF HERBS (CILANTRO, PARSLEY, BASIL – WHATEVER I HAVE)

THROW EVERYTHINGGGG IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER UNTIL SMOOTH.

DAY 1

Thoughts at the grocery store: “Holy crap. This is a lot of produce. Can I afford to do this every morning? Damn, organic produce is expensive. I hate celery. What am I going to do with all this celery?” I felt better about everything (except the excess celery) once I actually made the smoothie. It was A LOT – almost 40oz. KS recommends starting with 16oz a day, and says you can make a batch and keep it sealed in an airtight container in the fridge for two days. Cool. And it honestly tastes pretty good. A little thick, but I’ll know to blend longer next time.

DAY 2

Actually looking forward to the smoothie. Plus, it’s already made, which makes things easy. Even after the GG, I’m feeling a little sluggish today so can’t totally vouch for the energy promise yet.

DAY 3

If nothing else, this routine is making me super tuned into what I’m eating. Since I know I have to eat this first, and then wait at least 30 minutes until breakfast #2, I find myself planning my meals better and making better food decisions overall. Also – with all this produce in the house, a lot more of my meals are becoming salads by default. I’m liking this.

DAY 4

I workout before the GG most days, and today, I come home just plain HUNGRY. Plus, I’m out and have to make the whole concoction again. Wah. I’m feeling cranky and want to just bag it and eat something else – but I stick to it and realize after drinking my portion that the crazy hunger pangs are gone. Today, I wait a few hours until eating again cause I’m just plain full.

DAY 5 & 6

Noticed these mornings that I woke up super easily (I’m usually a “snooze” til the last second person). I’m awake and starting my day an hour before I normally do. One day, I drink my leftover GG in bed while banging out emails (I know, I shouldn’t work in bed, but I live in a studio – there’s really nowhere else to go!) and feel like a champ.

DAY 7

About to hop on a plane to LA with the team. I make a mini version of the GG with the rest of the produce I have on hand. I’m so happy to be drinking this before getting on a plane – I feel like my digestive system is thanking me. My usual routine on planes is to snuggle up and catch up on sleep, but I work through the whole flight. I feel ALERT. Not sure how I’m going to keep this up while traveling, but I figure if there is any city to need to drink a specific green smoothie every morning, it’s LA.

DAY 7-10

Even in the land of healthy food, it’s not easy to keep this up while traveling. Definitely not impossible, though. You can walk into pretty much any smoothie bar and ask them to make this concoction – my three day failure was more because I REALLLYYY wanted to try all the cool new combos at every juice bar. I definitely drank a green juice (or two) every day of the trip, so I’ll call that a win.

DAY 10-14

Back home and back at it. I was craving it when I landed. Not as thrilled about running to the grocery store at 7am when I remembered I was ingredient-less, but I was determined. I made a batch for the next two days and settled back into my normal routine, liking the burst of morning nutrients even more each day.

THE VERDICT

By the end of two weeks (more like 2 and half, since I wanted to make up for my 3 day hiatus) I’m HOOKED. I have more energy, I feel fuller during the day, and my digestive system is ON POINT. I even got the fiance intrigued, and now have him guzzling down 12 oz every morning.

So KS- thank you. We’ll be sticking to this one for a while.

xo,

Jen

There’s only a handful of things one can consider truly life-changing: choosing a career path, meeting one’s spouse, having a baby, etc.

Add “discovering the Glowing Green Smoothie” to that list. It’s that amazing, y’all.

We’ve both been obsessed with Kimberly Snyder and her Beauty Detox lifestyle for awhile now. She’s basically everything we want to be: vegan yoga goddess, Earth mama, and health coach. We read her books, listen to her podcast, and basically copy everything she does. Like we said, we’re obsessed. Ensley’s question was even featured on this episode of her podcast!

Have you ever eaten “traditional” breakfast food (cereal, bagels) and then felt hungry like 30 minutes later? Us too. GGS to the rescue! This is Kimberly’s original recipe and one of her main staples for incredible health and digestion. Here’s why:

  • unlike many traditional smoothies, this one isn’t loaded with sugar
  • our bodies need a little “warm up” between fasting overnight and digesting a full meal
  • the high amount of fiber helps to keep you full longer
  • lemon juice = amazing detoxifier

We can attest that this actually keeps us full allllllll morning. And on the occasional days it doesn’t, we just eat a small breakfast a bit later. (Did somebody say “avocado toast”? Because we certainly did.)

The proportions below don’t need to be an exact science. Just aim for 80% greens to 20% fruit and you’ll be golden. Don’t be afraid to let it blend as long as needed to get that perfect consistency. As for the blenders we use, Kendra is a rock star with her Vitamix, and Ensley uses this Ninja that she got from her wedding registry. Different price points, but both come highly recommended by us. Happy sipping!

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Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

Course Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 head organic spinach
  • 1 head organic romaine (or a few handfuls of spring mix!)
  • 3-4 stalks celery
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple

Instructions

  • Fill your blender with water, spinach, and lettuce. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the celery, apple, and pear and blend again.
  • Final step: add lemon juice and banana and give it one more whirl. Voila!

Notes

Store any extra in the fridge-just make sure it’s a container with a lid! This recipe is from our beloved vegan guru/yoga goddess Kimberly Snyder. 17 Shares

Beauty Makeover Detox Smoothie Recipe from Drew Barrymore’s Nutritionist

What you see in the mirror depends on what you see in the fridge. Food’s magic power to boost our natural beauty is the philosophy behind The Beauty Detox Solution by nutritionist-to-the-stars Kimberly Snyder, out on March 29 (check out the cover blurb by Drew Barrymore!).

“I’ve traveled around the world and found that women in the poorest cultures had such beautiful, healthy, radiant skin … that they looked far younger than us Western women – despite our diets, gyms and make-up,” she says. For her clients, who range from celebs to busy moms, Snyder integrates the secrets of other cultures into a holistic approach to eating (read: no food restrictions or counting calories). “Being beautiful isn’t about micro-managing to the point of pulling out a calculator at dinner,” she said. Instead, it’s about unlocking the energy that’s often hogged by one thing: digestion.

The less energy we tie up in digestion, the more energy we can “unlock” to spread through our bodies and confer beauty benefits: supple skin, shiny hair, glowing complexion, strong nails and increased energy to hit the gym. “If we unlock that energy, our bodies will radiate from the inside out.”

And her secrets may surprise you. “A lot of people think they’re doing right by eating chicken and brown rice, then fruit for dessert,” Snyder says. “But eating fruit after protein is like putting a Ferrari behind a Mack Truck on the highway; it causes a traffic jam.” Because protein takes a couple of hours to digest, “the fruit will start to ferment and bloat you out. It’s a total waste of digestive energy.”

Snyder shared with SHAPE the recipe for her “Glowing Green Smoothie,” the go-to beauty drink for Barrymore, Olivia Wilde and Jenna Dewan (not to mention Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn!). “Every time I work on a movie set, the whole cast starts to drink it,” she says. “It’s a ton of nutrients, condensed and blended into a juice so your body doesn’t waste energy breaking it down. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids will flow right into your system to rejuvenate you. And it’s full of fiber, so you’re not reaching for that bagel or that second cup of coffee between meals.” Give the egg-white omelet routine a break, and try this instead for breakfast.

Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups water


-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 cilantro (stems okay)


-1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

Directions


Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

The fruit and lemon cut right though the grass taste. Feel free to mix and match different greens and fruits, as these two specific food groups combine well.

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  • By Melissa Pheterson

Glow from the inside out with this refreshing green detox smoothie packed with hydrating fruit and veggies (including a whole heart of romaine!). Vegan and gluten-free.

After yesterday’s poll on Facebook, it’s clear that you are craving smoothies just as much as I am these days.

Rightfully so, they’re perfect for cooling down your body during the spring and summer months and they’re a great way to boost your nutrition as well.

I’m all about healing the body from the inside out with food and know that a diet packed with fresh vegetables and fruits can help in the beauty department too — especially when it comes to improving your skin, hair and nails.

It’s also important not to get stuck in a rut eating the same foods day after day. Make sure you include a variety of different foods to supply your body with all the nutrients it needs. The more colorful the fruits and veggies, the better! Skittles may not be a healthy snack option, but they’re on to something with the whole “taste the rainbow” thing. 🙂

My secret weapon for getting in vitamin-packed fruits and veggies is by having at least one salad or smoothie each day — most of time I have one of each.

Smoothies in particular are really helpful when you’re trying to increase your consumption of leafy greens because you can add a a variety of green leafy vegetables into one smoothie — way more than you’d likely eat in a salad. The smoothie recipe I’m sharing today has a whole romaine heart and spinach!

Why smoothies and not juice? I have a juicer and drink fresh juice every now and then but I prefer smoothies because you still get all the fiber. The fiber makes the smoothie more filling and also helps control your blood sugar.

I’m calling today’s green smoothie the Hello Beautiful! Green Detox Smoothie because it’s packed with nutrient-filled fruits and vegetables to help hydrate your skin, strength your nails and make your hair strong and healthy. Hydration is arguably the most important factor for achieving a beautiful, healthy glow so I used water for the base and boosted the hydration factor by adding a full romaine heart. The healthy fat from the chia seeds is there to help your body absorb all the nutrients.

