by nutritionist Amanda Callenberg
Healthy glowing skin involves more than just what you put on your skin. It begins with proper nutrition that builds beauty from the inside.
The skin is our largest detoxification organ and supports every system in the body including the gut, liver, brain, adrenals, immune system and lymphatics. It is a window to our internal health, so when we start to see things like breakouts, dark circles, fine lines, dullness or overall poor skin condition, it can be signs of imbalances within the body.
Our body’s need nourishment from a wide range of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and proteins to be able to support our skin health and help to maintain its collagen production and stay hydrated with fats and fluids for ongoing healing, maintenance and repair.
This smoothie is packed with nutrient dense ingredients, each serving a purpose for healthy glowing skin. Here’s how:
Why these ingredients?
Coconut water:Hydration is vital for healthy skin. It helps to support digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion, all which play an important role in skin health. When we are dehydrated, our skin can become dry, tight, dull, and prone to wrinkles. Coconut water is packed with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, all which are essential for our cells, organs and body systems to function properly.
Banana- Bananas are rich in soluble fibre and a great source of prebiotics, the fuel that feeds our friendly gut bacteria and keeps our digestive system balanced and healthy. Soluble fibre is a natural detoxifier, helping to remove waste and unwanted toxins from the body, therefore supporting skin health.
Pineapple: Pineapples are a great source of vitamin C, which is key for the production of collagen, the protein that gives our skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that helps to fight skin-damaging free radicals and prevent premature ageing.
Mangos- Mangos contain carotenoids, another form of antioxidants, which protect the skin from UV light exposure, as well as improving tone, brightness, and firmness. They are also a great source of vitamin C, A, fibre and many other minerals.
Spinach- Spinach is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all which are important in supporting normal skin cell development and a healthy skin tone. Vitamin A in spinach can also help our skin to retain moisture, preventing lines and dryness. This nutrient dense leafy green is also great for the liver, helping to support our detoxification pathways.
Flaxseed-Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to minimise skin irritation, rashes, inflammation and redness. These essential fatty acids are the building block for healthy cell structure, which is vital for healthy, hydrated and smooth looking skin.
Avocado- Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, fibre, antioxidants, as well as vitamins E and C, which are important for healthy skin and protection from sun damage.
Zooki vitamin C:Adding a shot of Zooki’s highly bioavailable liposomal vitamin C ensures your body and cells absorb all the vitamin C, giving you that little extra boost of skin loving antioxidants.
Enjoy this delicious smoothie alongside a well balanced diet and lifestyle for healthy, radiant skin.
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 2 frozen ripe bananas (peeled & sliced before freezing)
- 1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil
- 1 sachet of Zooki vitamin C
- Add all of the ingredients (besides Zooki sachet) to the blender.
- Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth.
- Add Zooki vitamin C sachet, stir well.
- Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.