Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie

This glowing skin smoothie not only helps brighten and even out your skin tone it also helps detox you from all that holiday food. This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from blueberries and pomegranates. This is seriously one of my favorite smoothie recipes!

Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie - so delicious, protein packed and loaded with good for you ingredients! #smoothie #greensmoothie #protein #kalesmoothie | littlespicejar.comI’m thinking that many of us have made a resolution to better our health this year. I’m not just talking about losing weight. I mean health in general – whether it’s eating better, walking a bit more than last year, or hitting the gym hard core.

After the holidays and with my birthday right before Christmas and the hubby’s birthday the day after New Years, it’s been one crazy roller coaster of eating!

To help remove all the toxins from the cake + cookies + everything else, I wanted to come up with a skin rejuvenating smoothie that’s loaded with protein so that I can have it for breakfast and stay full for a good few hours. I’ve been in search for a very long time for the perfect green smoothie recipe that gets in both fruits + veggies, protein, and gives you nice, glowing skin, and as an added bonus, actually tastes good! So guys, here’s my version of the perfect youthful skin smoothie.

Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie - so delicious, protein packed and loaded with good for you ingredients! #smoothie #greensmoothie #protein #kalesmoothie | littlespicejar.comNerd alert: I’m about to talk about the importance of each ingredient in this glowing skin smoothie, if it’s not your thing, skip to the next picture.

Blueberries: these are added to help with skin that may have acne problems . Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and will help eliminate the body of toxins + clear up acne. And as an added bonus, they help prevent premature aging. 1/2 cup a day is what’s recommended to prevent premature aging, and that’s exactly how much we’re using.

Kale: Kale is rich in vitamin K. The anti-inflammatory benefits of kale help you stay less bloated which will help prevent puffiness under the eyes and in the face in general. Kale also has sulfur content which helps reduce redness and it also deals with the flakiness of skin. As an added bonus it helps with bettering blood circulation in the body. Kale is definitely an important ingredient in any glowing skin smoothie.

Spinach: Though you don’t have to use both kale and spinach in the recipe, I wanted to add the benefits of both of these ingredients and let you decide which one you need more. Again, spinach is rich is nutrients and antioxidants. The lutein in spinach helps with eye health and keeps the whites whiter. It’s also loaded with vitamin B,C, E, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium. If it’s vitamins you need, go with the spinach instead of the kale. I do it 50/50.

Greek Yogurt: Again, it fights acne, reduces discoloration in the skin. But the best part? The protein from dairy actually helps make skin firmer, and more resistant to wrinkles. A single serving daily is said to give you a smoother complexion!

Pomegranates: They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which is just a fancy word that means they fight off free radicals in the body and regulate the blood flow in the skin, giving you those beautiful, rosy cheeks. A whole pomegranate a day or like the 8 ounces of juice we use in my glowing skin smoothie, should do the trick!

Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie - so delicious, protein packed and loaded with good for you ingredients! #smoothie #greensmoothie #protein #kalesmoothie | littlespicejar.comI’ll be honest with you, I feel a little silly having spent money on moisturizers and all sorts of skin toners in the past to help improve my skintone when all I really needed was a handful of fruits and veggies in the form of this glowing skin smoothie. The key to great skin is not in your makeup bag, it’s actually in your kitchen.

Last few notes:

Don’t add any sugar to this smoothie recipe. We’ve got natural sweetness from the banana, blueberries, and pomegranate juice.

I added in a little chia seeds at the end because I often use this smoothie to replace a meal. The chia seeds help keep you a little fuller. Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil are other great options to make this glowing skin smoothie recipe even more filling!

I freeze my bananas + blueberries ahead of time so that I have to add less ice to the recipe. If you’re using fresh ingredients, just add a few ice cubes.

My smoothie schedule from now on goes something like this:

  • Glowing Skin Smoothie
  • Oatmeal
  • Insert Smoothie Here
  • Eggs
  • Glowing Skin Smoothie
  • Pancakes (ahem, maybe just 1)
  • Insert Smoothie Here
  • Hash browns + light breakfast quiche
  • Glowing Skin Smoothie

 Here’s to healthier glowing skin!

Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie - so delicious, protein packed and loaded with good for you ingredients! #smoothie #greensmoothie #protein #kalesmoothie | littlespicejar.com

Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie
Author: Little Spice Jar
This glowing skin smoothie not only helps brighten and even out your skin tone it also helps detox you from all that holiday food. This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from blueberries and pomegranates. This is seriously one of my favorite smoothie recipes!
Ingredients
  • 1 small banana (add just 1/2 if you’re watching sugar)
  • 2 cups fresh kale or baby spinach (I use 50/50)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (I use berries that I froze)
  • 1/2 cup water or ice cubes
  • chia or flaxseeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make this a ‘juice’ use the water. To have more of a ‘smoothie’ texture, add the ice. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
Notes
[i]Additional protein can be added in the form of protein powder or more greek yogurt if you’d like.[br]Keep in mind that the smoothie will separate after 30 minutes or so. A good shake of the mason jar or just stirring with a spoon fixes this.[/i]

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