This is a smoothie that has some great benefits for your skin. First, the recipe, and then, for you with the interest, the scientificy-geeky details that I love about WHY this is such a great drink to include in your collection. (Though high in natural fruit-sugar, so plan accordingly)
Skin So Smoothie
Skin So Smoothie
- 3 c. grapes (organic red grapes with seeds are best)
- ½ lemon
- 2 collard green leaves, de-stemmed
- 1 c. spinach (or more!)
- 1 Tbs flax oil
Throw it all in a blender, and blend it all! Add ice to chill, if preferred.
And those promised Geek-tails (details for the food geek):
Seeded Grapes: So many benefits in that red skin! And I could probably do an entire post about the health properties. But for today, I’m looking at the grape seeds. The oil in grape seeds is commonly found in facial products because of its beautifying benefits. I talked with a woman who makes her own soaps, trained by her Cherokee grandmother who was a medicine woman for her tribe. She says “You are right about the grapeseed oil. It is VERY good for your skin, hair, nails. It is one of the 11 oils that go into my lotions for its healing properties.” So can you get these benefits by ingesting rather than applying topically? Absolutely! Beauty really does start from the inside, and can be compounded by the products you use on the outside. Grape seeds and skins also are anti-microbial, helping your pores and cells stay healthy. Additionally, grapes are rich in antioxidants which will help protect your skin from aging oxidative damage to the cells (read: fine lines, wrinkles, and less firmly toned skin. No fun!) They are also rich in manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes optimal functioning of your thyroid gland.
Lemons: rich in enzymes, they also help stimulate your liver function; and your liver is one of your main organs to rid your body of waste and toxins, and burn fat. They are also packed with the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C. And the Mayo Clinic states that research suggests a diet rich in vitamin C may promote younger looking skin.
Collard Greens (or Kale) and Spinach: These are rich in vitamin A, which is very important to skin health. It helps with tissue repair, and the formation of skin-tightening collagen and elastin, fibers that help support skin structure. And collards, being from the same family as kale, have strong properties that help your liver naturally detoxify your body.
Flax Oil: Rich in omega-3s and omega-6s in a healthy balance, these essential fatty acids (EFAs) are beneficial for many parts of your body. One of those benefits being healthy skin. EFAs help with healthy cell membranes, which helps the cells no only work as a barrier for harmful things, but to allow nutrients to cross, and let waste out of the cells. It also will help hold the healthy waters in, keeping cells hydrated and firm.
And of course, the whole beverage is from water-rich produce, so that adds extra hydration to your body, keeping joints, eyes, cell, and everything supple and lubricated. The healthier you are inside, the more it will show outside!
But it does take time. You won’t notice huge changes overnight, as your body is going to be more concerned with healing your inner cells first. But over time, you will notice your outward appearance picking up the healthy, youthful glow.
Drink up, and keep that hydration going!