Hey hey Mer-babes! I drink a smoothie everyday, I can not last without eating between meals so a healthy and dairy-free smoothie is my go-to for staying satisfied during the day. Lucky for me, my mother is the smoothie-queen, for real. I was seriously raised by Martha Stewart's cooler (although Kelly would disagree, because no one is cooler than Martha) younger sister. Not only is she the smoothie-queen, today she is the birthday queen, although she truly is the queen of everything everyday in my eyes. Happy Birthday Mommy! Thank you for being such an inspiring and creative force in my life and the lives of all you touch around you. She's one of those mom's that makes you unsure if your friends are friends with you for you or your mom, ya know?
With all that being said, I am excited to share with you the simplest smoothie ever. Even those who missed out on the Martha Stewart gene 🙋, will be able to tackle this treat. Pro Tip: Always keep frozen bananas in your freezer ready to go. Frozen bananas when blended are not only incredibly creamy (and the best ice-cream replacement, but thats for another post) but allow you to ditch ice cubes, which make smoothies icy and watery. If there is anything I have learned from my mother, it is not to put ice cubes in your smoothie! All the smoothies we make are always dairy-free and creamier than any dairy-full smoothie you have ever had, promise.
As you know, 2017 is the year of healthy skin for me. I have been trying so many different products and I am excited to bring you my first favorite. Collagen Beauty Greens by Vital Proteins is a perfect addition to your daily drink of choice. I added it to my daily smoothie, but I am excited to try it in a matcha latte next. Collagen Beauty Greens includes marine collagen peptides, plus raw greens like alfalfa and spinach, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics. Collagen promotes healthy and youthful skin, while hyaluronic acid keeps your skin moisturized. Collagen makes up 70% of the protein in skin and is a vital part of skin health. As a dancer and athlete, I love that collagen also replenishes and repairs muscles and ligaments.
Not only is collagen fabulous for your skin but my nails have literally never been so good. I have the worst nails, I would text and break a nail, it was so frustrating. Since I have included collagen into my daily diet my nails are so strong and have been growing like I never thought was possible. Needless to say I'm a happy girl.
Recipe for one:
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Scoop of Collagen Beauty Greens
This smoothie is so creamy and I love the slight coconut vanilla flavor. It is just enough sweetness but not overpowering with the sweetness of the banana. For someone like me who has an irrational fear of cooking, yes I consider making a smoothie cooking, I love that the greens are right in the powder. There is no need to worry about how many kale leaves to add or fear that you over spinach-ed the smoothie. These are real things that I worry about!
I am so excited to start sharing some more Beauty Smoothie recipes with you babes and more of my favorite Beauty finds. Cheers!