Doing the breakfast shift for my last couple of cheffing jobs meant that I got into the habit years ago of eating on the go, something that I still do to this day. Massaging most days and spending all day on my feet making potions and lotions means that I like to have something nourishing, filling and energy boosting to start my day. The smoothie I make each morning is all these things and more…it is also incredibly good for nourishing your skin from the inside. Here’s why..
Organic mixed berries~ easily found in the freezer section at Coles Woolies are your local health food shop (and even better if you can find a local fresh source and freeze them yourself) organic mixed berries are the basis of my smoothie. including raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and sometimes cranberries, putting in a handful of these little treasures adds antioxidants which is key to keeping your skin looking great.
Banana~ Being from Coffs Harbour, we have bananas in abundance and can easily find some at a great price at the local markets or on the side of the road. Try to get organic if possible as bananas are heavily sprayed with all sorts of nasty chemicals and sprayed to rapidly ripen them. Full of potassium pectin and fibre, they are also a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and B6. All things that help with cell regeneration and absorption of nutrients.
Kale~ Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king. It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds… some of which have powerful medicinal properties. It is jammed packed with vitamins and minerals especially beta-carrotenn (which the body turns into vitamin A) and C.
- Vitamin A plays a pivotal role in repairing the tissues underneath your skin and prevents damage caused by free radicals. A diet lacking in Vitamin A can lead to dry and flaky skin.
- Vitamin C too helps reduce damage caused by free radicals, which is mostly likely to occur when your skin is overexposed to the sun. In other words, Vitamin C helps prevent premature aging of the skin and helps you stay younger-looking for a longer period of time.
Coconut Milk~ Whether ingested or applied topically, coconut milk is great for your skin. It is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins which contribute to a smooth and radiant skin.
Coconut Kefir~ Is a probiotic that greatly assists with improving your gut health, which in turn means that it helps to cleanse the liver. In chinese medicine the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints. coconut kefir eases aches and joint pains. Many people report having a prettier complexion. They experience the brown liver spots on the skin fading away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing.
Raw Protein Powder~ Amazonia Raw protein isolate Raw protein isolate is the first-to-market organic, raw, prebiotic, dairy-free protein with premium bioavailability. A gentle formula designed with optimum gut health in mind, enhanced with live digestive enzymes and prebiotics (food for good digestive bacteria) to support digestive balance, which assists with the breakdown and assimilation of protein for ultimate absorption. A healthy gut equals healthy skin.
Spirulina~ Spirulina is a blue-green algae. That doesn’t sound sexy, but this super seaweed is a lifesaver for its skin-savvy fans. As most of us know, our outside beauty is directly related to our inside beauty. “Radiance is nothing more than happy, healthy cells, and spirulina is an easy way to sneak more “beauty nutrients” into a busy lifestyle via diet,” says Julie Morris, a natural foods chef and super food expert, author of Superfood Juices and Superfood Kitchen.
Maca Powder~ Is known to encourage healthy hormone production and stregthen the immune system. In addition to these and many other health benefits , organic maca powder is rapidly gaining a reputation for its ability to promote a healthy, radiant complexion and research has shown that it can structurally enhance the firmness of skin and boost its inherent protective abilities. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that maca root stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in visibly younger looking skin.
Super Skin Food Smoothie Recipe
- Handful of mixed frozen organic berries
- 1 Banana broken into chunks (frozen if you like)
- 1/2 cup Coco Quench or any other type of coconut or nut milk. Coco Quench has the most amount of coconut in it compare to other coconut milk blends and it has no added sugar. (available at supermarket or health food shop)
- 2 small kale leaves broken up. Try to grow some in a pot! Fresh, vitality rich greens are the best!!
- 2 TBSP Raw Protein Powder (get from health food shop)
- 1/2 tsp maca powder (get from bulk food or health food shop)
- 1/2 tsp spirulina (get from bulk food or health food shop)
- 1 heaped TBSP Coconut Kefir (health food shop)
- Top up with filtered water
Blend all together in nutribullet or nutri ninja until smooth. You can add different fruits if you like. I like to put a few ice cubes in it to keep it cool while I am on the go.
There you have it, a creamy delicious brekkie smoothie which is full of skin nourishing nutrients that will keep you feeling and looking good, inside and out. Enjoy
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