I just bought some juicy locally grown strawberries and as soon as I laid my eyes on these beautiful red babies I knew I had to come up with several recipes to take advantage of their sweet flavor and wonderful health benefits! Since I love drinking green smoothies for breakfast every day, the first and quickest recipe I came up with is this anti-aging strawberry energy smoothie. If I can enjoy a smoothie that tastes great, is cleansing, is easy to make, and can help slow down aging, I’m all for it!
This smoothie pairs some of my favorite anti-aging and energy foods together in one sweet and tasty drink. The smoothie has strawberries, cucumber, coconut water, coconut milk, spinach, dates, and chia seeds. I will break down the individual nutrients in each ingredient so you can fully understand just why this smoothie combination is so good at helping the body fight accelerated aging.
Strawberries are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, biotin, and fiber. Antioxidants like vitamin C protect our cells from free radical damage and inflammation which contribute to premature aging. Vitamin C is vital for connective tissue (collagen) formation which keeps our skin looking young. Vitamin C also protects the skin against sun damage.
The Biotin (B7) in strawberries is a water soluble vitamin which helps build strong hair and nails. Strawberries also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid which helps protect the elastic fibers in our skin. This helps with sagging.
Cucumbers are water-rich which keeps you hydrated and promotes better energy. Their high water content also supports healthy kidneys. The skin of the cucumber is loaded with chlorophyll and silicon which builds the blood and promotes smooth, supple skin.
Silicon is very important for improving the condition of aging skin, hair, and nails. Silicon increases the strength and thickness of the skin. Cucumbers are also a great source of vitamin C, and B vitamins.
Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that is loaded with calcium, potassium, and magnesium which are electrolytes that replenish and hydrate our bodies. Coconut water also contains B vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants which all help prevent premature aging.
Coconut water is also a rich source of plant hormones called cytokinins. Cytokinins have been shown to slow down aging of human cells and tissues. You can get fresh coconut water from young coconuts which have a white outer shell or purchase packaged coconut water.
Spinach is a top source of chlorophyll and iron two potent blood builders. Iron is a key mineral that carries oxygen throughout our body and promotes healthy circulation and beautiful skin.
Chia seeds contain protein, all the essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and soluble fiber which makes these seeds a potent superfood. Omega-3 essential fatty acids will make your skin glow!
These tiny super seeds are also hydrophilic or water loving and can absorb many times their weight in water which makes them extremely hydrating to the body. Chia seeds will help decrease inflammation in your body while boosting your energy.
Now it’s time for the recipe so you can experience the anti-aging and energy benefits of this delicious green smoothie! You can freeze the strawberries if you want your smoothie creamy and cold.
For all you green smoothie lovers, what’s your favorite green smoothie? If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.
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Anti-Aging Strawberry Energy Smoothie
Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
½ cup organic coconut milk—preservative free (good source for coconut milk)
2 cups organic strawberries
1 organic Persian cucumber—cut into large chunks
3 cups organic baby spinach
2 tablespoons Chia seeds (good source for chia seeds)
2 pitted Medjool dates or liquid stevia to taste
1. Place all ingredients inside a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.