Archive for the ‘Smoothies’ Category

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Coconut Green Smoothie!

March 25, 2010

Many young coconuts that are available to us today in the United States are imported from Thailand. This is one non-local ingredient I definitely support! Here I am in Thailand with some adorable Thai children, on a trip I took there a few years ago. I've gone back there twice since my world trip, and altogether I've spent almost 6 months in Thailand! I love it there. 🙂

Hi Guys,

I am actually writing this on the plane to Atlanta! 🙂 There is Wi-Fi on this flight, which is so convenient. There is a movie shooting down there that I’m helping out with, so I’ll be there for a few weeks.

Anyways! I wanted to talk about this wonderful Coconut Green Smoothie I’ve been making this week. I love young coconuts- and I have virtually lived off them when traveling through SE Asia, French Polynesia and certain countries in the Carribbean and Central/South America. When using them in smoothies, put sure to use both the meat and the water. The water is full of potassium and electrolytes, and is extremely hydrating and balancing. The soft meat is full of natural beauty fat, which is cholesterol-free and contains beneficial Lauric Acid, which supports our thyroid. It is easily digestible and all around great for the skin!

The Coconut Green Smoothie is great for athletes and when you want something a little denser- as it has all that beauty fat. I recommend drinking this after a workout, occasionally when we want a heavier breakfast, or a liquid lunch. To be clear, this smoothie in NO way replaces our regular Glowing Green Smoothie, which contains non-fat fruit and celery, etc. and is much more cleansing and created for daily use.

How To Make the Coconut Green Smoothie!

Step 1: Crack open your young coconut with a cleaver. Many people like to “shave” the top off, but I like to make the traditional “box” opening that I saw hundreds of times in Asia. Look here! I did it in 4 clean swipes. I wanted to brag just a tiny bit, to make up for my rather abysmal young coconut opening demonstration video! 🙂 If you want to see, check it out HERE.

Step 2: Pour the coconut water in your blender. Spoon out the meat and add to the blender as well. Because of the shape of coconuts, you may want to get a spoon with a handle on a diagonal like the one I have here. I love this spoon! This one did make it back all the way from Thailand with me one trip. 🙂 But they sell them in Asian markets and I’ve seen them in Chinatown for $0.70. Very useful!!!!

Step 3: Blend the coconut water and meat on its own until smooth.

Step 4: Add 3 cups of baby spinach, or 3 huge handfuls.

Step 5: Blend and serve! That is it! Young coconut and spinach. It needs nothing else at all. I love simplicity sometimes. There is no need to complicate this smoothie or add anything else.

How does it taste??

It is absolutley YUMMY!!!!!!

Try it for yourself. This is a wonderful smoothie to add to your repertoire this Spring.

Let me know how you do!

Lots of love, Kimberly

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Good Day LA Stylefile Video Segment: The Skin-Plumping Smoothie

February 23, 2010

Hey Guys! Here is the quick clip that I shot 2 weeks ago in LA. When we shot it I included a lot more info on the ingredients, but they had cut it down to make it really move and fit into the show. I hope you try it out!

Love, Kimberly

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Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R) Summer Recipe

July 29, 2009
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Ta daaaaaa!!!!! Here she is, yummy and beautiful!!

So this morning I was quite the chipper, energetic thing (due to a particularly lot of greens, as of late!) and made it to the farmer’s market in Union Square and back, all before I started my work day around 9:15! My favorite produce farm only comes Wednesdays and Saturdays, so those are the days I really load up.

I usually wait longer to drink my breakfast- sometimes 11 or noon, but today I was too excited to try my new Green Smoothie combo out! And it is so nice to be out in my backyard in the morning time. :)

I usually wait longer to drink my breakfast- sometimes 11 or noon, but today I was too excited to try my new Green Smoothie combo out! And it is so nice to be out in my backyard in the morning time. 🙂

I picked up spinach (as usual), mint and basil as my herbs today (because they looked so fresh), peaches (on a whim) and lots of other things. When I came home I was excited to make a different kind of green smoothie, and this is what I came up with!

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About this much spinach- 3 big handfuls.

Raw spinach is a particularly great cleanser for the colon and our digestive tract because of its high content of oxalic acid, as well as having such a high content of minerals (including calcium and potassium), chlorophyll, phytochemicals and Vitamins C and E.

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And yes, you should chop off the thick parts of the stem, like here, if you are buying it freshly from a farmer’s market.

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A handful of fresh mint,

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And a few luscious, super yummy summer peaches!!

