Skin Food Smoothie (and Notes on Endocrine Disruptors)

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Skin Food Smoothie blends spinach, walnuts, blueberries and kiwi for a skin-supporting powerhouse of a snack or breakfast! Fresh Planet Flavor

Skin Food Smoothie blends spinach, walnuts, blueberries and kiwi for a skin-supporting powerhouse of a snack or breakfast! Fresh Planet Flavor

What are endocrine disruptors? What do they have to do with a luscious Skin Food Smoothie, that combines an all-star lineup of blueberries, walnuts, spinach and kiwi? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines an endocrine disruptor as “an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations”. In layman’s terms, endocrine disruptors are hormone altering chemicals (which sounds like the premise of a moody dystopian novel, but is in fact reality).  Since the endocrine system regulates important biological processes in the body, including development of the brain and nervous system, growth and function of the reproductive system, and metabolism and blood sugar regulation, as well as the functions of the ovaries, testes, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands… endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a cause for concern, to put it mildly.

State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - 2012The WHO and the United Nations released an endocrine disruptor report in 2012 calling them a “global threat” to fertility and the environment. The report explores the effects shown in wildlife or experimental animals (which may also occur in humans, since endocrine systems are very similar across vertebrate species) if they are exposed to EDCs at a vulnerable time and at concentrations leading to alterations of endocrine regulation. “Of special concern are effects on early development of both humans and wildlife, as these effects are often irreversible and may not become evident until later in life.”

So, how can contact with EDCs be minimized or avoided? It’s important to know that EDCs are commonly found in drinking water, plastics, and in cleaning products and cosmetics that are absorbed through the skin. Hence this Skin Food Smoothie, created to nourish the largest organ in our body that is commonly under assault by EDCs. 

12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them | Fresh Planet FlavorThe Environmental Working Group has compiled a list of the 12 Worst Endocrine Disruptors (BPA Dioxin, Atrazine, phthalates, Perchlorate, fire retardants, lead, arsenic, mercury, perfluorinated chemicals, Organophosphate, pesticides, glycol ethers) with advice on how to avoid them. They have also created an entire database of cosmetics, to help us educate ourselves on the risk levels of the products we have incorporated into our routines. Since much of what you put on your skin reaches your bloodstream, take a moment to determine whether or not your beauty products and cosmetics to your body burden of toxic chemicals.

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Now, this highly-customizable Skin Food Smoothie is a delicious way to positively impact your skin. While it’s somewhat difficult to determine which claims are substantiated by research, some foods are more commonly associated with firmer, younger-looking, clear skin more often than others (Google it): blueberries, leafy greens such as spinach, kiwi, and walnuts. While fish is often cited as one of the top foods to promote skin health, it doesn’t quite work in a smoothie! 😉 I added avocado for its creaminess and beautiful green color, plus coconut cream to tie it all together, and a sprinkle of bee pollen and edible buds as garnish.

Skin Food Smoothie blends spinach, walnuts, blueberries and kiwi for a skin-supporting powerhouse of a snack or breakfast! Fresh Planet Flavor

You’re welcome to add and subtract ingredients according to your preferences, the important thing is to minimize your skin’s contact with disruptive chemicals, and encourage its health with beneficial ingredients in your homemade meals. 

Skin Food Smoothie
 
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Fresh Planet Flavor
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • [b]Smoothie [/b]
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://freshplanetflavor.com/recommends/coconut-cream” target=”_blank”]coconut cream[/url]*
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • [b]Garnish[/b]
  • Edible flowers
  • Bee pollen
  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • Blueberries
Instructions
  1. Puree the smoothie ingredients with a handful of ice cubes until very smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into bowls or glasses, then top with the garnish ingredients (if desired). Serve cold.
 
Notes
I used coconut cream to keep the consistency very thick, but if you’re not a fan of the taste of coconut, hemp milk is recommended.

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30 comments

Molly August 8, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Great post and recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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Katherine Turro August 9, 2016 - 12:24 am

This looks so good!! I love your pictures – the avocado looks perfect and I love the tiny purple flowers!

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 9, 2016 - 12:53 am

Thank you, the flowers were so fun to add. 🙂

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Loren August 9, 2016 - 12:37 am

Almost too pretty to eat… ALMOST! 🙂 Looks so good! I will definitely have to try this recipe! xo Loren

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 9, 2016 - 12:53 am

Ha, I walk the line. 😉

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Maggie Unzueta August 9, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Ooooh my! Looks beautiful, and it’s good for you too! Pinning.

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Christine Anne August 9, 2016 - 7:01 pm

This look so amazing and your photos are beautiful! I’m a smoothie junkie! I’m going to have to try this one out.

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 9, 2016 - 7:46 pm

I’m well on my way to becoming a smoothie junkie, too! #sorrynotsorry 🙂

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Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah August 9, 2016 - 7:14 pm

BEAUTIFUL photos! And bonus points for a smoothie with avocado – don’t see that very often but I love smoothies that have it!

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 9, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Avocado is so fun in smoothies! Creaminess ftw.

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Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife August 11, 2016 - 6:39 am

This looks so beautiful and sounds delicious!

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Kritika August 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

This is a great recipe! Gonna try it out today. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Mike C August 11, 2016 - 9:55 am

My go to smoothie is banana, frozen berries, fat-free yogurt and spinach leaves. I’ll have to give this one a try.

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 11, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Fat-free yogurt? Is the smoothie still creamy? Perhaps the banana helps with that…

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Saprina Danise August 11, 2016 - 12:41 pm

This looks fantastic. I love a good green smoothie but never considered adding avocado!

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 11, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Oh, it’s the best! More creaminess, is why I love to add them.

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Lauren August 11, 2016 - 2:04 pm

This sounds (and looks) amazing! Very unique garnish too!

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Jessica Bradshaw August 11, 2016 - 10:43 pm

You make the most beautiful bowls!! This sounds delicious and it’s so good for you too!!

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Renee August 11, 2016 - 11:34 pm

This looks delicious! I usually use spinach in my green smoothies, but looks like the avocado makes it super creamy!

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 17, 2016 - 3:37 am

Yes, totally why I love it.

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Emily @ Recipes to Nourish August 12, 2016 - 1:26 am

This is so PRETTY!!! I love lots of these ingredients in my smoothies too.

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Ashleigh August 12, 2016 - 3:38 am

I’m going to have to try this smoothie, not only because it sounds delicious but because of it’s health benefits. Thank you for sharing this info and recipe!

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Mariah August 12, 2016 - 4:03 am

ALLLL The avocado! This looks so good! I’m definitely going to try it out after a trip to the store 🙂

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Bella August 12, 2016 - 5:43 am

You made the prettiest smoothie bowl i have ever seen!! green and tasty!! want wait to try it out.

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CLMD August 17, 2016 - 1:18 am

I think “Endocrine Disruptors” was Orwell’s lesser known prequel to 1984. #spoileralert smoothies cured everyone.

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Fresh Planet Flavor August 17, 2016 - 3:35 am

Hootie hoo! Look who didn’t sleep through high school lit class, you get a gold star.

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lauren August 22, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Wow it is so crazy to see how those things can really mess up our systems! Thanks for sharing those websites… and the smoothie looks delish. (I love anything with coconut cream) 🙂

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