Five Beautifying Smoothie Recipes
Smoothies are all the rage right now, and our friends at You Beauty gave us the deets on how to drink healthy beverages and look great too.
Getting a gorgeous, glowing complexion doesn’t only mean slathering on sunblock or the latest antioxidant serum (though that helps, too). It also means paying attention to your diet. By tossing nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and other goodies into your blender, you can nab more beautifying foods that will nourish your skin from the inside, out.
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“This smoothie delivers a bonanza of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients,” says YouBeauty Culinary Expert and chef Jim Perko, C.E.C. It contains chia seeds, as well as yogurt and tofu, which provide calcium, iron and protein to protect and maintain cell membranes, reduce inflammation and possibly protect against sun damage.
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¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 orange, peeled and pits removed
1 ripe banana
½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
½ cup extra firm Silken tofu
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Put all ingredients into blender and whip until smooth. Sip and think youthful thoughts.
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“This smoothie has more ‘gorgeous goods’ than any other smoothie I know,” says YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor, Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D. That’s because it’s chock-full of carotenoids thanks to an abundance of kale. A recent study in the journal PLos ONE found that ingesting carotenoids (like the ones found in kale) was associated with healthy looking skin color that study participants deemed attractivein the opposite sex.
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1 cup cleaned spinach leaves, firm packed
1 cup cleaned kale, rough chop, firm packed
1 cup green seedless grapes
1 Bartlett pear, core, stem and seeds removed
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 banana, peeled
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1⁄2 cup water
2 cups ice
Directions:Place all ingredients in blender and process on a low speed for 15 seconds, increase to medium, then high until well blended. Going green never tasted so good.
“Healthy fats such as coconut oil are crucial for healthy skin,” says Frank Lipman, M.D., founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. That’s because coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties. Coconut also contains vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin growth and repair.
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1 Sustain packet
4 ounces water
4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
1⁄2 frozen banana cut into chunks
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
4 ice cubes
Directions:Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Ahh!
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An avocado is capable of a lot more than delicious guacamole. This creamy green fruit is loaded with vitamins C, E and K, which are essential for healthy skin. It may also help reduce dryness and irritation. “I love the avocado in this recipe because it’s loaded with antioxidant power, giving skin a beauty boost by helping your body cut down on inflammation and making your skin glow,” explains Keri Glassman, R.D., author of “Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet: 365 Proven Food Strategies for Mind/Body Bliss.”
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1 medium ripe peach, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped Hass avocado
1/3 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
3 tablespoons 100% pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree about 15 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve with a tall straw.
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They may be little, but berries bring on big beautifying benefits for your skin. “Berries are full of antioxidant compounds that neutralize damaging free radicals that lead to skin cell damage and premature skin aging,” explains Tricia Williams, chef and owner of Food Matters, a food delivery service in New York City.
Vitamin C slows aging.
Ingredients:1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
1/4 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1/4 cup kale
1 cup water
Directions: Place all ingredients in a high power blender. Whirl until completely smooth. Serve immediately and sip your way to berry-induced bliss.
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