My skin has been aggressively dry this winter. My hands were starting to look like they belonged to a 150 year-old alien creature. They remained, dry, scaly and wrinkled no matter how much water I was drinking or how much cream I slathered on them. My face wasn’t faring much better.
I wondered why I suddenly seemed to be aging so rapidly. What was different? I realized I wasn’t eating enough fruit. I used to drink green smoothies most days. I had tapered off because, quite frankly, I don’t like them very much. Greens and fruit blended together tasted okay but I can’t say I enjoyed them. I don’t particularly want to see that shade of green early in the morning either. I also found that they repeated on me for several hours after I drank them. I much prefer to eat greens in salads. I personally seem to digest them better that way.
I hadn’t realized that when I dropped the green smoothies, I stopped eating as much fruit. This week, I began drinking fruit smoothies with my breakfast and the difference was immediate. My hands became recognizable as my own again. They were suddenly soft and supple. The skin on my face also smoothed out and plumped up again. My whole body felt better inside and out. My mid-morning desire to snack even went away.
My experience isn’t just anecdotal. Fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. These properties are vital to our overall health and well-being. Fruit is also usually high in fiber. The increased fiber from the fruit is probably the reason I have been fuller longer and was able to ditch my mid-morning snack. Fiber, of course, also helps the body rid itself of waste and harmful invaders.
The base of my smoothie is always a banana and almond milk. I add a cup of various frozen fruits to this starter: mango, pineapple, and berries. I thaw them out in the fridge overnight. I don’t really like super cold drinks. When the ice crystals hit the back of my throat, I start coughing. I figure using softer fruit is less wear and tear on my blender too.
I know fruit smoothies get some flack for containing a lot of natural sugar. However, since the fruit is still whole when I blend it, the fiber and nutrients are intact. It isn’t as though I am getting all this sugar in a concentrated form like I would with just juice. So, I am not that worried about it.
How about you? Have you been experiencing very dry skin this winter? A fruit smoothie might just be the delicious solution that you seek now that Spring has sprung!