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Stars Tout Health Benefits of Green Smoothies and Juices

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When it comes to healthy living, a number of stars know that going green is the way to do it. But this time, we’re not talking about being eco-friendly (although that’s important too). No, when we say green, we’re talking about vegetables.

It seems that celebs are recognizing the benefit of drinking one’s veggies, and to that end, a number of them are crediting green juices and smoothies with improved skin, energy and more.

Actress Liv Tyler says that green juice improves her complexion. When asked by the NYTimes what foods help her skin, she replied, “I do love Organic Avenue. I always get the fresh cucumber juice — I can tell the difference in my skin when I don’t have it.”

And she’s not the only one. Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, Megan Fox, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Richie have all been snapped sipping on healthy green concoctions. In fact, Richie is such a fan, she and Ryan Seacrest even started a “Don’t Deny the Juice” campaign on Twitter in an attempt to convert Kim Kardashian to the lifestyle.

But if you don’t want to invest in a juicer, or if blending is more your speed, don’t worry; green smoothies are a great health option as well.

Celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, creator of the Glowing Green Smoothie and author of “The Beauty Detox Diet,” has an impressive roster of celeb clients who blend their veggies. Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, Jenna Dewan, Owen Wilson and even Dr. Oz have all recommended her nutrition plan.

According to Fergie, the green smoothies have made a difference in her overall health. “I learned about Kimberly and her Glowing Green Smoothie through my husband (Josh Duhamel) who started making it for us. It really is just amazing! It gives me so much energy and makes me feel better about myself, and my skin. I can feel the difference! It energizes me so much that I don’t need coffee anymore.”

And although Barrymore isn’t a strict vegan anymore, she’s such a fan of Snyder’s animal-free plan that she contributed a quote for the book’s cover, saying, “I don’t like to diet, I like to eat right and that’s what Kim’s philosophy is all about. She’s brilliant.”

Actress Dewan also raved about the program, noting, “Kimberly has elevated my diet, and my skin is now glowing and my hair looks great! I drink her Glowing Green Smoothie every day.”

So, what, exactly, is so special about the beverage? Snyder told Shape magazine, “Every time I work on a movie set, the whole cast starts to drink it. It’s a ton of nutrients, condensed and blended into a juice so your body doesn’t waste energy breaking it down. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids will flow right into your system to rejuvenate you. And it’s full of fiber, so you’re not reaching for that bagel or that second cup of coffee between meals.”

The best part? These healthy beverages aren’t part of an expensive meal service reserved only for the stars. Anyone can make these simple vegan drinks: all you need is a juicer or blender, and a bunch of leafy greens.

Check out Snyder making a version of the smoothie on Good Day L.A.:

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