“Green smoothies for clear skin.”
Doesn’t that sentence have a nice ring to it?
I love smoothies. You love smoothies.
We all love freaking smoothies.
When I first started drinking them though, I have to tell you, I wasn’t too sure.
Green juices, around the time I first heard about them, were really only being made as the SUPER potent-type.
Most of the green smoothies I was introduced to were ALL kale and broccoli. They were hard to choke down. <ahem, gag down>
However, over time, they became one of my favorite ways to fill up on health ingredients, without feeling bloated/overly full.
I think too, once I started really getting into them, I just started tailoring them to my unique needs, and voila, I got on the smoothie train for good.
So for example, on the days that I’m really hungry, I’ll add in an avocado, instead of romaine. The avo helps fill me up when I need it.
OR, if I’m craving sugar in a really bad way, I’ll add some pineapple for that extra zing (and to help me avoid eating something I shouldn’t). It usually takes care of the craving immediately.
SO, because I know you like using smoothies for clear skin-lovin too, I thought I’d share 4 green smoothie recipes that support clear skin with you. I love sharing the “smoothie love” :)!
Here are 4 of my favorite green smoothie recipes for clear skin + a bonus list of 4 of the best ingredients you can blend in your smoothie to get that “talk-of-the-town” skin:
Avocados have a ton of monosaturated fatty acids in them, which play a key role in moisturizing.
The omega-9 fats in avocado also help to maintain a healthy balance of moisture levels in the outermost layer of skin, aka the epidermis. The oleic acid in avocados reduces any inflammation and soreness caused by acne and helps to repair damaged cells.
Apart from this, avocados also possess a high antioxidant and vitamin C and E content as well. Not only do these components improve the skin’ general appearance, they also reduce the effects of sun’s UV radiations and help to maintain the firmness and structure of skin cells to prevent wrinkles.
(For a yummy avocado mask, click here.)
As I mentioned above, I love using avocados in my smoothie when I’m feeling extra hangry (that’s hungry + angry which happens to me often ;).
Here’s a green smoothie recipe for you with avocado in it:
Avocado and Melon Smoothie:
1 cup melon slices
1½ tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. honey
1 cup yogurt
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend nicely. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Kiwis are rich in vitamin C which functions as an antioxidant and boosts collagen production. It also has great anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to soothe some inner and outer inflammation. It also restricts the excessive sebum production, helping to cleanse the pores and prevent further breakouts.
Adding kiwi in your smoothie can add a little extra zing, so I’d give it a try today!
Here’s a green smoothie recipe for you with kiwi in it:
Kiwi and Banana Smoothie:
5 peeled and cut kiwis
2 peeled and cut bananas
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend nicely. Add ice and enjoy cold.
*This green smoothie packs quite a sugar punch, so I’d recommend it only if you’re not worried about your sugar intake.
Cucumber is a wonderful vegetable for acne support because its soooooo hydrating.
Cucumbers are made up of 90% water and help keep the skin moisturized. It also works as an astringent, when applied topically, to speed up the acne healing process and help to lighten any scars.
Cucumbers are rich in silica, aptly titled ‘the beauty mineral’ as it contains nutrients that assist in the quick replenishment of skin cells. Adding this natural skin cleanser, moisturizer, and toner in your smoothie will give you an A++ in the smoothie game.
Here’s a green smoothie recipe for you with cucumber in it:
Yogurt and Cucumber Smoothie:
1 cup yogurt (green, natural, no sugar added)
1½ tbsp. lemon juice
5 mint leaves
1 tbsp. honey
½ cup almond milk
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth texture appears. Add ice and serve cold.
There is a ton of beta-carotene in the form of vitamin A in carrots, which really helps you fight the good fight against acne, naturally.
The carotenoid component functions as an antioxidant and prevents the skin cells from any free radical damage, which helps to eventually slow down signs of premature aging.
Potassium exists in high levels in carrots as well, which helps your God-Pod (aka, body) maintain a healthy electrolyte balance.
Here’s a green smoothie recipe for you with carrot in it:
Carrot, banana and pineapple smoothie:
1 peeled and sliced large banana
½ tbsp. ginger
1 cup pineapple
¼ tbsp. turmeric
½ cup carrot juice
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1cup almond milk
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth texture appears. Add more carrot juice if blending is difficult. Tastes best when served cold and fresh.
Want a few ideas for other awesome ingredients in your green smoothies for clear skin?
I love adding in coconut oil, parsley, almond milk, kefir, aloe vera juice, grapefruit, orange, lettuce, kale, spinach and honey.
You can mix and match these ingredients, depending on what you’re feeling like!
Now. This isn’t our first rodeo on the smoothie train (that analogy doesn’t make sense but WORK WITH ME HERE).
If you want more smoothie lovin’ than there already is above, please head over to this post for more skin loving’ smoothie recipes.