Green smoothie for healthy, glowing skin

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Green smoothie for healthy, glowing skin

I’ve struggled with acne for many years, and one thing that made a huge improvement in my skin, was changing my diet.

The minute I cut dairy out of my diet, my cystic acne disappeared. Eating mostly plant-based foods, good Omega-3 supplements and drinking a lot of water also helped me quite a bit.

Over the holidays though, I definitely indulged a little- I just can’t say no to both my mom’s and my mother-in-law’s cooking. Whenever my diet changes, it shows on my skin pretty much instantly and as much as I love holiday season, I’m really excited to go back to my regular routine, healthy diet and exercise.

Every morning, I start my day by drinking a glass of warm water with lemon on an empty stomach and then usually have a green smoothie for breakfast. Today’s little recipe is my go-to for when my skin needs a little pick-me-up.

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My favorite base for green smoothies is kale or spinach. Kale is packed with fiber, Vitamin A, C and K as well as iron. It aids inflammation, it detoxifies and helps boost immunity. Spinach is also loaded with  Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K as well as vital minerals. Avocado is also a great ingredient to add to your smoothies- it’s packed with vitamin E – a skin antioxidant- and due to avocado’s high oleic acid content, it moisturizes the skin and reduces redness and irritation. For fruit, bananas are also a must for me- I always keep a few frozen ones in my freezer. Mango is also full of antioxidants and chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fats which are essential for good skin (especially if you’re suffering from acne).

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Green smoothie for healthy, glowing skin

2 cups of spinach
1/2 cups kale
2 frozen, ripe bananas
2 cups coconut water
1 cup mango, cubed
1 small apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 avocado
2 tsp chia seeds

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This makes two, big portions- for one, half the ingredients.

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  • Nice! Thanks for sharing Paula. I was looking for a green smoothie to try in my new smoothie maker. This one it will be!

  • This looks so yummy!

    Ashley
    http://www.ashleyelizabethbeauty.com

  • Totally agree! My skin never looked better when I avoided dairy, soy, and corn (the most overly processed crops in the U.S.) Sadly I have fallen off the healthy eating plan the last year and my energy and fitness levels suffer from it. Definitely going to start my mornings with more greens. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Samantha Frances

    My skin has gone into melt down recently so this is definitely something I need to try out! xxx
    http://www.samanthafrances.co.uk

  • Serene Kurd

    Oh gosh this looks so delicious, I need to try this out for my skin to start glowing! :D

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  • Georgia Owen

    Looks and sounds like it tastes delicious! Need to take a break from milky things and get on the fruity bandwagon I think.
    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  • Olivia Aimes

    I love myself some green juice xo
    http://fridaynightstyle.com/

  • Rita Ferreira

    Need to try and start drinking/eating healthier! This sounds really tasteful, might have to try it out!

    Rita xx
    http://trendy-taste.blogspot.com

  • This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    xo, Liz

    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • i’ve always wanted to try one of these, everybody says they are super healthy and yummy!
    ps: I know this has nothing to do with the post but I love your nailpolish, where is it from??

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  • I bought a Nutribullet a few months ago but haven’t found a green smoothie recipe that I actually enjoy! Will definitely be trying this one out, thanks for sharing!

    xx Krista
    love-krista.com | a beauty & wellness blog

  • Janica Khemlani

    this looks so yumm!!! need to try this out! thanks for sharing paula! :)

  • I’m really not a smoothie person but I’d love to give this a try to give my skin a little treat!

    http://www.jeannechristinemarie.blogspot.com

  • I love drinking some good ol’ health smoothies! This looks incredible! A little bit of kale and apples always adds to a better smoothie <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin’

  • Definitely going to try this one, my skin is suffering from all the junk I’ve been eating!

    hannahsnotebook.net

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    Yessss, post holiday season reset, here I come. I need more spinach in my life.

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

  • Sophie Sierra

    Ahh this looks so gorgeous; full of green goodness and such a refreshing treat for January to banish away these winter blues (with some greens hehe)! It looks super divine Paula, another fabulous recipe filled with such nutrition and nurture. And the fact that it gets you glowing is just all the amazing. Love, love, LOVE! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  • This sounds great! Definitely going to make this for myself when my skin is having a bad day x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I am obsessed with avocados! Mangos are my favorite fruit so the fact that this smoothie has both is awesome! I love smoothies for breakfast. I drank one today and am determined to get back to my healthy eating habits. Bookmarking this!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  • I am loving smoothies lately but do get bored of making the same one over and over agin. Will definitely try this recipe, you made it sound so delicious and it even looks great x

    Beauty with charm

  • I used to drink warm water&lemon mixture, it was really good at boosting my metabolism. After a holiday season, my skin acts up too. I’ve never tried a drink to make an effect on my skin, now this is something I should try. I saved the recipe and hopefully will give it a try soon!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I have certainly overindulge in not so healthy food and I can see some breakouts on my skin. I definitely need to get back to healthier eating and start making smoothies more often, I should try your recipe :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • I make green smoothies for breakfast too – I never thought about using avocado in them but that makes total sense! Thanks for the tip. I totally love this post – what a great way to start 2016!

    I also agree about diet having a huuuuge impact on acne. I try and avoid dairy and other processed foods too. For me, cystic acne is hormonal, so the only thing that really helps stop it is an anti-androgen pill :(

    Hope you have a lovely 2016 and I’m looking forward to all the posts for this year!

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

  • I love smoothies! I’ll have to give this one a try!

    http://imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com/

  • Post New Years my skin needs a glow boost, this Ace Paula!

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

  • Jenny M

    Looks great, smoothies are such a handy way to boost your fruit and veg intake. I have yet to try mango so I must give that a go. Thanks xx

    http://blushpanda.blogspot.ie/