Glowing Skin Smoothie

March 4, 2019mayurisjikoni
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When Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan suggested glowing skin recipe, I thought wow, what a topic. We normally tend to ignore the fact that food very much predicts how our skin is going to look or looks. The glowing radiant smooth appearance of the skin comes from within us and not entirely from what cosmetics we use on top of our skin. It is important to use facial creams to combat dryness of the skin due to variation of weather and seasons. I personally am not into buying very expensive creams for my face or skin. I don’t believe that a Rs.5000 plus pot of facial cream rich in Vitamin E or collagen will change my skin in a matter of a month as those creams contain a minuscule amount of the promised elixir of eternal beauty.

However, eating the right foods for a month will definitely bring about a change in how your skin looks. While all natural products like fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains etc have numerous health benefits not only for the skin but overall wellness, there are certain foods that are very beneficial for the skin.

Some of the best foods for skin are:

  • Coconut Water – keeps the skin hydrated and elastic
  • Normal Water – the recommended 8 glasses of water keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins from the skin.
  • Green Tea – contains powerful antioxidants that combat the havoc wreaked on the skin through exposure to sun and environmental toxins.
  • Collagen rich foods like bone broth, gelatin, algae, leafy greens, meat, oysters  – an anti-aging agent which provides the essential amino acids to heal skin and boost outward glow. Its the main protein in the connective tissues. 70% of the protein in our skin is collagen. Without Vitamin C there is no collagen.
  • Good fats – like avocado, coconut oil, ghee, olives. Avocados are rich in Vitamin E. Good healthy fats keep the skin supple.
  • Omega – 3 fatty acid rich foods like salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds – to help combat inflammation.
  • Vitamin and Mineral rich fruits and vegetables – Vitamin A rich foods help to prevent premature wrinkles, bumpy skin and reduces dark spots. Vitamin C rich foods have ascorbic acid that helps to block and reverse UV light induced photo damage to the skin and boost collagen production. Selenium that’s present in nuts helps to neutralize free radicals that are harmful to the skin. Zinc helps to rejuvenate the skin and heal it too. As it has anti inflammatory properties it helps to reduce acne and scarring.
  • Oatmeal – packed with protein, essential minerals and vitamins helps in the overall health of the skin.
  • Seeds and Nuts – rich in Omega -3 fatty acids, have natural oils, rich in minerals and Vitamin E, all beneficial for good skin.

Some of the foods that are bad for your skin:

  • Junk Food – too much greasy food leads to pimples and acne
  • Sugar – too much daily intake of sugar robs you of energy which in turn makes your skin appear tired.
  • Canned/Packaged Foods – simply because they contain preservatives, colors and chemicals which are harmful.
  • Alcohol – while a glass of wine keeps the skin supple and glowing, excessive drinking dehydrates the skin and makes it less elastic.

For today’s theme I decided to make papaya or paw paw as the main star. Papaya, a tropical fruit (aren’t we blessed to get it the whole year round?) is rich in antioxidants, enzymes and phytochemical.  The beauty ingredient in papaya is papain, an enzyme that provides anti aging and skin lightening benefits. It also helps to regenerate the skin, soothes inflammation, decreases hyper pigmentation, softens the skin and reduces acne. 

Papaya is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help to exfoliate dead skin, potassium that helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.

Adding other ingredients along with papaya in this smoothie is truly a skin glowing drink. I’ve written down the ingredients that I use to make this smoothie but you can add whatever other healthy skin foods that you want.


Serves 1

1 cup chopped ripe papaya

2 tbsp oatmeal

1 cup chilled coconut water or normal water

2 oranges/tangerine, peeled

1 tbsp soaked chia seeds

1 tbsp almond powder

1 tsp collagen powder (optional)

1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric

1 tbsp grated dark chocolate

a few ice cubes

  1. Peel the oranges or tangerines. If possible don’t remove the white skin or pith as that is full of Vitamin C and rich in fiber. Separate the segments.
  2. Add the orange segments, papaya, coconut water, oatmeal, almond powder, collagen powder and turmeric to the blender along with some ice cubes.
  3. Process till all the ingredients become smooth.
  4. Pour the smoothie into a serving glass. Add chia seeds and grated chocolate.
  5. Serve immediately.


  • Add lemon juice or some fresh pineapple cubes instead of oranges or tangerine for Vitamin C.
  • Vegetarian collagen is available as an alternate to the bovine collagen.
  • Use seeds like pumpkin, hemp, sunflower, squash seeds for zinc. I’ve used dark chocolate instead.
  • Can use selenium rich Brazil nuts instead of almonds.

