Many women believe that the secret to healthy glowing skin lies in their makeup bag and bedroom drawer. But the truth of the matter is, how your skin looks is more about what you put in your mouth rather than what you apply on your skin.
If you are picky about the skin care products that you use, then it is about time that you take your diet seriously as well. It is already public knowledge that fruits and vegetables are good for your health and skin, but there are a few other healthy ingredients which you can benefit from that you should know about.
With that in mind, here are some of the healthy drink ideas that you should try which can help you achieve a radiant, flawless and smooth skin:
Many of you know Kombucha to be filled with probiotics that can benefit your digestive system. But did you know that it can give your skin its much-needed glow too? Yes, that’s true! When it comes to choosing a Kombucha brand, I suggest you go for whatever suits your taste the best. The smoothie also contains pineapple which has enzymes that can boost collagen production. This protein keeps your skin plump and elastic. In addition to that, the enzymes of pineapple also have anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent your skin from experiencing acne breakouts. Now that’s a win-win situation for all, right?
– 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries
– 1 cup of frozen pineapple (chopped into cubes)
– 1 cup of chopped fresh mango
– 1 cup of Kombucha
Place all ingredients in the blender. Blend on high until the mixture is already smooth and creamy. Transfer mixture into glasses. Serve immediately.
Blueberry Lavender Smoothie
Lavender is not a common ingredient in smoothies as it tends to give off that soapy floral taste. That’s why it is recommended that you opt for culinary-grade lavender and you should be careful in adding too much. Lavender essential oils help to disinfect the skin and improve blood circulation which helps your skin to give off that natural radiance. On the other hand, Blueberries have anthocyanins which can promote the growth of healthy skin cells and repair damaged cells. It also gives this smoothie a tart flavor and slight sweetness. Lastly, the flaxseeds give it a nutty flavor which is balanced by the zesty flavor of the lemon.
– 1 medium-sized avocado (seed removed and flesh scooped out)
– Coconut water
– 2 tablespoon of liquid sweetener or honey
– 2 tablespoon of hemp seed
– 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
– 5- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
– 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 2 cups of frozen blueberries
Place all ingredients in the blender. Add coconut water based on your desired thickness. The more coconut water, the less viscous it will be. Puree the ingredients until smooth. Serve right away.
Note: If you do not like to use essential oils or you can’t find a culinary grade lavender oil, you can choose to use lavender buds instead. You can boil it in raw honey for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain out buds, and you will already have a lavender syrup that you can substitute for your essential oil.
Radiant Green Smoothie
As compared to other green smoothies, this green smoothie contains the highest amount of greens in one glass. Just one serving already contains three types of greens. These vegetables contain amino acids which promote protein production in the body. It also contains a few fruits that are rich in antioxidants that fight off free radicals and keep signs of aging at bay.
As they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, one glass of this green smoothie will keep acne and blemishes at bay.
– 2 cups of cold water
– 5 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
– 6 cups of chopped spinach
– 2 stalks of celery
– 1 medium sized banana
– ½ cup of parsley
– ½ cup of cilantro
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– 1 medium-sized pear (cored, seeded and chopped)
– 1 medium-sized apple (cored, seeded and chopped)
Add the greens first (spinach, and romaine lettuce). Blend for a few minutes. Add the herbs (cilantro, parsley and celery) and the fruits (banana, pear and apple). Blend for a few seconds. Add the lemon juice. Mix until the mixture is smooth. Serve right away.
Green Apple Pie Smoothie
Aside from being the perfect fall dessert, this green smoothie has everything that you need to help you achieve that natural glowing skin. Spinach contains high amounts of vitamin C that your skin needs to produce collagen for skin that looks radiant and feels smooth. It also has silken tofu which doesn’t just make smoothies creamy and thick but delivers lots of proteins as well. The proteins found in tofu can block the damaging enzymes in the skin and boost elasticity. Who would’ve thought that a delicious smoothie like this one can do so much for your skin?
– 1 large green apple (cored and chopped into cubes)
– 1 package of chilled silken tofu
– 1 cup of spinach
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon of liquid sweetener of your choice
– A pinch of ground cardamom
– ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in your blender. Push puree button and continue processing until the mixture is already smooth and well blended. Stop processing and transfer the mixture into the glasses. Since the mixture will be creamy and thick, it is recommended that you use a spatula to scrape down the sides and collect all the mixture. Serve right away.
All you need is a high-quality blender for juicing, and you are ready to get started on making these smoothies. Incorporate these in your daily diet and rest assured; you can enjoy that healthy natural glow in no time!
Edith Parker is a wife and mother of three with almost 8 years of cooking wholesome, healthy, and balanced meals for her family. Edith loves to write articles about cooking and healthy food.