Making yourself a smoothie as the breakfast is quick, healthy and skin-nourishing way to kick off your morning. Ever since I was introduced to Glowing Green Smoothies by Kimberly Snyder, author of the bestselling The Beauty Detox Solution, I have been drinking smoothies in the morning before I begin my day, and have been having fun in “inventing” different types of smoothies. Here is my recent favorite that I can’t wait to share with you right away: my Morning Power Chocolate Smoothie.
Before I share with you the recipe, do note that it is important not to dump chunks of chocolates into making your smoothie. Here is why:
The Danger of Chocolates
If you read the labels, you will see that chocolates sold on the market usually contain cow’s milk and processed sugar. It is scientifically proven that “milk is a principle villain when it comes to acne”; and, my personal experience also convinces me that consuming dairy is one major reason for my acne breakouts. That’s why I will automatically raise a red flag for whichever products that contain dairy.
Besides, refined sugar is considered by David Wolfe in his book Eating for Beauty to be a drug that is linked to artificial highs, mood swings, depression and energy crashes. It will cause blood sugar level to dramatically increase.
Consequently, there is overproduction of insulin and burdens on the blood sugar system. This will later lead to loss of B vitamins minerals such as chromium, zinc and sulfur, all of which are crucial for improving skin conditions.
Not only does refined sugar deprive skin-beautifying elements of us, but it also directly attacks the skin as well. The type of sugar attaches to collagen molecules in the skin, causing stiffness and inflexibility. Additionally, it causes hormonal imbalance, which can lead to breakouts in your chin area, especially when you have acne-prone and sensitive skin like mine.
The reason why chocolates get all the credit for good health is because of the main ingredient contained inside: cocao, which is high in antioxidants, and is highly recommended by David Wolfe. Another side note for you is that: in the book The Clear Skin Diet, cocao is listed as one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods crucial for acne-prone skin.
So, instead of using chocolates for my smoothie, I use the essence inside chocolates – cocao powder – as part of the ingredients.
Recipe: Morning Power Chocolate Smoothie
My definition of a smoothie is mixing fruits with a lot of greens and other kinds of vegetables. It is very important to include greens into smoothies to make the mixture less sweet, while adding in fiber to stimulate your bowel movements, control blood sugar level and help you feel full.
Acne-prone skin can easily break out if too much sugar is consumed, even if it is naturally derived sugar from fruits. So make sure to moderate the amount of fruit intake by having more veggies.
As you can see from the recipe below, this smoothie is super antioxidant-packed, because both blueberries and cocao powder are high in antioxidants. Enjoy!
- A lot of baby spinach
- 3 stalks of celeries, chopped
- 1 banana
- 1 pear, chopped
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 cups of frozen blueberries
- 3 tbsp. cocao powder
- 2 cups of clean filtered water
- Fill baby spinach all the way to the top of the blender (my blender has room for 2 L liquids)
- Add 2 cups of clean filtered water
- Blend spinach and water till there is enough room to add in other ingredients
- Add in all the rest of the ingredients
- Blend away
- Try to use as many organic ingredients as possible. This recipe yields about 1.9 L of a chocolate smoothie.
Personally, I would try to follow food combination rule recommended by Kimberly Snyder by drinking my smoothie only the morning. Raw fruits and vegetables are most easily digested by the body and should be consumed before you have other types of food groups that are harder to digest. Proper eating order is crucial to maximize digestion, reap the most benefits from foods and maximize your energy level.
Oh, speaking of maximizing digestion, don’t forget to chew your smoothie as well to “activate” the digestive enzymes inside the smoothie.
One Bonus Tip: Adding Chia Seeds to Your Smoothie
Chia seeds are great sources of fiber, magnesium and lean protein; and are one of my favorite types of ingredients for smoothies.
Here’s how I add more fun to my breakfast time: sometimes I would add some tablespoons of chia seeds into my smoothie, mix up everything, and work on my face muscles by chewing the mixture. You could add them to the ingredients while making your smoothie if you want to. But I prefer save it to the last because I enjoy chewiness ; )
Weird habit, I know.
Anyway, here are some simple steps of how you prepare chia seeds.
- 1/3 cup of chia seeds
- 2.5 cups of clean water
- Mix chia seeds and clean water in a jar
- Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes
- You can add more water if you think the texture is too sticky for you. Personally, it is a right combination for me 😉 Make sure you store it in the fridge to keep it fresh.
For your great skin,