I am a big fan of Kimberly Synder, a fellow nutritionist and believer in the power of Green Smoothies. This recipe is straight from her Beauty Detox Program which focuses on creating beauty from the inside out. Kimberly recommends that this green smoothie is consumed each day for breakfast, 30 minutes after having a cup of hot water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon in order to wake up your liver and start the detoxification process.
This smoothie is a fantastic way of incorporating green vegetables into your diet – just one serving gives you 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables which is more than some people get in a whole week! Because these days most people just inhale their food rather than chew each mouthful the reccommend 20-30 times (yes you did read that right!), blending the greens into a creamy consistancy makes their full spectrum of nutrition available to our body to absorb and use! The following recipe provides about 4 servings. Kimberly recommends making a big batch like this one and then refridgerating the rest so that you only have to make the smoothie every other day. Just pour a glass from the fridge and go! No excuses for all you busy people out there! 😉
Give it a try and notice the difference in your skin and energy levels yourself!
Ingredients (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.
*For 1 serving, cut out one of the fruits and the celery.