28 Mar, 2009
The Best Raw Smoothie Ever For Beautiful, Glowing Skin and Fine Pores
Raw 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.
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.
Enter, 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.
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?
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!!!