Sip Your Way to More Luminous Skin
Smoothies offer great versatility and a healthy treat any time of the day. You can easily use fruits and vegetables that are in season. A single glass can deliver antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins, and much more.
This refreshing smoothie is packed with nutrition that’s good for your skin, yet easy to make!
Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 191 per serving
- 1.5 cups of Greek or fat-free natural plain yogurt
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ cup of “no pulp” 100% natural orange juice
- ½ lemon, squeezed (for tartness, if desired)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Liquefy and then add more orange juice if the consistency is too thick for you. Enjoy!
A smart start with lasting benefits
Antioxidants, which are found in many fruits, have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a more youthful-looking complexion.1 Antioxidants can help fight free radicals—tiny, unstable molecules that have been shown to cause damage at the cellular level—and when applied topically, antioxidants can help reduce visible signs of skin damage caused by the sun and other environmental stressors. Did you know that blueberries rank third as a natural source of antioxidants after prunes and raisins?2 You may notice an energy boost from such a nutritious start to your day and find yourself exercising more! In this recipe, yogurt provides protein, calcium, and good bacteria to aid digestion. Bananas are packed with potassium and slow-release sugar to sustain you throughout the day. Blueberries are also full of fiber, so you may notice that you feel full sooner, and you’ll eat less. And finally, orange juice is a popular source of Vitamin C. Add more or less OJ, depending on how thick you want your smoothie. Here’s to Obagi Skin Health™!
Antioxidants in a bottle
We love this smoothie recipe as a way to fortify ourselves from the inside. For an extra boost of antioxidants, you can turn to Obagi Professional-C Serums™. Professional-C Serums offer the antioxidant Vitamin C in a rich, concentrated formula, and are available in 3 different strengths for different skin types and needs.
Tell us what you think after you try this smoothie recipe. And if you have a special post-workout recipe, share it as a comment below!
References: 1. Bouchez C. Want healthy skin? Feed it well. WedMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/want-healthy-skin-feed-well. Accessed August 14, 2012.
2. Prior R.L. Antioxidant capacity and health benefits of fruits and vegetables. US Highbush Blueberry Council Web site. http://www.blueberry.org/antioxidants.htm. Accessed August 15, 2012