Friday, March 8, 2013

Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

I call this smoothie the 'glowing skin green smoothie' because I'd like to think it makes my skin glow. It's packed with all sorts of good-for-you nutrients, and lemon, which helps detox the body and cleanses the digestive system. You digestive system is linked to you skin, believe it or not. When I eat too much dairy or sugar, you can tell. Within 24 hours I usually end up with a pimple. I find that drinking lemon water daily helps to keep my skin and body healthy, which is why I added it to this smoothie. I used blueberries in this one (which is why it's more of a dark green color), though sometimes I use chopped apples instead. I cut up a bunch of pineapple and banana ahead of time and stick it in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Using all organic ingredients is always a plus.

This smoothie is tangy, and a bit sweet from the honey, and definitely refreshing. If you're used to fruity smoothies, this one might not be for you. You can definitely tell there's a hint of greens, but it doesn't taste like you're drinking pure grass. Since this smoothie is pretty low in calories, I wouldn't use it as a meal replacement, but more as a snack between meals or a drink to go with breakfast. Maybe it's just me, but drinking this smoothie makes me feel like my skin is actually brighter. It's probably not, but it's the thought that counts, right?

 Ingredients: (makes two smoothies)

 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1/2 banana, chopped and frozen
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup raw spinach
1 cup raw kale
juice of one lemon
1 cup water 1 tbsp honey

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add more water, depending on how thick/thin you enjoy your smoothies.

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