Archive for January, 2011

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Easy Time-Savers to Keep Your Healthy Diet on Track!

January 30, 2011

This past summer working and dropping off food on-set to Transformers 3 was also a very busy time!

Hey Guys!

I’m sitting on my couch right now, and I could not be happier to be anywhere else in the whole world right now. I had one of the busiest weeks of my life last week (which is why I only wrote to you once)!

Besides working completely full-time for my clients all day and into the evening, I had to “fit in” several national print magazine interviews and taping a few segments for EXTRA (airing in Feb!). But the big twist in the week was a dinner I made for 14 wonderful, creative and inspirational people! As fun as it was, I had to make all the food myself, starting to sprout and prepare early in the week. It really was, well, a lot of work!!

I got to see some pretty cool stunts firsthand on that set! The magic of director Michael Bay, who is a Glowing Green Smoothie fan!

In the midst of the craziness, I still insist on taking care of myself and eating the right nutritious foods to support my body and keep me on top of my game. But what to do when I have so very precious little itty bitty time?

So here are some of my time-saving measures that I wanted to share with you, that help keep me sane and healthy during the especially crazy times:

1.     I wash, dry, destem and tear up the curly or lacinato kale for my kale salads, and store in reusable containers. Kale salads make me feel really strong and full of vitality and I eat them very often. But when I get home exhausted, I don’t always want to take the time to go through all the necessary steps to prepare the kale for salads. I try to load up the prepared kale on Sunday and maybe mid-way through the week, so I have that happy experience of seeing already ready kale sitting there for me when I open up the fridge!

For my Thurs. night dinner party I prepared lots of collard greens for wrapping...filling and instructions are in my upcoming book! Which you can order a pre-sale copy HERE!

2.     I chop up a salad vegetable mix separate to the kale. I keep them separate, as it stays fresher that way and prevents excessive moisture, and therefore sogginess and moldiness. When I make my salads, I just throw in kale from the first container, then reach my hand in this container and throw a couple of handfuls in.  I include whatever veggies I’m in the mood for. Lately it has been purple cabbage, carrots, red peppers, celery and radishes. I really can’t be bothered with washing and chopping for even 10 minutes when I’ve been making food all day for clients and racing around like a banshee! It is so simple but it really is a life-saver, and it ensures my salads are colorful with a wide variety of antioxidant and mineral-rich plant foods. I don’t pre-cup up avocado as it would oxidize and get brown and ugly. 🙂

3.     I freeze the Glowing Green Smoothie in daily servings and thaw them out the night before. I give it a good stir the next morning and I’m good to go. I know what it is like to not have time to make it every single morning! Enzymes hold up pretty well in the cold so you don’t have to worry you are losing nutrition by freezing your smoothies.

Making my famous JMP Raw Lasagna. The recipe is also included in my book!

4.     I make very detailed shopping lists, grouped into sections of the grocery store: produce (the vast majority), spices, liquid condiments (nama shoyu, etc.), almond milk, etc. I can get in and out of the market in record time now, because I systematically work every aisle row by row- instead of circling back and forth and forgetting things in certain sections, and have to go back! This is key because I’m in there grabbing at least a few things for my clients just about every day. If you know you can be in and out of there in only a few minutes, it may also keep you from dreading going as much, so you actually do go more often and consistently have good food on hand!

5. I never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink! Well never say never… but I try! 🙂 Not only is it bad Feng Shui, but I feel that the energy of being set back a step leaches into the next morning and day and just your dietary schedule off on the wrong foot. I don’t have a dishwasher in either of my LA and NY apartments, so maybe for those of you that are lucky enough to have one, this doesn’t apply to you…but in general the kitchen should be perfectly tidy every evening so the next day is off to a great, ambitious start to make a lot of your own food and make good choices!

This upcoming week will be busy, but thankfully not quite as crazy as last week. 🙂 I’ll be shopping, and pre-chopping up ‘ma greens tomorrow night! Hope you are taking care!

Lots of love,

Kimberly

Downtown Chicago, Transformers 3 style!

 

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Ode to the Brussel Sprout, A Surprising Beauty Food!

January 24, 2011

Hi Guys!

So it’s that time of year again…the Brussel sprout stems are back in full force!! I found the beautiful stem pictured above today at the market, and it just made me so happy!! There’s just something about the funny, bulbous looking Brussel sprouts stems that makes it look like something out of a magic forest. It made me laugh outloud in sheer joy every time I opened my fridge today and saw my happy little Brussel sprout stem sitting there smiling at me!

