Three Crowd-Pleasing Smoothies for Beautiful Skin

Posted by | February 06, 2019 | Body, Food + Health, In My Kitchen | No Comments

My Three Favorite Smoothies

These days, I don’t make anything that isn’t potentially kid-friendly (by “potentially” kid-friendly I mean that my daughter’s tastes are currently as predictable as weather in the age of global warming) and makes me feel good on the inside and glow on the outside.

These three smoothies check both boxes.

They don’t taste “too healthy,” which, honestly, is a taste that no one really enjoys, and I can tell a difference in my skin (like, glow0er) and my mood (more stable) after just a few days.

This is kind of an aside – but, the reason I’m writing this post is because my friend tells me again and again that when she makes a smoothie, it typically comes out gross. And all of those fancy ingredients go down the drain, wasted. It’s frustration. And I completely relate. That’s why I actually much prefer to start with a smoothie recipe before experimenting.

Here are my current three favorite smoothies, in recipe form, for you to try and make your own as you wish.

Enjoy!


#1. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

I make this more than any other smoothie for breakfast because I am one of those people who loves chocolate a whole lot.

You know what I just remembered?

I actually started eating chocolate for breakfast in college. I bought big blocks of something called “bakers milk chocolate” – and I mean “big” like the size of two Coke cans – that I kept on my bedside table wrapped in plastic. When I woke up for class, I’d roll over, unwrap the block of chocolate, naw off a few bites, and only then get out of bed.

Obsessive chocolate lovers – we know who we are.

Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 cups spinach, very loosely packed
  • 1/2 banana (use a whole banana for a sweeter smoothie; if using 1/2, chop and freeze the rest for tomorrow’s smoothie)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder of your choice (I use the vanilla protein powder from Moon Juice)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups coconut water (or filtered water, if that’s what you have on hand) and handful of ice.

{OPTIONAL SUPERFOOD BOOST}
Add:

  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 tsp chaga
  • 1 tsp reishi

Blend together for at least one minute and enjoy!

NOTE: This smoothie is inspired by a smoothie from Rich Roll and Julie Piatt’s Plantpower Cookbook. Rich and Julie are a super cool couple – if you are into inspiring stories, extreme athletes, California living and/or the environment, and plant based living, check them out.)


#2. Margarita Smoothie

This is the smoothie I make for people who say they don’t like smoothies. It’s just yummy. Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 3 to 5 cups chopped and loosely packed kale or other dark leafy green (dandelion, collard, chard etc.).
    NOTE: Use less greens if you’re newer to – or less enamored with – that bitter-ish dark green flavor.
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh jalepeno
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds (soak in hot water for 15 minutes to maximize health boost, but don’t stress over this)
  • 2 cups water

Blend for 1 minute and add a little umbrella for that margarita poolside vibe. (If adding umbrella, please note this will make you the only person I know with little umbrellas on hand – I absolutely love this about you.)

NOTE: I think some version of this recipe originally came from my friend, Kelly Henry, founder and CEO of Bamboo Juice – which is a phenomenal juice company that I wholeheartedly recommend. She’s Georgia-grown, like me, but lives in Venice Beach, CA – a great combination of locations to create a wonderful Southern girl making a positive impact on health through organic, delicious cold-pressed juices.


#3. Crowd-Pleasing Green Smoothie

This is a fabulous staple for anyone’s smoothie or beauty-regime rotation, and delivers does what it promises – pleases crowds and packs a green punch.

Makes about 3 16-ounce smoothies.

  • Baby spinach about 5 cups which is one of those pre-washed bags
  • Small head of romaine (or 1/2 of a big head) chopped
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (or parsley if that is what you have on hand)
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbl. hemp seed
  • 1 to 2 cups filtered water + handful of ice (amount of water depends on the blender – mine is a Vitamix and use 1 1/2 cups)

Place only the spinach, romaine, cilantro and cucumber into your blender, then add 1 cup of water, and blend for 30 seconds.

Add the remaining ingredients into the blender, including ice. Blend for another minute. Drink it down!

NOTE: This recipe is more labor intensive than my other current favorite smoothies, but it also makes a bigger batch. Personally, when not sharing with my family/friends, I drink one, save one for mid-afternoon, and freeze the third for another day. (Remember to leave room in glass bottles if you’re freezing to avoid a broken glass bottle when the smoothie expands.)

ANOTHER NOTE: If you want to cut back on the natural sugars in this smoothie – I do cut back when I have been waking up groggy or eating more treats throughout the day – omit the orange and use either an apple, or a pear.

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