Do you often wonder the secret to glowing skin? Can sipping help in this regard? Consider a study published in Evolution and Human Behavior which claims that taking an equivalent of 15 mg of beta-carotene supplements daily leads to developing the golden skin tone that is perceived as attractive.
So that would mean having caretonoid rich foods is the key to a healthy-looking, fresh skin, right? Wrong. They key is to blend your carotenoid intake with healthy fats like yogurt to see the real benefits. Read on to find out some delicious and easy-to-make smoothie recipes filled with carotenoid-rich veggies like carrots and spinach:
1. Pumpkin Smoothie
Drinking this pumpkin smoothie ensures that you get your beta-carotene intake along with alpha carotene which is contained in pumpkin. The body then converts these into vitamin A, which becomes an essential skin supporting nutrients when combined with fat.
Canned pure pumpkin: ½ (frozen in ice cube tray)
Greek style yogurt: 7 oz
Water: ½ cup
Ground flaxseed: 2 tbsp
Pumpkin spice pie: ½ tsp
This recipes makes one serving which you can enjoy chilled!
2. Mango Smoothie
Mango and other orange fruits are filled with the goodness of carotenoid with 2 mg of beta-carotene in each raw fruit cup. Blend the following ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and enjoy!
Mango cubes: ¼ cup
Mashed ripe avocado: ¼ cup
Mango juice: ½ cup
Fat free vanilla yogurt: ¼ cup
Fresh limejuice: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Ice cubes: 6
You can also garnish this smoothie with strawberry or mango for added flavor!
3. Kale and Orange Smoothie
This healthy smoothie, with a combination of kale and orange, will provide you with more than 6 mg of beta-carotene goodness, which fuels the body with energy and gives your skin a fresh and healthy glow!
Chopped ale: 1 cup
Kiwi: 2 large (peeled and chopped)
Fresh orange or tangerine juice: ½ cup
Cilantro sprigs: ½ cup
Rib celery: 1 (chopped)
Ice cubes: ¼
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy the goodness of kale and orange smoothie.
Make sure that you make smoothies a part of your daily diet in order to derive their benefits. To check out which blenders would make these awesome smoothies, check out our review page here.