Get a healthy glow back in your skin by indulging in delicious drinks and smoothies starring your favorite fruits and veggies. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables not only can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, it’s ideal for gorgeous skin. Fruits and vegetables also are low in fat, calories, sodium, have zero cholesterol and are packed with nutrients that are essential for healthy hair and glowing skin.
Try 5 drink recipes featuring fruits for healthy skin.
Mango-Banana Greek Yogurt Smoothie
Mangoes are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A and C, while bananas are rich in potassium. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen for smooth skin and vitamin A is essential for overall skin health.
Simply combine 1/2 cup each of cubed mango, banana, orange juice and vanilla Greek yogurt with a handful of ice cubes in blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy as a quick breakfast on-the-go or as a refreshing afternoon snack.
Power Blend with Coconut Water
Blueberries have strong antioxidant properties and they taste amazing when blended into a drink that provides the perfect combination of nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. The coconut water is high in potassium and ideal for hydration.
In a blender, combine:
- 10-ounces of coconut water
- 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup dandelion greens
- 1/4 cup avocado
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
Berry Good Slushy
Fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries combine with coconut water to create a powerhouse of vitamin C that your skin will love. This is a super-easy, nutritious slushy that’s refreshing on a summer’s day, after a workout or when you just want a tasty treat that’s guilt-free. To make the Berry Good Slushy place the following ingredients in a blender in this order:
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries (red or black)
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 8-ounces coconut water
Blend all ingredients until the slushy consistency forms. You can adjust the different berry measurements to suit your tastes — play around the with combinations using what’s in season and available at your local farmers’ market.
Banana, Flaxseed Oil and Almond Butter Smoothie
When you’re looking for a smoothie that’s just a bit rich and a little more sinful tasting, try this one that combines sweet, creamy bananas with almond butter, flaxseed oil and apple juice. The combination is bursting with essential fatty-acids that offer important anti-inflammatory benefits, making this the perfect smoothie when dealing with puffy, red or irritated skin. In a blender combine:
- 1 small banana or 1/2 of a large banana
- 2.5 tablespoons raw almond butter
- 2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- 1/4 cup ice
If you’d prefer more banana taste, use a medium banana and decrease the almond butter by 1/2 tablespoon. For a really creamy smoothie, switch out the apple juice with an equal amount of almond milk.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Your skin will thank you after you indulge in this vitamin C rich smoothie that also contains a bit of avocado for some heart-healthy fat. It’s a slightly sweet treat that makes a wonderful morning drink or enjoy it as a dessert while relaxing after a long day. To make the Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, peel and slice one orange (or two mandarin oranges) combine in a blender with a half of an avocado (sliced), one cup of vanilla almond milk, one teaspoon of agave and about a half cup of ice.
Everyone can benefit from smoothies bursting with fruits for healthy skin. Not only do these drinks and smoothies taste awesome, but each one is an easy way to get essential nutrients for your overall healthy lifestyle. For more ways to keep your skin healthy and bright, check out our tips for Simple Bedtime Skin Routines that Work.