They say that you are what you eat, and it certainly can be reflected in your skin! Certain nutrients, many found in fruits, can have a positive effect on your skin. A great way to take steps toward great skin is to mix up a smoothie with some skin-friendly ingredients.
The following fruit smoothie recipe has four fruits that are particularly good for your skin:
Blueberries: Blueberries have a high carotenoid (Beta-Caraotene) content. Carotenoids are super skin boosters because they convert to active Vitamin A, which stimulates the renewal of skin cells. That in turn leads to softer and smoother skin.
Papaya: Papaya has a particularly high amount of antioxidant Vitamin C along with beta-carotene, flavonoids, folate, potassium and magnesium. Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm.
Strawberries: Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, and they have other antioxidants which help break down free radicals that can damage your skin and lead to wrinkles.
Pear: Pears contain a large amount of fiber, more than most fruits. Fiber helps the body get rid of toxins that can damage your skin and lead to breakouts.
To make a healthy and skin-friendly smoothie with these fruits, add equal parts of each to your blender, Ninja, or Nutribullet (about 1/3 cup each for a single serving). Using frozen fruit is fine and will allow for a thicker texture. I usually use frozen blueberries and strawberries. Add about 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice and blend. You may need to add a bit more liquid if using frozen fruits. I like to use vanilla soy milk, but regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or even just plain water if fine. If you want a bit of protein in your smoothie too, add about 1/4 cup of greek yogurt.
This smoothie is tasty, healthy, low calorie, high fiber, and great for your skin. All that makes it pretty darn awesome!
By Carleen Pruess Coulter from All Nutribullet Recipes. Visit the site for great smoothie recipes in various healthy living categories!