A smoothie a day keeps the dermatologist away, or so I’d like to hope. Nonetheless, it’s no joke that what we consume on the daily determines our overall health; beauty included. You guys have probably seen this smoothie recipe a million times, but oh well. Here’s my take on the beauty smoothie that helps to brighten your skin, and keep it plump all year round!
- ½ cup of chopped bananas
- 1 tablespoon of almond powder
- 1 tablespoon of black bean powder
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup of milk
- ½ cup of ice cubes
- Throw all your ingredients into a blender and
hope for the bestblend until smooth.
- Pour into your favourite mug and drink it up!
This smoothie is a great choice for something to drink throughout the day, for rushed mornings where you have no time to cook yourself a good breakfast, or for those people who, like me, get home from work and don’t feel like eating dinner. This recipe has a slight sweet-nutty taste which I thoroughly enjoy, and even with the powdered ingredients, the concoction isn’t too thick and fairly comfortable to drink.
The reason why I call this the skin smoothie, is because the skincare you apply topically can only do so much. Without good diets or a healthy body, your skincare will only backfire on you at the end. For your skincare to work, you need to maintain a balanced diet and practice healthy lifestyle so you can reap the benefits to it’s maximum potential. This smoothie not only is a great way to have your fruit and nut intake, but also has special properties that can boost your skin’s appearance and health.
Bananas, black beans and almonds have one thing in common. They’re jam packed with magnesium and fibre. Magnesium is huge in skincare and also in food, as it helps to slow down the process of aging (premature wrinkling, sagging skin and loss of elasticity) and it’s beneficial for those who suffer acne, as it increases your skin’s ability to fight against break outs. Fibre is really great for your bowel system as it helps relieve symptoms of constipation and allows for healthy stools.
Food for thought, being regular when you need to take a dump is incredibly healthy. You should be worried if you don’t have a regular time to go. Whether you go every 3 days or every morning at 9AM, as long as you are consistent with your timing, then you’re healthy. Did you know that regularly emptying yourself out can be good for the skin? Gas builds up inside of you over time, and the gas dulls out your skin, causes you so much abdominal pain, and that pain can trigger skin troubles through stress, and the fact that something nasty is building up inside of you, of course something like that would be detrimental to your health HAHA!
Almond contains vitamin E, which protects the skin and improves skin suppleness. It’s also full of anti-oxidants to repair your skin from sun damaging, prevent fine lines and wrinkling and keeps your skin looking firm. Almonds are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which improve the health of your skin, hair and nails. As far as skin goes, it keeps your skin radiant, firm and well nourished, as well as boosting the repairing of for skin during the night. Almonds also contain proteins that help boost the natural levels of collagen in your skin. If you read my post on collagen intake, then you’d know that you naturally lose collagen as you hit 20 years of age, and it’s vital to maintain the collagen levels in skin in order to slow down the process of aging. Collagen also has a huge impact on your pores as well; being able to maintain their shape and elasticity.
Black Beans have the same benefits as almonds do. They also help maintain your skin’s natural pH levels and also the pH levels inside your body too. Your skin is naturally acidic and for internal system is naturally alkaline, so black bean helps to regulate both, your inner and outer health. Regularly eating black bean has been known to help you lose AND maintain your weight too, so most people in Asia swear by black bean whenever they are on a diet. If you’re a woman, then the benefits get even better for you. Did you know that regularly eating black beans can help your periods? They help to prevent irregular uterine function, and decrease the likelihood of unbearable cramps.
Now we all know how great honey is for the skin and body. Do I really need to explain why so many people swear by the use of honey? Not only is it full of antioxidants, but they’re antibacterial as well, so it’s great for those who often get sick. Honey has the ability to fight the common cold symptoms and it’s also great for boosting the immune system too. Not only that, but honey is so repairing that it can heal damages to the skin or body over time.
Milk is packed full of calcium and good bacteria, which again, is great for inner health to prevent the common cold symptoms and boosting your immune system. Calcium is a fundamental source for strong bones and teeth. I used to drink 2 glasses of milk a day as a child and ever since, I’ve had the utmost strongest bones and teeth. Only when I stopped drinking milk everyday (which I think I stopped at the age of 16) I got my first tooth filling and I injured myself pretty bad. Lesson learnt, do not stop drinking milk.
ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS:
The great thing about smoothies, is that you can always add or take out certain ingredients to suit your very needs, or tastes.
You can replace the bananas with other ingredients like fresh blueberries which are packed with vitamin C, or avocados which have immense beauty properties for more radiant, supple and nourished skin. Feeling a bit adventurous? How about trying this smoothie recipe with some diced butternut pumpkin. Did you know that butternut pumpkin contains vitamin C, alpha AND beta carotenoids? Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that reverse UV damage from the sun, so they have strong abilities to slow down the process of aging, protect your skin from sunspots and promote your skin to defend against other damages like sun burn or skin related cancers. Pumpkin also has a high source of vitamin B which help skin cell turnover during the golden hours of night (10PM to 2AM), help with blood circulation around the face and also help address skin tone.
How about trying your smoothie with chia seeds for an extra boost to fight acne? Just like bananas and almonds, chia seeds are jam packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fibre. Chia seeds are a natural superfood and these little black seeds are really no joke. They contain zinc for an even stronger ability to fight wrinkles and acne troubles, omega-3 fatty acids for more firm and plump skin and also potassium which helps lower cholesterol. A happy heart is a happy you right? I actually stirred a tablespoon of chia seeds into my smoothie because blending the seeds with the rest of the ingredients makes the smoothie way too thick and a tad uncomfortable to drink in the end.
Since I’ve stopped drinking milk for so long, my body has slowly built up an intolerance to dairy (another reason to not stop drinking milk on the daily) so I decided to replace regular milk with some soy milk instead. Please note, that you can’t replace almond powder and milk for an almond milk, as almond milk contains such a tiny amount of almonds, there’s no point to use it.
What about someone who likes textures? My friend (I’ll name her E) likes to add granola clusters to her smoothie and drink it like that. Sometimes, E also adds diced fruits or shaved almond slivers through the smoothie too, just so she has something to crunch on. I know, she’s a bit weird.
WHEN TO DRINK YOUR SMOOTHIE:
Studies show that nuts, bananas and dairy are indeed bad to consume at night as they can potentially be the cause to your weight gain. I however, have had trouble gaining weight my entire life, and still do, so I’m quite content with consuming this smoothie after dinner. If you are concerned with weight however, this smoothie is great for the morning or afternoon as you’re more likely to see the full effects of these foods during these times. You also burn more calories throughout the day so you’re less likely to have weight gain when consuming earlier in the day time. As I said before, I like to have mine as often as possible, everyday perhaps, in the evening as I relax with my favourite sheet masks while I wind down, getting ready for bed.
This is a little different to my regular posts, but I wanted to emphasize that skincare is only effective if you take good care of your health too. There is no point buying the most expensive products out in the market, if your overall health is abysmal at best. Did you like this post, or did it tickle your fancy? Don’t forget to like this little blog, share with your friends and family and don’t forget to subscribe for posts about beauty and skincare.
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