So the full recipe is:

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1 1/2 cups water

3 handfuls of organic spinach

1 handful of  mint

3 or 4 stalks of organic celery

2 organic peaches, cored and chopped

1 organic banana

Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon

Remember that this makes about 4 glasses, you you CAN cover it airtight and drink it yourself over 2 days, 3 days max, or less if you share with someone else!

You CAN also freeze it in portions, like in glass trays, and thaw one out the night before so it is drinkable in the morning.

Lots of you have asked me about blenders- and I like the Vitamix (which you can get refurbished) and some people have told me Blendtec is good also. A decent blender is essential to get this to a smooth texture so it drinks down easily!

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And how does it taste?? Yummy! And EXTRA yummy when you realize you are drinking your way to ultimate health and beauty. Spinach is amazing! And with this Summer Green Smoothie, you will get tons, predigested, which can go right to work building your skin, a sleek body and detoxing your system.

Talk soon and lots of love,

Kimberly

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The Weekly Detox Smoothie

February 9, 2009

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So last Friday was my birthday. ☺ It was actually one of the best birthdays I’ve had in years, as I had a few super fun get-togethers with family and friends- and it was just laidback. I also ate really lightly over the weekend (but definitely not on Friday itself!), and had an amazing colonic. I want to start the whole year feeling my absolute best, with the cells in my body as energized and detoxed as possible. This really helps support the attainment of your goals and dreams.

Here is my Detoxifying Smoothie that I think you will really like. It’s really quite yummy! I adapted it from my time working at Dr. Jubb’s Longevity in the East Village. It takes good enough and is easy enough to make EVERY week- and is well worth it for the benefits you will receive. The lemon and oil help detoxify and restore the liver and will help boost your immune system. Turmeric is full of antioxidants and anti-microbial properties, and is an amazing blood purifier. The cleaner the blood the more beautiful the skin, so turmeric can help with acne and other skin imbalances, as well as increases one’s energy.

Try making it every Monday for breakfast to start the week off feeling more cleansed and refreshed, or try having it 3 times this week for a nice liver booster.

The Weekly Detox Smoothie:

Blend the following:

  • –    Juice and pith of 1 lemon (only throw out the peel)
    –    2 pears (seeded and cored)
  • –    2 apples (seeded and cored)
    –    3 Tablespoons flax oil
    –    ½ teaspoon of Turmeric
    –    ¼ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt
  • –    Pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • –    3-4 cups filtered water

Have a wonderful week! With lots of positive energy.

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All my very best,
Kimberly

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Glow Inside & Out: Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R)

October 9, 2008

For starters, do you feel like you could never, ever give up your morning coffee? Well, there is in fact a scientific reason for coffee “addiction”. The reason has to do with alkaloids- which are bitter organic compounds derived from plants bearing seed. Caffeine, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, are all alkaloids. Alkaloids give us a temporary high as acids are neutralized in the body and the blood is alkalized. What if you could feel like that all the time, without the horrible side effects (belly fat, energy slumps, um….illegal??)

Well, there really is a way to get a natural high (Yay!). Raw greens have the same effect as alkaloid substances, thereby giving your body the alkaloid stimulation it desires. The great news is that their high lasts much longer, and unlike the other aforementioned substances, greens soothe the nerves and calm the body.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

By consuming a green smoothie, you are blending the greens, which is in essence “predigesting” the greens. Many of the important nutrients in greens are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. So blending allows the food to be ingested as a whole vegetable with fiber intact (as opposed to juicing), so you feel FULL from the fiber and are able to absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens. Plus, you are getting more greens than you would probably get in a day…or in a few days!

It takes only a few minutes to prepare this amazing green smoothie:

Ingredients:
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

optional:
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

Directions:
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. 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.

This smoothie tastes yummy. The fruit and lemon cut right though the grass taste.

Feel free to mix and match different greens and fruits, as these two specific food groups combine well.

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Smoothie Skin Facial

September 15, 2008

This smoothie is like drinking a facial, and will help repair your skin from within. The watercress is especially rich in sulfur, which helps to build collagen, a nutrient necessary for elasticity. Grape seeds are full of essential fatty oils and antioxidants that protect the skin against free radical damage. The lemon and ginger work together to detoxify your liver and purity your blood, as the cleaner your blood the better your skin. Finally, cucumbers keep you well hydrated, which is a must for good skin!

–    6 cups green grapes (try to find seeded organic ones, which have not been genetically modified in any way and are naturally fertile and vibrant)
–    2 inch square of ginger
–    ½ bunch watercress
–    1 large cucumber
–    Juice of one lemon

Run all the ingredients through a juicer except for the lemon juice, which you can add at the end.

Enjoy!

