During this prolonged “mud season” (aka winter’s last angry rant before retreating for another year and letting spring get some face time with the Northwest populace) skin can be particularly difficult to care for. For every sunny, balmy day, there are three blustery, rainy days, and each day requires a different skin care protocol. But we also know that an important part of skin care is healthy eating and hydration. Stave off mud season’s patchy skin by using your skins first line of defense — nutrition. Try these three skin supporting juices and smoothies:
From Prevention.com – Powerhouse Pumpkin Smoothie
½ c canned pure pumpkin, frozen in ice cube tray
7 oz or 2% Greek-style yogurt
½ c water
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp pumpkin spice pie
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Pumpkin offers both beta-carotene alpha-carotene, both convert into vitamin A precursor retinol, a skin-supporting nutrient essential for cell growth and development.
From Prevention.com – Gingered Cantaloupe Smoothie
20 ice cubes
2 c cubed cantaloupe (about ½ melon)
6 oz low-fat plain yogurt
3 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp grated fresh ginger
Combine ice cubes, cantaloupe, yogurt, sugar, and ginger in blender and puree until smooth.
This smoothie contains both beta-carotene and a smidge of alpha-carotene.
From TheAlternativeDaily.com – Glowing Green Smoothie
1/2 cup plain coconut water
2 frozen ripe bananas
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cup chopped mango
2 cups spinach or kale
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Blend on high for at least three minutes to create a thick, frothy emulsion. Add more coconut water if the mixture is too thick.
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