Want to know which spring ingredients I'm adding to my smoothies right now? If so, keep scrollin', but first let me tell you why I reach for these specific ingredients around this time of year.
I love spring time in Florida. It's warm sunny days and cool, crisp nights. I wish it was like this all year long. We've already hosted a few backyard barbecues and I've even started to wear shorts…in hopes that my white chalky legs will begin to golden a bit. I'll always be a California girl at heart… even if I've been transplanted to my small Florida farm town. 🙂
As the weather gets warmer though, and my jeans head to the back of the closet, I find myself thinking more and more about how my skin is looking. I love having smooth, golden, glowing skin, yet I am not one to spend lots of money on creams and treatments.
I like to start with mother nature, which means focusing on getting good sleep, staying hydrated and nourishing my body with foods that help my skin. Wanna join me? Let's bust out our blenders and use these 6 spring ingredients to supercharge our skin!
6 SPRING INGREDIENTS TO GET YOUR GLOW ON
Avocado is one of my favorite skin-boosting smoothie ingredients. Not only does it make your smoothie extra creamy, but it adds a dose of healthy fat which helps your skin retain moisture and keeps it super soft. Avocado is also a great source of vitamin E and vitamin C—key nutrients that protect against free radical damage, ward off wrinkles, and slow down signs of aging.
Blend this: SPA SKIN CLEANSER
Cilantro isn’t just for your guacamole and salsa! It's great for blending into green smoothies, too. Cilantro, also known as fresh coriander, helps the body naturally get rid of heavy metals, free radicals, and other toxins in the skin. What's more, it’s high in vitamin C, which not only plays a role in collagen production (a structural protein that key to youthful, glowing skin), but may also help ward off dry skin, as well.
Blend this: CILANTRO MANGO DETOX
Carrots are packed with antioxidants, making them the perfect anti-aging veggie. They're most widely known for their high beta-carotene content, which is converted to vitamin A inside and the body. Beta-carotene helps repair damaged skin, reduces sun sensitivity (which is not an excuse to forget your sunscreen!), and gives your skin an all-natural glow. Blend some carrots into your next green smoothie to reap these all-natural skin benefits!
Blend this: BEGINNER'S LUCK WITH TOPS
When it comes to glowing skin, hydration is key. When you're dehydrated, your skin gets dry, flaky, and is more prone to wrinkling. Adding coconut water to your smoothies is a great way to up your fluid intake while also giving your body a boost of important nutrients. Coconut water is like nature’s sports drink. Packed with electrolytes (1 cup coconut water contains more potassium than 4 bananas!), it helps hydrate your body, regenerates your tissue, and helps flush out toxins—all key to getting your glow on!
Blend this: PEACH COCONUT DREAM GREEN SMOOTHIE
Did you know that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents amongst all fruit? That's right! The dark blue hue of this sweet berry comes from anthocyanins—antioxidants that protect your skin against free radical damage. Free radicals are one of the main causes of wrinkles, dull skin, and accelerated aging, but eating an antioxidant-rich diet can help protect your skin from free radical damage, giving you that youthful glow for years to come!
Blend this: FREE RADICAL FIGHTING SUPER SMOOTHIE
Getting enough fiber in your diet is incredibly important to your skin's health. Fiber helps your digestive system stay on track, which keeps things moving in the body. This allows nutrients to be absorbed and toxins to be eliminated, which is essential to getting that healthy glow you're aiming for. Chia seeds are packed with soluble fiber, along with essential vitamins and minerals, that aid in normal digestive tract function. Feel free to blend these little seeds right into your smoothie or sprinkle some on top—your digestive system + skin are sure to thank you!
Blend this: CHIA BERRY GREEN SMOOTHIE