Thursday, February 25, 2010

Can You Get Beautiful Skin from a Green Smoothie?

Lately, I have been OBSESSED with reading Kimberly Snyder's Health and Beauty Blog. Based in New York, Snyder is a raw foodie, clinical nutritionist, yoga master, and chef to the stars (she recently was on the set of "When in Rome"). Snyder only eats raw food, meaning she doesn't eat anything cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit - which means no meat! But, according to Snyder, the benefits of eating all organic, raw foods (think lots of leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc.) are endless: it heals the body from the cellular level up, increases energy, increases efficient digestion, provides ongoing cleansing, and even leads to glowing healthy skin, among a bevy of other beauty benefits! Snyder’s philosophy is that "Outer Beauty is a Reflection of Inner Health."

So now I bring you to the Green Smoothie. Each morning Snyder starts off her day with a Green Smoothie, packed with tons of green vegetables and certain fruits. Many of the ingredients can help with common beauty woes. For instance, according to Snyder, under eye circles can be reduced by eating foods high in organic sodium (celery, kale, spinach, olives) and a beautiful glow can be achieved by incorporating more organic radishes in your diet!

If you look above, you'll see a green smoothie I made recently in my blender - all it consists of is spinach, a cup of cold water, an organic apple, and a banana. It was a little thick (I should have added some more water) and tough to get down, but honestly you could really only taste the fruit! I'm going to try to drink them more often - say maybe once or twice a week. I am NOT a raw foodist and I barely eat any organic foods. But I am curious to see if these Green Smoothies add any of the above benefits Snyder mentioned to my life.

Snyder says 60-70% of whatever we put onto our skin is absorbed through the dermis, and ends up in our bloodstream and has to be processed by the liver. Needless to say, she is not a big proponent of makeup. So if you girls are sick of going out and buying foundations, concealers, and moisturizers to hide your flaws, maybe you can head to your local supermarket to find some alternative solutions!


  1. what a great post, stuff like this I need to keep re-reading every few the whole makeup being taken into our body and to the liver is kinda scary. That is why I don't wear foundation, but like I do wear blush. And I have horrible under eye circles, I'm going to go find some celery now!

  2. Hmmm, I've never heard of her. I'll definitely have to look her up. I'm an "aspiring" raw foodist. I just started the green smoothies again, and I'm lovin' it!

  3. Hi Obsessed.Makup.Addict and SaRAW - so glad you both enjoyed this post. The concept of eating raw and its beauty benefits are fascinating to me! And definitely go check out Kimberly Snyders blog - she looks amazing, so she must be doing something right!

  4. blogwalker here. i am also a HUGE advocate for green tea :) your skin IS really what you eat :)

  5. I have been drinking green smoothies for 2 weeks and my acne has cleared up and my skin looks great for the first time in years.

  6. No need to wonder any longer. Beauty does come from the inside. Specifically from what you eat. Carotenoids give your skin a natural, attractive glow that is noticed by the opposite sex.

    Ken D Berry MD