When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When a kitchen accident gives you patchy skin, you make these smoothie recipes for healthy skin.
I interrupted my previously scheduled blog post about my birthday because recently I had a major kitchen accident leaving me with second degree burns on most of my face. So, I thought I would use this as inspiration for some new recipes!
I think food is our biggest link to controlling our own health. Food plays such a central role. It has the power to heal, mood lift, and comfort. In a society that puts food at the forefront of most activities, it never fails to surprise me that the Standard American Diet (SAD) isn’t as rich in the foods that are really good for us. I set out to find the foods most beneficial for healthy skin. My criteria was: collagen producing, skin strengthening, and cell regenerating foods. And all my smoothie recipes are a nutrient slap in the face for your skin. But rest assured, you do not need second degree burns on the surface of your sin in order to enjoy these smoothies.
What’s So Great About These Smoothie Recipes for Healthy Skin
So many plant foods have valuable nutrients for our skin. But it would be hard to consume so many at once so why not chuck them into a blender and sip away. Smoothies can also be very comforting. And I don’t men the ones consisting of kale, cucumber, celery and romaine. My smoothies must be creamy, sweet, and fruity think Wendy’s Frosty but more nutritionally dense.
None of my smoothie recipes will contain any of those weird hippie ingredients that you have to Amazon prime to your house. I use simple ingredients and a no fuss method for all my smoothies. You should be able to whip some of these up with ingredients you have on hand. Most of the fruit can easily be replaced if you’d prefer something else or don’t have something on hand. The world is your oyster so blend it how you please.
What Vitamins are Good for Skin?
There are so many vitamins that positively affect the skin. Today I’m going to talk about Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
Starting off with vitamin A because it is one of the essentials mostly because it functions like an antioxidant. Mostly found in skin care creams and lotions, this vitamin provides cell growth and maintains skin tissue. This is why it’s a vital ingredient in anti-aging creams and wrinkle-free creams. You can get your daily vitamin A usually from the plants you already consume, but when you are low on this nutrient, it shows through your skin as dryness and flakiness.
Next in the alphabet is our vitamin B’s. A good vitamin B source is known as a B complex. An important vitamin B is Biotin. Found in bananas, oatmeal, and rice, this vitamin is known for it’s repairing qualities on the hair, skin, and nails. This is why you see it all over shampoo and lotion bottles. Your body makes up a lot of biotin on it’s own so it isn’t always necessary to supplement. However, you’ll notice a form of vitamin B deficiency as dermatitis or hair loss.
Vitamin C can also be remembered by C for Collagen. Vitamin C helps your skin in producing collagen, a skin firming type of tissue. This vitamin along with vitamin E are antioxidants that help in protecting your skin from free radicals. They even have the potential to reduce some of the damage caused by sun exposure. Though this doesn’t mean you should just supplement vitamins C and E and tan yourself to a crisp! You find C in citrus fruits broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and tomatoes, and you find E in oily foods. So, these would be things like nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin because the easiest way to get it is through sun exposure. This vitamin is good for fighting infection and when deficient is associated with acne. For those living in sunny environments you are probably provided enough vitamin D. However, if you are on the other side of the spectrum, you can find this nutrient in fortified milks or cereals.
Vitamin K is our last letter and it’s great for helping blood clot. It helps in the repair of bruises as well. This is because it helps blog coagulate. It helps all kind of skin insecure problems like dark circles, stretch marks, and scars.
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Strawberry Mango Avocado
makes: 1 smoothie
- 1 banana, chunked and frozen- Vitamin C
- 1 1/2 c almond milk- Vitamin A
- 1 c spinach- Vitamins A, K, C, E
- ½ c strawberries Vitamin C
- ½ c mango Vitamins C
- ½ avocado
- Scoop of vanilla protein, optional
- Place the banana and almond milk into the blender and blend on high until creamy.
- Add the spinach and blend until you no longer see any spinachy bits.
- Add strawberries and mango chunks. Then scoop in the avocado flesh. Finally add the scoop of protein powder if you’d like
- If you decide to leave it out, try adding some vanilla extract.
Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie
makes: 1 smoothie
- ½ c rolled oats, Vitamin B5
- ½ t cinnamon
- 1 c macadamia nut milk Vitamin A
- ½ c frozen blueberries Vitamin c and K
- 1/3 c soy yogurt Vitaminn D
- ¼ c ice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional but tasty
- You’ll start this one the night before. Place the oats and 1/2 c of the nut milk into a bowl and let soak overnight in the refrigerator.
- in the morning, combine the rest of the milk and the remaining ingredients and blend away until smooth.
- Add ice if you want it thicker and colder.
- Finish off with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Dark Chocolate PB and Acai
makes: 1 smoothie
- açaí smoothie pack Vitamins C A E
- Frozen Banana Vitamin C
- 1 T cacao Vitamin B5
- 2 T peanut butter Vitamin E
- dates Vitamins A and K
- Almond milk Vitamin A
- Run you açaí packet under some water and break it up before cutting open and pouring into the blender.
- Add all the ingredients to the blender. Sometimes I like to hold 1 tablespoon of peanut butter out to drizzle on top but you do you!
- The date here is optional and depends on the ripeness of your banana and whether your açaí is presweetened.