Best Of: All About the Glowing Green Smoothie [Episode #486]
This week’s topic is: Best Of: All About the Glowing Green Smoothie
Today we are going to be highlighting our top questions around our Beloved Glowing Green Smoothie®.
Over the years many, many questions have been asked about our staple drink here in our Solluna/Beauty Detox Community. As always, I have Katelyn with me today to help us through our Best Of Series, which will run through July.
As you know I am out on Maternity leave, and we wanted to give you the best information to listen to while we are taking a break from live recordings.
Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!
A friend who studied nutrition said my Glowing Green Smoothie has too much sugar because of the banana and It will spike my insulin, & I should add some protein powder to it? Also that I could get diabetes?
Lucinda – Brisbane, Australia
How long does the Glowing Green Smoothie® last in the fridge?
Amy – Western Australia and Crystal – Dallas, TX
You have so many awesome recipes like the chia pudding and smoothie bowls. Do you recommend having these for breakfast along with the Glowing Green Smoothie or separately?
Eleanor – Brisbane, Australia
I am in early stages of pregnancy and for the last few weeks I have been finding it really hard to stomach the GGS first thing. I am craving plain foods all day like potatoes or gluten free toast which I don’t usually like to eat a lot of. I wondered if it is ok to have my GGS later on in the day and can you recommend any plain foods which I could replace the potatoes and toast for?
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Kimberly : Hey Beauties. Welcome back to our Thursday Q&A segment, where our topic is all about the Glowing Green Smoothie®. Today, we’re to be highlighting some of our top questions around our beloved community staple, the Glowing Green Smoothie®, which has pretty much been here since the beginning. It was one of the first recipes I ever created back in the day, back in my little kitchenette in New York City. And as always Katelyn is with me today, to help us go through our best of series, which will run through July.
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Kimberly : As you may or may not know, I’m out on maternity leave right now. So we wanted to give you the best information to listen to while we’re taking a break from live recordings. I think you’re really going to enjoy the show today. Just a little shout out to please leave us a review on iTunes, which is a really great energetic way to support the show and also to subscribe to our show, and that way you don’t miss out on any of the Monday interview podcasts or our Thursday Q&A podcasts. All right, all that being said, let’s dive into our show today. Kay.
Question 1: A friend of mine who is studying nutrition, said my glowing green smoothie has too much sugar because of the banana and it can spike my insulin and that I should also try adding protein powder to it. And also that I could get diabetes.
Katelyn: So we have Val from Vancouver, Canada, and this question, I’ve seen it come up a lot in different ways, and I know you’ve answered it before, but I just wanted it to be debunked again because I think it’s really important for our community. So Val says, “A friend of mine who is studying nutrition, said my Glowing Green Smoothie® has too much sugar because of the banana and it can spike my insulin and that I should also try adding protein powder to it. And also that I could get diabetes.” So loaded question, but I just really wanted you to talk about that.
Kimberly : No, this is a great question Val, thank you so much for asking it. You just want to remain open and have all kinds of discussions and we invite ideas and we can discuss them. So I’ll say first of all, for a big batch of Glowing Green Smoothie®, which if you’re making a full container, there’s going to be some high fiber fruit including an apple, pear and a banana that’s distributed over several servings, depending on how many ounces you drink at once. So it’s not a high sugar beverage. It is not a fruit juice beverage as well, or any type of juice. Because it is a smoothie and not a juice, the fiber helps to control the rate at which it is hitting your blood sugar levels. It will give you long sustaining energy and it retains the integrity of the whole food because it is so high in fiber.
Kimberly : Another thing I’ll say is that when we go back to whole natural foods, it’s when we restore natural balance. It really scares me when people are scared of eating fruit, which is a complete nutritional food and a complete nutritional package, full of vitamins and enzymes and antioxidants, and so many amazing benefits for our health. So we want to, especially as we balance our gut and we take the right, the SBO probiotics, which we talked about before, and we’re nourishing ourselves, fruit is an essential part of health and found in nature, picked right off a tree, it’s just a bounty of vitamins and goodness. So just remember that this smoothie is 70% green. So you can look at the ingredients and if you don’t really understand the amounts or the portion sizes, you may think, “Oh my God, it’s mostly fruit.” When in reality, it is mostly green, with some high-fiber fruit.
