It’s hard to avoid comfort food while it’s still blustery outside (especially for all of you East Coasters), so I’ve been blending up healthy smoothies to fix my sweet tooth and give me a hit of energy. Apart from the health benefits that they produce on the inside, there are loads of outward beauty perks that these anti-oxidant rich recipes offer too. Plus eating (or drinking) a fiber rich breakfast helps to maintain a healthy weight. How can you say no to glowing skin and hair, and a svelte body? Check out our top five picks to keep you looking and feeling radiant all winter long.
1. Blueberry Flax Smoothie – (recipe via Not Your Standard).
The Superfoods… Blueberries and almond milk.
Beauty Benefits… Blueberries are low in calories (approximately 74 for one cup) and bursting with flavour. On top of that, they’re anti-oxidant rich, boosting collagen levels for a firm, healthy visage. Almond milk is full of Omega 3 fatty acids, for shiny skin and hair, and full of protein and fiber to keep you satiated until lunch.
2. Kiwi, Pineapple and Chia Seed Smoothie – (recipe via Eat Yourself Skinny).
The Superfoods… Kiwi and chia seeds.
Beauty Benefits… Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C, which nourishes skin and hair, and optimizes healthy teeth and bones. Again, chia seeds are such an easy way to add Omega-3’s to your diet – beauty benefits stated above.
3. Just Peachy Green Smoothie – (recipe via Skinny Taste).
The Superfoods… Spinach, peaches, strawberries, bananas.
Beauty Benefits… This smoothie is abundant with beauty benefactors, but spinach in particular contains lutein, which improves the clarity and brightness of your eyes.
4. Skinny Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Shake – (recipe via The Messy Baker).
The Superfoods… Bananas and peanut butter.
Beauty Benefits… Peanuts contain Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and Vitamin A – all of which optimize your skin’s health by reducing redness, swelling, wrinkles and fine lines. The fatty acids are also important for regenerating cell growth in hair, keeping your locks lustrous. External benefits of bananas are endless, however, ingesting bananas also helps to combat insomnia. Beauty sleep? Check.
5. Pink Power Detox Smoothie – (recipe via Oh She Glows). Looking for something more powerfully detoxifying? This recipe is ideal pre or post workout. It’s chock full of natural sugars and detoxifiers to cleanse your liver, balance your blood sugar and aid with digestion.
The Superfoods… Beets, avocado, strawberries and apples.
Beauty Benefits… Beets are such a wonderful superfood – studies have proven that they help to prevent dementia and lower blood pressure, among others. They also benefit the health of the eyes, particularly the retina, giving you brighter beams and their detoxifying effect on the blood and rich red colour improve circulation, which your body reflects through taut, healthy skin. Avacados contain biotin, which promotes stronger, healthier hair, and strawberries and apples with amp up your Vitamin C for a healthy immune system and glowing skin.