If you were to eat a head of lettuce, a few stalks of celery, a half a head of spinach, an apple, a pear, lemon juice, AND a banana, you'd probably feel pretty full right?
So what if you put all those ingredients into a blender, pulsed a few times, and drank them through a straw instead? Doesn't seem as filling, right? Well, according to Drew Barrymore and her nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, this "Glowing Green Smoothie" has the ability to suppress your appetite AND leave your skin radiant. Just swap out your normal breakfast and drink this instead!
Something seems a bit off here. Is Snyder trying to help Barrymore and her other clients become the next Gwyneth Paltrow? Is it even possible for celebrities to stay fit anymore by eating normal meals?
First things first, here's the actual smoothie breakdown from Shape.com:
- 1 head chopped romaine lettuce
- 3 or 4 stalks celery
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 head of spinach
- 1 cored and chopped pear
- 1 cored and chopped apple
- 1 banana
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Essentially you just throw all of these items in a blender (also suggests adding 1/3 bunch of parsley or cilantro, if you're into that stuff) and voilà! You have a magic drink.
Maybe I'm being a little extreme here. No word that Drew is exercising for three hours a day, like what was required during Paltrow's stab at Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method, or that she's limiting her intake to 700 calories and having fainting spells. Phew! But really, I just don't see why anyone would want to blend up so many delicious things that could be so filling on their own. I understand actresses like Drew are on-the-go, and a smoothie is a quick and easy grab. But give me a break. Sit down, eat a salad, then eat some fruit salad and drink a glass of water. BAM.
So what's the science behind choosing this smoothie, instead of my smarter approach? According to Snyder, it's all about how our bodies digest food. The less energy we use digesting food (smoothie = drink = minimal energy), the more energy we can "spread through our bodies," according to the article. Essentially this allows excess energy for just about everything, including nail and hair growth. Hm, now I'm intrigued.
But for me anyway, intrigue is where it stops. Something about green drinks just turns me off. Well that, and in my mind food is just as much about the mental as it is about the physical. If I'm only drinking a smoothie, I think I'm hungry when I may be the exact opposite. Although this recipe has a good chunk of fiber, which makes you generally feel full, there's just so much left to be desired. I'd rather be toting around my bag of groceries than a large smoothie any day.
Would you swap out your meals for a smoothie alternative?
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