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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 

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!!!! πŸ™‚
xoxo

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  1. Sounds so good! <3

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  2. 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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  3. 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
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

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  4. I like green smoothies! I need to try this one!

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  5. Love trying new smoothie recipes!

    x S | Design by Sydnee πŸ’—

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  6. This looks delish!!

    xx,
    Lauren
    Lauren Elyce

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

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  8. Thank you for this! I definitely want to try!

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

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  10. Anonymous

    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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  11. 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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  12. That sounds so delicious!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

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  13. 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 πŸ™‚
    XO Amanda
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  14. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll def. test it out! πŸ™‚

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  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  16. 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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  17. Looks so yummy! I love smoothies in the morning and they really are great for the skin!
    X
    Samantha
    http://www.thenewyorkblonde.com

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

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  20. Love those leggings!

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  21. How do you like your ninja?

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    • 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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  22. 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
    http://staceylyynn.wixsite.com/stylingsofstacey

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  23. 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. οΏ½οΏ½

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  24. 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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