BEAUTY IN A CUP
A smoothie is my favorite way to incorporate greens into my diet that I wouldn’t get elsewhere, given that I’m not the biggest fan of kale and spinach. I love making these fruit and veggie smoothies before work in the morning because it’s a quick and nutritious breakfast that keeps you full for awhile, especially if you add protein. I started getting into green smoothies after reading the book Eat Pretty, which I talked about in this post. I’ve included why I use each ingredient and how how these have helped improve my skin over the past year.
My most used smoothie recipe:
1 cup frozen mixed berries – Amazing source of antioxidants which helps fight free radicals and protect your skin from sun damage. Mixed berries are also packed with water and vitamin C to help keep your skin looking glowy and hydrated.
1/2 banana (frozen if possible) – I love adding the banana for the creamy texture and a little extra sweetness, but banana’s are also packed with potassium which helps keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized. Along with potassium, banana’s are filled with zinc which actually acts as an antibacterial agent to fight acne.
Handful of spinach or kale – The two super-foods everyone should include in their diet! Good for just about everything. The vitamins in spinach and kale are great for healing acne, controlling your blood sugar, protecting against the sun, maintains healthy digestion and even fights cancer. Me needing to incorporate more spinach and kale in my diet is why I started making these smoothies in the first place.
1/2 cup almond milk – I try to avoid dairy so I add some unsweetened almond milk to my smoothie. Almond’s provide good fats that will help keep your skin hydrated, and it also adds a creamier texture to the smoothie. Try the vanilla or even coconut flavor to add some extra sweetness!
1 tablespoon chia seeds – Chia seeds are my fav. I love sprinkling them on anything I can because I feel like it just makes food healthier (lol, I wish that was the case). These little flavorless seeds contain lots of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids help reduce inflammation and dryness. Inflammation is responsible for causing acne, as well as a lot of other symptoms in the body.
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – I recently started including this in my smoothie and it will definitely be a staple in my recipe. I never realized the importance of Collagen until I read about it on the Vital Proteins website. Collagen helps support your skins elasticity and keeps it looking plump, since the loss of collagen is what makes your skin start looking thin and saggy. I also love adding the collagen peptides to my smoothies because they add some protein to keep my full longer as well as some probiotics. Probiotics are amazing for keep your gut bacteria balanced, which in turn helps keep your skin clearer because your gut is linked to your skin.
I throw all these ingredients in my NutriBullet and just blend for about 30-45 seconds and that’s it! It’s such a great way to get some servings of fruits and veggies in before you’ve even had a real meal. If you have any other smoothie recipes you love, definitely share them in the comments below!
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