After the indulgence of Christmas and New Year, January is the time many of us choose to overhaul our diet and start the year with a healthier lifestyle. This smoothie recipe is great for those looking to boost their skin from within and is delicious too. Perfect for breakfast, this smoothie will keep hunger at bay until lunchtime

So how does it help? 

Berries

By boosting your berry intake you also increase your vitamin C intake, an important nutrient that helps the skin’s collagen production. Berries are also rich in antioxidants, which help protect against the free radical damage that causes wrinkles. Other excellent sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli and parsley.

Bananas

Vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy skin. Bananas contain most of the nutrients that are needed for maintaining skin integrity.

Vitamin C: Bananas are a good source of vitamin C. An average size banana has about 10mg of vitamin C. The antioxidant property of vitamin C protects our skin from free radicals. These free radicals cause premature aging of the skin. In addition, vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen fibers, which are main structural component of the skin. So eat bananas and other fruits to get enough vitamin C. 

Vitamin B6: Bananas contain large amounts of vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, which is a part of B complex. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin and healthy hair.

Manganese: A significant amount of manganese is present in bananas. Manganese is an essential mineral with antioxidant properties. Eating bananas will boost manganese level in the body

Water: Like other fruits, banana contain lots of water (75% water by weight). Eating bananas will hydrate your skin and prevent it from drying.

Ingredients

• 1 ½ cups of berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries

• 1 banana, peeled and halved

• 2 ½ cups reduced fat milk

• 1 tablespoon honey

Preparation method

1. Place frozen berries, banana, milk and honey in a blender 

2. Blend until smooth.

3. Pour into two tall serving glasses and serve immediately.

Makes 2 large smoothies.