Hollywood celebrities swear by fresh green juices to keep their skin clear and the stomachs flat. Nutritionist to the stars Kimberly Snyder has taught me to get my vitamins and minerals in right at the beginning of the day– for breakfast.
16 ounces, or 2 glasses, of the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) make up my (and my mom’s!) breakfast every morning. That’s it– and it’s as filling as a full meal! The reasoning behind drinking fruit and vegetable juice for breakfast is this: you must eat light to heavy during the day. The GGS is very light and easy on your body and is digested with minimal effort, leaving your body with more “beauty energy” to repair cells, clean out your blood, and carry out general body and beauty maintenance. Ever notice how you get sleepy after a heavy meal? Digesting heavy foods zaps your body of energy because it’s devoting most of its resources to breaking your food down, at the expense of the rest of your body– including your skin!
Eating light early in the day allows your body to continue the detoxification process that has been going on through the night as you slept, leaving you with more energy to expend in the morning and afternoon! Keep lunch simple– quinoa and vegetables– for example, and dinner can be your heaviest meal. This sounds contrary to popular thought today (eat a heavy breakfast, light dinner), but Kimberly’s logic makes sense: by evening, you’ve completed your day’s tasks, and you have the time to kick back, relax, get sleepy, and let your body expend some extra effort digesting dinner into the night. So try the GGS for a refreshing start to your day!
Not to mention, it’s so nice to get eating all those leafy greens out of the way early in the day :). For more on the GGS from Kimberly herself, click here.
P.S. Feel free to switch out your favorite fruits and fibrous dark green vegetables! Mom and I have tried kale, broccoli and mango as alternatives so far. Add parsley or cilantro for extra detox power, if you like. If you’re short on time, you can make the GGS the night before (it keeps up to two days in the fridge, longer if you freeze it).