Our skin is the largest part of the body and it is one that is always exposed. Therefore, very often, a lot of people develop skin issues like tan marks, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, acne and many more such skin ailments. Apart from using topical creams and other products, it is essential that we feed our bodies with the right foods in order to rejuvenate and repair our skin from within. Here is a simple recipe for a breakfast smoothie, that is not just tasty, but also easy to make and of course, super healthy for the skin and can restore skin health like never before!
Benefits of the ingredients in this smoothie:
This smoothie contains oats, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, cashewnuts and dates which are all very powerful ingredients for the skin.
Here are their benefits:
Oats is high in its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can help keep the skin clear and also treat acne successfully by reducing the excess oil on the skin. Oats contains the compounds saponins that act has natural cleansing agents for the skin and can promote a healthy and glowing skin.
Oats can also help promote the production of the substance collagen in the skin which keeps our skin away from ageing and damage.
Flaxseeds are rich omega 3 fatty acids and can help increase skin glow and complexion. It also contains antioxidants and lignans that can help tighten the skin and reduce sagging. These seeds can also help balance the oestrogen levels in the body and prevent acne breakouts.
Pumpkin seeds contain a rich amount of the substance zinc which can help promote the renewal and rejuvenation of the skin, while also helping maintain the collagen levels in the skin, which keeps our skin away from ageing and damage.
Cashewnuts contain high levels of the mineral copper and also vitamin C. This mineral and vitamin can help maintain healthy skin, while also keeping it soft, smooth and supple. It can help promote the production of collagen in the skin and increase skin elasticity, thus keeping the skin healthy and void of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging.
Dates contain high content of vitamin C and vitamin D, which can help keep the skin nourished and promote a healthy glow, while also maintaining skin elasticity and prevent premature aging of skin and prevent premature signs of premature ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.
Dates can also help maintain a healthy balance of melanin in the skin, by reducing the chances of melanin being concentrated in certain places causing skin pigmentation.
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How to make this healthy skin breakfast smoothie at home?
- Oats – 2 tbsp
- Flaxseeds – 1 tsp
- Pumpkin seeds – 1 tbsp
- Cashewnuts – handful
- Dates – 3
- Water – 1 cup
Step 1: Soaking some of the ingredients
Into a bowl, add in the oats, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and cashewnuts. Top up the bowl with water, until all the ingredients are well submerged.
Then, cover this bowl and let it soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. Soaking reduces the phytic acid from the nuts and seeds so its important to soak seeds and nuts before you use.
Step 2: Making the smoothie
Once the soaking period is completed, you can make the smoothie. All you need to do is, strain the ingredients from the soaked water and transfer them into a mixer blender. Then, deseed the dates and add them into the mixer blender. Lastly, pour in the water and blend very well until it becomes a smooth and fine liquid mixture (without lumps).
The smoothie is ready to be consumed.