Kimberly : Now, one of the biggest problems in nutrition today, as you delve into the deeper facts and research, and what’s going on beyond some things that you may just read in a textbook, is actually over consuming protein, not under consuming. We certainly do not need to add any protein powder at all to the Glowing Green Smoothie®. In fact, it has a decent amount of amino acids that are free form and easily assimilated by the body from the greens. And again, I could go on and on, but the strongest animals on earth have all their protein needs met by green vegetables and bamboo shoots and all the greens that they eat naturally. So you don’t need to add any protein powder to this. It has the amino acids. It has all the minerals and the vitamins and everything that your body needs.
Kimberly : You can add protein powder later to the Power Protein Smoothie. But in the morning, the fiber is what’s going to help to control the blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a much more complex disease. It’s not caused just by sugar, despite some myths around that. It is very much related to the type of fat that one consumes and how much fat that they’re consuming. And there is a relationship actually between sugar and fat. And when we have too much fat and the wrong kinds of fat, especially in a sitting, it actually keeps the sugar from being metabolized properly and therefore will keep insulin levels up. So there’s some [inaudible 00:05:56] question, but I’ll stop there. Now Val that absolutely having the Glowing Green Smoothie® is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Kimberly : It’s made of whole foods, it’s fiber rich, it’s nutrient rich. If you are concerned about sugar at all, for other reasons, if you have candida, you could always try the Candida GGS recipe as well, which has lemon juice, it adds Stevia. But if you don’t have any preexisting sugar or health problems or anything like that, you could just have the regular recipe and you could swap out the greens and rotate, and also the fruit. I mean sometimes okay, I actually make it less sweet. Sometimes I’m in the mood I’ll only put in one apple. But in the summer when my body wants more fruit, I do, do the full recipe. So, it just depends. You can make it your own, but remember that it is mostly a green smoothie, it is not a fruit smoothie.
Question 2: How long does the glowing green smoothie last in the fridge?
Katelyn: And that’s interesting, because it kind of goes right into our next question from Lucinda and she’s from Brisbane, Australia. And she wants to know how long does the glowing green smoothie last in the fridge?
Kimberly : So in general, especially if you have time issues, I would say three days is a good amount to keep it in the fridge covered and cool. Beyond that, if your someone that makes one big batch on Sundays, I know some of our busy moms do that. You could freeze some of the portion sizes for later in the week and just saw thaw them out the night before. Even four days is good. At that point, you’re still having something that’s not pasteurized. Some of the enzymes may have been depleted by then, but there’s more to it than just that. You’re still getting a lot of benefit. You’re still getting all the minerals and you’re still getting a tremendous amount of nutrition from it. So again, I encourage you to just really make sure it’s part of your regular lifestyle. And if you can’t make it every day, three days, four would be the max and then freeze the rest.
Katelyn: Okay. We’re going to let Kimberly take a short break here and then she’ll be back to answer the last two questions.
Question 3: You have so many awesome recipes like your chia pudding and your smoothie Sunday bowls. Do you recommend having these for breakfast along with my glowing green smoothie? Or should I be having them separately?
Katelyn: So this next question I actually thought was funny because two people asked pretty much the same exact question. So Amy from Western Australia and Crystal based out of Dallas, Texas, both had this question. So they said, “You have so many awesome recipes like your chia pudding and your smoothie Sunday bowls. Do you recommend having these for breakfast along with my Glowing Green Smoothie®? Or should I be having them separately?”
Kimberly : So Amy and Crystal, thank you guys so much for your question. Lot of different questions about what to do in the morning. It’s a time in the day that is really sacred, really special. We talk about morning routine because we’re starting fresh. It’s like having New Year’s every day, just this opportunity to really nourish ourselves and to go into each day creating, manifesting an amazing day.
Kimberly : So morning is really important and we all have different hunger levels. We all have different bodily constitutions. We all have different activity levels. So for some of us just having the Glowing Green Smoothie® in the morning as our food component. I know, Kay, you’re not as hungry in the morning, you can do this. And John who’s also on our team can do this. But for some of us, we need to eat more, myself included. What I would do is have the glowing green smoothie first with your hot water with lemon, with your SBO probiotics. And then I would wait at least 25 minutes, let’s say 30 minutes, half an hour.