If you make this green detox smoothie, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe.

Description

Glow from the inside out with this refreshing green detox smoothie packed with hydrating fruit and veggies (including a whole heart of romaine!). Vegan and gluten-free.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 full romaine heart
  • 1 big handful baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana (chopped)
  • 1/2 of a Pink Lady or Fuji apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peel removed
  • 4–5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  1. Place water, romaine and spinach into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the lemon, banana, apple, mint and chia seeds. Blend on high until banana has been completely pureed and the mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. Feel free to take a look in the mirror while drinking and say, “Hello beautiful!” 🙂
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 7g

Other delicious green smoothie options include this Green Lemonade Smoothie or the Green Elvis Smoothie. If you haven’t tried these yet, definitely bookmark/pin/print/save them for later!

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KIMBERLY SNYDER’S GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE

This is one of our FAVORITE go to green smoothie recipes of all time. Kimberly Snyder is a highly sought after nutritionist and for many of the entertainment industry’s top celebrities, and author of The Beauty Detox Solution

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Kimberly’s first book was published in 2011 and has drawn praise from celebrities and experts including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Drew Barrymore, Fergie, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, Channing Tatum, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Jillian Barberie, Tom Hiddleston, Abigail Spencer, Kevin James, Chris Hemsworth, Owen Wilson, and of course, Blender Babes!

WE LOVE KIMBERLY SNYDER AND WROTE A REVIEW ON HER BOOK, The Beauty Detox Solution!!! We will be featuring many of The Beauty Detox recipes in addition to Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie in our celebrity recipe section.

This Glowing Green Smoothie (aka GGS) could be a daily staple. It features lots of greens, and fruit to help balance that “green” taste. The lemon gives cleansing benefits in addition to the greens. Mix and match greens with fruit to your liking, or what produce you must use up! Ideally it’s 2 types of greens with 2-3 types of fruits plus lemon.

I personally don’t like celery in it (too strong of a flavor for me), so I leave it out. If I’m trying to detox, I’ll add some parsley or cilantro, or both and use more banana or even some dates to sweeten it up.

I love mixing up the greens & fruit, and sometimes using coconut water instead of filtered water. 🙂

The beautiful thing about the GGS is the idea is to drink a quart or so of green smoothie per day to easily get more than the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables!

If you don’t have a Blendtec or Vitamix or other high powered blender don’t fret, you can still make the Glowing Green Smoothie!

Just follow our tips on making green smoothies with a “regular” blender.

Be sure to join our community for more delicious green smoothie recipes and other healthy blender recipes!

If you try this recipe, share your rating with us in the comments section below.

4.07 from 32 votes Pin Course: Green Smoothie Servings: 5 cups / Serves 2 Calories: 218.6kcal Author: Kimberly Snyder

  • 12 to 16 ounces filtered water
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 apple cored
  • 1 pear cored
  • 1 banana
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup ice

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  • Place all ingredients in the jar in order listed
  • For Blendtec: Press the SOUP Button
  • For Vitamix: Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth.
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Serving: 20g | Calories: 218.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 52.4g | Protein: 6.3g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 86.8mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 29g

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROMAINE AND SPINACH
Romaine: Just 1 cup of romaine lettuce meets the entire daily requirement of vitamin A, which works with vitamin C to create beautiful skin and prevent high cholesterol.

Spinach: Experts have identified at least thirteen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that provide antioxidant and/or anti-cancer benefits. These substances, along with other nutrients, offer a variety of healthy reasons to eat spinach – OFTEN!

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I know we just ran a green fertility smoothie recipe last week, but can you really have too many green smoothie recipes? I think not. And as I daydream about warmer mornings — seriously, the chill factor seriously cramps my smoothie style — I’m bookmarking this Glowing Green Smoothie recipe to try as soon as I don’t have to defrost my toes in the morning.

This green smoothie recipe came to us courtesy of People.com; it’s Kerry Washington’s fave from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Jam-packed with dark, leafy greens and sweetened naturally with apple and pear, it’s a super-nutritious drink for pregnant women — or anyone! — and a great way to start the day.

Glowing Green Smoothie Author: Kimberly Snyder Recipe type: Drink Serves: 1 Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3-4 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ head of a large bunch or ¾ of a small bunch of spinach
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Juice of ½ fresh lemon
  • ⅓ bunch cilantro, optional
  • ⅓ bunch parsley, optional

Instructions

  1. Add 1½ cups water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smooth.
  2. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, spinach apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

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Ever put herbs in your morning green smoothie? I’m not usually too adventurous with my morning smoothie, but I love the idea of the cilantro and parsley for a bit of a kick! —Erin

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