Day 3 – Pearylicious Drama Queen

Well done to everyone who has made it this far.  Halfway home!  Hopefully you will be hooked soon, muhahaha!

Today’s smoothie is the Pearylicious Drama Queen.

It was inspired originally by one of the better known green smoothie advocates, Kimberly Snyder.  Since she recommends drinking it to her famous clients (think Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Dita Von Teese… among others), it’s a Drama Queen kind of smoothie! It’s our go-to recipe as all the ingredients are easy to find year-round and stock in your fridge.

Pearylicious Drama Queen – what’s inside:

  • Baby Spinach: The main leafy green in your drink this week, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!  Spinach is a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Carotenoids.
  • Romaine lettuce: Another amazing green we can’t get enough of, a staple in your smoothies this week.  Romaine lettuce is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
  • Celery: Along with its delicious taste, celery packs a serious nutritional punch.  It’s full of antioxidants like Vitamin C, flavonoids plus many others.  A perfect low-cal, low GI snack, celery also has super anti-inflammatory health benefits, protecting even the digestive tract itself against inflammation. It is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
  • Pears (skin on!) Studies show that raw pears with the skin on have 3-4x as many phytonutrients as the flesh (perfect way to consume the skins in a smoothie!)   These phytonutrients have strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and have been associated with reduced rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease– suffice to say this stuff is good for you (and tastes delish, too!)  Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and our helpful toxin-sweeping friend, fibre.
  • Bananas: These are in most of the smoothies we make, as they provide a creamy texture, delicious taste and really fill you up. Bananas are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Apples: Another staple in many of our smoothies for the sweet taste (with low glycemic load), loads of fibre and Vitamin C.
  • H20!

Here’s a quote from Kimberly Snyder, explaining the benefits of drinking greens daily:

“In one delicious drink, we get the fuel to not only lose weight, but rejuvenate our skin, fight aging, and increase our energy. It’s so easy, it’s so simple, and it has worked for all my clients, from Hollywood stars to busy moms and schoolteachers.

I often work as the nutritionist on different movie sets, and this amazing thing happens when I do: I start making the Glowing Green Smoothie, and the next thing you know, you look around, and all the actors and directors and producers are drinking it every day, because they love the way it makes them feel.”

And in case you needed any more convincing, know you’re in good company — Celebs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, January Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow all love drinking their greens daily.

Let me know what you think in the comments.  Hope you enjoy!  xx Judy

Image courtesy of the fashionspot.com

Rosie drinking her greens! Photo credit thefashionspot.com