You might wonder how someone could get so excited over Brussel sprouts! But what can I say? I can’t help myself! They look like adorable tiny baby cabbages (another vegetable I love), and 20-40 line up on the stem like a little Brussel sprout army! Sure we could buy them one by one out of a bin, but I definitely like it when they (“they” being whoever loads/stocks our veggies at farmer’s markets and grocery stores) DON’T separate them from each other on the stem! My dear friend Leila is visiting from New York, and she took these pictures. She is a great yogi, but um, not so much a photographer…so that is why these pics are a bit blurry! 🙂

Look at how amazing this Brussel sprout stem is!! It is longer than my torso!

 

Brussels sprouts are a surprising beauty food, containing a high amount of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which helps promote glowing, beautiful skin. It is also one of the vegetables that contains the highest content of skin-smoothing and immunity-boosting Vitamin C.

Brussel sprouts are a great detoxifier, as they contain the phytonutrient sulforaphane that boosts the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Brussel sprouts also contain folic acid, fiber, antioxidants, and are a great anti-inflammatory food. They are a great food for those that suffer from arthritis, diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Brussel sprouts are high in amino acids that build protein.

I actually love Brussel sprout salad. I trim the ends off, and slice them so the leaves fall off individually. I toss them in a dressing of raw apple cider vinegar, a little Celtic sea salt, black pepper, and avocado. Try for yourself! Yummy!

See you back here soon!

Have a great early part of your week.

Love, Kimberly

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How to Kick Your Cold…Fast!

January 18, 2011

At a duck pont in Piedmont Park, Atlanta!

Hey Guys!

I’m on the plane back to LA now. I am still amazed how we can get online on planes!! I popped down to Atlanta from NY for a few days to visit a movie that is filming down here. It was a lot of fun, and the whole crew went bowling on Sunday (I am an abysmal bowler BTW!).

The last few weeks of this past press tour, with travel and visits to cold cities, a million meetings, running around tending to clients, very little sleep and yes, a lot of stress, have contributed to a few days of feeling a bit under the weather. I only feel like that once every 2 years or so, when I’ve been working myself to extreme levels, like the past 3 weeks. But thankfully it always passes quickly.

Here are some things that always carry me through and back to health:

1. I drink loads of immunity tea. See my recipe here. When my throat starts to begin that itchy, scratchy feeling, I use raw honey it in instead of stevia, which is very soothing to the throat. To get the world’s best honey from the best beekeeper ever, check it out here.

2. I take this stuff: Sambucol Black Elderberry Extract, which is made from black elderberries which have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and more than 50% the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries. It gives your immune system a boost, and has the equivalent of up to 1000 black elderberries in every 120ml bottle. It has a unique formulation and extraction process which preserves and maximizes the naturally occurring health benefits of the elderberry. While I shun commercial cough and cold syrups from drug stores, this one seems pretty powerful and natural. You can get it at health markets like Wholefoods.

3. Get to the sauna. There was a really nice one at our hotel in NY. Even though I may not feel like it, I know I feel better when I drag my butt in there and let some toxins steam out of my skin. Even if it’s 10 minutes.

4. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was, but on the plane to Atlanta I slept the whole way, before we even took off, then slept another 4 hours when I landed, then slept 13 hours overnight. Even with a great diet and lifestyle, the body does need sleep sometimes! My sheer exaustion really caught up with me.

I’ll write more back in LA!

I send my love. Kimberly

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Video Clip of Vince Vaughn talking about Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie on Letterman

January 14, 2011

Hey Guys, in case you missed it click on video to watch a clip from Late Night With David Letterman where Vince Vaughn gives a shout out to my glowing green smoothie!  He is a great guy and really funny  in The Dilemma, which opens today.

 

 

Also below are the links to pre-order my book!  I’m so excited for all you to read it!

Clink on links to pre-order!

 

Amazon.com:

Barnes and Noble:

Books-a-Million.com:

Borders.com:

Chapters-Indigo:

IndieBound.org:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love,

Kimberly

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Vince Vaughn Discusses Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie on David Letterman

January 11, 2011

Hey Guys!!

Very exciting!! I was pleasantly shocked to hear Vince Vaughn tonight mention me and my Glowing Green Smoothie on the David Letterman Show. Thanks Vince!! He as well as well as many other actors, directors and producers have enjoyed my Glowing Green Smooth on movie sets. It was incredibly beneficial to all of them!!

Vince even mentioned the analogy I use in my book about the Mac Truck and the Ferrari as it relates to digestion!!

You can get the full information on the Glowing Green Smoothie, as well as my comprehensive nutrition program in my book, which is available for pre-sale now!! It will teach you how to lose weight effortlessly and never count calories or carbs, get great, acne- and wrinkle-free skin, boost your energy through the roof, get amazing hair, and much, much more! There are 3 detailed eating food programs to choose from, as well as 50 easy, yummy recipes! Suitable for women AND men!

