Are you daydreaming about radiant, wrinkle-free, supple and soft skin?
Green smoothies are an easy and quick way to bring large amounts of leafy greens and fruits into your daily diet – and give your body the plant-based nutrients it is craving for. Plus you get the benefit of making your skin glowing!
Some of you may find the green color off-putting, but we promise you they are delicious and tasty! Try tossing more vegetables into your blender for a beauty boost-inside and out, instead of resorting to your berry-banana combo to-go every time you need a refreshing smoothie.
Vitamins and minerals found in leafy greens help prevent inflammation, which can cause all sorts of skin issues from acne to eczema. Plus, vitamins such as E and C, lutein, carotenoids and other powerful phytochemicals found in vegetables and fruits protect against cell damage that can cause even skin cancer.
1. Spinach, kiwi & avocado smoothie
- 1 cup of spinach
- 2 kiwis, peeled
- ½ avocado, peeled
- 1½ cups coconut water
Blend all ingredients well. Add a teaspoon of plain or vanilla-flavored pea protein powder, for an even more boosting and filling drink.
2. Spinach lemonade
- ½ cup spinach
- 1 lemon, peeled
- ½ cup chilled mint tea
- ½ cup ice
- ½ cup or 2 leaves romaine lettuce
- 5 drops or 1 packet Stevia
- 5 mint leaves
Blend all ingredients well. Then add additional half cup of ice and blend for a few more seconds if you want to adjust the consistency.
3. Green Swiss chard smoothie
- 2 cups cleaned Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped, firmly packed
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 2 cups ice
- 1 teaspoon chia seed
- 1 cup green seedless grapes
- 1 Bartlett pear, core, stem and seeds removed
- 1 orange, peeled and quartered
- ¼ cup water
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend them on low speed for 15 seconds, increase to medium speed, then high speed, and process until well blended.
The pear and banana must be ripe in any smoothie you make or it will not taste good. The orange needs to be completely peeled with the pith removed (“pith” is the soft dry white substance inside the skin of the orange).
The pith has a very bitter taste, so if you want your children to enjoy the smoothie without adding sugar, then this will make the final product sweeter along with the choice of ripe fruit.
4. Immunity smoothie
- ¼ avocado, peeled
- ½ green apple
- 1 cup coconut water
- 3-4 ice cubes ( optional)
- 2 leaves romaine lettuce
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- ¼ cucumber
- 1 serving probiotic powder or the contents of a probiotic capsule (follow instructions on the bottle)
- ½ lemon, peeled
- ½-inch slice fresh ginger
Put all ingredients into the blender, except for the ice. You can leave the peel and core on the apple and cucumber if you have a high-speed blender. If not, you might want to remove them. Blend on high until all the ingredients are smoothly liquidized. Add ice cubes (if desired) and blend for another 10 seconds. Serve and enjoy!
5. Pineapple, kale and coconut milk smoothie
- 1½ cups chopped pineapple
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut water or coconut milk
- 2 cups baby kale (or baby spinach)
- ripe banana, broken into chunks
- ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in the blender, making sure to put the liquids in first. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
Besides giving you the sexy skin you will simply adore, these green “shots” offer other health benefits including:
- disease-fighting antioxidants
- natural energizing to keep that “little pep in your step” in the morning
- natural weight loss as a “side effect “
- the phytonutrients in leafy greens keep your body’s immune system functioning as a Swiss watch.