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28 Mar, 2009

The Best Raw Smoothie Ever For Beautiful, Glowing Skin and Fine Pores

Posted by: Angela Leeds In: *Live Green Smoothie RECIPES|Angela's Favorite Recipes

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giant-papayas1Raw Smoothie Recipe for Glowing Skin: Papaya and Red Raspberry

I drank this smoothie almost every morning for three months when I first went raw and I always equate it with the most glowing, porcelain skin I’ve ever had.

Clogged Pores

For a number of years, I tried many different approaches to clear the pores around my nose, which always felt clogged no matter what I did. I wasn’t eating poorly — my diet was actually quite healthy by traditional standards. But no matter what I tried, the pores there always felt rough. I had facials professionally done, did Aztec mud masks and other facials on my own, used all kinds of exfoliating agents from both the spa and from the health food store… I tried expensive serums, fancy tonifiers, special creams… I used one of those little pore-sucking gadgets (pretty cool, actually). But nothing ever really made a difference for me.

food-papaya1Enter, the papaya. I was introduced to the papaya from reading David Wolfe’s book Eating For Beauty(still my #1 favorite raw food nutrition book). I’d already known that papaya was famed as a digestive aid due to its potent enzymes, but David Wolfe introduced me to the idea of using a green, unripe papaya for facials. That’s what motivated me to buy my first papaya, and I did indeed use it occasionally as a facial. I’d just mash it up and put it on my skin for about 15 minutes, and I could feel the enzymes working on my skin.

But because I was buying giant papayas, I had plenty left over and began making smoothies with them. I thought they’d make a lovely orange-fuschia smoothie if I added red raspberries — and they did indeed, one of the prettiest smoothies ever — and that’s how I started up with this simple concoction.

Papaya Improves Digestion… and Pore Clarity!

I suspect that the phenomenal digestion-enhancing properties of the papaya are the reason why the pores of my skin started to clear up as I’d never experienced before. I’d do a facial and afterwards they’d feel smooth… and would stay smooth! I’ve frequently observed that there is a correlation between clogged pores loaded with blackheads and someone who appears to have poor digestion & what I call a “dirty intestine” — one that is suspiciously loaded with undigested dead food (such as, from the typical American pizza-burger-fries diet). I also believe there is a correlation between that part of the nose and the intestines in Chinese medicine, as well.

Perhaps the papaya so effectively enhances digestion that it helps clear the intestine, reflected in the cleaner pores around the nose. The papaya seems to have a theme going for it, because its  seeds are famous for being potent anti-parasitics.

In any event, if you want glowing skin with clear, porcelain-fine pores, this is the smoothie to start consuming every day. As I had a winter with more unhealthy starch than I’ve had in years, I know that this smoothie is going into my daily diet plan pronto to help regain the lovely raw glow & healthy skin that I had come to enjoy.

My Favorite "Papaya, Raspberry, Goji Berry, & Lime" Raw Breakfast Smoothie!

My Favorite "Papaya, Raspberry, Goji Berry, & Lime" Raw Breakfast Smoothie!

Papaya & Red Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 giant papaya, or 1 whole small one (no seeds or skin)
  • 1 pint fresh red raspberries (yes, you can use frozen as backup, but there’s no true replacement for fresh)
  • water to 32 oz.
  • (To make extra-special, add Goji Berries & fresh Lime juice! See “update” below…)

Scoop out the papaya flesh into the blender. Add the raspberries and water, and blend.

Pour Over Ice and Bring To Work or School!

Personally, I like to make the smoothie without ice, then pour over ice in 2 large water bottles, drinking the rest on-the-fly. I often would make another batch to use up the entire papaya and take all four bottles with me on the road to work, drinking them by lunchtime. As I am a proponent of drinking three blenderfuls of live smoothies every single day, this is a great start!

Note: Papaya will make your stools smell like… papaya. But for beautiful skin… who cares? :D

UPDATE: March 29, 2009

I improved upon this recipe with the addition of Goji Berries and fresh Lime juice… see here for the recipe! It’s my new favorite breakfast smoothie!!!

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22 Responses to "The Best Raw Smoothie Ever For Beautiful, Glowing Skin and Fine Pores"

1 | SStautz

March 29th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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Will papaya smoothies help with acne as well? Or do you have any othe recommendations?

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2 | angelaleeds

March 29th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

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My guess is that it will help overall, but that perhaps with acne things that cleanse the liver (I'll post a green smoothie recipe for you on that… come back tomorrow…) and balance the hormones (maca powder, and noni juice) might be much more helpful for you. I'll do some research if you'd like and put some things up for you on the site over the next week! :)

Angela

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3 | SStautz

March 30th, 2009 at 12:18 am

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That would be wonderful if you let me know what your research turns up! Thank you for the recommendations you posted today. I'll definitely try them – I'm very familiar with noni juice, but have never heard of maca powder. I'm looking forward to your post on a green smoothie that will help with acne. I'm one of those people who had a beautiful complexion as a teenager and developed acne in my mid-20's. I'm in my early 30's and it's still a problem!

