Here in NYC we’re finally seeing that summer light at the end of the longest ever winter tunnel. Which means that it’s almost smoothie season! (And if you're somewhere that's always sunny, then I guess you just get to drink smoothies all year round, don't you).
Since what you put in your body is just as important as what you apply topically, we wanted to give your skin a major boost with this recipe. This smoothie harnesses some of the best ingredients for your skin into something that’s also delicious.
There's been a lot of buzz lately in the health & wellness world about collagen protein powder. Collagen is the protein in our body that makes up our nails, skin, and hair, and a healthy amount of collagen in your system means shiny, thick hair, and smooth, radiant skin. So, understandably, people are putting the powder into smoothies, shakes, and even plain water with the hope that they'll see these positive effects.
But we're a little skeptical. For one thing, ingesting collagen doesn't actually provide your body with more of it- what your body really needs are the amino acids and vitamins that help it to form its own collagen. Simply ingesting collagen won't do anything if you don't have these- in fact, your body will just flush it right out. Secondly, most of the collagen powders currently on the market are made from bovine hides or fish scales- which means that if you're vegetarian or vegan, you definitely don't want to use them.
The Beauty Ingredient Essentials
A better option? A smoothie packed with the amino acids and vitamins that promote your body's natural collagen production.
Chia seeds are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, which protects the collagen already in your body. We combined that with vitamin C in the form of pineapple juice and spinach. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production because it both regulates and promotes it. Next we added vitamin A, in the form of frozen mangoes, to target cell growth and encourage your bodies natural collagen production. Finally, cashew butter is packed with lysine, one of the most important amino acids to encourage collagen production.
We threw in a banana because a) it makes this smoothie incredibly creamy and b) it's high in vitamin B6, which is more typically found in animal protein. Vitamin B6 promotes red blood cell production and is a strong remedy for dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.
A smoothie that's good for you and good for your looks? It’s time to get blending.
Collagen Boosting Vegan Beauty Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- 2 tbs cashew butter
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbs chai seeds
Put all ingredients except water into the blender and blend, adding water in small amounts as needed until smoothie reaches desired thickness. Blend until smooth. Top with chia seeds.