This strawberry “clear skin” smoothie is full of vitamin C, resveratrol, and antioxidants for glowing skin! It’s refreshingly sweet and tangy with no added sugar or dairy. It’s packed with strawberries, avocado, grapes, and carrots!
Why You’ll Love it:
One of the main reasons I love smoothies is the health benefits! It’s an easy way to pack in nutrient-dense fruits and veggies. This glowing skin smoothie is packed with ingredients to boost skin health.
- No added sugar: It’s sweetened with banana, red grapes, and navel orange juice!
- Gluten & dairy-free: No yogurt or dairy! While studies can’t confirm it causes breakouts, it makes me breakout if I consume too much of it.
- Easy to customize: I’ve included a list of variations at the bottom of this post!
- Sweet & delicious: It’s sweet, tangy, and utterly delicious.
This is one of my favorite smoothies on Sip Sip Smoothie, because it contains a combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber!
- Banana – I tested this smoothie with AND without a banana. If you don’t have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, I recommend using a banana. It creates a smoother texture overall, since the carrots/grapes add a little bit of texture.
- Avocado – Look for a ripe, Hass avocado. Avocadoes add creaminess and heart-healthy fats!
- Red Grapes – Grapes are juicy bombs of sweetness! They’re a powerful source of antioxidants and resveratrol, a compound that increases collagen production and protects against UV damage.
- Carrots – I used frozen carrots because they blend easier than fresh carrots. Frozen carrots are blanched before freezing, which creates a less-fibrous texture in the end.
- Hemp hearts – Add plant-based protein and fatty acids! If you don’t have hemp hearts, chia seeds are a great option too. Chia seeds add more texture though.
- Frozen strawberries – Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Use frozen strawberries! Fresh fruit won’t give you a thick, frosty texture.
- Navel orange – I prefer freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s sweeter and less processed. If you don’t have one, you can use 1/4 cup of orange juice.
- Water – For a hydrating liquid base!
How to Make a Clear Skin Smoothie:
This strawberry smoothie is simple to make with a few tips and tricks. Here’s what you need to know:
- Combine ingredients: Order matters! Place the softest ingredients closest to the blades. In this smoothie, the banana, avocado, grapes, & hemp hearts go in first. Next add the frozen carrots and strawberries. The water/juice can go in at the end – it sinks to the bottom anyway.
- Blend: Start on low speed. Once it gets going, gradually increase the speed to high. This reduces stalling, especially in a Vitamix. Blend until smooth.
- Adjust: If the smoothie is too thick to pour, add more juice or water and blend to incorporate. It should be thick yet pourable!
- Serve: Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy immediately. I don’t recommend storing this one.
Ingredients for Glowing Skin:
While a healthy diet isn’t a cure-all for glowing skin, it does help! The skin is the largest organ of the human body and nourished by the food we eat, just like our other organs.
The following foods are great for your skin AND taste great in smoothies:
- Avocado – Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants.
- Nuts – Walnuts & almonds are great options! Try adding 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds to your next smoothie.
- Broccoli – Broccoli in a smoothie?! Yep! Use frozen broccoli florets and pair them with pineapple, mango, or citrus.
- Cocoa powder – Great for chocolate smoothies! Cocoa is a good source of flavonoids, a compound with anticancer and antiviral properties.
- Grapes – Contain resveratrol, a compound with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Chia & flax seeds – Both are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
- Citrus fruits – Lemons, limes, oranges, & grapefruit.
- Berries – Berries are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Greens – Try a handful of baby spinach or baby kale. Spinach is mild and won’t overpower a smoothie’s flavor. It’s a good source of vitamin A, which keeps your skin membranes healthy!
- Kiwi – One kiwi has 64 mg of vitamin C! That’s more than an orange.
- No banana – If you have a high-speed blender, you can leave the banana out. The smoothie won’t be as creamy, but still tangy & delicious!
- Chia seeds – Swap the hemp seeds with 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Chia seeds add more texture than hemp hearts.
- Juice – You can swap the freshly squeezed navel orange for 1/4 cup of store-bought orange juice.
- Collagen powder – You can add a scoop of collagen powder or protein powder for extra protein.
I don’t recommend storing this smoothie. It tastes the best right after it’s made! The taste and texture won’t be as fresh after sitting in the fridge for a day.
Smoothies & Acne
Acne is caused by more than just our diet. It’s a combination of diet, hormones, stress, sleep levels, and more. It helps to eat a diverse nutrient-dense diet and smoothies can be a good way to do that.
A diet rich in fruits and veggies may help reduce inflammation and decrease the likelihood of acne.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes:
- Alkaline Smoothie
- Detox Island Green Copycat Recipe
- Strawberry Protein Hemp Seed Smoothie
- Frozen Spinach Smoothie with Pineapple
Clear Skin Smoothie Recipe
- high-speed blender A high-speed blender effectively pulverizes the carrots and grape skins!
- 1 banana peeled (optional!)
- ½ avocado pitted, no skin
- ½ cup red seedless grapes
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts or 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
- ½ cup frozen sliced carrots
- 1½ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 navel orange, juiced 1/4 cup
- ½ cup cold water
- In a high-speed blender's pitcher, combine the banana (if using), avocado, grapes, hemp hearts, frozen carrots, frozen strawberries, orange juice, and water – in that order.
- Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to high. Blend until smooth. If the smoothie's too thick, add a splash more water and blend to incorporate.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately! It makes two small smoothies or one large smoothie.