Smoothie For Your Skin: A Recipe
Smoothies and summer go hand in hand. But did you know that smoothies and healthy skin are a good pair also? They can be! By now you probably know that there’s more to a smoothie than fruit, ice and liquid of choice. Before smoothies were even a thing, the term smoothie was spelled smoothy, and it referred to a smooth-tongued person or someone with polished manners. The change of spelling has really opened a whole new world of smoothness. And now, those smooth, blended drinks can enhance the smoothness of our skin, too!
The key to a tasty smoothie is obviously fruit, fruit juice, flavored yogurt or milk and a little ice. But a tasty smoothie isn’t always the best for you. Before even thinking about our skin, a fruit packed smoothie can also be a sugar packed smoothie. The American Heart Association recommends about 4-5 servings of fruit a day. If your smoothie contains an apple, banana, handful of frozen strawberries and a generous pour of fruit juice or yogurt, then chances are you already very close to reaching the limit. It’s okay to eat more than the recommended value, but it’s important to keep track of all the glucose and fructose you are consuming in your morning smoothie. This is a crucial detail when watching our weight, but switching to a greener, healthier smoothie can also have positive effects on our skin.
Our bodies turn beta-carotene and alpha-carotene in vitamin A precursor. Our bodies mix that with fat molecules to turn it into good old vitamin A. Vitamin A is proven to reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and make our skin more smooth! This nutrient-packed smoothie is the perfect sweet start to brighter and tighter skin while still tasting great.
½ c canned pure pumpkin, frozen in ice cube tray
6 oz of coconut yogurt or low-fat greek yogurt
½ c water
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
-Add ingredients to blender starting with liquids and working up to solids. Blend until smooth.