Monday, March 3, 2014

Clear Skin Smoothie

When I saw this recipe for a smoothie that helps clear your skin, I figured it probably tastes awful. Lets face it - anything green and in liquid form does not look appetizing and therefore, must taste like snot juice. L.A. is full of healthy hipsters who love to drink this stuff and in no way was I going to enjoy it. So... did I? Well, first off, here's what you'll need:

2 cups of spinach, 1/4 of an avocado, and 1/2 C of red grapes ("contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants")

1/2 C of frozen strawberries (to "help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow")

1 T of almond butter ("offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin")

1 t of flaxmeal ("contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation)

First off, let me tell you I did not buy flaxmeal (it was $5 and for just a teaspoon's worth, it wasn't worth it). Also, I used almond milk instead of almond butter because almond butter was $8!

Second, I doubled the recipe because my husband had just come home from a run and wanted to give it a try. So I mixed the ingredients in a blender for 2-3 minutes until smooth.

Lastly, it will not be the same color as the original post. The original post looks like a Shamrock Shake from McDonalds. This looks like... well... liquid spinach.

It's not bad, but I wish it were sweeter. Honey would have been a nice addition. If you don't add something sweet, your face might freeze like this when trying to choke down something so... so... healthy...

This better make my skin look freakin' radiant.

TOTAL COSTS: About $16 to make as many as you can stomach (prices from Vons)
$1 for an avocado
$3.29 for spinach
$4.34 for red grapes
$4.99 for frozen strawberries
$2.99 for almond milk (versus $8.19 for almond butter)
($4.99 for flax meal, if you choose to add it)

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: Less than 5 minutes

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 1 out of 5
Nothing easier than placing ingredients in a blender and hitting the "On" button. The hard part is drinking it.

1 comment:

  1. Eew. My sister is very into her green smoothies... and keeps trying to make me drink kale. Why can't I just eat it?? I guess nutrients going on the inside would help the outside, but ...I feel unmotivated. The closest I go to that sort of Healthy Greenness is to wash my face with olive oil stuff. That's close enough to skincare and food for me...

    Also: flax seed is cheaper than already ground. Just grinding it in the coffee grinder works, and it's supposed to have the Omega 3's still intact - flax goes rancid really fast. Yay, huh? Super expensive AND fragile!