For better or worse, our skin is one of the best representations of our current state of health. Because a bright, fresh complexion is just as dependent on the foods we eat as it is on the topical creams we use, this week, we’ve partnered with Aloe Gloe, a California-based company that produces organic, GMO-free Aloe Vera water. Aloe Vera has been used for centuries by many cultures as a digestion aid, skin beautifier, and for overall wellness, and Aloe Gloe’s sustainable process is all about delicately harvesting the plant to retain the bioactive components of the inner leaf.
Aloe Gloe Mango
While you may have heard about using aloe vera to ease the pain of a sunburn, this healing plant is actually incredibly beneficial to your skin when consumed. With more than 200 amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals, aloe is one of the best ways to get smooth, glowing skin, and Aloe Gloe, a California-based company that creates organic, sustainably harvested aloe, works incredibly hard to make sure their drinks retain the bioactive components of the delicate aloe leaf. Combine Aloe Gloe with skin-brightening mango, squash, ginger and spinach, and you have the perfect smoothie for a fresh, bright complexion!
Sweet Potato Renew
With a large amount of beta-carotene (which helps our bodies produce vitamin A, an extremely important vitamin for a healthy complexion) per serving, sweet potatoes make the perfect smoothie base. A potent anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is great for clearing blemishes from the inside out. Pecans are full of antioxidants, and bananas and dates are high in potassium, fiber and magnesium. This smoothie will help your skin, and your digestive system, feel revived and renewed.
Cara Cara Cashew
Cara cara oranges have a flavor that is more complex than most navel varieties, with a taste that has notes of “cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry.” Tomatillos are a small, green Mexican fruit, and should be peeled out of their papery husk before blending. They contain fiber, potassium, and manganese, and have an almost lemon-esque taste. Carrots add a dose of beta-carotene, and cashews help create a smooth liquid base that’s full of healthy unsaturated fat. Because the carrots, orange and tomatillos all contain hefty amounts of vitamin C, one serving of this snack provides almost a full day’s worth of this collagen-boosting supplement.
In addition to healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed contains lignans, natural chemical compounds that have been studied for their cancer-fighting abilities. Flax also has a nice serving of fiber. Because of all these benefits, as well as the fact that they create a creamy texture, flaxseeds are the perfect smoothie supplement. A serving of almond butter increases the creaminess, as well as the healthy protein factor. Add in some sweetness from apples and cinnamon, and you’ve basically got a pie in a glass!
Green Grape Hydrate
Spirulina is a freshwater blue/green algae that has been studied for its healthy healing properties. In addition to helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol, spirulina has also been studied for its ability to increase the production of antibodies and healthy cells to fight against cancer. Add in some grapes for additional cancer-fighting polyphenols, a pear for fiber, swiss chard for vitamins K, A, and C, and vegan pea protein, and you have a low calorie, high protein meal replacement that will have your immune system buzzing!