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The ‘Beautiful Skin’ smoothie

If you are taking great care of your skin on the outside, washing it daily and moisturizing but constantly eating junk food, your skin will never be perfect.  What foods should you devour for that healthy complexion?

First of all, organic fruits and vegetables are not only healthy for your body and mind, they are great for your skin! The best fruits and vegetables for your skin are carrots, beets, pears, all berries, avocado and green leafy vegetables. Citrus fruits are also very beneficial to your skin because of the Vitamin C. Collectively these contain vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, carotenoids and flavonoids. Carotenoids are colorful pigments in some of these foods that turn into Vitamin A in your body. Flavonoids have many antioxidants that keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Fruits and vegetables are the best, but don’t forget foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These foods are great for reducing inflammation and acne on skin. Try munching on flax seeds, organic chia seeds, fresh water salmon and other fish, sardines and walnuts.

When you’re done chewing all of these healthy bites for your skin, be sure to flush out toxins with plenty of filtered and fresh water. Water flushes out toxins that can wreak havoc on the surface of your skin. Green tea is also a great addition to your water intake because it contains antioxidants.

Enjoy this recipe from health expert Joy Bauer. This great smoothie combines lots of foods great for your skin and is a prefect breakfast drink!

Joy’s Beauty Blend

Try this smoothie for a big blast of complexion-friendly nutrients — vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fats.

Serves 2

Ingredients
2 cold oranges, peeled and cut into sections
1/2  chopped mango, chilled
1/2 cup sliced frozen (unsweetened) strawberries
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt, chilled
2 tablespoons wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Yields 2 1/4  cups

Nutrient Analysis (one serving)
Calories: 250
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrates: 48 g
Total fat: 4 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Cholesterol:  0 mg
Sodium: 72 mg
Fiber:  9 g
Vitamin C:  126 mg (209% DV)
Vitamin A (all from beta-carotene): 5,839 IU (117% DV)
Vitamin E: 3.9 IU (13% DV)
+ Omega-3 fats

What foods or drinks do you rely on for healthy and clear skin?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.