Slowly I am more and more getting into smoothies. I love veggies, but when it comes to fruits – I am down right picky with what I enjoy eating. I have always thought about smoothies as being a mixture of milk and fruit, and that never excites me. Sure enough, the smoothie and pressed juice culture that is erupting in Melbourne is opening my eyes to not only their taste but their wonderful nutritional value.
This smoothie was by far my favourite from the book, not just because of the taste, but because of the power it enhances from its super food ingredients. Beautiful skin happens from the inside, and here are some wise words from Lizzy herself and her take on this recipe from Paleo, (grab it on pre-sale!).
To me, true beauty is about health, happiness and a passion for life. One of the first places that we notice this type of exuberant and energizing beauty is in healthy, glowing skin. You can always notice when a person’s skin and eyes are glowing – they look energised, happy and clear.
When our skin is clear and blemish-free, it is less tempting for us to cover it with heavy make-up and harsh products. I’m a big believer in ‘feeding’ our skin with nutrient dense foods, just like our bodies. I like to check the ingredients of any skincare product to make sure that I can eat it before I feed it to the largest organ in the body that’s responsible for protection, regulation and absorption.
This green smoothie is a creamy, delicious ‘skin food.’ With avocado, peppermint and coconut oil on the ingredients list, it’s jam packed full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that will promote a healthy glow on the inside and out.
Kale: kale is packed full of iron and vitamin C, which encourages the production of collagen, prevents skin damage and fends off wrinkles.
Avocado: high in good fats and healthy oils, avocado is often used as a topical skin remedy and will moisturize from the inside out. Packed with a range of vitamins and nutrients, this delicious fruit will also create a creamy texture in your smoothie, as well as remove foam and bubbles that sometime appear on the top of the blender.
Peppermint: peppermint is a cooling and soothing ingredient that may also help to clear up blemishes and reduce inflammation. Try it in smoothies, tea or a few drops of peppermint oil in your bath water!
Coconut oil: coconut oil is a treat for the skin when applied topically or eaten regularly. An anti-microbial and high in saturated fats, coconut oil will also help you to absorb more nutrients from your smoothie.
Skin Food Smoothie – from Paleo
5 large leaves of kale, de-stemmed½ an avocado1 lime, peeled1 green apple, peeled and cored½ cup fresh peppermint leaves (or mint)1 tablespoon coconut oil3 ½ cups filtered water
Wash all ingredients well. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high for ~90 seconds, or until smooth and creamy. Serve with ice cubes, slices of fresh lime or mint leaves.