Also – quick question. I see you have an Amazon link for a Blendtec blender. I'm new to smoothie making and am in the market for a good commercial blender. I had been looking at purchasing a Vita-Mix. Do you have any experience with Vita-Mix blenders vs. Blendec blenders? This is such an expensive purchase that I want to make sure I get the right one. :)

Thank you,

Shae

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4 | angelaleeds

March 30th, 2009 at 12:43 am

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A Vitamix will certainly get the job done! My Blendtec is more powerful and I just love it… couldn't recommend it more highly. I realize it's an expensive purchase, but I have never once experienced "buyer's remorse' with my Blendtec. Am very glad I went for it. If you have noni juice, put it on your skin. Also, you might want to buy the "Skin Supplement" available at tni.com. I have so many personal & family testimonials around using noni juice & the skin supplement on the skin to heal extremely serious burns & injuries, as well as poison ivy, I know that it's extremely potent on the skin. But I also suggest drinking 4 oz a day if you can afford it — just saturate your system with it. I would be very surprised if you didn't start to notice significant changes.

Stay tuned on those green smoothie recipes. :D

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5 | Sonia Gallagher

April 2nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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This post is great! I cannot tell you how many products I've tried to clear my skin. I love fruits especially now that they are in season and really like making smoothies. I'm going to check my fridge for papayas right now! I look forward to reading more about foods that are good for maintaining healthy skin!

Sonia Gallagher
http://www.mymeditationgarden.com

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6 | SStautz

April 3rd, 2009 at 2:32 am

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I bought my first papaya ever today! I'm going to try your recipe tomorrow! I can't wait! Thanks for sharing! :)

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7 | angelaleeds

April 3rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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Very cool — I'm looking forward to hearing more. Do you have any goji berries you can throw into the smoothie? They factor into the article I'm writing about how to clear the skin.

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8 | admin

April 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 am

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I’m working on an article about green smoothies that can help cear the skin… Will be out over the weekend!

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9 | Jane

April 14th, 2009 at 11:21 am

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Hi Angela,
Thanks for posting this on me GITMR blog about my skin lol, it's so super awesome =D!
Ooo I love your blog! *bookmarks*!
xxx

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10 | angelaleeds

April 14th, 2009 at 8:55 am

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Hope you enjoy it. It’s an addictive smoothie… in a good way. :D

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11 | axe

July 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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what can i replace the raspberries with?

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12 | angelaleeds

July 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

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You can use any berries you’d like instead of the raspberries. And I now usually add Goji berries as well!

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13 | Amanda

July 28th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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This smoothie is so delicious thanks!

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14 | Tristen Price

November 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Hi, going to try your smoothie. But, I really believe Gabrielle Brick showed us on “Secret Lives Of Women”, her Tea based superfoods smoothie. Does anyone have the Recipe?

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15 | Tristen Price

November 23rd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

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Gabrielle Bricks….Superfood smoothie looks promising for a great start morning food.

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16 | Angela Leeds

November 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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Hi, I never saw the Secret Lives of Women and do not know that recipe. Does she have a website where you could inquire?

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17 | AJLuckey1@gmail.com

December 28th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

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Here is Gabrielle Brick’s smoothie recipe shows on WE’s Secret Lives of Women “Extreme Diets” episode, found it posted on another site…hope this is REALLY it;

A tea base of :
* Rehmannia Root – great for the heart, kidney, and liver
* Goji Berries – “Yin Tonic”, high in trace minerals
* Reishi Mushroom – immune booster, beneficial for vital energy or “Qi”
NEXT ~
* Take 3 – 4 Cups tea base that is warm or cool and place in blender (preferably a Vita-Mix)
* Add a handful of organic raw brazil nuts (a great source of selenium) and organic dry coconut flakes and blend.
* Pour through a strainer and pour tea milk back into Vita Mix. It will look luscious and frothy!
N EXT ~ It’s Time For the SUPER FOODS!
* Add a handful of raw organic/wild crafted CACAO NIBS
* 2 Tbl raw wild crafted MACA Powder
* 2 Tbl raw wild crafted MESQUITE Powder
* 2 Tbl raw wild crafted LUCUMA Powder
* 1 Tbl raw organic VANILLA Powder
* 1/2 dropper of Stevia Liquid Sweetener
Blend on high for a few minutes … pour into your favorite glass and ENJOY!
*** This is an AMAZING way to begin your day! The level of nutrition is through the ROOF! Optimal nutrition is revolutionary and goes WAY beyond our basic ideas of food… Take the plunge and allow yourself to feel the HIGH!

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18 | S

February 25th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Hi,

Can you please tell me if the papaya that you used for the smoothie is raw, or ripe? Thanks!

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19 | Angela Leeds

March 22nd, 2011 at 11:54 am

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Hi S,

This smoothie is made with fresh, raw papaya. I tend to select green papayas which have not ripened to rosy colors on their skin because I understand through reading “Eating for Beauty” by David Wolfe that the green papayas are enzymatically superior. However… I’ve used raw papaya at ever stage of ripeness for this smoothie! It’s great to use as a facial while you make it, too. :D

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20 | tanu

January 20th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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great article but daily application of grated raw papaya is helpful in getting rid of acne scars. One can mix in raw milk and rose water or either of one thing. Eating ripe papaya is also good for digestion and in constipation. But pregnent women should never eat papaya as it is a natural contreceptive and miscarriages can happen.

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21 | Angela Leeds

May 27th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

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Thanks for your comments, tanu. Raw papaya is still one of my favorites & staples.

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22 | current and all older versions of cccam

April 28th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for raw

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  • Angela Leeds: Hi Chris, There isn't a substitute for cacao butter because it has a distinct flavor and cools to a very hard texture. It can be hard to find locally
  • Angela Leeds: Hi Maggie -- The goji berries I have used are all dried, like raisins, but I know people who grow them and harvest them fresh! They are very hardy and
  • Angela Leeds: Hi Sharon -- wow, that's great to hear! I know, it can be discouraging out there with so many high-maintenance "raw" recipes. I write the recipes for

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