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Antioxidant Skin Healthy Smoothie

Another healthy smoothie recipe!

I love fruit smoothies, especially now, when I’m fighting off the tail end of a cough/cold variety.

They have great benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, probiotics (if you add yogurt!) and plus, they taste delicious!

This one is pretty simple, but packs in a lot of beneficial ingredients for the skin as well as the body health.

Ingredients: 

  • Blueberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • Strawberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Tbs. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. Goji Berries soaked in 2 tbs. hot water to soften
  • Splash of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4-1/2 Ice or Water (Ice is more of a frozen smoothie treat while water is more of the Naked Juice type smoothie)

Directions:

All I did was cut up the strawberries and bananas before blending, put everything in the blender, blended until thoroughly mixed and enjoy! That’s it!

Health & Beauty Benefits:

  • Goji Berries – High in minerals, vitamins, carotenoids (beta-carotene), and fatty acids, goji berries can be especially noted for their high content of vitamin C, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin),  Iron, and Selenium. These are best bought organically as conventional types have high instances of pesticide and insecticide residue.
  • Strawberries – An excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, strawberries are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste delicious and their vitamin C content helps with dullness in the complexion and acne! Best bought organically due to pesticide residues.
  • Blueberries – A great source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, blueberries are known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and inflammation (which causes many diseases in the first place!). They also contain high levels of resveratrol which is well known in the skin care world for its anti aging benefits.
  • Bananas – A great source of vitamin B6 and soluble fiber, bananas help balance insulin levels (blood sugar) and keep you feeling full. They also have a decent amount of vitamin C, manganese and potassium which are all great for a healthy body and high immunity as well as healthy, clear skin.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (Fage 2%) – Low in fat and sugar, but high in protein (2X that of regular yogurt), Greek yogurt is great for helping you stay fuller longer because of this high protein content. Aside from that, it also is a good source of calcium and live active cultures which promote healthy gut bacteria for digesting foods in the body.
  • Almond Milk – A great alternative to cow’s milk, almond milk can be bought in store or made easily by soaking almonds in water for 24 hours and then blending them to create a milky consistency. They are a great source of protein, fatty acids, and vitamin E as well as rich in B vitamins, fiber, and phytosterols. They may be helpful in lowering bad cholesterol and risk of certain cancers as well as improving the complexion and may also have an effect on lowering the risk of heart disease. Those will nut allergies should not use almond milk! Please use another variety such as soy, rice or cow’s milk!

This smoothie is great for a lot of reasons, but the main reasons I love it are that it includes  a healthy dose of antioxidants (especially the high content vitamin C from goji berries!) and also includes fiber from the bananas as well as probiotics from the yogurt. The bananas help to cancel out the strange odd flavor of the goji berries which, unfortunately, I don’t much like. This actually tastes a lot like a strawberry banana smoothie with a little something more in the flavor department! It is great for skin, but also great for health and diet. The high amount of vitamins, especially vitamin C, are very beneficial for immunity (fighting off diseases and illnesses), combating skin breakouts as well as skin aging and dullness (glowing complexion anyone?) and for overall health and vitality.

It makes for a great dessert or breakfast or any time snack!

Do you guys enjoy these healthy recipe posts or is there something you would prefer?

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Healthy Green (Sort of) Berry Smoothie Recipe!

So, last night I was all about making the best smoothie recipes, especially green smoothies because I want to make sure I get all the greens and nutrients I need throughout the day for energy and immunity.

I adapted my own version of the Green Berry Smoothie I found over at JoyofSmoothies.

First off, I used organic frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries and blueberries mix). I used the whole pack that I had, but I think it was about 1-2 cups so it’s up to you how many you want to toss in. I love berries so yep!

If you want to or have them on hand, you can opt for fresh berries of your choice, but this is just what I had on hand.

Also, if you use fresh, you may need to use more ice/water than I did.

Next I added about 1.5-2 handfuls of fresh organic spinach leaves.

What surprised me about this smoothie is the fact that I cannot taste the spinach AT ALL.

I am not sure whether it’s because I used a lot of berries to balance it or what, but its awesome!

The last thing I added was 2 bananas which really added a bit of sweetness to the smoothie and helped to counteract any bitterness from the berries.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 Bag Organic Frozen Mixed Berries (1-2 Cups Fresh with 1 Cup Crushed Ice)
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Organic Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Bananas (Fresh or frozen; if frozen, try to freeze your own and use overripe ones as they are the sweetest!)

Directions:

  • Blend your berries first if you’re using the frozen kind, otherwise the order won’t matter. I spent a bit of time blending my berries first to break apart the pieces of frozen fruit that stuck together. 
  • After the berries are blended, add the spinach and blend.
  • Lastly, add your bananas in little chunks. I just broke them apart with my hand. This made blending a lot faster than if they were whole. 
  • That’s it!
All in all, I really like this smoothie.
I’m not a big fan of the weird “green” taste of most green smoothie recipes, but this doesn’t have any hint of what I like to call “grass taste.”
The original version of this added protein powder, but I only have chocolate whey powder at the moment and I thought that might taste funny so I skipped this ingredient.
This smoothie would work well for breakfast, a midday snack or even for pre or post workout meals if you want to add the protein powder from the original recipe.
Either way, I definitely hope you try it!
Don’t let the weird purple/brown color fool you; this smoothie is delicious!
What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?
Do you prefer all fruit, all vegetable or a mix of both?
That’s all for now !
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