Last week I kicked off my super late much-anticipated Acne Awareness Month coverage by recapping a year in bad skin. Today I'd like to share something new that I'm doing for the ol' pizza face because it seems to be working. Or at least improving the look of the skin surrounding my pimples. It's called the Glowing Green Smoothie and you can make it at home if unlike me, you own a blender.
The smoothie recipe comes from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's book The Beauty Detox Solution. A bright, Tinker Bell-esque woman, Snyder is a testament to the lifestyle she endorses. Her book has been on display in my kitchen since the copywriter days when I wrote some of her stuff. Back then I never actually followed any of her recipes, but something clicked last week.
Is anyone else terrible at juice bars? I always make the worst pairings and end up with liquid that tastes like inside of a vacuum cleaner. An especially foul combo inspired me to finally try Kimberly Snyder's signature smoothie, the Glowing Green one. I went to like four different juice-making spots before anyone would agree to put all of the ingredients in their Vitamix, but finally the barista at New York Muffins agreed.
This is a modified version of the Glowing Green Smoothie. The real recipe involves even more produce, but baristas and juice people don't typically like to overload a Vitamix despite the fact that this piece of professional kitchenware could probably grind up a battery. It's OK.
The Glowing Green Smoothie
1 cup very cold, filtered water
3 cups spinach, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1/2 green apple, cored and chopped
1/2 mushy banana
1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice
Directions: Add water and spinach to the blender first. Starting on a low speed, mix until smooth. Up your speed and add the celery, apple and banana and lemon juice last.
Unlike juice, the GSS is chunky and substantial so you don't feel deprived. I drink mine for breakfast, but you could also blend one up in the morning and sip it throughout the day along with whatever else you're having.
Remember, incorporating this drink into your diet isn't about weight loss, it's for your skin. Mine looks noticeably brighter already. Is there some placebo affect at play here? Maybe. Ultimately, I'm willing to believe and do whatever improves my skin.
Next up in Acne Awareness, I'm letting you in on my private Skype session with Dr. Ted Grossbart, the "acne psychologist."
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