Hi friends! As you may know I recently invested in a super high-powered professional series blender, making me an official nutritionist! 😉 Since then I’ve been experimenting with tons of new smoothie recipes to fill me up with as many veggies as possible. And every friend that has crossed my threshold has had some sort of green concoction lovingly forced upon them. Luckily they’re all pretty used to my somewhat weird tendencies, so they’ve all been excellent sports, drinking them down, and even enjoying (or feigning enjoyment) them!
Anyhoo, I’ve always had a hard time with the textures of certain foods, which is likely not unconnected to the fact that my mother pureed my food until I was 3, god love her. With that weird texture issue in mind smoothies are the perfect way for me to get a huge hit of veggies I otherwise avoid due to their “icky” or “squeaky” texture in my mouth, I’m looking at you cucumber and zucchini! I’m also not a fan of juicing for myself just because of the potential blood sugar issues associated with separating the juice from the fibre. It can be a great tool for some people, but because of my history of blood sugar imbalance (PCOS) I like to eat my food as close to whole as possible. Thus, smoothie-ing is the perfect healthy addition to my diet!
I created the Beta Blast Skin Soothing Smoothie with my wonderful sister in mind because she was always making smoothies out of carrots and ginger that were just absolutely beautiful. So Bear, this one’s for you.
This smoothie is amazing for skin, hair, and nail health thanks to its huge dose of beta-carotene, an antioxidant and the precursor to vitamin A in our bodies. BC shows up in foods that are a vibrant orange colour, such as pumpkin, carrots, and cantaloupe. It’s also present in pretty high amounts in leafy greens, though the chlorophyll content tends to mask the orange hue.
I also added cucumber to this bad boy because the mineral silica is necessary for building healthy and strong connective tissue, such as muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, in our bodies. Silica is also super important for radiant skin, shiny hair, and strong nails, so incorporating foods rich in this mineral into our diet will truly help us glow from the inside out!
I’ve also been experimenting a lot with different fermented foods, so I added some of my homemade coconut milk kefir for a hit of probiotics and healthy fats to keep my tummy happy and my skin glowing!
Finally, I added a little fresh ginger to aid in digestion and turmeric to help modulate inflammation in the body and promote detoxification.
- 1 carrot
- ½ zucchini
- 4 inches cucumber
- ½ inch fresh turmeric
- ¼ cup mango
- ½ cup cantaloupe
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ banana
- ½ inch ginger
- ½ cup coconut milk or coconut milk kefir
- 1 scoop protein powder or 3 tbsp. hemp hearts
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a mason
Hint: If not using any frozen fruits add 1 cup of ice cubes to make this bevvie cool and creamy!
Well that’s all for today friends. What’s your favourite smoothie? Do you have any delicious concoctions you would want to have featured on the blog? Let me know in the comments! Have a wonderfully whimsical week!