I love taking care of my skin from the inside out. This smoothie is packed with all sorts of goodies like antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients that are some serious extra ammo for clear skin. It's tropical, full of anti-oxidants, plant-based, creamy, packed with protein... and it tastes exceptionally good.
Gather Your Ingredients for this Healthy Clear Skin Smoothie Recipe
Pineapple has a powerful enzyme called bromelain which is known for being good for your skin which is why pineapple is the perfect choice for this recipe.
I like to use frozen pineapple in this recipe. It makes this smoothie the perfect temperature and texture. Plus let's face it, pineapples can be a pain and time consuming to peel and cut. So to save some time and hassle, I opt for frozen pineapple which is pretty much always stocked in my freezer.
Spinach contains a slew of vitamins responsible for making your skin radiant. It can improve everything from your skin's texture to heal scars or sun damage. And because its such a neutral flavor, it's an easy one to sneak in any smoothie and no one will ever know its there (except you)!
Banana is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. They're full of vitamins and minerals which help tighten and repair dry skin. In fact, after you add the banana to your smoothie, rub the banana peel on your face and leave it there for 5-10 minutes to really calm acne-prone skin.
I could eat cilantro by the handful. I love it! But I have a few friends who absolutely can't stand it. I think it's one of those ingredients you either love or hate. Either way, I think you'll like this recipe! Who knows? It's worth a try at least! When in doubt, try it out.
I'm sure you've seen all the photos and movies where someone has cucumbers on their eyelids. That's because cucumber is anti-inflammatory and is known to reduce swelling and puffiness. Plus they're made up of 95% water which is crucial to maintaining a healthy glow through well-hydrated skin.
It wouldn't be right to not include a healthy fat in a clear skin smoothie since healthy fats play such a large part in the elasticity of our skin and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado help plump your skin and leave it soft to the touch.
Lemon water is a popular craze with good reason. Lemon juice is known to prevent aging as well as reduce skin damage due to its high vitamin C content. And it can brighten your skin and aid in boosting collagen production. This means it may actually help reduce dark spots if used consistently over time. Remind me to start drinking lemon water first thing in the morning again!
Flaxseed is full of antioxidants and phytochemicals that are said to fight off acne-prone skin as well as reduce fine lines, scars, and wrinkles. I keep an air-tight jar of ground flaxseed in my fridge to prolong its shelf life as they contain volatile oils prone to spoiling. Flaxseed is even great to be used topically as a face mask!
Collagen is a big deal in the nutrition world right now and with good reason. It's a protein that strengthens your skin and can help it look young and youthful by increasing its elasticity. I aim to have a scoop a day to keep my skin looking fresh and plump. This brand is my favorite! I also love the Thrive Market brand. Collagen isn't vegan though so be aware of that when looking for one to try.
When looking for honey, be sure to get the real raw unpasturized kind. Most honey you see on the shelves is nothing other than sugar. Raw honey is full of probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants. And it supports melatonin which is crucial to sleeping well. And sleep is when your body rests and repairs, skin included.
Tips on How to Make this Healthy Green Smoothie
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
For a thicker smoothie, add less liquid. For one that isn’t as thick, or to facilitate your blender, add more liquid. And it doesn’t have to be water. I think coconut milk or coconut water would taste great!
Prefer it sweeter? Add some more honey. And if you don’t have any honey, you could easily swap it out for other natural sweeteners like maple syrup or dates.