Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Green Smoothie Recipe for Clear Skin!

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Ever since I got engaged, can you guess the one beauty thing I've been stressing out over? My SKIN! It's not that I have terrible skin, per say, but doesn't every girl want perfect, pore-less skin walking down the aisle? Every wedding magazine and website I've read said it's best to start a good skincare regimen more than six months before your wedding day. I already take pretty good care of my skin: I cleanse, moisturize and use a retinol every night - but it still has a lot of flaws! So I started doing a TON of research and found that what you eat can actually have a huge impact on your skin, maybe even more than what you put on it. After researching a ton of different "superfoods" that are good for your skin, I realized that most ingredients would actually taste pretty delicious in a smoothie... so that's when I started experimenting in the kitchen! I made six or seven different versions of this smoothie until I found the perfect combination that both tastes good and is packed with skin-boosting nutrients. And y'all, this one is a WINNER! I've been having this smoothie every single weekday for the past couple of weeks and even Chris likes it. :) Read on for the recipe!

Also, I apologize in advance for the photos - it was pouring rain yesterday so the lighting wasn't the best in my kitchen!





This smoothie is PACKED with skin-boosting nutrients. Every single ingredient does something good for your skin! 

Carrot and mango: Carrots and mango are both packed with a family of pigments called carotenoids (which give them their vibrant orange and yellow color). The body converts these plant pigments into vitamin A, also known as retinol (yep - the exact same "miracle product" you apply to your skin!). My dermatologist told me that these carotenoids can help give a rosy glow to dull looking skin - eating as little as one carrot a day can help improve skin color and may reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging! 

Avocado: To max out the nutritional value of your carotenoid intake, blending carotenoid-packed carrots and mango with healthy fats (like avocado) is key. Your body needs fats to convert these vitamin A precursors into the real deal. 

Pineapple: Pineapple contains vitamin C and amino acids which are essential for clear skin - pineapple also helps increase collagen synthesis to keep your skin flexible and firm.

Spinach and Kale: Dark, leafy greens are so good for your brain, body and SKIN! Spinach is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein and Vitamin C, while kale contains contains copper, a mineral that boosts the synthesis of melanin. Melanin helps to protect your skin from the sun and even offers anti-inflammatory benefits for your skin. 

Coconut water: We've all heard it before: staying hydrated can also keep your skin healthy too, and coconut water is a great hydrating alternative to water! One cup of coconut water contains 24 milligrams of vitamin C. You need vitamin C in order for your body to make collagen, a structural protein that gives your skin firmness and elasticity. 

And without further ado... the recipe! 

Skin Perfecting Green Smoothie
Ingredients:
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 medium carrot, cut into pieces
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 handful of kale
- Ice cubes as needed
Directions: 
1. Throw everything into your blender and blend blend blend! :) 

This recipe makes 2 servings, but you can easily cut it in half if you're the only one drinking it. I usually make this smoothie after a workout or in the afternoon as a snack. I find that smoothies aren't very filling for lunch (I am always ravenous an hour later), so I wouldn't recommend it as a meal replacement unless you pair it with some protein!

Let me know if you make it and how you like it!!!! :)
xoxo

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27 comments:

  1. Definitely going to try this!! I’ve been taking good care of my skin but feel like it needs a little more help elsewhere so this may be a perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Thanks for the recipe Cait! I love a green smoothie, especially as the temperature starts to warm up!

    I hope you're having a lovely Tuesday!
    Michael
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  3. I like green smoothies! I need to try this one!

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  4. Hi! Love reading your blog! Random question: where did you get your kitchen bar stools?
    Thank you!
    Christine

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  5. Sounds great!

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  6. Ooh this sounds so yummy, I can't wait to try it myself. I love smoothies in the morning!

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  7. This sounds like the perfect smoothie... except I think I am the only person on earth who does not like coconut water. Do you think swapping for just regular water will affect the taste? I love green smoothies! This is a recipe I am so going to play around with!!

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  8. This is exactly what I do for my morning smoothie but I add 1/4 cup of gluten free oats and it keeps me full way past my normal lunch time.

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  9. That sounds so delicious!

    Lauren,
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  10. This sounds incredible!! Thanks for sharing girl! I always love learning about what smoothies other people love and this one sounds perfect for every day :)
    XO Amanda
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  11. Yummy!

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  12. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll def. test it out! :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  14. I made this but added my favorite vegan dairy free protein powder! 24 grams of protein boost was exactly what it needed and so smooth and creamy! Love it!

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  15. Looks so yummy! I love smoothies in the morning and they really are great for the skin!
    X
    Samantha
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  16. We are getting married in July so I will be trying this! Thank you for sharing...I had no idea what you eat could have that much of an impact (aside from drinking water).

    Terra
    Fifteen Minutes to Flawless

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  17. This smoothie sounds amazing! I'm not a huge fan of avocados but I definitely need to try this now.

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    1. I love it!! Mine is four or five years old now and still going strong. I love that it's able to blend virtually anything even oatmeal!

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  19. I have been getting back into drinking smoothies again. And one of my goals this year is to have better skin. I will have to try this smoothie recipe out for sure.

    xoxo
    Stacey
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  20. I tried this out this morning and I was actually surprised by how well it tasted. I did add 1/4 tsp of spirulina powder. Thanks for the recipe. ��

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  21. I used to have the same ravenous problem until i started replacing coconut water with coconut milk (those $2 cans of low fat organic coconut milk from Trader Joe’s) and adding chia seeds (reconstitute 2 tbp In water for 5min). Voila... Meal replaced!

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