Smoothies and blended drinks are a great option for achieving glowing skin, from the inside out. Basically, any fruit of vegetable you drink is going to be packed with vitamins and minerals that have a profound effect on the skin. Since this is part two of a series, There are three main appliances you would use for smoothies and blended drinks. I often get asked the question “what should I use? A blender or a juicer”? Here is some basic information to help you make your choice.
Blenders/ Bullets-If your goal is to include fiber in your drinks, you always want to go with a blender. Blenders are great because the drinks that are very filling because you are keeping the natural fiber of the fruits and vegetables intact. It’s also possible to add ingredients such as nuts, avocados, flax seeds, chia seeds, and protein or other powders to your blended drinks giving them a healthy boost. My favorite blender is The Vitamix, and my favorite bullet is The Nuti- Ninja with Auto iQ.
Juicers- This is a great tool but, it can be a bit more time consuming. There are two types of juicers on the market, the centrifugal and the masticating juicer.
Centrifugal Juicer: These juicers are usually the ones you see more often. You can purchase one for as low as $40 (I would not recommend a cheap version of this juicer). The centrifugal juicer uses a fast speed metal blade that separates the juice from the flesh. Some feel that because the fast spinning blades generate heat, it destroys some of the enzymes in the juice. My favorite Juicer in this category is the Omega 9000 juicer.
Masticating Juicers– This kind of juicer produces cold pressed juices. These kinds of juices are available at companies like Organic Avenue and Love Grace (both of which I recommend if you plan on juicing for a long period, but don’t have the time or juicer to make them yourself). The method used by a masticating juicer is to first crush and then to press. The nutrients and enzymes are maintained at a higher quantity because there is no heat. I love the NC900HDC Nutrition System by Omega.
When making smoothies, and blended drinks always try to use organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Also, be creative! Blend and mix to your liking. On a low carb, low sugar diet? Try all greens with a bit of Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein in Smooth Energy. Trying to get the kids to stop drinking soda? Try blending several fruits that they like (and sneak in some greens). Do you prefer spicy? Try adding a piece of ginger or fresh jalapenos. The goal is to make great drinks that taste good.
Here are a few of my favorite blended drinks to glowing skin. Please feel free to tweet me yours @kaimorange or leave a comment.
Blend 1 part homemade tomato juice, 1/2 part celery juice, 4 cilantro leaves, 1 tablespoon lime juice and tabasco sauce to taste
This is a great spin on a classic drink (minus the alcohol). This drink combines tomatoes, celery,cilantro, basil lime and tabasco. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamin C and folic acid, they also contain lycopene. Skin with high contents of lycopene is less likely to be affected by the sun (making tomatoes an internal sun protectant). Celery is also high in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium and potassium. These are are all skin friendly minerals which keep skin glowing. Cilantro contains antioxidants and basil is high in vitamin C.
blend 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 cup spinach, 1/4 cup frozen okra, 1/2cup green apple, 1/2 lemon, 5 leaves parsley, 1 serving of chia seeds, 1 serving of flax seeds, blend with water
This is a great every day, that is low in sugar. Green apples are packed with great antioxidants that help keep skin firm. Cucumbers keep the skin hydrated ( they contain 95 percent water). Parsley is a powerful herb that is rich in vitamin C, K, and A. Spinach helps fight free radicals and contains Vitamin C (which helps produce collagen). Okra is packed with fiber, Vitamin C, and magnesium. Lemons contain tons of Vitamin C. Chia seeds contain a ton of fiber, omega 3’s and healthy fat. Flaxseeds contain omega 3’s along with B1 micronutrients.