I LOVE green smoothies (not news to you if you follow me on Instagram). I have a gazillion recipes as I continually experiment and mix things up but this is one of my absolute favourite combinations. It’s delicious with the spicy kick of the rocket, bursting with nutrients and offers all kinds of goodness for the skin.
To keep skin happy and healthy, hydration and well as emollients are super important. I actually think what you consume has more effect on the skin than what you put on. I slather on the oils but am not as vigilant with glugging water, especially when it’s cold. One way to up your water intake is by eating it – in the form of fruit and veg. The three most hydrating vegetables are cucumber, lettuce and celery – they have the highest water content at over 95%. So they often make an appearance in my smoothies. The ingredients in this smoothie are all full of numerous phytonutrients, which are great for overall health.
- Cucumber is full of silica which is great for hair and nails, and is a key componenent in the production of collagen
- Celery is a diuretic and is high in Vitamin K which helps with skin elasticity and wound healing
- Little Gem lettuce has high levels of Vitamin B1 which support healthy skin and hair as well as antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin K
- Wild rocket is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin K
- Ginger is bursting with antioxidants, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which are great for the skin
- Pineapple has high levels of Vitamin C which boosts collagen production and bromelain which is anti-inflammatory and also helps with collagen production, which helps keeps the skin looking young
INGREDIENTS FOR SKIN HYDRATING GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE for 1 large glass:
- Half a stick of celery*
- Small chunk of cucumber
- Slice of ginger
- 5/6 leaves of Little Gem lettuce*
- Slice of pineapple
- Handful of wild rocket*
- Place everything in blender and blend until smooth.
Celery, cucumber and green leaves tend to be exposed to the highest levels of pesticides so I always buy those organic.
*These came from a goodie bag I got after attending an event with O’live, an organic vegetable producer available in Wholefoods. www.o-liveorganic.com