Ginger Carrot Winter Beauty Smoothie

February 12, 2014

Beauty smoothie for winter skin - ginger carrot banana almond

My worst winter beauty complaint: dry skin.

Beauty smoothie for winter skin

Mmm…healthy fats!

While this smoothie can be enjoyed anytime of the year, it’s especially good for those times, like the middle of grey February, when we may need a little more healthy fat in our diets. Clinical nutritionist Kimberly Snyder recommends that we consume almonds for softer, healthier skin.  High in vitamin E, almonds aid skin from the inside out, giving us that boost of suppleness we could all use this time of year.

The vitamin C in the carrots and bananas help improve the absorption of vitamin E, making the perfect complement to the almond milk and butter.  What’s more—bananas can put us in a better mood (I’m okay with that), and carrots, chock full of beta-carotene, help promote liver detoxification.

Beauty smoothie for winter skin

Warm up with a little raw ginger.

Finally, in Ayurvedic practice, the warming spice ginger can be added to meals (including cold ones like this) to improve their digestibility.  I love finding different ways to use ginger when it’s cold outside.  This is the first I’ve ever thrown it in a smoothie!

Ginger Carrot Banana Almond Winter Beauty Smoothie

Ingredients:

(Serves 3-4)

2 ½ cups almond milk

2 tbl. almond butter (or more for a richer smoothie)

2 inches ginger root, peeled and chopped

2 ripe bananas

2-3 large carrots

 

Blend until smooth and creamy.  Enjoy!

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Photos: Mary Hood, HealthAliciousNess via Flickr,  jimlightfoot26 via Flickr.

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Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.

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