No one can deny the current smoothie craze, but when it comes to your health, not all smoothies are created equal. We recently sat down with celebrity nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author, Kimberly Snyder, and asked her to explain the difference between a juice and a smoothie, plus what kind of smoothies she recommends you should drink in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.
Here are some highlights from our conversation, plus the key ingredients in her clean, crafted cocktails.
Chan: What’s the difference between smoothies and juices?
Snyder: Smoothies are based in whole foods, so you’re blending the whole foods together, the way nature intended. You’re not only getting the juice, but you’re also getting the fiber, which is important for helping to cleanse the body and helping to maintain and stabilize blood sugar levels. Juices are beneficial as well, but basically with a juice, you’re pressing and stripping out the fiber. With juices, you’re just drinking the essence, which is good if you have compromised digestion, or as a snack in the afternoons, or different times, they are great hydrators, but I don’t believe they should be a replacement for smoothies.
Chan: You’re known for your Glowing Green Smoothie. What is it and why is it so good for you?
Snyder: My glowing green smoothie is my signature smoothie. This is the one smoothie I have all my clients drink across the board. In your twenties -- and every decade, but especially in your twenties -- you should drink the Glowing Green Smoothie every day. The GGS is your power fuel. In 16 ounces, you are getting cups and cups of green vegetables that are blended down for easy assimilation in the body. You are getting fiber and minerals, beauty vitamins, and enzymes. It’s a perfect mix because it’s about 70 percent green and 30 percent fruit, including a good amount of lemon juice. Lemon juice adds a lot of vitamin C, to ensure your body absorbs the nonheme iron, which gives your skin that nice beautiful glow.
Chan: What smoothie do you recommend for people in their 30s?
Snyder: Our power protein smoothie has over 26 grams of easy assimilated plant protein, the base is raw sprouted almond milk, which gives you a lot of magnesium and calcium so you’re setting up a strong foundation for healthy bones. It contains chia seeds and some bananas, so there are a lot of minerals packed into this drink.
Chan: What smoothie do you recommend for people in their 40s?
Snyder: Acai Beauty Smoothie: The smoothie I’ve chosen for your forties is my Acai Beauty Smoothie. This is our power punch of antioxidants. It’s a blend of blueberries, acai and chia seeds. Acai comes from South America. The best way to incorporate it into a smoothie is to buy frozen packets. The berries are harvested and frozen at the moment of ripeness so you’re it preserves a lot of the nutrients. I always recommend buying the unsweetened packets. Acai has about 500 times more antioxidants than blueberries, but the combination is giving you this super boost of antioxidants to fight free radicals and strengthen collagen, which helps bring back that brightness and glow to your skin. Chia seeds also have a lot of antioxidants, as well as omega three fatty acids, which are very nourishing.
Chan: What smoothie do you recommend for people in their 50s?
Snyder: For people in their 50s+ we have a smoothie that I love for these called the youth fountain. It’s a really unusual combination of ingredients. There is turmeric in it, mint, lime and mango. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory compound and as you get into our 50s and 60s, you may have some joint issues or inflammation and turmeric can help. The mangos and the lime together add more vitamin C, which is great for immunity. Mangos also have an amazing amount of anti-oxidants so this combination of fruit is very protective and it’s very delicious. This drink also has a lot of fiber, which is important for every decade, but especially important as we get older because we want to make sure we’re keeping our gut healthy and in check.
Glowing Green Smoothie (20s)
- Kale, romaine lettuce Or Swiss chard
Power Protein Smoothie (30s)
- Protein powder
- Raw, sprouted almond milk
- Chia seeds
Acai Beauty Smoothie (40s)
- Acai (unsweetened frozen packets, packaged at peak ripeness)
- Chia seeds
Youth Fountain (50s+Beyond)