Other fans of my Glowing Green Smoothie and my program include: Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Josh Duhamel, Dr. Oz, and tons of other celebs!!

Ta da!!! Here is the first time I am sharing a little preview of the final cover:

DON’T MISS OUT! PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY FROM ONE OF THE LINKS BELOW!

Barnes & Noble:

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Books-a-Million.com:

Borders.com:

Chapters-Indigo:

IndieBound.org:

Love,

Kimberly

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World Premiere of The Dilemma

January 10, 2011

 

 

Hey Guys!

I want to preface this by apologizing up front for how blurry these pictures are. They were taken on my camera phone, and apparently at night when it is pretty dark, it doesn’t work that well?! I’ve been super duper swamped, but I just made it from Chicago to New York late  yesterday afternoon. There’s been so much going on, and my sleep schedule is a bit off, and well, here I am up at 5:20 in the morning writing to you! Lame, right?? I’m sitting here perched high up in my  hotel in midtown, and I can see a million lights when I open up the shades. I forget what a weird concept New York is, and cities in general: we are all so packed together!! Still I love it, and I plan to go visit my apt. downtown hopefully tomorrow.

I actually think my pictures of the world premiere of The Dilemma, which was in Chicago on Thursday, came out rather artsy!

It was a very different premiere than the ones I’ve been to in LA, NY and in Europe. First off, everyone had to be bundled in big puffy coats! So that kind of puts a damper on evening attire, doesn’t it! I knew it would be more chill, so I didn’t wear a dress. I wore these new over the knee brown boots I’m obsessed with (after Christmas Bloomingdale’s sale!!) and a bright top.

In LA they shut down part of the street for the press line, which is surrounded on either side by lots of fans. Here it had to be more contained because it was inside. Still, the crowds got pretty excited when stars Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Connolly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum arrived!

Here are Vince and director Ron Howard speaking right before the showing. The Dilemma opens this Friday, January 14th. You should definitely check it out!! The acting is just terrific.

I’m drinking lemon-licorice-echinacea-ginger tea to give my immunity a boost, as 1) It’s freezing 2) I’ve been running around like a mad woman and sleeping only a few hours a night and 3) The end to it is not yet in site. 🙂

How are you doing?? 2011!!! I’m sorry I haven’t been able to answer your comments but I’m going to start doing that again. It’s just that it has been so nuts on the tour. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions??

I send my love!

Kimberly

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Chicago! The Start of a New Press Tour

January 5, 2011

BTW- Here's what I've decided to do with my hair! It grows so fast I can't really keep up with straight across bangs, and to be honest I can't really deal with hair in my face all day, especially when I'm preparing food.

So I guess it turned into a sort of side bang? Sometimes more side"swept" across than other times. 🙂

Hey Guys!

It’s a new year, and I’m starting out with a new press tour for a major film right off the bat. I landed in Chicago yesterday. Chi-town doesn’t seem like just a place I’m passing through, it has a bit of a homey feel for me now since I spent almost all of last summer here working with some films. Except now the hot and humid nights and sunshine-filled walks around the lake are replaced with freezing temperatures and bitter winds. But hey, it’s still a cool city after all and I appreciate the architecture and love that I can walk to places I need to go.

I checked into a room already stocked with 3 jumbo mini fridges for me so I could hit the town running. Before unpacking, I immediately headed to Wholefoods to start the hotel suite-food making extravaganza!

I’m back to making the Glowing Green Smoothie in the ‘ol bathroom once again. Thankfully I’m in a large deluxe suite, so it is a 3-part bathroom with a ton of counterspace and areas to wash and dry.

Remember this old guy? It’s my blue portable food kit! I checked it, along with some gluten-free vegan cookies I made packed inside, and they did get a bit beat up along the way. Perhaps that wasn’t the best decision. Oh well! Lots of cookie crumbs for me to snack on. 🙂

Here’s my makeshift uh, drying rack!?

All 3 fridges are packed to the brim. Fridge #1, which is in the front of the desk, is stocked with fruit, dressings, sauces, etc. Fridge #2 behind the desk is filled with greens like romaine and mixed greens for salads.

In fridge #3 in the corner, I’ve got my celery, spinach and more produce…

There’s my new pink Jade yoga mat in front! I just got it Saturday, because my old blue Jade mat was getting frayed, and I think they are great light traveling mats.

I’m here for about 6 days, so it feels great to be able to unpack and be stationed in one place for a little while!

Have a great week!!! See you here soon!

Love, Kimberly

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Happy New Year- and Some Tips on Making Sure Those New Year’s Goals Come Through this Year!

January 3, 2011

Hey Guys!