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  • sizzlingtastebuds

    March 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    looks like we both have papaya as the star ingredient ! this smoothie surely has all the right ingredients in place – coconut water, dark chocolate, collagen powder 🙂 wow wow wow

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Yes we had the same in mind Kalyani, remembered how my mum always use to tell us eat papaya its good for the skin.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    March 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Interesting smoothie.. addition of turmeric to the smoothie is new to me. all the ingredients as you mentioned are nutritious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Shobha, came up with the idea as I have to have turmeric to heal my wounds. So best way is to add to the smoothie or hot water as I don’t like it on its own.

  • Shazia Khan

    March 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I’m definitely going to try this. Plus it has my favourite ingredient…chocolate!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Shazia, adding chocolate makes it more appealing to kids too.

  • Mina Joshi

    March 4, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I love all the ingredients that have gone into making this smoothie. Love your presentation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you so much Mina.

  • The Girl Next Door

    March 4, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I must admit I’m not a huge fan of ripe papaya. However, you make the smoothie look so good I now want it! 🙂
    Awesome choice of ingredients!

  • FoodTrails

    March 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Papaya is one of my favorite fruit and it is a wonderful fruit to cleanse the system.. sadly don’t get much papaya in stores here .. love this smoothie recipe.. and you are right spending a fortune on beauty products doesn’t do any good for anyone.. these products have their own side effects.. I too believe eat healthy and stay happy healthy and beautiful!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      You’re absolutely right Swaty, eating right is the best. You get other fruits that we don’t get here. So make use of them.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    March 5, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Mayuri the colour is soooo beautiful. It says pick me up n drink . I wish I could drink it.
    The star papaya really shines through this smoothie.
    Tell me where do you get collagen powder? Does it help?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Archana, if we are a balanced diet of fresh fruits and veggies then the body is suppose to make its own collagen.. However, it is recommended if the skin has problems and right now am having it as it helps to heal the stitches I’ve got. My daughter bought it online from Amazon.

  • poonampagar

    March 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    You are rightw di, e are lucky to have Papaya all year round. Love the addition of coconut water and almond powder in this smoothie. Never tried chocolate with papaya though. Would give this a try soon.

  • poonampagar

    March 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    You are right di, we are lucky to have Papaya all year round. Love the addition of coconut water and almond powder in this smoothie. Never tried chocolate with papaya though. Would give this a try soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Poonam, the chocolate not only made it a more fun way to have the smoothie but also added a minuscule amount of zinc.

  • Ruchi

    March 5, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Wow what a beneficial share . Tasty ,healthy and useful too. Love the combination of ingredients .. A must try . thank you for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Ruchi, please do try it.

  • Sandhya

    March 6, 2019 at 12:24 am

    What a healthy smoothie with such a vibrant color! Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Sandhya and you’re welcome.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    March 6, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    During winter my skin always goes dull and sensitive, this glowing skin smoothie is perfect for me to try it out. All the goodness my body needs right now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Jagruti, though I guess it will be difficult getting papaya in London.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    March 6, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    So much of information on how to have glowing skin… 🙂 I totally love this smoothie, would drink it everyday if it gives me the results… hehe…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Rafeeda,whatever natural food you consume does show up on your overall skin health.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    March 7, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Smoothie is always my favourite breakfast. And I often use papaya but never used fresh turmeric because I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric. Loved the use chocolate in this smoothie. Looks so inviting. Beautiful colour and every ingredients are full of nutrients

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Sujata, adding a bit of chocolate makes it seem like a treat. I added fresh turmeric as its got healing power. Trust me you’ll hardly notice the taste of it in the smoothie.

  • Vidya Narayan

    March 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Mayuri, I am not blessed with the most wonderful skin and it had a lot to do with my diet, stress and untimely food intake. I can so relate to this post. When I made amends to my daily diet, it immediately reflected on my skin too. This smoothie is a complete breakfast too and can be made with very less prep work. Such a lovely colour due to the ripe papayas.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Vidya, I’m glad I was born with a good skin texture, but I too notice that when I’m not following a healthy diet, it gets all blotchy. So, I try and included lots of veggies and fruits in my daily diet and water too.

  • Preethi Prasad

    March 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Papaya is a star ingredient and easily available. Addition of fresh turmeric along with other healthy ingredients sounds new to me. Loved the detailed write up on the good and bad foods for good skin. Fantastic share. Hope you are feeling better now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Preethi, added fresh turmeric as opposed to the dry powder as it more healthier.

  • Snehal

    March 23, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I totally agree with you. We must look after what we put in our body to get overall a healthy body and skin. 😊 This is an awesome drink!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much Snehal. Sometimes taste overtakes common sense and we get so caught up in the fast food and street food saga.

  • Subhashish Roy

    March 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Papaya is one of our favorite in our family since during childhood we had many trees in our garden. The love story is still going strong. This smoothie looks awesome with it’s ingredients.