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Steven and Maggie’s Smoothie

August 19, 2008

This smoothie really demonstrates raw food in the real world. My cousin’s husband is a Managing Director at one of the biggest financial groups on Wall Street. They have to wake up at 4:30 AM every single morning to start a no-break, stressful workday. Needless to say, their time is extremely limited. Usually he would grab eggs at his work buffet, and have 4 cups of coffee in the first few hours of work.

I am happy to say that they have now added the green smoothie to their lifestyle, as well as incorporated other raw dishes. And best yet, they have taken the basic green smoothie and adapted it to their taste! As Steven says, this green smoothie is for someone who doesn’t like the “veggie” taste. The amount of lime and tasty fruits in this smoothie cut right through the green taste. They make it in batches that keep for 2 days or so, so they don’t have to make it every morning. Steven sips on this green smoothie on the way to work. He has lost about 15 pounds in the last few weeks, and is down to ½ cup – 1 cup of coffee/day. His energy has skyrocketed. For more info. on the science and nutrition behind the smoothie, check out my blog on the Green Smoothie. And remember that combining fruits and green veggies (as opposed to root vegetables) constitute good food combining. So check it out, and of course feel free to adapt to your individual taste, using your favorite greens and fruits!

Blend ingredients until smooth- all organic of course – together into Vita-mix or blender, adding lighter to heavier items first (cut in ½ for smaller batch):

– 2 cups cold water
– Dinosaur kale- at least half a bunch, equal to 5-6 stems
– Arugula, leaves only, at least 2 cups
– Spinach, leaves only, at least 2 cups
– Sprouts, any variety, at least 2 cups
– Bunch of mint leaves
– Broccoli Florets only, at least 1 1/2 cups
– Juice of 2 whole limes
– 2 whole apples, any variety, cored with skin, cut into slices
– Handful of Red Seedless Grapes
– 2 whole pears, any variety; cored w/skin, cut into chunks
– 2 whole bananas- use only 1 for thinner batch

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Cooling Cucumber Summer Smoothie

July 15, 2008

Try this for a simple, cleansing, and delicious summer smoothie. It not too sweet, and is a nice blend of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

In your blender combine:

  • 2 cups cold filtered water
  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 2 organic apples
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of mint leaves, plucked off the stem
  • ice (optional if you want it icy, I usually don’t add it)

That’s it! This is a great and easy way to get a whole cucumber into your diet. Often, people only consume two little slices of cucumber that comes on a tossed salad.

If you buy organic, it’s okay to eat the skin, which is a great source of beautifying zinc. Other skin-enhancing compounds include silica and Vitamin C. Ahh, easy on the palate and pretty for the skin. This is one you should definitely try!

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Jed’s Deliciously Easy Watermelon Smoothie

May 16, 2008

Summer is upon us, and along with it comes one of its greatest joys: the delicious, juicy watermelon! You probably don’t need me to tell you that watermelon has great cooling properties, is hydrating and is low in calories. What you might not already know is that watermelon also has amazing cleansing and detoxifying effects.

I recommend organic watermelon with seeds intact, the way nature made them. Seedless fruits are hybridized by man to make them sterile and often are also sprayed with chemicals. Sterile fruit has a lower vibration than naturally grown fruit. By eating more fertile foods, you will absorb that energy to be more fertile and magnetic yourself!

My love of smoothies is no secret, and watermelon is one of my favorite seasonal ingredients. This AMAZING smoothie makes me love watermelon even more. It tastes great and is so filling and satisfying that sometimes it even replaces a meal for me (when I’m too tired or lazy to make a salad). You can’t get any more simple than this recipe:

  • 3 cups watermelon
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened almond milk

Prep: Cut the watermelon into small chunks. Freeze the chunks overnight in a Tupperware container.

Simply blend the frozen watermelon and the almond milk. That’s it!!! Try it for yourself and see the magical summer treat that is created from such a simple recipe.

Let me know how you do.

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Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R)

May 13, 2008

Drinking green smoothies is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies.

Greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet. You might be surprised to learn that greens even have high-quality, easily-assimilated proteins – enough to build the muscle mass of the mighty, greens-eating gorilla, which pound-for-pound is the strongest animal on earth!

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.

Here is an easy recipe to try:

Ingredients:
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

optional:
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

Directions:
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. 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.

Some green smoothies are an acquired taste, but this one tastes GOOD! The lemon and apple cut right through the green taste, giving it a flavor and texture I this is like an exotic applesauce.

Ideally, you should have one green smoothie a day. By mixing and matching different greens and fruits you can easily fit a wide variety into your diet.

For more information on the power of the green smoothie, I recommend reading any of the research from Dr. Ann Wigmor or Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko.