Welcome to the wonderful world of juice, where you can down a heaping dose of produce in one shot. Where you can disguise the taste of your arch nemesis veggies with the mere squeeze of an orange.
Juicing is an amazing way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Because our skin is our largest organ and often the first to show signs of poor health, feeding ourselves well is vital to maintaining that glow.
A few tips for juicing:
- Use more vegetables that fruin in your juice. Fruit is beneficial, but also can be high in sugar. Fiber helps slow down the spike in your blood sugar. Since you are removing the fiber when you juice, avoid using too much of high sugar ingredients like pineapple, apples, and grapes. If you’re new to vegetable juice, start with a taste that’s sweet enough for you to enjoy and work towards juices that are mostly veggies.
- Since many nutrients, such as vitamin A and vitamin E, are fat soluble, it’s a good idea to eat some healthy fats around the same time as your juice. Enjoy a couple slices of avocado, a few almonds, or a teaspoon of coconut oil to help you absorb all the nutrients in your juice.
- You can still enjoy fresh juice even if you don’t have a juicer. Some people, including the folks behind Minimalist Baker, like to blend ingredients in a blender and then strain out the juice. A nut milk bag would work great for this.
We’ve got five recipes today that we love to use to cure our skin woes and keep it glowing.
1. Anti-Aging Juice
Recipe from Linda Wagner, modified slightly
Makes 16 ounces
- 1 cup blackberries
- 4 sprigs mint
- 1/2 fennel bulb with greens
- 5 stalks of kale
- 1 small green apple
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 handful of watercress
- 1 small cucumber
- 1 lemon, peeled
Fennel might be new to your palette. It contains super-antioxidants like superoxide dismutase, that we include in our Citrus Stem Cell Serum, making it perfect for a juice that leaves you looking and feeling vibrant. Cucumbers are well known for their skin benefits because they contain silica. Antioxidants in blackberries protect the skin from environmental stressors, while watercress and broccoli contain sulfur. Some such as David Wolfe consider sulfur-rich foods to be nature’s answer to beauty.
You can save the stalks of broccoli that you would normally discard and use them in this juice! The same goes for the kale, if you normally separate the leaves from the stems when you make a kale salad.
2. Skin Toning Juice
Also known as “Iron Machine” from Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Kitchen
- 2 beets, peeled and quartered
- 8 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 long piece of burdock root, scrubbed or peeled
- ½ cup of loosely packed parsley
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach
This juice promotes an even, healthy looking complexion. Eating foods rich in carotenoids, such as carrot and spinach, can actually add warmth to the appearance of your skin. A study performed at Nottingham University looked at participants that, rather than spending time in the sun, ate a diet rich in these vegetables. Those on this diet were rated as looking healthier and more attractive.
3. Liver detox juice
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker
- 1 beet, quartered
- 1 apple, quartered
- 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger
- 1 lemon, peel removed
When your liver is taxed from dealing with unnatural, processed foods, alcohol, toxic skin care, or other factors, it can start faltering in its ability to eliminate toxic chemicals and toxins from the body.
Phytonutrients like the betalains in beets are great for your liver. Beets are actually one of the most effective liver cleansing vegetables available, so juicing them regularly is one of the best way to have a healthy liver. Pectin in apples also helps your liver. Lemons are wonderful detoxifiers, and add tang to this juice.
4. Clean Skin Juice
- 1 medium granny smith apple
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 broccoli stalk
- 6 large carrots
- 1 medium tomato
Both carrots and broccoli are high in vitamin A, which promotes clean, beautiful skin. This juice is high in potassium and phosphorous, which help reduce stress, which often contributes to and worsens oily skin. Tomatoes add lycopene. Broccoli also provides antioxidants.
5. Beginners Green Juice
This recipe is inspired by Greens 5 from Pressed Juicery
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 cup spinach
- 10 sprigs cilantro
- 1 cup lettuce
This juice is sweet, but contains a good dose of vitamins. It's perfect for anyone who is just getting started with green juices.
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. Juice the core of the pineapple to get the most bromelain. Spinach is highly nutritious, which vitamin C and A, iron, and much more! It has a mild taste, so it works wonderfully in juices. Green leaf lettuce also adds water (hydration is very important for your skin!) as well as vitamin K.
Oranges are a great source of vitamin C. If you are okay with less sweetness, reduce it to half an orange.
We hope we've inspired you to get juicing!
What are your favorite juice recipes for promoting beautiful skin? Tell us in the comments below!
by Hope Freije