Hope you had an absolutely amazing and joyous New Year’s!! Though it is true that we can resolve to make improvements at any time, this is a particularly potent time to be doing so, with the universal consciousness in support of change.

I have my own list of New Year’s resolutions. I wrote them out on New Year’s eve, divided into 3 categories: professional, personal and spiritual. I have to say that 2010 was an amazing year for me, one of the very best years of my life so far :), and that I more than exceeded many of my goals, but yes, fell short of others. I look forward with excitement to the coming year. Here are some tips that I’ve learned this year from my teachers, who include great yogis like Paramahansa Yogananda as well as my clients, and my friends. Everyone we encounter is a teacher to us.

1. Be disciplined about constantly stepping back and focusing on the bigger picture. As a society, we are constantly being cajoled into yielding to instant gratification- what tastes good now, what feels good now… We’re surrounded with countless modes of convenience, like drive-thru Starbucks (really, we have drive-thrus for coffee now??) or that Subway on the corner on the way home from work. I know, I know- when we’re tired after a long day of work the choice to buy a dinner in 5 minutes versus make it is soooo tempting. But what creates success in our life is to sticking to the larger goals, even when we  don’t always want to.  As it applies to health, it is okay to enjoy some things for pleasure, but we must be sure to not over-indulge. Sure you can go to Subway occasionally as a treat here and there, but in the end, you will be happier, and look and feel far better if you dedicated half an hour to making that kale salad for dinner instead. In a week, are you going to be more happy that you were able to eat really well and are still fitting into your skinny jeans, OR that you started having those 10-minutes of-bliss-on-the-way-to-work bagels with cream cheese? When it comes down to making a decision, ask yourself which will matter more in a week, a month, or by the end of next year. And yes, I’m a big believer in keeping your goals around where you can see them daily. Instant gratifications, we have to keep reminding ourselves, are also almost instant downers, once we come face to face with the guilt and consequences.

2. Think of what you won’t do, as well as what you will. It’s sort of how I always tell my clients that it is just as important what they won’t eat as what they will eat. Sure, it is great and important that you will have your Glowing Green Smoothie every day and that you will eat a daily salad. But equally important is that you won’t eat until you are absolutely stuffed, that you won’t eat dairy (or significantly cut back), or that you won’t eat fast food after going out every Saturday night just because all your pals do. If you want to bring more peace into your life this year, it is important that you don’t become impatient easily. It is not being negative, but rather a powerful way to start overcoming bad habits.

3. Learn to love and take care of yourself, putting your true needs first, and realize in by doing that others will be inspired and become stronger. So many of us feel “bad” about refusing certain foods or drinking when other around us partake. Have you ever felt “weird” not having any dessert, when all your friends that you went out to dinner with ordered it? Or felt obligated to have some of those cheese quesadilla apps because they were ordered for the table? Or because you’re at a football party? When people eat bad, they want others to eat badly with them. That is human nature! But the important thing is to remain a non-wavering flag of strength. Yes we want to fit in with others, and yes they might be people that we love. But I can tell you that we aren’t doing them any favors by conforming to their behavior- so don’t feel bad or guilty. If we gracefully and non-offensively sidestep certain situations, such as with “No thank you, not today” or “No thank you, I feel better when I don’t eat that,” deep down you are being more inspiring. And staying true to yourself. After all, it is your body. And your goals.

4. Never underestimate your ever-present power to change, no matter what. Lots of times we think we have “messed up,” so we might as well give up for the rest of the day- or even the rest of the week. Maybe we ate a huge lunch, or had a massive snack binge at work with Pringles, a Snickers bar and a bag of peanut M &M’s . So by dinner we might think, “Well today is out the window, so I might as well keep going as I already messed up. I’m just going to eat the whole bag of corn chips and microwave some cream of mushroom soup and a frozen pizza. ” NO! Let us train ourselves to stay in the present. If we can consciously recognize that we over-indulged, then we can and should be conscious enough to stop immediately and turn it around. Like a coin that has two sides, we have this incredible unlimited power to change at any time, at any moment. Almost like a freeze frame! Saying we “messed up” and continuing in that direction is a form of being mired in the past. And this year, we can realize that we can always cut our ties to the past, once it is in well, the past. We can always do better NOW.

It’s great to create New Year’s resolutions. But rather than have them fade away after a few weeks or so, let’s put some fire around and behind them, so we can really make them come true! Be clear, be confident and be strong. All that you need is within you!  I hope these tips help you!

On a personal note, what are some of your favorite New Year’s resolutions or goals that you have? I really want to go back to India this year. And with my book coming out March 28th, you can be sure I have some goals around that. I still want to learn how to dance salsa too. 🙂

Lots of love,

Kimberly