13 Dec Smoothie Recipe #1: Super-Greens Skinfood Smoothie
Brimming with skin-loving nutrients and fuel for your body – with vitamins, minerals, fibre and fatty acids… great for an energy boost!
Use whatever proportions and amounts you like. I like to make enough for a couple of glasses now, and to fill my vacuum jug for the next day (which keeps my juices or smoothies extra fresh overnight). You can just use half of the amounts below if you don’t want to keep it overnight. You can exclude or swap ingredients too, but mind the sugar content if you’re adding more fruit instead of veg to make it taste “nicer” (sweeter!).
Simply put all chopped ingredients into your blender/smoothie maker bit-by-bit. I use raw, organic (where possible) and well washed ingredients.
My husband Liam gets the bulk of our veg at the local Carlow Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning (while I’m busy beautifying brides and what not!), and their vast array of organic seasonal veggies are always so fresh and taste beautiful. I top up during the week in the supermarket.
Use a little water to get things moving in the blender, and if you like, add some natural yoghurt or *milk kefir . (*I make my own…I’ll post soon on kefir). Chop your stuff fairly small – it makes for quicker and easier blending. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding half a banana or a little raw honey
2 cups of raw kale
1 ripe avocado
1 small cucumber
1-2 sticks of celery
1 small carrot
1 green apple incl. peel
¼ grapefruit or orange
½ cup blueberries (I use frozen)
A quick note on some of the ingredients: You can find more info on all of my chosen ingredients on the web 🙂
Kale: protein, folate, anti-oxidants and fatty acids… brain food!
Avocado: lots of potassium, fibre and fatty acids. Gives great texture and more importantly… skin food!
Cucumber: vitamins, minerals, pantothentic acid, silica and fibre. More than just crisp and refreshing!
Celery: a great source of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and beneficial enzymes.
Courgette: anti-inflammatory, high in fibre and multi-vitamins and minerals. Adds a nice smoothness too without and overpowering flavour.
Carrot: Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Beta-carotene converts into vitamin A, essential for eye and skin health.
Apple: Aside from the lovely dose of vitamins and minerals, I love that apples are great for brain power, and for fighting a variety of illnesses. The skin has most of the good stuff, so don’t peel if you’re using organic apples.
Grapefruit: High in vitamin C & A, can help digestion, and it gives a nice zestiness. If you don’t like grapefruit you could use orange instead.
Blueberries: high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C & K. These tart little berries can even help prevent DNA damage, a driver of ageing and cancer… amazing!
Enjoy, and feel free to comment below!
Anne x (your expert makeup artist and brow artist based in little old Carlow!)