Smoothies are all the rage right now, and our friends at <a href="http://www.youbeauty.com/" target="_blank" You Beauty gave us the deets on how to drink healthy beverages and look great too.
Getting a gorgeous, glowing complexion doesn't only mean slathering on sunblock or the latest antioxidant serum (though that helps, too). It also means paying attention to your diet. By tossing nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and other goodies into your blender, you can nab more beautifying foods that will nourish your skin from the inside, out.
"This smoothie delivers a bonanza of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients," says YouBeauty Culinary Expert and chef Jim Perko, C.E.C. It contains chia seeds, as well as yogurt and tofu, which provide calcium, iron and protein to protect and maintain cell membranes, reduce inflammation and possibly protect against sun damage.
Ingredients: cup fresh or frozen strawberries cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 orange, peeled and pits removed 1 ripe banana cup fat-free plain yogurt cup extra firm Silken tofu 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1 teaspoon agave nectar
Directions: Put all ingredients into blender and whip until smooth. Sip and think youthful thoughts.
"This smoothie has more 'gorgeous goods' than any other smoothie I know," says YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor, Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D. That's because it's chock-full of carotenoids thanks to an abundance of kale. A recent study in the journal PLos ONE found that ingesting carotenoids (like the ones found in kale) was associated with healthy looking skin color that study participants deemed attractivein the opposite sex.
"Healthy fats such as coconut oil are crucial for healthy skin," says Frank Lipman, M.D., founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. That's because coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties. Coconut also contains vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin growth and repair.
An avocado is capable of a lot more than delicious guacamole. This creamy green fruit is loaded with vitamins C, E and K, which are essential for healthy skin. It may also help reduce dryness and irritation. "I love the avocado in this recipe because it's loaded with antioxidant power, giving skin a beauty boost by helping your body cut down on inflammation and making your skin glow," explains Keri Glassman, R.D., author of "Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet: 365 Proven Food Strategies for Mind/Body Bliss."
They may be little, but berries bring on big beautifying benefits for your skin. "Berries are full of antioxidant compounds that neutralize damaging free radicals that lead to skin cell damage and premature skin aging," explains Tricia Williams, chef and owner of Food Matters, a food delivery service in New York City.