  • Trish

    March 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve always been lucky with my skin but I’d drink this anyway because – papaya! I love papaya!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Trish, its delicious and many think that papaya doesn’t do well in smoothies, but its a great way to use up papaya that is not sweet.

  • Scott J DeNicola

    March 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I knew that coconut was good for the skin (scalp included) but I had no idea of the benefits of Papaya. This looks easy to make and I bet tastes really good. I’ll ad this to my smoothie arsenal and let you know how it goes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Scott, in the tropical countries, we use papaya also in facial masks.

  • Despite Pain

    March 23, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I love smoothies. Full of goodness and enjoyable too. Spring is starting, so it’s the perfect time kick start some healthier eating.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I too love smoothies and a good way to get several fruits all in one into the tummy.

  • Jennifer @coffeeandcreativity

    March 23, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    This looks delicious!

  • Joyce Osiango

    March 23, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Never tried turmeric in a smoothie will give it a try and this is a a very healthy one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Please try it and anyway turmeric is so healthy for several reasons.

  • Candace

    March 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    As a skincare junkie, this is right up my alley. And it will be new for me because I’ve never tasted papaya. Thanks for sharing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      We’ve grown up eating papaya. Please try it and if you find getting papaya difficult add any Vitamin A rich fruit.

  • Mary Lentz

    March 23, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I have some chia seeds! I was looking for a recipe other than my typical chia pudding. I’m excited to try this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Mary I add them to most of my smoothies as they are a tummy filler.

  • Megan kerry

    March 23, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious. I love adding oatmeal to my smoothies as well. I find it really gives them some staying power!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      It certainly does Megan and thanks.

  • lforsythe7040

    March 24, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Wow I never knew that there were so many foods that are good for the skin. I did know about most of the ones that are bad for the skin though! This smoothie sounds really good, so I may need to give it a try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Lauren, most natural foods are good for the skin, some more than the others. Please do try the recipe.

  • tcleland88

    March 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Oranges and chocolate? This smoothie is right up my alley!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2019 at 2:19 am


  • Luna S

    March 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    This sounds and looks pretty good! I’d be willing to try it out.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2019 at 2:18 am

      Thank you so much Luna.

  • Livelearnbetter (@livelearnbetter)

    March 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t know why. Anything with Chia seed is just a natural delight to me. I will try this out.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2019 at 2:18 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Nina

    March 26, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Awesome suggestions! I love smoothie and I can’t wait to try the carrot cake smoothie. I always do mango and blueberries.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2019 at 2:17 am

      Thanks Nina, hope you like the carrot cake smoothie.

  • Debra Roberts (Run Wyld)

    March 26, 2019 at 6:14 am

    What beautiful post and I cannot wait to try this! At 52, my skin is so dry and starting to lose it’s healthy glow…I’m game to try just about anything!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2019 at 2:15 am

      Thanks Debra and hope you get the healthy glow back.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    March 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    This is the second post I’ve read this week that mentioned collagen powder. I need to research this, because these posts have peaked my curiosity about it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      Erica, my hubby a dermatologist usually recommends it for quick healing for any skin related problems, e.g. surgery, crepe like skin etc.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    March 27, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    That looks and sounds delicious. I’ve gotten out of the way of making smoothies, but I think this might just get me started again. Sharing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 28, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline, I too occasionally go off smoothies and come back to them.

  • sonamsahid

    March 28, 2019 at 9:11 am

    i have never tied chocolate and papaya combination. I have to try this recipe.I love the way you explained everything in details.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much and please try the smoothie.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    March 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Awesome drink with all the healthy ingredients like papaya, chia seeds and to tempt me to drink dark chocolate. The pic in its own look so so tempting, that I am feeling it grab from the screen straight away.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 28, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Renu.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    March 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I really believe that wholesome food helps for many things, will definitely try this! thanks for sharing

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 29, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Anna and please do try out the smoothie.

  • Ceri Jones

    March 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    What an amazing orange from the Papaya! Would love to try it

  • simplysundaysfoodblog

    March 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds delicious! And what a beautiful color! I’ll have to try!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    April 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Love the colour and the nutritional value this smoothie has.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you Cat.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    April 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I love smoothies and this one look so very healthy and nutritious. Very few recipes I have seen has turmeric and this is one of them. Bookmarking this

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Veena, now I’ve got into the habit of adding it to most smoothies.

  • Archana

    May 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Now, this is one skin remedy I will love. I definitely do not have. a glowing skin so your Glowing skin Smoothie is what I will love. I must try this smoothie as it is healthy and I can adapt it to suit my fruit basket and this is one smoothie we can all enjoy.
    Thanks, Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 24, 2021 at 11:27 pm

      Please do try the recipe Archana.

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