Glowing Skin Spinach Smoothie

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After starting a quasi cleanse in August, I’ve been sticking to an improved diet. Mainly, replacing a nightly cocktail with a daily glass of greens. Along the way, I’ve learned some new things about fruits (they act as an illuminizer working from this inside!) and have concocted a skin-saving smoothie recipe that’s almost as good as some of the best store-bought highlighters and a whole lot tastier.

This recipe uses pineapple and papaya, which are pretty much the garbage man for all of your skin’s trash. They keep your skin happy because they are rich in antioxidants that have a bunch of digestive enzymes and hydrate the skin and help remove dead cells. I also use green apples which are loaded with vitamin C which the skin loves because it helps it repair damage against skin cells by free radicals.

Spinach is chock full of vitamins that help improve the skin’s complexion so I toss that in with some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid rich kale. Adding flaxseeds helps stave off depression and also gives the skin a little boost. I top it all off with coconut water which is thought to help reduce the appearance of fine lines through hydration of the skin.

Blend together:

1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup papaya chunks (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
1 green apple (sliced)
1 tsp soaked flaxseeds
2 leaves kale
1 handful of spinach
6 oz coconut water

This makes enough for 2 glasses – grab a friend and enjoy!

P.S. Thanks to those of you who joined me on the Quasi Cleanse! It really helped hold me accountable and made that week so much easier! 🙂

  • http://baublestobubbles.com/ Olivia

    Wow, this sounds so good Bethann! I like to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne during a stressful week, but I might need to swap it out for this like you did.

  • http://liveanddiet.com/ Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    This sounds like a magical elixer! I can’t wait to try it! xo

  • http://honestlyb.com/ Brooke

    Yum! Great ingredients for an all over glow. I am all about working from the inside out when it comes to skincare. I don’t really use product on my skin, but I do try and eat a lot of hydrating fruits and vitamin rich veggies! Thanks for sharing this amazinggg recipe! xo

  • http://www.carascliche.com/ Cara Northcutt

    MMMMM can’t wait to try this, especially if it gives me BA status skin!

    xx Cara
    http://www.carascliche.com

  • http://www.panacheoffblast.com/ Danah D

    This sounds delicious! I love the addition of pineapple, papaya, and mango in a green smoothie, as a typical green smoothie is a little too bland for me. Thanks for sharing!

    And I love your blog! I just moved to San Francisco so it’s exciting to see so many lovely fellow fashion bloggers.

    Xx,

    Danah @ Panache Offblast

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    Yum and healthy! Can’t wait to try it!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com