You are what you eat … or drink!
At Blu Cocoon MedSpa in San Jose, this old adage rings true for many of us. When we’ve over-indulged – whether it be a bottle of wine or a scrumptious meal – we feel tired, sluggish, bloated … you name it! And we’re pretty sure you’ve felt like this once or twice in your life too.
With summer on the horizon, it’s a motivating factor to clean up our act because a healthy diet also leads to a healthy body and good frame of mind. This is why we wanted to take a moment to share with you some recipes for smoothies that will make you feel good while doing something good for your body. All of these recipes are also skin boosters! The combination of fruits, veggies, good-for-you fats, and proteins will help calm puffiness and redness (through essential fatty acids), will keep wrinkles and sagging to a minimum (through antioxidants), and will help your body release toxins that irritate the skin (many of the ingredients are alkalizing).
Mango-Makes-Your-Skin-So-Smooth Smoothie: This drink boosts hydration, helps prevent acne, and staves off wrinkles with vitamins B6, C, and E plus omega-3s that help regulate oil production.
1 tbsp fish oil
1⁄2 cup plain, low-fat, organic yogurt
1⁄2 cup frozen mango chunks
1⁄2 cup orange juice
1⁄2 cup ice cubes
1 fresh mint leaf (optional)
Berry-Good-For-Skin-Detox Smoothie: All the antioxidants from berries help to cleanse your liver, which is what processes the toxins that could be contributing to your skin issues.
1 tbsp fish oil
1⁄4 cup frozen strawberries
1⁄4 cup frozen blueberries
1⁄4 cup frozen raspberries
1⁄4 cup frozen banana
1⁄4 cup chopped kale leaves
1 cup filtered water
Green-Gets-Your-Glow-Going Smoothie: Get your glowing skin from this concoction of greens and fruit. Kale improves skin tone and protects tissues from oxidative stress and wrinkles.
1 cup cleaned spinach leaves, firm packed
1 cup cleaned kale, rough chop, firm packed
1 cup green seedless grapes
1 pear (core, stem and seeds removed)
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 banana, peeled
1 tsp chia seeds
1⁄2 cup water
2 cups ice
And our favorite recipe….
Bring-on-the-Boost Bluberry Smoothie: The blueberries in this drink will give you a boost of cancer-fighting antioxidants that also help with anti aging. The mango contributes another boost of antioxidants along with vitamin C and digestive enzymes.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen mango
big handful of spinach
1/2 cup fat free lactaid (or almond milk)
Smoothies are refreshing – for your body and your skin. They taste good and will help you to look great! Cheers!