I've been having smoothies for breakfast for the past 2 years. I started after watching Food Inc., a movie that taught me the importance of eating healthy, whole foods. I used to struggle with acne well past my teenage years. That completely stopped once I began having a fruit and veggie smoothie for breakfast each day. I'd even notice the acne creeping back whenever I stopped for a few days.
After tinkering with many recipes, I now have a favorite: My Banana Pudding Smoothie. I've chosen this over pancakes plenty of times. Many people scoff at the idea of drinking vegetables out of the fear that it'll taste bitter and leafy. That's not the case for this recipe; it tastes just like a dessert! And luckily, it takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Here are some beauty benefits that you'll get from drinking this smoothie regularly:
1. Dark Green Veggies (ex. Spinach, kale, swiss chard) are rich with antioxidants like vitamins A,C & E. These nutrients help the scalp produce natural oils which condition the hair. They also fight free radicals, which helps reduce premature aging. The chlorophyll pushes toxins through your digestive system, which helps you achieve clear skin.
2. Bananas contain silica which is said to thicken the hair and add strength. It also contains biotin, a B-vitamin known for encouraging hair growth. Bananas are also high in potassium which helps fight acne.
3. Dates contain Vitamin B-6, magnesium and iron, which help prevent hair loss. They also help you produce more collagen, which improves the skin’s elasticity.
4. Hair is made of protein. Protein deficiencies can cause hair loss. Adding protein helps ensure that you meet your minimum daily requirement (optional if you know you’re getting enough protein in your daily diet. I add this since I don’t eat meat.)
5. Peanut butter is rich in monounsaturated fats, which help keep the skin soft and moisturized
Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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