Posts Tagged ‘smoothie’

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The Skin-Plumping Smoothie

February 11, 2010

Filming the segment. That is Michelle to the left, who is one of my favorite producers!

Hi Guys!
This morning I shot a Stylefile segment for Good Day LA. They wanted a smoothie of sorts, so I created this recipe right before shooting (as in half an hour before 🙂 ). Sylefile segments are not live, so there were plenty of cutaway shots, holding the ingredients in my hands a few times, pouring and repouring ingredients, etc.

It is great to have this time of year, since all our skin is a bit dried out from the harsh winter climate. Even here in LA, that does NOT get snow, the climate is really dry right now.

This smoothie is quite yummy. Check it out!

½ frozen Acai smoothie packet: I like the Sambazon brand. Found frozen in the freezer section of health stores like Wholefoods. Loaded with antioxidants and Omega fatty acids that plump and nourish the skin, as well as fiber.

1 ½ cups of coconut water: Our skin can’t be plumped up if it is not hydrated! Coconut water is one of the best hydrators because it has the same electrolyte balance as human blood. Some countries even use it for plasma transfusions. It is also full of potassium, which facilitates cellular cleansing.

½ cup of unsweetened almond milk: Adds a nice creamy texture to the smoothie.

½ avocado:
Raw beauty fat that digests easily, and is full of beauty minerals and fiber.

1 tsp. coconut oil/butter: Medium chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized by the liver and also nourish our skin. Contains a high content of Lauric Acid, which can help us burn stored body fat.


Hope you enjoy!! Also, I’ve been really slammed in LA, and practically every second of my schedule has been accounted (and pulled) for. I apologize for the delay in answering comments and emails, but thanks for the patience and I will get back to you soon! 🙂

See you back here soon.
Love, 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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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.