The Anti-Aging Smoothie! Delicious, Chocolatey and Creamy
We all want to look younger, and the good news is…you CAN. Research proves over and over that we can literally reverse the aging clock through our lifestyle choices. Heck the research has even shown recently that through our lifestyle choices (diet, drink, stress, etc) we can reverse grey hair! Yep, you can re-colour your hair.
This smoothie is, first and foremost, absolutely delicious. It’s chocolatey, spicy, nutty and creamy.
But it also packs a huge anti-aging punch with all of the nutrients you need to support your skin, hair, nails, and more.
It includes goodness from:
Coconut Oil: helps stimulate collagen production in the body thus reducing wrinkles. Research has shown that coconut oil has antioxidants that can help slow down the appearance of wrinkles and delay the aging process.
Walnuts: incredibly antioxidant-rich and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. This combination makes them a great inflammation-fighting ingredient to go in any alkaline smoothie! Walnuts are also anti-aging in the indirect way of promoting gut health, as the health of our microbiome is closely related to skin health.
Turmeric & Cinnamon: cinnamon contains lipoic acid, which helps stimulate antioxidant production throughout the body, decreasing cell damage, increasing cell production and preventing premature aging. Turmeric has been shown to possess powerful anti-aging properties, which are attributed to its potent antioxidant potential. Turmeric has been shown to postpone age-related disease and alleviate age-related symptoms as well
Cacao: offers serious anti-aging support. It’s packed with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation from sun exposure, increase circulation and help your skin retain more moisture. Cacao is also high in magnesium, another inflammation-fighting powerhouse. Magnesium also reduces stress and improves sleep, which plays a role in skin and hair aging.
Spinach: very hydrating and filled with antioxidants that help to oxygenate and replenish the entire body. It’s also rich in: vitamins A, C, E, and K, magnesium, iron, and lutein which help assist in it’s anti-aging power. It’s potent vitamin C content encourages collagen production to keep skin firm and smooth. Vitamin A supports strong, shiny hair, while vitamin K (which is high in all leafy greens) has been proven to help reduce inflammation in cells.
Avocados: high in inflammation-fighting fatty acids that promote smooth, supple skin. They also contain vitamins K, C, E, and A, like spinach, but also contain B vitamins, and potassium. Their carotenoid content may also assist in reversing aging damage from the sun’s rays.
This smoothie is SO delicious, it’s almost a dessert! Let’s get into it…
The Alkaline Anti-Aging Smoothie
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (if you can’t tolerate this, use MCT Oil, or MCT Oil Powder)
- 200ml coconut milk
- 200ml coconut water
- 1 handful spinach
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 4-6 walnuts
Instructions to Make the Anti-Aging Smoothie
- Really simple! Just add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend til smooth!
- You can add a little more coconut water rather than coconut milk, if you want it thinner and sweeter. Also, the cacao is quite bitter, so you can lower the cacao amount
This smoothie serves 2 and it is quite delicious! It will keep in the fridge overnight and will freeze well too, if you want to make a few serves in bulk.
Let me know how you go with the smoothie!
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