Chances are, you've heard of Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie recipe. Snyder says that her smoothie, which is made up of different fruits and vegetables, is full of essential nutrients and allows your body to digest it more efficiently than if you were to eat whole fruits and veggies, precisely because they've been blended and compressed into a liquid form.
"The less energy we tie up in digestion, the more energy we can "unlock" to spread through our bodies and confer beauty benefits: supple skin, shiny hair, glowing complexion, and increased energy to hit the gym," she told SHAPE earlier this year. "If we unlock that energy, our bodies will radiate from the inside out."
It helps that A-list stars like Drew Barrymore, Vince Vaughn, and Olivia Wilde all swear by it as a way to boost energy. No doubt, Snyder and her smoothie recipe are popular. Would it work for you? Here's what you need to know about the glowing green smoothie:
1. Content matters over form. "There's no scientific evidence to support that liquid nutrition burns less calories during digestion," Dr. Mike Roussell, a nutritional consultant, says. "It's less about the form of the food, and more about the makeup of the food." In other words, protein may "cost" your body more than vegetables do (meaning you'll burn more calories while digesting protein), but the vegetables don't take less energy to burn simply because they're in liquid form.
2. While high in vegetables, the smoothie is low on fat and protein. "I always have clients make well-balanced shakes that contain protein, essential fats, low-impact carbohydrates, fiber, and antioxidants," Roussell says. "The "Green Smoothie" only contains three of the five."
3. The smoothie is not a weight-loss fix. Snyder's glowing green smoothie is meant to be consumed every day as a part of a larger detox plan that aims to help you unleash your outer beauty by focusing on your inner beauty and health, not relied upon as an end-all-be-all of weight loss.
4. This could help you increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. If you're the kind of person who doesn't enjoy eating fruits or vegetables, juicing could be a fun way to add more servings to your diet without feeling like you are.
5. On the other hand, you could be missing out on key nutrients. When you juice fruits and vegetables, the fiber is lost. Although this smoothie is blended, not juiced, some of the fiber may still be lost. Since fiber plays a key role in a healthy diet, this could have a detrimental impact on your overall health.
What do you think? Have you tried the Glowing Green Smoothie? Does it work for you?