Imagen’s Marketing Director, Michelle, discovered passions for nutrition and skincare in her 20s. Now in her 30s, Michelle claims the foundations of her healthy skin routine are great skincare products and a plant-based diet.
While eating a plant-based diet isn’t right for everyone, plants are good for everyone. Simply prioritizing water and vegetables in your diet will have a great impact on your skin’s appearance, and incorporating beauty-boosting foods like berries and healthy fats will ensure you’re getting added vitamins specific to skin health.
Of course it can feel overwhelming when tasked with fitting so many ingredients into our daily diet, but this is where smoothies come in handy! Michelle is sharing her go-to Beauty Boosting Smoothie Recipe and included a list of the skin-essential elements it provides!Jump to Recipe
Key Elements In Michelle’s Beauty Boosting Smoothie
- Berries and dark leafy greens are rich in antioxidants, which combat and prevent free radicals from damaging your healthy skin cells and DNA.
- Inflammation of the skin presents itself in many ways including acne, swelling, eczema, and rashes. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties like berries help combat these skin irritants.
- Essential fatty acids (e.g. Omega-3 and Omega 6) protect cell membranes and have anti-inflammatory properties. Examples of healthy fats include soy, seeds, and avocado.
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is important for collagen synthesis, which makes it an essential partner to your collagen supplement. This ingredient can be found in abundance in red fruits and vegetables.
- Vitamin D supports your immune function. Foods with this ingredient also have great anti-inflammatory properties, which makes Vitamin D helpful in treating acne. Almond Milk is a great source of Vitamin D.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which is helpful in fighting the effects of harmful radiation and other free radicals. Avocado, dark leafy greens, and almonds are high in Vitamin E.
- Folic acid – a B vitamin that is called folate in foods – is important for healthy cell function, and as an antioxidant, helps to fight free radicals that cause premature aging. This nutrient also helps the skin retain moisture and healthy pigmentation. Foods high in folic acid include spinach, avocado and seeds.
- Selenium works with Vitamin E to protect the cell membrane from cancer-causing free radicals. You can find Selenium in foods like oats, spinach, and lentils (like peanuts).
- Zinc Oxide is extremely helpful for preventing and healing damage caused by free radicals like UV rays. Zinc also has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to support collagen synthesis and DNA repair. Foods with this mineral include legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and avocados.
- Magnesium is super helpful for preventing inflammation, regulating hormone levels, and boosting cell regeneration; it also supports fatty acid function in the skin which improves elasticity and moisture retention. Seeds, nuts, legumes, and spinach are great sources of magnesium.
Beauty Boosting Smoothie
- 2 c Frozen Spinach
- 1/4 Large Avocado
- 1 c Frozen Berries
- 1/2 Large Ripe Frozen Banana
- 1.5 c Unsweetend Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 tbsp All Natural Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tsp Besha Collagen
- Prep: Keep fruit and greens frozen for cooler and smoother texture. Be sure to peel and chop ripe bananas into chunks before freezing.
- Add frozen spinach to blender and pour over almond milk to shrink.
- Add all other ingredients except chia seeds.
- Add chia seeds and stir into smoothie. Enjoy!
- Optional: For breakfast or pre-workout fuel, add 1/2 cup organic rolled oats. If you choose to add oats, you may want to add more almond milk and peanut butter for blending and flavor.
- Optional: Serve as a smoothie bowl with fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds and granola.
- Recommended: Use organic, all-natural ingredients. Source locally when possible.