Thirsty Thursday: Drink Up for Glowing, Healthy Skin

by Ashley on September 5, 2013

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A few weeks ago you may remember that I started a “Thirsty Thursday, Drink Up for …” post series. The post of the series was, “Thirsty Thursday, Drink Up for Heart Health,” featuring this double layer smoothie.

double layer smoothie

Today we’re talking healthy, glowing skin, something that I am certainly yearning for!

Throughout the course of this blog, I’ve shared with you my skin troubles. From eliminating peanut butter (don’t worry, I’ve added it back!) to thinking it could be gluten to adding spirulina to my daily smoothies to incorporating coconut oil both topically as well as internally, and as of yet, nothing has done the trick.

Lately, I’ve tried the “don’t acknowledge it and it will disappear” approach as recommended to me by the husband, but unfortunately, that’s not working either. So in my own quest for healthy, glowing skin, here are a few nutrition related foods to include in our diets, as well as a tasty smoothie recipe for beautiful skin!

Glowing Skin

1.  Water + hydrating foods: hydrates the skin

  • water, coconut water, cucumbers, watermelon, berries, grapefruit, bell peppers, tomatoes

2.  Vitamin A: repairs and maintains skin health

  • papaya, sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli

3.  Antioxidants: protect the skin from damage, protects the cell membranes from damage

  • Vitamin C: grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, mango, watermelon, berries, leafy green veggies,  broccoli
  • Vitamin E: vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts, seeds, leafy green veggies, egg yolks
  • Selenium: brazil nuts, seafood, meat, whole grains, some veggies
  • Zinc: pumpkin seeds, seafood, meat, whole grains, some veggies, legumes

4.  Lean Protein: promotes skin repair

  • organic tofu, fat-free Greek yogurt, eggs, wild-Alaskain salmon and other lean fish, lean meats and poultry

5.  Whole Grains: regulate blood sugar levels

  • brown rice, quinoa, oats

6. Healthy Fats: helps build and protect cell membranes

  • extra virgin coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, salmon

And now to that recipe I promised!

glowing skin smoothie

Drink Up for Glowing Skin: Glowing Skin Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, coconut water, unsweetened almond milk/hemp milk
  • 1.5 cups organic spinach
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp ground flax meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup  frozen berries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Place everything in the blender in the listed order, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Also, many of these incredible foods are included in “The Gypsy Dietitian’s Five Day Real Foods Detox” that I just published this week! You can find more information on that here

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Have an awesome afternoon!

Good health!

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Suzanne September 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for the recipe Ash! I’ll have to try it. If you’re interested, I went to a dermatologist in Atlanta about a year and a half ago who I swear is a miracle worker. He is a skin magician and his compound prescriptions work wonders. I’m all for a healthy diet for glowing skin, but a little extra help from the derm doesn’t hurt either! Let me know if you want his name.

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