The arrival of spring brings with it the widespread, insistent message that it’s time to get on with “spring cleaning.” We are encouraged to declutter and detoxify our lives. This concept applies not only to our surroundings, but also to our bodies and skin. At Sonäge, we believe in detoxing and one of our favorite ways to do so is by making smoothies and juicing. Through both, we find that it’s easy to incorporate our go-to fruits and vegetables to make something delicious and help our skin in the process. We like to add nutrient dense foods like avocadoes, which have monounsaturated fats that help keep skin moisturized and healthy. Avocadoes are also great for anti-aging purposes because they contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids.
Another high nutrient food that is perfect to incorporate is spinach. Being that it is rich in vitamin K and folate, spinach can help give you a clear complexion by minimizing acne, bruising on the skin and those dark circles around the eyes. When choosing ingredients for your smoothie, it is important to make sure that you include healthy fats and items rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats, which can be found in chia seeds, help plump up the look of skin, reduce inflammation and supply building blocks for healthier cells.
To jumpstart your skin and body detox, our friends at Reboot with Joe are sharing a fabulous recipe that combines a mix of fresh plant foods and healthy fats - making it perfect for spring.
Spring Clean Green Smoothie Serves: 1 - 2
Ingredients: 1 bunch fresh mint 2 handfuls spinach 1/2 avocado 1/2 banana 1 small pear 2 tbsp cacao nibs 2 tbsp chia seeds 4 oz (120 mL) coconut water 4 oz (120 mL) unsweetened almond milk 2 handfuls ice
Directions: Wash mint and remove from stems (save stems for your next green juice). Wash spinach and pear. Cut avocado in half and scoop into blender. Discard core from pear and add to blender. Add all ingredients to blender. Liquefy. Pour into glass and enjoy!
Joe Cross is the founder and CEO of Reboot. His personal story of transformation was chronicled in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which has been seen by more than 20 million people worldwide. The incredible response to screenings of the film inspired Joe to create Reboot with Joe, making the tools, information and support available to enable anyone to reclaim and maintain their well-being. His latest documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 released on November 18, 2014 worldwide. Joe is a New York Times best-selling author after the success of The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet.