The Ultimate Healthy Skin Smoothie
This healthy skin smoothie has really changed the game for me lately. Not only does it taste delicious and leave me buzzing with energy, it is also secretly working wonders on my skin!
Unfortunately, taking really good care of my skin didn't kick in for me until a few years ago. Sure, there'd be events/holidays/birthdays that I'd want my skin to look good for, and in those instances I'd start to care (mildly) on working on my skin for about a week before whatever event it was. That's about it.
But now as an adult, I feel like all I care about is my skin. I use a nice facial cleansing bar, I never sleep with makeup on, SPF, SPF, SPF, I use oils, drink lots of water, use chemical-free makeup.. you get my drift. But I feel like many of us can forget that the one thing that matters more than anything when it come to healthy skin is DIET.
A few months ago, I took to my old nutrition notes and concocted a recipe designed to make skin GLOW. Luckily it ended up being delish (phew), and has since become one of my favorite smoothies.
I try to drink this healthy skin smoothie 3-4 times a week. But why not strive for greatness and go for 7 days a week? Your skin will thank you ;)
What makes this THE ULTIMATE healthy skin smoothie?
Mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries): Packed with antioxidants, which fight free radicals (free radicals cause stress and wrinkles). Contain vitamin C, which is responsible for collagen, keeping skin tight and "bounce-y".
Kiwi: Leading source of vitamin C among the fruit world (again, think collagen).
Spinach: Responsible for giving you the "glow". It's packed with iron, an essential part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout your body. Low iron, and poor transportation of oxygen in the body can leave you looking pale and "sickly".
Oatmeal: Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This gives it the power to "calm skin". Basically meaning it helps reduce redness, reduces swelling, cures dry spots, & helps with hydration.
Walnuts: Healthy fats in walnuts reduce inflammation and help protect skin from harmful UV rays. Also a powerhouse of omega-3's which give you that "bounce" and glow.
Flax seed: The leader of omega-3's in the veggie world. It helps skin wound heal at a faster rate. Also helps to reduce redness, swelling, and irritation.
Water: HYRADTION, DUH!
Put this smoothie on your daily menu for the next week or two and let me know how it works for you! Enjoy! xo - cort
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- 4-5 strabwerries
- 1 kiwi, skin removed
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons oatmeal/rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon walnuts
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup/agave (or honey if not vegan)
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
- 1 1/2 cups filtered water