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Green Smoothie for Glowing Skin!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Super simple smoothie that helps with clear skin and belly fat!! via Linda Wagner

Many of you already know that Green Smoothies are my go-to for breakfast, snacks, and/or pre and post workout fuel. They are easy to make, taste delicious, and are packed with nutrition!! Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding kefir to my smoothies. Kefir is SO GOOD for the skin!

Kefir is a low-fat cultured dairy food rich in calcium and protein. It is somewhat similar to yogurt in taste and appearance, however, kefir is made with 12 different live & active cultures, and it’s cultured for 14 hours, giving it a higher probiotic count than yogurt and an effervescent, tangy flavor. There are up to 10 billion units per serving!

When these friendly bacteria proliferate, we experience:

  • healthy skin
  • weight loss
  • increased immune response
  • better digestion and healthy bowel movements

This is because these little sentient beings are constantly producing enzymes, B vitamins, and other nutrients that support a healthy internal environment. Internally, your “gut” or intestinal system is your line of defense in keeping the skin healthy and vibrant, and your immune system strong.  Skin issues are often related to what is going on inside our gut.  The ratio to healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the intestine is said to be best at 80/20.  When this is in check, rest assured the body will thrive. (source) Adding 1 cup of kefir to your daily smoothies will work wonders to restore the healthy bacteria in the get and your skin will be glowing as a result!

In 2003 a study of over 100 children from families with a history of eczema also found a benefit from probiotic supplementation, and just last year a study noted that daily supplements of probiotic foods may reduce the risk of eczema in children by 58 percent. Indeed, a study published in 2008 found that children with only a limited variety of bacteria in their intestines one week after birth are more likely to develop eczema by the age of 18 months. It’s thought that giving an infant probiotics (good bacteria) helps to stave off eczema and other allergic diseases by beneficially altering the early colonization of bacteria in their gut, which may help the child’s immune system to develop and mature. It may be through a similar mechanism that probiotics help other skin conditions as well. (source)

My favorite way to take probiotics is to add kefir to my smoothies. I use plain Green Valley Organics brand which can be found at your local health food store. I am partial to Green Valley Organics since I always strive to use organic animal products. 

Super simple smoothie that helps with clear skin and belly fat!! via Linda Wagner

To make this delicious, probiotic rich smoothie you’ll need:

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will give you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

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Super simple smoothie that helps with clear skin and belly fat!! via Linda Wagner

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38 Responses to “Green Smoothie for Glowing Skin!”

  1. Jessica April 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    dropperful of what?

    • Linda April 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      vanilla stevia! 🙂

      • Ali April 27, 2013 at 2:18 am #

        I don’t use stevia. I have done research and it is not too good for you. I prefer to use cane sugar. How much of that would I use?

  2. Suzanne April 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    One dropperful of what? Did I miss something?

    • Linda April 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      vanilla stevia! 🙂

  3. Suzanne April 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Ah…I bet Stevia?

  4. Cassandra April 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Just wanted to share… I purchased a Montel Williams Living Well Health Master (Emulsifier) some years ago and it works very well to get that smoothness desired, even from frozen foods. It even grinds coffee beans and grains. A year or so later, I then bought a VitaMix for my mom for her birthday. Although, I agree the VitaMix is better in quality, the Emulsifier is about 1/6 of the price.

    • Linda April 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      Thanks for the info Cassandra!

  5. wendy April 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    one dropperful of what?

    • Linda April 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      vanilla stevia! 🙂

  6. sally April 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Linda , just recently stumbled across your site. I like it! I look forward to reading and learning more.

  7. Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com April 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Looove green smoothies! It is a must every morning. Like to add chlorella to make it even more green. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. jennifer April 15, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I read an article the other day that said spinach was a trigger for acne prone skin because of the higher levels of iodine. Would you recommend this smoothie for acne prone skin?

    • Linda April 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      I have never heard that, nor do I believe it to be true. Adding more greens like spinach into my diet was the best thing I ever did for my skin!!

  9. Rachael April 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    I will have to try this. I usually put a little almond milk in my smoothies but will have to change it up and try the kefir instead. The benefits sound amazing. Thanks for the suggestion and knowledge about it!

  10. Tracey April 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi Linda, I am a little confused, I read and I think you also said to me during our session, that it is not a good idea to mix fruit and milk products….

    Have I completely got the wrong end of the stick 🙂 Can you provide more info please?

    thanks, Tracey

    • Linda April 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Tracey,

      FERMENTED dairy like kefir is the only exception to the rule bc it is already predigested and broken down by the beneficial probiotics! I hope that helps!

  11. tonya16@gmail.com April 16, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Linda can I put Plant Based Protein Powder in these Green Smoothies? I am starting your Smoothie Detox tomorrow and I love the protein powder. Thank you for your response. 🙂 btw.. I love your blog, love everything you post! Thank You!

    • Linda April 16, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      sure, my favorite is Vega brand 🙂

  12. Lynn April 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    I have searched your site for a protein shake option but have been unsuccessful. I was wandering if you have any good recipes for a pre workout morning shake that also has protein. Thank you!

  13. Tamara May 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Is there a substitute for the strawberries? I have an allergy to them and I was wondering if i could use raspberries or something?

  14. Karen May 21, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Hi there! I am trying to subscribe to your blog. For some reason, it is not coming up? Is there another way to subscribe? Are you still writing? If you can, please sign me up. Thank you! Karen Stevenson

  15. Gypsi August 21, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Can you use frozen spinach? If so, how much would equal a couple of handfuls?

  16. Sandy September 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Linda,

    Hi there. I have made your kefir recipe before. AND I LOVE IT!! In smoothies… I don’t have time to make it every week though. :0( I did notice a difference in the size of my belly. But, is there a substitute for the kefir during the times I do not have any. Would almond milk suffice?

    • Linda September 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      you can use store bought kefir or just use water to blend 🙂

  17. Santiago March 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    what can it be use to substitute the plain kefir, never heard of it before 🙂

    • Linda March 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      The kefir is a key ingredient. You can find it in the dairy section at your local grocery store!

      • Elizabeth May 7, 2014 at 6:04 am #

        I tried the smoothie and loved it. But it turned out kind of brown. Did you put 1 cup of strawberries and 2 cups of spinach. I am assuming you need more spinach for it to turn green.

        • Linda May 8, 2014 at 12:29 am #

          Yes, the more spinach and less strawberries you use the more vibrant green it will be!

  18. Sanjeev Rai Sharma via Facebook January 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Happy new year.

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