Kimberly : And then you could have the chia pudding or the smoothie bowls, or gluten free avocado wrap or oatmeal or whatever else you would want to eat that morning. But I would definitely separate them. You want to have the glowing green smoothie on its own just for digestion reasons to get that fruit component through, which is mixed with the greens. And then you can have other food. Like I said, at least 25, 30 minutes afterwards.
Katelyn: Yeah. That’s great, because a lot of people, they think smoothie, so we get questions, “Should I replace the Glowing Green Smoothie®? Should I swap this up?” So there’s always a lot of curiosity about just ordering and food combining and things like that. So it’s good for them to know to always have their smoothie in the morning and then they can add things later or before.
Question 4: I’m in the early stages of pregnancy. And for the last few weeks I have been finding it really hard to stomach the GGS first thing in the morning. I have been craving plain foods all day, like potatoes or gluten free toast, which I don’t usually eat a lot of. I’m wondering if it’s okay to have my GGS later in the day. And if you can recommend any plain foods that could replace my potatoes and toast?
Katelyn: So we’ll head into our next question from Eleanor and she’s from Brisbane, Australia. And she says it’s actually a pregnant beauty, “I’m in the early stages of pregnancy. And for the last few weeks I have been finding it really hard to stomach the GGS first thing in the morning. I have been craving plain foods all day, like potatoes or gluten free toast, which I don’t usually eat a lot of. I’m wondering if it’s okay to have my GGS later in the day. And if you can recommend any plain foods that could replace my potatoes and toast?”
Kimberly : First of all, Eleanor, congratulations on your pregnancy. That’s so amazing. I can totally understand the difficulty of eating in the first trimester especially, hormones are out of whack, we may be experiencing nausea and just all kinds of things, emotional and physical. So absolutely, you have to listen to your body at this time. And having plain foods, and as you mentioned, your body is naturally gravitating towards very simple carbohydrates. I think that’s great. I think that things like breads and potatoes, you cannot be hard on yourself during this period because it is such a huge change for your body.
Kimberly : And I really think that women have to listen to their bodies during this time. You can try to make those choices a little bit healthier by having sweet potatoes, plain sweet potatoes, instead of just white potatoes. You can try having some, I’m sure they’re available in Brisbane, but some gluten free sort of these whole, really healthier whole grain crackers or breads, the ones made from brown rice or quinoa or other options in that versus a refined piece of white flour.
Kimberly : When I was in my first trimester, I as well, had a lot of sort of simple foods that I don’t eat a lot of. I had a lot of just gluten free pasta. I would just put a little bit of salt on it. Just very simple things. I was into the sweet potatoes as well, and the crackers. You can absolutely have the Glowing Green Smoothie® later in the day, if you feel like it, as I did sometimes. Just make sure you’re washing everything well. And I think it’s really important to keep taking your SBO probiotics.
Kimberly : That’s really important just to keep your gut functioning well and making sure you’re absorbing the maximum amount of nutrition and of course, to be taking your prenatals because you’re going to have days where you’re not going to be eating as ideally, especially in that first trimester. You just can’t, you don’t feel well. You’re tired. Your stomach is very sensitive. So it’s important to have the SBO probiotics and the prenatals, but just be really easy on yourself and listen to your body.
Kimberly : And as I mentioned, it is okay to have the GGS later in the day. And if you don’t feel like having it first thing in the morning, definitely do not force your body. Just go with the flow and know that it won’t last forever. I was a lot more normal by my second trimester, but in the first it is… Your schedule gets out of whack understandably so with the massive changes of… And it’s funny because it’s the trimester where you don’t see a lot on the outside. You’re not really showing yet, but there’s so much happening internally that it needs to be really respected.
Kimberly : Thanks for tuning in Beauties, sending you so much love so grateful for you being part of our community. We will be back here on Thursday, July 9th for our next episode, which is Best Of : Cravings and Self Control. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, take care and stay safe. I’m sending you so much love and see you back here soon.