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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Perfect Skin Smoothie Recipes

Get Excited! Get Excited! I'm back with another informational blog on how sipping your way to a clear, glowing complexion with these easy smoothie recipes.  Ashley Koff, R.D., a celebrity dietitian and author of "Mom Energy," says every woman can benefit from firing up the ol' blender. "Smoothies are a great way to get all of the nutrients you need for beautiful skin in just one drink," says Koff.   Let's create some healthy skin smoothies...

The Clear Skin Smoothie

This smoothie, created by Koff, uses a protein powder made from hemp seeds, which is a balanced source of skin-boosting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The dandelion greens are great for the liver, helping to detox the body and skin; the avocado and raw cacao powder contain a powerful mix of antioxidants, which help clear the complexion and get skin glowing; and the coconut water is loaded with potassium, which helps skin cells get the water they need to stay (and look) hydrated.

Blend …
1 scoop of hemp protein (Koff likes Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70)
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 bunch dandelion greens (no stems)
11 oz coconut water
1/4 avocado
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder


NONI COLADA

Coconut water kefir is another great non-dairy smoothie ingredient, and it's loaded with probiotics -- the "good" bacteria that help keep our digestion running smoothly (and our skin clear as a result). The pineapple in this recipe, created by raw vegan chef Jason Andrew Wrobel, also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping to calm puffy, irritated skin.

Blend …
10 oz coconut water kefir 
Handful ice cubes
4 oz frozen pineapple chunks
1 tsp dried noni fruit powder
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
Sweetener to taste (half dropper-full of vanilla stevia is great)

GREEN TEA COOLER

Created by Mary Kennedy, M.S., a nutrition and wellness professional who works for Stonyfield Farm, this smoothie combines two powerful skin foods: organic yogurt and green tea. The yogurt is loaded with live active cultures that provide the gut with beneficial bacteria, which helps digestion (the better your digestive tract runs, the better your skin will look); mint and honey also help fend off "bad" bacteria, and the green tea is loaded with anti-aging antioxidants.

Blend …
1 cup Stonyfield organic fat-free key lime yogurt 

1 cup prepared green tea, cooled

1/2 cup loosely packed mint, chopped

Juice and zest of 2 limes 

1 tsp honey

2 cups ice cubes

MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE

Koff Boyer created this smoothie and says the frozen mango gives it its sweetness and smooth texture and adds skin-boosting vitamins B6, C, and E. Plus, the omega-3s in the fish oil help to regulate oil production, says Koff, which boosts hydration, helps prevent acne, and staves off wrinkles.

Blend …
1 tbsp fish oil
1⁄2 cup plain, low-fat, organic yogurt
1⁄2 cup frozen mango chunks
1⁄2 cup orange juice
1⁄2 cup ice cubes
1 fresh mint leaf (optional)


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Pro Tip:  Antioxidants keep wrinkles and sagging to a minimum.

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