The Fountain Of Youth – My Skin Saving Smoothie

Good nutrition is the fundamental building block of a healthy body – both inside and out.  The food you eat has the potential to nourish every cell in your body and is your nutritional insurance policy to live longer, feel energised and look radiant. I love starting my day off with a super – smoothie that I’ve packed full of nutrient dense goodness that makes sure I give my body and my skin what it craves for each day.

The secret to glowing skin is simple. Eat lots and fruits and vegetables and make sure you are feeding it with antioxidants, healthy fats and protein to feed and nourish it from the inside out.  As an additional benefit, you’ll also do wonders for the rest of your body such as lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve memory + concentration, reduce stress and basically feel amazing !

Below is one of my favourite smoothies of the moment  - My skin saving anti-ageing smoothie that takes 1 minute to prepare.  I sometimes make a double batch and take it to work for a quick power lunch or snack when I’m busy at work. I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do ! My smoothie is a blend of berries, salad greens, super- foods, protein and essential healthy fats to nourish and maintain healthy skin and make it glow.

Enjoy your journey of healthy eating with balance, wisdom and moderation.

What’s great about it:

Home made almond milk is high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off free radicals for healthy skin as well as a healthy immune system. You can also use coconut water that hydrates or macadamia milk that naturally contains antioxidants like vitamin E and zinc which neutralise free radicals in the body.

Goji Berries have high anti-oxidant activities and are believed to slow the ageing process by preventing oxidation, inhibiting mutation of DNA and helping to restore damaged DNA.  Cos lettuce (Romain lettuce) are rich in vitamin A, that revitalises skin by increasing cell turnover. They are also a good source of  potassium that is critical to our cardiovascular and nerve function, regulating the transfer of nutrients into cells and facilitating muscle energy. Avocado is a rich source of antioxidants, monounsaturated Oleic fatty acids and vitamin E, to help your skin stay soft and glowing. The yoghurt and kefir will help nourish your digestive system and provide it with good probiotics to help your body absorb the nutrients from your food you eat.

1 1/2  cups of your choice of (coconut water  - almond milkmacadamia nut milk – cold hibiscus tea )  see notes…
1 cup frozen blueberries
¼ avocado (optional )  or a handful of raspberries
4 leaves baby cos lettuce (romaine lettuce)
1 tablespoon coconut yoghurt or your choice of natural Greek style yoghurt or kefir
small handful goji berries
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed or whole chia seed
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Protein
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Organic Superfood

Combine berries, coconut water or others in your choices, avocado, lettuce, yoghurt, goji, flaxseed, protein and superfood into a high speed blender.
Blend for 15 seconds until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Notes + inspiration
Hibiscus tea is a delicious antioxidant packed addition to this smoothie as a replacement for the milk or coconut water. Its is rich in vitamin C and has astringent properties for tonifiying the skin. Brew it the night before so it’s lovely and chilled.
It’s slightly tart like cranberries, so you may like to sweeten your smoothie by adding a little raw honey or some fresh pineapple.

Add 1 cup of fresh sweet pineapple to aid protein digestion and use filtered water in place of coconut water if doing so.

The added bonus of making your own almond milk is that you can also use the leftover pulp to make almond milk face and body scrub. Just combine 1 cup of almond pulp with 1/2 cup cold pressed almond or macadamia nut oil + 1 tablespoon raw honey + 1 tablespoon fine ground sea salt.

From The Healthy Chef - Teresa Cutter

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