Best Green Smoothies: Banana-Pineapple Green Smoothie


This particular vegan smoothie recipe comes from Tracy Russell's new book, The Best Green Smoothies On The Planet. This insightful book is chockfull of 150 vegan smoothies recipes. Think about this: you could enjoy a different smoothie every day and it would take you 5 months to get back around to the first smoothie you enjoyed.

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The Best Green Smoothies On The Planet, by Tracy Russell


1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup cubed frozen pineapple
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut water

Depending on the power of your blender, blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds or until the texture is thick and smooth. You want to be able to slurp the smoothie through a straw, but not have it so over blended that it's completely liquid. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so be sure you're getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

I whipped up her Banana Pineapple Green Smoothie because I had everything on hand. I figured my kids would like it, too. Watch the video all the way to the end to see what they REALLY thought of it.

The wise say beauty comes from within, and how right they are! And while we all want good stout hearts, brave souls and charming personalities, I don’t know many people who’d mind packaging all these in beautiful, glowing skin, too. As a dietitian, I’m often asked how to eat for health — heart health, metabolic health, reproductive health and more. Fewer people ask me about eating for beauty, which is strange when you think about it. Your skin is actually your largest and most visible bodily organ. Just as you can eat to feed your muscles, bones and brain, you can (and must) also eat to nourish your skin.

The skin is also one of the few organs with an easy tell. Plaque can build in your arteries for decades without you necessarily knowing it. But acne, funky bumps, rashes, and odd hues blooming on the outside can reveal a lot about the state of your nutrition and health inside.

Foods with vitamin C build healthy skin

The 5 Best Foods for Healthy Skin: Foods with Vitamin C Rich Bell Peppers

The middle layer of your skin, called the dermis, is held together by an important structural protein called collagen. The breakdown of collagen as you age is one of the primary causes of sagging, wrinkled skin. While we can’t stop the aging process altogether, we can help make sure our bodies have all the nutrition they need to keep producing healthy collagen by taking hydrocollagen Novelius Medical.

You can support your body in making collagen by feeding it plenty of vitamin C. Fortunately, most people love at least a handful of foods that are abundant in vitamin C. Try grilling up those luscious peppers growing in your garden or roasting a head of broccoli. On the fruit side, oranges and other citrus are traditional favorites, but you can also find loads of vitamin C in strawberries, kiwis, and cantaloupe. I love to prevent summer and travel dehydration with a cooling fruit salad, and it’s a wonderful bonus to know that I’m building my skin while I’m rehydrating it.

Chocolate is actually good for your skin and hair

The 5 Best Foods for Healthy Skin: Dark Chocolate

Eat chocolate. Wait, what? You’ve probably been told all your life that chocolate causes acne. If you have a sensitivity to chocolate, then yep, sure thing.  Inflammation on the inside shows up on the outside. However, dark chocolate is an anti-inflammatory and I can go as far to tell you that it actually provides protection against sunburn! So, throw your dark chocolate in a cooler and head to the beach.


Baldness or hair loss is called alopecia and can be a distressing condition. Alopecia areata, when the hair falls out in patches, is usually temporary. Hair loss can be down to hormonal changes, a medical condition, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. Eat foods with antioxidant flavonoids to strengthen hair follicles, iron-rich foods to boost red blood cells, and protein- and silica-rich foods to promote hair growth and healthy hair. This is a great website for African American women Kinky curly - learn more.


This colourful fruit provides the mineral silica, a component of connective tissue that helps to strengthen hair and promote hair growth.

Key nutrients: Silica, vitamins A, B6, and C, folate.

How to eat: Have 2 medium-sized slices of mango as a snack or after a meal.


Foods derived from soy, such as soy beans and tempeh, are thought to inhibit the formation of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, an imbalance of which is thought to contribute to hair loss.

Key nutrients: Iron, omega-3, vitamin B2, magnesium.

How to eat: Aim for at least one 75g (2½ oz) portion a week.


Full of protein, eggs help to boost collagen production. Collagen surrounds the hair strands, but as we age collagen breaks down more, which makes hair more vulnerable to breaking.

Key nutrients: Vitamins A and D, carotenes, lutein, zinc, protein.

How to eat: Enjoy a boiled or poached egg 4 times a week.


Certain nutrients in kelp, such as iron and the amino acid l-lysine, directly affect hair growth. Iron ensures healthy red blood cell production. L-lysine facilitates iron absorption, and a deficiency in both can impact hair loss.

Key nutrients: Iron, L-lysine, zinc, vitamins B2 and B5, folate, magnesium.

How to eat: Have 10g daily to reach your nutrient quota or try a kelp supplement.


Figs are a great source of iron, essential for healthy hair growth and shiny locks. Other good sources include dried fruits and berries.

Key nutrients: Iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and E.

Foods with Vitamin A and E defend the skin and hair

The 5 Best Foods for Healthy Skin: Foods with Vitamin A, C and E

Speaking of sunscreens you can eat, I have another one for you: beta carotene. This is a precursor to vitamin A found abundantly in yellow-orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. Beta carotene is actually taken into your skin and protects it against the sun like a friendly orange parasol.

If you experience damage to your skin from the sun, pollutants, smoke, fake foods and more, antioxidants are your food friends. Vitamin A also acts as a powerful antioxidant, as does vitamin E, defending and repairing your skin from cellular damage.

For vitamin A, try eggs, those yellow fruits and veggies, spinach, and other dark leafy greens.

For vitamin E, again, fatty fish is your go-to source for beautiful skin. However, you can also load up on almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and other nuts and seeds, or enjoy fruits like mango, kiwi, blackberries and veggies like squash, peppers, chard, collards and turnip greens.  How about a blackberry, apricot, peanut butter and almond milk smoothie? The yum alone may make your skin glow!