Let’s face it ladies and gents- if you’re closing in on (or currently in) your thirties like me, we have to admit our skin is not once what it used to be. Wrinkles and sun spots are forming (I don’t know about you but I’m really regretting those countless hours spent sunbathing slicked in baby oil….gross) and our elasticity and collagen is beginning to slowly breakdown.
Not cool skin, not cool.
Lucky for us, there’s plenty of things we can do to help us continue to age gracefully such as stocking up on anti-aging face creams, wearing loads of sunscreen, and the occasional facial or shot of botox.
But time after time, dermatologists say it’s what you’re actually putting into your body (aka eating) that has the biggest impact on what your skin looks like on the outside. In this case we literally are what we eat.
Thus it’s crucial to consume a variety of hydrating healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and trace minerals to ward off wrinkles, repair and promote cell regeneration and ultimately achieve healthy, glowing skin. Which is awesome because while we may not have the $ or time to splurge on a chemical peel, we all have access to foods that contribute to an amazing complexion.
Like this mind.blowing.smoothie.
Not only is it literally the BEST SMOOTHIE YOU’LL EVER DRINK IN YOUR LIFE (meat lovin’ hubby can attest to this) and super easy to make (with lots of grab n’ go produce you can toss in a blender) but it’s chockfull of powerhouse ingredients that will seriously impact the health of your skin.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know that kale is a superfood, but it’s specifically an excellent source of beauty-boosting vitamins A, C, and E, all of which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. It also contains beta-carotene which delivers a youthful glow and neutralizes free radicals #kaleyeah
If you’ve spent a lot of time baking in the sun like me, then you’ll benefit from the addition of spinach in this smoothie. This leafy green is full of healthy skin vitamins—including vitamin C, which is needed to make collagen and keep your skin looking smooth and radiant. It also contains folate, which is a powerful nutrient used in DNA repair.
If you’re not getting enough healthy fats in your diet it could be sabotaging your face. This leads to dehydration, because if you don’t have enough good fat content in your diet your skin is unable to retain water and more moisture evaporates from it’s surface- resulting in dull, dry and flaky skin. By adding almond butter to this smoothie it creates a protective surface around your skin cells and prevents essential water within from escaping. Hello supple skin!
Berries are not only high in antioxidants that bring great anti-aging benefits to skin but they’re also naturally low in sugar (and too much sugar in your diet causes skin to become tough, saggy and wrinkles to form prematurely in a process known as glycation). Strawberries are also rich in fiber which binds to toxins and helps your body excrete them naturally. Constipation is often a cause of breakouts as a result of toxins not leaving the body through your colon- thus they surface via your skin- AKA pimples. Real talk people.
These bad boys are high in trace minerals like zinc which helps maintain collagen, promotes skin renewal and helps to prevent acne. They’re also loaded with B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin.
This smoothie not only has all of the above ingredients, but adds in bananas and dates for a hint of natural sweetness and more fiber, flax seeds for more of those good healthy omega-3 fats, almond milk as a creamy, dairy-free base and cinnamon for an additional metabolic boost.
Better Than Botox Green Smoothie
- 1 cup organic almond milk (look for a carrageenan free brand like this)
- 1 large handful spinach
- 2 leaves of kale, stems removed
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp flaxseeds
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 frozen strawberries
- Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend baby, blend.
- Prepare yourself for endless compliments on your radiant, glowing skin.