In case you haven’t heard, juicing is the new trend, and I’m not talking about the Barry Bonds kind of juicing. I love kick starting my day off with a fruit and vegetable juice/smoothie. It gives me energy, doesn’t weigh me down, and I swear it’s the reason I lost my baby weight so fast. That, and also because who has time to eat when you have a newborn? This drink isn’t just good for your waist either, but it’s also PACKED with amazing benefits for your skin! I am a firm believer that good skin starts from within, and this juice has so many health benefits!
Here’s to name a few:
- Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants, which destroy free radicals. They also contain vitamin C, which helps produce collagen. In addition, they contain Malic acid which is a natural whitening agent.
- Pineapple contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help slow down the ageing of skin. Pineapple is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various minerals. But that’s not all! It has a proteolytic enzyme bromelain with anti-inflammatory properties, it prevents and reduces age spots and wrinkles, AND it makes the skin firm by increasing collagen production.
- Peaches contain vitamin C which again, boosts the production of collagen and gives your skin elasticity. In addition, the vitamin C in peaches also works with protein to improve your immune system, helping to ward off skin infections. Peaches also bring moisture to your skin.
- Bananas are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin E, and act as an anti-ageing agent. They are a rich source of fiber, minerals, magnesium, and potassium.
- Carrots contain vitamin C, which prevents wrinkles and slows the process of aging. Vitamin A, being an antioxidant, also attacks the free radicals to prevent the signs of aging like wrinkles, pigmentation and an uneven skin tone. Beta-carotene, found in carrots, is a skin-friendly nutrient that helps repair the skin tissues and provides protection against the sun’s harsh rays. The antioxidants and carotenoids protect and condition the skin to increase its immunity against the sun and heal sunburns. So basically, it acts as a natural sun block!
And for even more added benefits, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice!
The reason why I call this a juice/smoothie, is because it’s not made with a juicer, so it’s not a “traditional” juice, but it also doesn’t contain any additives like yogurt or ice cubes, so it’s not a “traditional” smoothie either. I like using a blender because when you consume the whole fruits and vegetables, you get ALL the amazing benefits and fiber! It also makes it more filling.
Whenever I make a juice/smoothie drink, I like to add a combination of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. The frozen fruits keep the drink ice cold and thick, while the fresh ones prevent it from being too thick. The addition of banana also keeps its thick and creamy.
This drink is so sweet and refreshing. I promise you can’t even taste the carrot juice! And just look how pretty bright orange it is!
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