No matter how many moisturisers, exfoliators and facial masks I use, some days my skin just doesn’t look its best. So I decided to up my five a day by making my own smoothies as it’s just as important to watch what you put in your body as well as onto it. With the right combination of fruit, antioxidants and vitamins, smoothies are the perfect fix for not just your outward appearance but keeping your inside healthy too. Here are my top five beautifying smoothie recipes… Banana-Oat Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 2 teaspoons honey (maple syrup or apricot jam also work well)
Combine the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
I make this smoothie in the morning before a lecture if I don’t have time to eat breakfast as it keeps me full until lunch time and stops me from snacking. Bananas are a great source of potassium which has prevents dry eyes, and the milk and yogurt contains calcium which helps to strengthen brittle nails.
Very Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 cups of cloudy apple juice
Take the berries out of the freezer for 2 minutes prior to making for an easier blend. Once smooth, put the mix through a strainer to remove the seeds.
This refreshing blend of berries and natural sugars works wonders as a post-gym sesh energy boost. Blueberries are a super fruit rich in antioxidants, which make your skin glow, reduce the effects of aging and brighten your eyes. Antioxidants have also been known to prevent heart disease and cancer.
Substitute the two cups of apple juice with two cups of yogurt for a smoother drink if preferred, and try replacing the frozen berries with fresh fruit if you’re serving straightaway.
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
- ½ cup of fresh pineapple chopped
- ¼ cup of coconut milk
- ½ cup plain or vanilla yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
Combine the pineapple, coconut milk and yogurt in a blender then top with shavings of shredded coconut.
The Pineapple Coconut smoothie is like a healthy non-alcoholic Pina Colada! Perfect for a relaxed night in with the girls! Coconut contains Vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin growth and repair while pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain which helps improve the body’s digestion so is great for a natural detox.
Mango Yogurt Smoothie
- 2 ½ cups of frozen mango chunks
- 1 ½ cups of plain yoghurt
- 2 teaspoons of honey
The perfect sweet treat dessert alternative, the mango yogurt smoothie is ripe with Vitamins A, C and E known to reduce acne and improve your immune system. Mangoes are also packed with carotenoids, pigments that improve the colour of your skin for a warm complexion.
Fruity Green Tea Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups strong brewed green tea
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/2 peach, sliced
- 1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries
Try this smoothie as a substitute to coffee for your morning caffeine boost. Green tea is full of antioxidants to fight skin inflammation and reduce the risk of skin cancer. It’s also full of tannins which reduce puffiness around the eyes when the used teabags are placed directly on the face, helping to keep your skin young and fresh.
You may also be interested in sampling Matcha Green Tea in your smoothie for a more intense detox. Matcha is a concentrated form of green tea that contains approximately 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea.
‘Matcha is drunk as a fine powder diffused in liquid so you actually ingest the whole leaf, consuming every last bit of goodness.’ *
Whisk ½ teaspoon of Matcha with the yogurt before blending with the other ingredients.
You can buy Match Green Tea here: *http://www.teapigs.co.uk/customer/pages/matcha/matcha-health-benefits