At our Beauty Brunch event earlier this month at Dyne in Yorkville, chef Julie Marteleira created three smoothie recipes for our skin-savvy guests. We asked her to use ingredients that were healthy and beautifying, and boy, did she deliver! The crowd favourite was the green concoction using kale, pineapples and ginger. Many of the attendees requested the full recipe to replicate at home. We did one better – we asked our go-to dietician Tiffani Bachus to analyze the smoothie’s nutritional value and give you The Skiny on how each ingredient in it works to improve your skin’s health. Enjoy!
Julie’s Anti-Aging Smoothie
1 cup water
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup ice
2 tbsp. honey
2 cups fresh pineapple
1 handful kale leaves, no stems
1/2 tbsp. ginger, chopped
Blend all ingredients together. Makes 2 servings.
Nutrients per serving: Calories 200, Carbohydrates 44.5 g, Protein 5 g, Fat 2.2 g, Fiber 3.4 g
The Skin Benefits
By Tiffani Bachus, RD
Kale is an excellent source of Lutein, which contains Vitamin A, beta-carotene and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin. Lutein is known to ward of eye-related diseases and is also found through our skin. A recent human clinical study showed 10 mg of Lutein daily increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content. This is the first research to show improvement in skin health through lutein supplementation alone. One cup of raw kale contains 26.5 mg Lutein.
Ginger is a nutrient-rich root with powerful anti-aging properties. Free radicals formed by pollution, radiation and other environmental factors can cause skin damage and the appearance of accelerated aging.
Pineapple contains papain, an enzyme that improves skin hydration, elasticity and remove damaged and dead cells. Many topical skincare products use papain extracts for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and ability to increase cellular turnover to help achieve a clearer, glowing complexion and can reduce age spots and fine lines.
Soy used topically has long been shown to improve the skin’s appearance. Soy’s isoflavones (including genistein) are both a phytoestrogen (plant-like estrogen) and antioxidant. The phytoestrogens bind to estrogen receptors, increasing estrogen in the body, especially important in post-menopausal women. Studies of the effects of oral intake of soy on skin health have shown that may help decrease wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging, laxity, and dark under eye circles.