Wishing You A Beautiful Monday, plus 1 more ~

I hope you had a lovely weekend!  The warm, summer days are in full swing and I am enjoying every second of it.. shopping at the local farmer’s market, wine and cheese filled picnic baskets, homemade ice cream. 
Recently, I read about the book, The Beauty Detox Solution by clinical nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder.  Rather than run out and purchase yet another beauty and nutrition book, I began reading Kimberly’s blog instead.  I read good reviews about her Glowing Green Smoothie and thought I would give it a try.  I’m not one to follow celebrity fads.  Instead, I prefer to find something that works and stick with it.  I believe I found something I will stick with!
In lieu of  my morning french press of  Starbucks each morning (yes, I can drink an entire french press of coffee), I decided I would make a Glowing Green Smoothie.  I am happy to report that I was delighted with the pleasant taste and I have yet to miss the coffee.  I have more energy and I know it’s a much healthier choice.
Glowing Green Smoothie

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
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothe. 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.• Try to drink at least 16-24 ounces a day. Stir before drinking.
• Feel free to mix your greens and fruits, as they combine well together (except for melons). Be sure to balance the light and darker greens, so for instance, if you want to add some kale, be sure to balance with the lighter green of celery. Greens can be substituted.
• * If you are diabetic and prefer to cut out all high glycemic fruit, you can omit the banana. Otherwise, I suggest keeping it in, as it adds a nice consistency and taste.
• ** It is important to blend until all “chunks” are removed from the mixture. There are a lot of nutrients encased into the cell walls of the green plants, and these need to be ruptured so full nutrition is available upon consumption without much digestive work.

I find my blender does just fine at chopping and mixing the ingredients so I have no intention of purchasing the $600 VitaMix anytime soon.  I make the smoothie ahead of time and refrigerate until chilled.
Tip ~ If you don’t have access to organic produce, regular fruits and vegetables are okay too, says Kimberly, who recommends soaking them with diluted apple cider vinegar to remove the pesticides.
As with anything else, I took away from the book what I feel will benefit me.  Kimberly’s book offers great advice and I highly recommend it.
Wishing you a lovely week!  xoxo, B
photo: dustjacketattic, Kimberly Snyder

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  • Reply Loree June 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love the tip about diluted apple cider. It's something worth knowing. Have a great week.

  • Reply chateaudelille June 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I envy your summer weather as we are now in winter with many grey days. Ill just have to enjoy your posts instead.

  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages June 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    MA BELLE!!! First of all, is everyone O.K. after the car incident??????? ARE YOU O.K.???? And the profs…are they giving you a tough time? My last class for my Master's…oh, what a nightmare. My prof was BRILLIANT but she pushed me way over the edge….this DETOX idea is good for anyone of us anytime, but especially good during times of stress. I actually eat and drink like this all the time and I think that is why being 53 seems like a joke, because I feel like 25! Really! I swear it is those grapes and spinach and other fruits and veggies I consume in mass quantities! KEEP GOING DEAREST, you will feel like a million!!! THANK YOU FOR VISITING, Anita

  • Reply Karena June 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

    So good to learn about this smoothie and then see Anita's comment. I must do this!! Thank you!

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  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages June 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Darling one, SO GLAD to hear that you are O.K., but Oh can I relate to the quiz scenario. I just wish profs would remember what it was like when they were in school…you have been working so hard and it should be obvious what got in your way of getting that test completed. Talk about storms, we are getting so much rain, today, the first day of summer!!!

    I send you my wishes for a safe and calm week of accomplishments my dear. You are a wonderful student, I can tell!

    Best wishes, Anita

  • Reply Scrappycat June 22, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for your comment on my blog regarding the renovation of my living room. What a lovely blog you have, I like your fine taste for beautiful things in life. I have to try the smoothie because I'm drinking far too much coffee….Greetings from Belgium, Saskia

  • Reply Fay June 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Hi B
    you always have the most amazing temptations !!! and that lavender icecream or violet ? could just send me over the edge Im always juicing veg but ill try you new recipe mmmm enjoy the day Love Fay xx

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