It seems like every other day there’s a new commercial for a revolutionary “wrinkle eraser,” and while it’s tempting to believe in magic cures, the reality is that wrinkles are a part of life. But fear not, there is a way to naturally boost collagen production, lessen skin inflammation, and slow the wrinkle process — and it’s through nutrition!
This week, we’ve filled our boxes with ingredients that are bursting with antioxidants, beta-carotene, Omega-3s and other natural vitamins and minerals that directly help with creating a radiant glow. Sip on these sweet smoothies and nurture yourself from the inside out.
Blue Cashew Crush
Typically grown in South America with an appearance similar to blueberries, acai berries are extremely perishable stone fruits, which is why acai powder and acai juice are the most popular ways to consume them outside of their native habitat. With a healthy amount of fiber and antioxidants per serving, acai is helpful ally in the fight against wrinkles. Thanks to protein from cashews, more fiber from squash, and additional antioxidants thanks to blueberries, kiwi and an orange, this low fat smoothie is the perfect way to stay satisfied and energized for the whole day -- all while giving your complexion a boost!
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.
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!