“Good Skin Health Challenge” Jackie’s Antiaging Smoothie

Smoothies are an excellent way of getting all our nutrients into one large glass of goodness. There are hundreds of recipes and utube videos available on how to make the perfect smoothie and it can be quiet daunting and a bit scary to anyone who wants to try one and doesn’t know where to start.

Firstly and most importantly we all have different tastes and what might taste heavenly to me might be disgusting to you. So I want to help you find your own heavenly blend so that you will want to make one every day either for lunch or as a snack.

The powerful ingredients that you can pack into your smoothie feed and hydrate your skin cells. It is so beneficial for the health of your skin.

When I first starting making smoothies i didn’t enjoy them. I was following recipes from body builders, fitness experts, utube videos etc. I just didn’t like the taste and it stopped me from making them at all. All our tastes are different. The type of textures we like differ. So I want to open up your world of possibilities so that you can make your own smoothie and enjoy it.

So First things First…You cannot get this wrong..All you have to do is choose the ingredients you like and put them in a blender and VIOLA..! Remember you have to find your own MOJO for taste !

So let’s Begin: I am going to break the ingredient list into 5 categories: Vegetable, fruit, spices and liquid and other.

Vegetables: Jackie’s Favourites

Spinach: Handful  (gives the smoothie a smooth texture and i promise you will not taste it) Spinach is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A are especially great for your skin. Spinach contains antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems.

Kale: Handful, Stalks removed.(gives your smoothie a little more of a rougher texture. If you’re using kale you need to blend for a little longer.It however  a great source of beta-carotene, the carotenoid that the body converts into vitamin A as it needs it. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are necessary for the growth and maintenance of all body tissues, including the skin and hair. (Note: You can buy frozen kale also)

Cucumber: ¼ inch It contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, which both fight to reduce inflamed or irritated skin, and hydration thanks to its high water content. The peel itself contains silica, which firms up sagging skin

(I use all three of these as my base for my smoothie)

Fruits: Jackies Favourites.

Blueberries: 2 Tablespoons: The antioxidants present in blueberries combat free radicals from sun exposure, which can cause damage to our skin over time and speed up the aging process. Blueberries also contain significant amounts of zinc and iron, both skin-friendly elements. (You can buy frozen blueberries which are fab and make your smoothie cold and thicker)

Bananas: 1 small / ½ medium:  Bananas are the secret to well-nourished skin. Rich in potassium and moisture, it will hydrate and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple. Vitamin A in banana restores moisture smoothens out the rough texture of the skin and heals dry, parched skin.

Pineapple: Contains vitamin C and beta carotene. These antioxidants can help reduce wrinkles, improve overall skin texture, and minimize skin damage from sun and pollution exposure.

Rasberries: 2 tablespoons. The vitamin C and antioxidants in raspberries can reduce the signs of aging. For those of you who are active in outdoor activities should consume raspberries to protect the skin from UV damage. The antioxidants and ellagic acid in raspberries can keep the skin healthy. (You can buy frozen raspberries which are fab and make your smoothie cold and thicker)

Avocados: ½ avocado will give your smoothie a beautiful creamy texture and is full of inflammation-fighting fatty acids that promote smooth, supple skin. They also contain a variety of essential nutrients that prevent the negative effects of aging, including: vitamins K, C, E, and A (You can buy frozen Avocados but if you are going to use it in a smoothie let it defrost overnight for a creamier taste)

Mango: Rich in vitamins A, C and E plus beta-carotene, mangoes are a wonderful source of skin-healing antioxidants to rejuvenate your complexion, while vitamin A also helps to protect and renew your skin cells and mucous membranes.Jan 19, 2016

Note: (Avocado, Banana and Blueberries are my staples for my smoothie.  I just love the smooth creamy texture that they give.

Spices, Herbs, Nuts and Oils

Spirulina: 1 Tablespoon.  Rich in nutrients, vitamins and both fatty and amino acids, Spirulina decreases inflammation, tones the skin and encourages cell turnover to promote a more youthful-looking complexion. … By encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells, it helps to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Spirulina is also high in Protein.

Spirulina is an acquired taste. Begin with a teaspoon and gradually build up the amount you use. HOWEVER remember if you don’t like the taste don’t use it there are lots of other protein rich ingredients you can use instead. It is very very Green….!!

Cacao Powder: (not cocoa powder) is high in magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, beta-carotene and omega 6 fatty acids, cacao powder provides these and other nutrients so that your body and skin perform at peak levels.

Ginger fresh or powder:  ½ teaspoon. I prefer the powder because it is not as strong. Ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits of gingerols which can help soothe irritated skin. A recent study found that eating a combination of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) and ginger helped improve the skin’s appearance and ability to heal.

Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon (Cinnamon Is Loaded With Antioxidants. and Anti-Inflammatory Properties.

Turmeric + Black Pepper: 1 Leval teaspoon turmeric with a dash of black pepper: Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory foods and is made more effective when served with black pepper to help aid absorption. It also has powerful antioxidant effects.

Walnuts: (10 halves) The nourishing fats in walnuts attract moisture from the air, soothing dry skin.

Coconut Oil: (1 Tablespoon) Coconut oil is a superfood. It is not stored as fa..Yeahhh.!! and actually can help boost your metabolism. These triglycerides also help keep skin smooth and moisturized by trapping the escaping moisture from pores.

Liquids: Jackie’s favourite: Unsweetened Coconut milk or Unsweetened Coconut Water.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Unsweetened Oat Milk

Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Plain water

Unsweetened Coconut Water

Lime Juice

Jackie Tip. If you want your smoothie thick like a desert use less liquid. if you want to drink it through a straw add more liquid. You are in control.

A tablespoon or two of uncooked Porridge Oats will add a little body to your smoothie. Its particularly good if you’re feeling a bit more hungry.

There are many other vegetables and fruits that you can use but the list I have given you above are my personal favourites. When you start to develop your own taste you can start experimenting yourself. Remember you cannot get it wrong..It’s personal to you.

Jackie’s TIP: Your smoothie must contain a mix of vegetables and fruit for it to balance our sugar levels in the body. Too much fruit sugar in a smoothie is not good for your skin.

Enjoy..!

Please, Please, Please let me know how you got on. Would love to hear your ideas so we can share our favourite blends with each other and continue our “Good Skin Health”

Leave your comments and ideas so that others can enjoy your favourites too.

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