When I was young, we always used aloe vera gel to relieve sunburned skin. And over the last few years, I also started taking it in juice form as a supplement to help perk up tired skin, ease digestive upset, boost immunity, and even help offset a poor diet. Cleansing gurus are famous for regularly taking a shot of aloe vera juice in the morning to flood their bodies with an extra dose of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Taken in the morning and on an empty stomach, a shot of aloe vera juice also fires up your body’s natural detoxification and eases constipation (a frequent complaint during a raw food or juice cleanse). Be forewarned: aloe vera juice can take some getting used to, but this smoothie makes for an easy way in. Play around with the recipe until it works for you.
Perk Up Winter Skin With A Coconut Aloe Vera Smoothie
Serves 1 (~275 calories)
1 shot good aloe vera juice (I like the Herbal Answers brand)
1 cup coconut water (fresh or boxed is fine)*
1/4 cup young coconut meat*
1/8 tsp Stevia or 1 Tbsp of good honey or maple syrup
Combine the ingredients above into a good powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice if desired. Enjoy!
*Note: One young coconut typically offers about 12 ounces of clear, fresh coconut water and just over ½ cup of white, tender coconut meat. Here's how I recommend safely opening the tropical fruit for the easiest access to its sweet juice and tender meat.
Noelle Twiggs is the creator of GreenLemonade. Born from both the lessons of successes (detox 101: yes!) and failures (gym-rat diet: no!), the lifestyle website provides practical—and palatable—tips, tricks, and recipes to help everyone feel more happy, energetic, and well nourished.