This Menu shows all of the smoothie recipes for the week of July 15th through July 21st. Now, on to antioxidant-rich smoothies that will help keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Swiss Almond Cherry
Rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, and anthocyanins (flavanoids that may help with everything from cognitive function to fighting against cancer), cherries have a whole host of health benefits. The antioxidants in cherries have been shown to help ease soreness from a tough workout, and their melatonin content makes them excellent for helping with sleep/wake cycles. Add a dose of vitamin C from camu camu powder and an apple, and you have a light, energizing breakfast that's also great for your skin.
Similar to peaches, but with a smoother skin, nectarines are high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and lutein, a potent antioxidant that helps to protect eyes and complexion. Because of their inflammation-lowering and collagen-plumping serving of Omega-3s, flax seeds are another great ingredient for a healthy complexion, as is spinach (thanks to its supply of zinc). Top this sweet and creamy breakfast off with a banana (potassium and magnesium), coconut yogurt (more Omega-3s) and pea protein, and you have a light meal replacement that will have you glowing.
Sage Apple Pear
Chard has a light, earthy flavor and blends nicely with the sweet taste of camu camu (which is bursting with skin-beautifying vitamin C). Pumpkin seeds are full of fiber (which helps to keep you satisfied), zinc (great for a healthy immune system and clear skin), and magnesium (a mineral that most people don’t get enough of that helps with a regular sleep cycle and muscle soreness). Sage is also great for muscle soreness, and has even been shown to ward against cognitive decline. Amp up your beauty and brains with this light drink.
Lemon Ginger Hydrate
Too much sugar (especially the refined kind) can speed along the wrinkle process. With only 3g of sugar per serving, and tons of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this smoothie is perfect for those trying to watch their sugar intake. Grape tomatoes, collard greens and alkalizing lemons are bursting with collagen-aiding vitamin C, ginger is fantastic for lowering inflammation and regulating blood sugar, and chia seeds have the kind of Omega-3s our skin and immune system craves.
Blueberries and ginger make an healthy match made in heaven. One of the most helpful antioxidants in blueberries is gallic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown to help inhibit cancer cells in many studies. Ginger has also been studied for its cancer-fighting abilities, specifically against prostate, ovarian, and gastrointestinal cancers. When you throw in goji berries, which have been shown to help regulate blood sugar, you get a sweet breakfast that does all the right things for your body.
Blue Citrus Crush
A small brown or golden seed that comes from a crop grown in cooler climates, flax, also known as linseed, is both a food and textile crop. One of the biggest benefits to eating flax is the amount of lignans available per serving. Lignans are antioxidants that can actually help balance hormones, and may help fight against hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Add some more antioxidants from acai berry powder and blueberries, and you have a low calorie, immune-boosting powerhouse breakfast.
Figs are such an ancient crop that fossilized remnants discovered by archaeologists date back all the way 5,000 B.C. High in fiber, magnesium, and calcium, figs are quite perishable, and should be refrigerated for optimal freshness. In addition to more fiber and antioxidants from an apple and banana, this skin-tastic smoothie has two superfoods: Maqui berry powder (antioxidants and blood-sugar balancing properties), and hemp seeds (fiber, protein, and Omega-3s). Stay light on your feet with this nutrient-dense drink!
Cucumber Orange Revive
Mint and orange? You bet! One serving of this stomach-soothing smoothie provides more than 50 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C, which means your immune system will be happily buzzing. Pro Tip: Soak your chia seeds in water 10 - 15 minutes before blending to create a "chia gel," which adds volume to your smoothie may make the chia seeds easier to digest.