Is there anything more “Spring” than a refresh? Now that the winter has come and gone and the weather is getting warmer, leaves are slowly returning to the trees, and daylight savings have given us an extra hour of sunlight, people are slowly refreshing their routines after hibernating all winter.
Whether you’re trying to eat healthier or just interested in seeing some foods that are great for the skin, we’ve compiled a list of XX recipes that not only taste delicious but are full of nutritious vitamins and minerals that will give a glowing boost to your skin! Keep reading to see the recipes we’ll be making this season for gorgeous results!
Learn more: 3 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Glowing Skin
Pineapple Green Smoothie
Adapted from EatingWell
Did you know that pineapple is rich in Vitamin C and an enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties? Combined with chia seeds that are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help strengthen your skin, hair, and nails - this simple smoothie really packs a punch!
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
⅓ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (can sub for dairy-free yogurt if vegan)
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup frozen banana slices (about 1 medium banana)
½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
Add almond milk and yogurt to a blender, then add spinach, banana, pineapple, chia and sweetener (if using); blend until smooth.
Carrot Cake Fat Bombs
Adapted from Purely Pope
These yummy fat bombs are full of healthy fats that will help strengthen your hair, skin and nails. Hemp seeds are high in Vitamin E and magnesium to help keep your skin healthy and protect from damage. Carrots are high in Vitamin A which is great for your skin and overall health. Finally, the addition of healthy fats high in omega-3s like nut butters and chia seeds make these tiny fat bombs so amazing!
1 cup almond flour
1 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup creamy cashew butter or nut butter of choice
1/4 cup raisins
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp plain vegan cream cheese (or regular cream cheese if not vegan)
2 tbsp chia seeds
- Add carrots, hemp hearts, cashew butter, maple syrup, cream cheese and chia seeds to a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined.
- Remove from the blender, then fold in the almond flour and raisins.
- Roll into about ~12 balls, using a tablespoon. Spray hands with coconut or avocado oil as they are a little sticky. Place balls on parchment paper, then freeze for 30-60 minutes.
- Can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
Breakfast Beauty Berry Bowl
Adapted from 101cookbooks
Berries are powerhouses rich in antioxidants, fiber, and Vitamin C, helping your skin look glowing and radiant. Top off this smoothie bowl with superfoods like bee pollen, chia seeds and cacao nibs, and this recipe is sure to become a regular in your smoothie rotation.
1 cup frozen organic mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
1 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 cup preferred unsweetened yogurt or nut milk, plus more for topping
sweetener to taste: coconut nectar, liquid stevia, maple syrup
Toppings (any or all): pineapple wedges, citrus segments, pomegranate seeds (and juice), a handful of granola or toasted oats, dehydrated berries (whole & crushed), bee pollen, cacao nibs, toasted coconut, chopped nuts
- Blend the berries, chia seeds, yogurt or nut milk, until smooth. Sweeten to your liking, and transfer to a serving bowl (or divide between two serving bowls).
- Place a few pineapple wedges and citrus segments in each bowl and give a quick toss. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, granola, toasted coconut, and any of the other toppings you like and have on hand.
Twelve Superfoods Salad
Adapted from Averie Cooks
This huge, healthy salad is full of twelve incredible superfoods that are rich in a variety of skin loving vitamins and minerals, all in one bowl. This is a great recipe to make for on-the-go meals you can bring to work or school.
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 cup frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 bunch curly kale (about 4 to 5 cups), chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces with thick ribs removed
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup red grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped if necessary (dried cranberries may be substituted)
- 1/3 cup feta, goat, or parmesan cheese, crumbled or shredded
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped, unsalted
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- 1 heaping tablespoon Greek yogurt
- 1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, and add about half to a separate bowl.
- 2. Cook edamame according to package directions. Drain and add to the bowl.
- 3. To the bowl, add the kale, blueberries, grapes, dried cherries, cheese, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and stir to combine; set aside.
- 4. To a glass mason jar with a lid (or similar jar with a lid), add the orange juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, seal with lid, and shake vigorously to combine; about 1 to 2 minutes.
- 5. Add the Greek yogurt and shake until creamy and incorporated, about 1 minute. Taste and check for seasoning balance, adding more salt, pepper, etc. as necessary.
- 6. Add desired amount of dressing to salad, toss well to combine, and serve immediately. Extra dressing will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week; shake vigorously before using.
What are your favorite healthy recipes to enjoy once the spring season begins? Let us know in the comments below or tag us in your recipes on social.