Green smoothie for a healthy, glowing skin.
Beauty comes from within, we’re all familiar with this saying, right? I already told you guys in one of my recent posts how changing my diet improved my skin (if you missed it, here it is) and today I’m sharing one of my favorite smoothie recipes: green smoothie for healthy and glowing skin.
Smoothies are pretty awesome. They usually take only about five minutes to prepare, they’re easily digestible and a great way to get all those various nutrients into your system.
One of my favorite, green bases for smoothies is kale. It’s packed with fiber, Vitamin A, C and K as well as iron. It aids inflammation, it detoxifies and helps boost immunity. Avocado is also a great ingredient to add to your smoothies. It’s packed with vitamin E – a skin antioxidant, and due to its high oleic acid content, it moisturizes the skin and reduces redness and irritation.
I personally cannot stand the taste of plain coconut water, but knowing how many health benefits it has (hydrating and anti-aging properties, energy booster, helps hair growth, fights bacteria, etc.), I still wanted to incorporate it into my diet. Using coconut water as a liquid in my smoothies is a perfect solution. Another liquid I like to use is unsweetened almond milk or fresh orange juice (that I make myself, not the stuff from the bottle/carton!).
Green Smoothie for Healthy, Glowing Skin
1 cup of kale
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
1/2 cup of frozen mango
1 cup of coconut water
1 tsp ground flaxseed
Combine everything together and blend until smooth. Sometimes I like to add some unsweetened coconut flakes to my smoothies to add a little crunch and texture.
Speaking of smoothies, I have a quick tip for you guys. I recently started pre-packing my smoothies and it’s made my life so much easier. I measure out my ingredients (kale, spinach, bananas and other fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and pineapples-all of which are great for your skin) put them in plastic bags and throw them in the freezer. All I need to do in the morning is grab a bag from the freezer, add my liquid and my chia seeds for flaxseed, blend and I’m ready to go. I also started doing the same thing with any left over spinach and kale. It not only saves you time, but it saves money too (I can’t tell you how many times I had to throw out my kale or spinach because I usually buy them in bulk and not always use it all up before it goes “bad”). After I freeze my kale or spinach, it’s pretty obvious that I can no longer use them for salads or anything similar, but it’s a perfect solution for my smoothie-making.
MelJanuary 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm
great post! Very informative
IoannaJanuary 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm
Freezing your smooth ingredients is such a wonderful idea. I’ve never tried making a green smoothie, how does this taste? I’m worried I wouldn’t like the flavour xx
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PaulaJanuary 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm
It tastes great! You can’t tell it has spinach or kale in it. Adding fruit creates a nice, sweet flavor and these actually taste like a treat! You can also try adding a spoon of natural peanut butter.
Concept SenseJanuary 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm
I totally agree – green juice works wonder! I opt for juice, no smoothy…I mix green salad, kale, spichach and so on with сucumber, apples and ginger!
PaulaJanuary 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm
I love green juices too! I’m usually too busy to have them in the morning, so smoothies are a great option for me ;)
CamilleJanuary 27, 2015 at 8:43 pm
I usually make smoothies for my breakfast with a side of eggs. I haven’t tried coconut water or avocado in them but I definitiely will now. Never thought to combine those. Great post gave me so idea’s for my next smoothie.
Beka LouiseJanuary 28, 2015 at 7:16 am
This smoothie sounds absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to try it. I also love the tip of pre-packing my smoothie, so thank you for that!
Brenda BusyBeeJanuary 28, 2015 at 10:55 am
Pre-packing your smoothies is such a good idea! I have wasted a lot of fruit because I didn’t eat it in time and this way, I will use it all :) thank you for the helpful tip xx
PaulaJanuary 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm
I did too! Can’t even tell you how much food I’ve wasted over the years before I started doing this!
VivianJanuary 29, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Really liked this post. I’m feeling motivated enough now to go on a smoothie cleanse!
ElizaDeath TaylorFebruary 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm
I don’t think I’ve ever tried Kale before, but they seem like they’re used a lot in health smoothies. I might give this a shot! :) I think I’ll just have to adjust a few ingredients for my diet and I’ll be set!