So I don’t know about y’all, but the only thing that annoys me more than people telling me to eat kale is that “KALE” T-shirt trend. I don’t want to eat leafy greens. Why would I eat leafy greens when there are tacos and burgers and sushi and about a hundred other things that don’t make me cry while I eat?
But I’ve heard time and time again from just about every skincare guru that leafy greens are really good for your skin (and overall health, obviously). Ugh. Yawn.
Thanks to Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential, I’ve found a really bomb recipe for the ideal skincare smoothie that doubles as a way for me to eat vegetables without gagging. I modified it a little bit based on personal preference, but this thing actually tastes really good and is so much cheaper than going to your local juice bar for an $8, sugar-packed smoothie.
Before I launch into the ingredients, here's why it's awesome for you:
Sidebar: I used to waste a lot of money at juice shops because I loved the idea of doing something good for my body that didn't totally suck, but I like this even more because I know exactly what's going in it (and what's not—the amount of added sugar in some of those juices is horrible for you).
Another little fun fact about juices: juicing gives you the byproduct of the fruit or vegetable, but omits all the fibrous benefits. This means you're essentially drinking the fruit sugars without pairing it with the fiber that makes it healthy. Not ideal.
Here’s what you need:
A handful of kale. (Sorry, y’all. Smile through the pain.)
A handful of spinach. (Let’s just pack this thing with greens since we won't be able to taste them anyway.)
One whole banana (peeled). This is mostly for taste and texture, but bananas are good for you—especially in the mornings.
A handful or two of blueberries. Again for taste, and also for antioxidants!
A hunk of ginger root (about 1½ inch long). I love ginger root because it’s anti-inflammatory. Most problems in your body are related to inflammation—seriously, it’s weird, look it up—but especially in your skin. I use a generous amount of ginger in mine because (a) my skin is a little red and I suffer from inflammation and (b) I love the taste.
And now, the star of the show: a heaping spoonful of collagen powder. Let’s talk about collagen powder really quick—your body stops producing collagen, the youthful protein that keeps your skin plump and wrinkle-free and keeps your joints healthy, when you’re in your late twenties. I got this particular brand, Neocell, at CVS for about $15, and they regularly run specials so you can stock up. For me right now, this is mostly preventative, but I think it’s good to supplement your natural levels so they stay healthy.
You can also get it on Amazon for about the same price. When I first started dabbling in collagen powder, I worked with a health consultant at The Vitamin Shoppe and did some research on the best types of collagen and forms (because nothing's ever straightforward). If you can't find this brand in particular, no worries--just look for Type 1 and Type 3 collagens, and try to find it in powder form (for whatever reason, the pills don't absorb nearly as well in your body). This Neocell brand seems to be very trusted in the supplement industry.
Then add about half a cup of water and blend it up! I use Rob’s food processor to do so, but a blender would probably work even better.
I bought all of these ingredients (minus the collagen) at Kroger for about $18 the other night, and I’m pretty sure it’ll make about 6 smoothies. That’s about $3 a piece, which is far more doable than the prices at juice shops.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
All things beauty.