Here’s a great smoothie recipe to make your skin happy this summer. This is a delicious concoction that I discovered while trying to make the most of my weekly fruit and veggie delivery from Mama Earth Organics.
This smoothie, like the All In, is not unlike your favourite green juice. It’s full of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies that will literally show on your skin…
Fruits and vegetables have been found to be better at hydrating your body than just drinking water. For one, the structure of water in fruits and veggies is closer to the water found in our cells. Secondly, when this water is combined with the vitamins, sugars and mineral salts naturally contained in fruits and vegetables, our bodies can more easily recognize and assimilate the hydration. And good hydration shows on our skin!
Plus, this smoothie is full of antioxidants and beautifying nutrients:
- Pear skins have been found to have four times the phenolic phytonutrients than the flesh, so buy your pears organic and don’t peel them.
- Kiwis are full of collagen-building Vitamin C as well as many other antioxidant nutrients that have been found to protect our cells from oxidative damage. Since you’re blending this smoothie, don’t peel the kiwis! Their skin is rich in antioxidants and if you blend well, I promise that you won’t notice the skins.
- Cucumbers are rich in collagen-building silica, a mineral needed for collagen formation. Collagen is what gives structure to our hair, skin and nails.
- Limes are cooling during the warmer months and are a good source of Vitamin C. In this smoothie, you’re blending the whole lime, peel and all, so be sure to buy organic as most conventional lemons and limes are coated with wax.
- Cilantro has been found to reduce lead accumulation in the body.
- Coconut oil is a great addition to your smoothies if you’re active – it’s a medium chain fatty acid, which means that it’s easily converted to energy by the body. It also makes this smoothie taste delicious.
- Ginger makes your tummy happy. It can reduce bloating and can even increase the assimilation of the nutrients in the foods above.
- 1.5-2 cups of water
- ½ pear
- 1 kiwi (you can leave the skin on if it’s organic – seriously, this is where many of its antioxidants are!)
- 2 leaves of chard or 2 handfuls of any green
- ¼ medium-sized cucumber
- Handful of cilantro
- 1 coin-sized piece of ginger
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- ½ lime (leave the peel on if it’s organic)
- 1 heaping tsp coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- Blend all ingredients.
- The trick with this smoothie is to water it down a bit. You don’t want it super thick, it’s tastier when it’s more watery and you can sip it chilled and through a straw.
Here’s to beautiful green smoothies. xo Andrea