Who doesn’t love smoothies? They’re quick, they’re easy and with all that power at your fingertips, they are fun to make. Simple preparation and minimal mess (make sure you hold the cap down) mean smoothies are great for on-the-go breakfast dashes. Having a smoothie for breakfast gives you a fantastic opportunity to squeeze as much good stuff into one meal as possible, so you can start your day feeling fab.
At this point, you may be asking yourself why am I reading about smoothies on a skincare website? Good question! Every hero needs a sidekick and your skincare sidekick is the ever so humble smoothie. The old saying you are what you eat has stood the test of time for a reason. So with that in mind Its time to dust off ye old blender my friend, because things are about to get smoothie.
We’ve put together 3 smoothie recipes which are all great for your skin’s health! All of our Smoothies for skin glow are dairy-free, packed with vitamins, rich in antioxidants and healthy fats and all contain no rare ingredients that you’ll have to hire Indiana Jones to find.
Blue Tongue Wizard
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons flaxseeds
It’s a well-known fact that Berries are loaded with antioxidants and this smoothie is packed with them. Antioxidants help protect your skin from the big bad sun and boost collagen production to combat ageing. Flax seeds are the other big deal in this smoothie. Flax seeds contain protein, fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids, which help with the skin’s elasticity. reduce redness and hydrate your skin.
Wake Me Up On The Go-Go
- 1 banana
- 3 dates
- 8 raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons of coffee
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 8 raw almonds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut water
Coffee is full of antioxidants and will give you that little extra boost you may need in the morning. Coconut provides hydration and contains antibacterial properties. Almonds contain Vitamin E, which works to keep skin hydrated and free of acne, eczema and dark spots. Chia seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids and all the associated benefits we’ve spoken about.
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 banana
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of cacao powder
- 8 raw cashews
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 or 2 ice cubes
This smoothie isn't just for getting shredded. Skin-tissue is comprised of protein, so it’s important to get our fill to produce healthy skin! Cashews have that magic vitamin E along with selenium, which further combats inflammation. The Zinc found in cashews is also great for skin healing and cell renewal.
Questions about our smoothies
Why frozen berries?
Not only are they kinder to your finances they’re also less likely to be snacked on and depleted before it’s smoothie time, or worse, forgotten about and left to meet a mouldy mushy fate.
Want something sweeter?
There are various ways to sweeten your smoothie. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first; sugar is a no-go.
Artificial sweetener has mixed reviews. While there is yet to be widely-accepted proof of adverse health effects, prominent dermatologists believe it negatively affects our gut health, which in turn affects our skin. What we know for sure is that while artificial sweeteners may provide no calories, they also provide no nutrients.
Instead, go for:
- Honey: Full of antioxidants and very flavourful.
- Dates: Wonderfully sweet, bringing some dessert-like flavour to your recipes.
What else can I add that may not be tasty, but is really good for me?
Spices! Cinnamon is a classic for sweet treats. You can also add turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika. We also encourage adding more leafy greens if you’re game!
What’s can I use to make my smoothies more watery?
Other than water itself, we recommend chilled green tea, coconut water, fruit juices and veggie juices.
Why is there banana in almost every smoothie?
Bananas provide texture, sweetness & flavour. They’re filling, good for digestion, and full of vitamins which will help your skin, for example; C, b6, potassium & magnesium. The latter of which helps the body produce collagen and protect skin cells against free radical damage.
How can I make my smoothies quieter?
No one wants to be the loud morning-person in the household!
- Put a towel underneath your blender and use another to hold on top while blending.
- Bring your blender to another room. Kitchens are often centralised in the home, and tiled, causing a lot of sound amplification and travel. You may feel a bit loopy plugging your blender in the external laundry, but it’ll keep your housemates happy!
- Blend the night before, then stir in the morning.
Our Smoothies for skin glow are designed for just that, drink up and reap the benefits of a complexion you’ve been dreaming of. Remember, have fun with it! Get creative, make variations. Figure out whats yummier for you, and when someone asks you why your skin looks so amazing, just say fether.