Kimberly Snyder's Official Glowing Green Smoothie

My mom told me about this GGS smoothie by Kimberly Snyder that she makes everyday and loves.

Kimberly Snyder is a nutritionist for top celebrities and author of the best selling book, The Beauty Detox Solution. She has her clients drink these everyday to feel and look their best. It is filled with nutrient packed greens. Here is a fun little factoid she shares about the beauty of a blender:

"Blending helps make greens’ full spectrum of nutrition readily available to the body. Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! Blending addresses this problem, helping your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens."-Kimberly Snyder

This recipe makes 64 oz. If you are only drinking one serving, this smoothie will keep in the refrigerator for 2 1/2 days. My mom said she drank it on the 3rd day once and it was still great. Also, Kimberly recommends using all organic fruits and vegetables if you can.

1 1/2 - 2 c. very cold filtered water
6 c. spinach, chopped (my mom said she wouldn't chop the greens because her Vitamix does all the work. She just guestimates by putting the leaves in a measuring cup)
5 c. romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1 apple, cored
1 pear, cored
1-2 T fresh organic lemon juice (or squeeze the juice of a lemon)

Optional ingredients:
Ice (the extra cold can help newbies with the taste)
1/2 c. of cilantro
1/2 c. of parsley

Add water, spinach, and romaine to blender. Starting on low speed, blend until smooth.
Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

I am heading out to the store this afternoon to get the ingredients to make this today. I can't wait to try it out!

* recipe and photo from here

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