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I was aware that I should be drinking something green for breakfast for a long time, but I just couldn’t convince myself it was worth switching up from my favourite oatmeal until…I met the Hollywood nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. I interviewed Kim for the UK Sunday Times earlier this year, when her book, The Beauty Detox Solution, was being published there, and her argument for the green stuff was so persuasive my husband and I were downing her signature ‘Green Goddess Smoothie’ the very next morning. Lucky him. (In fact, he’s been thanking me ever since).
Why so convincing? Simply put, Kim’s philosophy is that you can’t look good on the outside without a thorough daily detox happening on the inside. In other words, get your greens, get less wrinkles, less cellulite, less zits, and more energy. So shallow, but that was me sold. And it really works. Kim is also fastidious on the science side, and explains everything in a totally digestible (pun intended) way. So much so, that she was also the woman who finally got me to give up dairy. And the results have been amazing.
As we head into a new season, with the farmers markets overflowing with fall produce, I caught up with her again to get some daily detox (and beauty boosting) pointers for the months ahead.
why is fall a good time to think about a detox?
The fall is a good time to get back into a routine of a healthy lifestyle after the summer months of traveling and indulging in things like ice cream (dairy) or hot dogs (processed meat). Now that you are back in the daily grind, it will be easy for you to set up a healthier diet that can be easily incorporated into your routine.
what are the top five detox foods to think about including in your diet now?
Here are my top five beauty detox foods:
Cabbage is a perfect example that beauty foods don’t always have to be exotic, rare or even particularly beautiful themselves. Cabbage contains vitamins A, C and E, and it’s not commonly known that cabbages actually contain about 11 percent more vitamin C than oranges by weight, and that vitamin C is the super anti-aging nutrient that helps heal damaged tissues and minimize deep lines. Its vitamin A content is also useful in smoothing skin lines.
Turmeric’s beautifying properties keep the red blood cells from clumping, promotes their formation, increases circulation and aids in tissue healing. Because it helps increase circulation via better blood flow, turmeric helps make the skin more glowing, supple and healthy looking. Because it cleanses the blood, it also helps prevent acne and skin disorders.
If you want clear, glowing and blemish-free skin, make sure lemons are part of your daily diet. Lemon aids with digestion by increasing the secretion of bile form the liver, while also acting as a strengthening agent for the liver’s enzymes. Any support to the liver, which is our primary detoxifying organ, is going to help clear up acne in the long run. Lemon is also a vitamin C-rich citrus fruit that helps bring a radiant glow to your complexion, fighting wrinkles and rejuvenating skin from within. It also contains the minerals calcium, potassium and magnesium.
The tiny seeds of figs are packed with nutrients that help cleanse the digestive tract of toxins and mucus. Figs are one of nature’s best laxatives and are the top mucus-dissolving foods. Dissolving mucus, toxins and waste from the body and blood are vital to enhancing the inner glow that shows up in your face. Additionally, excess mucus in the digestive tract may be preventing vital nutrients from getting to the skin.
5. Probiotic & Enzyme Salad (raw sauerkraut)
This salad is essentially raw sauerkraut or kimchi. I have my clients eat half a cup with dinner to help other foods digest better, and provide them with a wholefood-based source of probiotics and enzymes. These cultured foods promote better digestion, which help with the more efficient removal of toxins, which translates to better skin and higher energy.
why is eating seasonally so important, what are some great seasonal things to try?
Personally, I think that when we eat the fruits and vegetables that are in season at any given time we become more naturally beautiful, as we connect back to the earth around us and our natural source for food.
Eating seasonally is also better for us, as produce is at its peak nutritional value when it’s ripe. Fruits and vegetables that will be traveling long distances to market aren't picked when they are ripe, but before ripeness. While the produce might gain color and softness on its journey to the supermarket, nutritional value comes through the stem from the living plant. Once harvested, a vegetable is as nutritious as it’s going to get. And even worse, nutritional value actually decreases every day past harvest. So it just doesn’t taste as good nor is it as good for you. But the good news is…that nothing tastes better than freshly picked, ripe produce, which is available and affordably priced at our local markets!
Today, modern society makes it extremely easy to forget about the seasons and eat food that is nowhere close to being in season, but has been shipped from across the globe days or weeks ago. So ideally, check out your local farmer’s market. And if you eat in a restaurant, choose some specials or side dishes which are made of seasonal produce.
Here are some great items you can get at the farmer’s market RIGHT NOW (and easy ideas for what to do with them):
• Spinach - One of my favorite greens! I am making spinach salads all the time now, instead of kale. For a dressing I use: Olive oil, cayenne pepper, lemon, dulse, liquid Braggs amino acids, and nutritional yeast. You can throw in an avocado and sunflower sprouts for a hearty, extra yummy meal.
• Collard Greens - To substitute using flour or grain tortillas and to stuff with pates, salsa, etc.
• Celery - For green smoothies, and for taking stalks to work, to slather raw almond butter on as an easy snack.
• Apples - My faves are Honeycrisp and Gala. For smoothies or to eat fresh on their own.
• Cilantro - For green smoothies, or chopped to add a nice fresh taste in romaine salads, and for salsa.
• Arugula - One of the most alkalizing greens. A great salad base.
• Sunflower sprouts - These absolutely amazing, thick and happy sprouts are so energizing, that I snatch them up by the bagful wherever I see them.
have you got a favourite fall breakfast smoothie recipe?
My hero breakfast is my Glowing Green Smoothie. One glass of this alone is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies. A serving of the GGS contains over three cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week.
Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe:
1½-2 cups (360-480 ml) water
¾ pound (340 g) organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
½ head large bunch or ¾ small bunch organic spinach
3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic banana, peeled
½ fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
⅓ bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
⅓ bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)
Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into a Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 8.
Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stop machine and remove lid.
Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
delicious! and what about a soup to throw together in your Vitamix, now the days are getting colder?
My Cauliflower Energy Soup is a great soup for this time of the year. It’s raw and easy to digest, and contains turmeric, which has wonderful anti-inflammatory and alkalizing qualities.
I like to warm it up to room temperature, which takes about 30 minutes or so out of the fridge, or you can warm it gently over the stove.
Cauliflower Energy Soup Recipe
(Makes about 4 servings)
1 medium head of cauliflower, with outer green leaves removed and chopped into pieces
3 Tbs. organic, unpasteurized miso paste (if you don’t have this you can just add more of the high quality sea salt at the end, adjusted to your taste)
½ ripe avocado
2 cups filtered water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 ½ Tbs. of low sodium tamari
½ tsp. turmeric
Chopped parsley, as a garnish
1 tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt
Add all ingredients and blend until smooth before serving. If you’d like a thinner texture, try adding a bit more water.
how can the change in seasons affect our system, and what other things can we think about to support our body's natural detox processes?
Taking the right kind of probiotics is important to help strengthen immunity and balance in your system. Dry skin brushing is also effective for moving toxins out of your lymphatic system more efficiently. Saunas are great for supporting detoxification through your skin, as are enemas, which help remove waste with warm water.
The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder is out now.