Glowing Skin Smoothie

This glowing skin smoothie is not only energy boosting and delicious, it has dramatically improved my skin tone.

The goal is to have my skin looking its best on September 20th, so I’ve been doing all sorts of things like drinking my weight in water, getting enough sleep, SPF SPF SPF SPF, more SPF, and exercising regularly.

green smoothie in glasses with straws

I did a lot of research in the beginning of the summer about which foods can help improve my skin tone. There were obvious finds like salmon, broccoli, and almonds. But I also stumbled upon a whole list of foods I already enjoy, but don’t eat on the regular. So I bought a bunch, blended them up, and today’s smoothie was born.

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I’ve been drinking this glowing skin smoothie everyday for the past month and have noticed a huge difference in not only my energy, but my skin has never looked better. And the best part? This green smoothie actually tastes good. Like, really really good. It’s now one of my favorites. And it’s the only green thing Kevin will drink!

I feel so silly that I’ve spent so much money this past year on creams and moisturizers to improve my skin tone. Though they are certainly helpful, I firmly believe that the quickest way to glowing skin is not in your makeup bag. It’s in your food.

A few things first…

√ The avocado. Don’t leave it out! Avocados hydrate the skin, bringing back that glow we all love. Maybe have this smoothie with a side of mango guacamole while you’re at it? Yes.

√ The mangos and pineapple. Mangos contain carotenoids, which help our skin glow. My dermatologist told me that these carotenoids help give a rosy glow to dull looking skin. And pineapples are high in vitamin C, which I’ve learned is key to the production of collagen – giving our skin its firmness and strength.

√ Spinach OR kale may be used. Both nutrient dense super foods, removing toxins from our bodies. I eat both everyday, either in an omelet, salad, wrap, homemade juice etc.

√ Coconut water. This stuff is so good for us. It’s incredibly hydrating and makes skin look more youthful and supple. I wasn’t a huge fan of coconut water when I first tasted it, but I now love Naked’s pure coconut water. I buy this brand at Acme, Giant, and/or Target.

half of an avocado on a white cutting board

pineapple chunks in a bowl

Just a few more things…

Do not add sugar. There is no added sugar in this smoothie recipe because we are using sweetness from the fruit. Mangoes, bananas, and pineapples are plenty sweet, so there is no need for anything more.

No cans, please. Use only fresh or frozen ingredients. I usually stock up on fresh fruit in the summer and freeze it so I can enjoy smoothies with summer fruits all year long. It’s cheaper than buying frozen, too. Take advantage of summer’s sweet fresh pineapple!

If you’re replacing a meal with this smoothie, try adding a little flax or flax oil. Your skin needs oil to keep it lubricated. 2-3 teaspoons per serving is perfect.

green smoothie in a glass with straws

The frozen banana and avocado leave it incredibly thick, the mango and pineapple sweeten things up, the coconut water adds a tropical flare, and the greens pack one HUGE nutrient punch. Your skin will love it. I call this my “secret weapon” wedding smoothie.

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green smoothie in glasses with straws

Glowing Skin Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large smoothies
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


This glowing skin smoothie is not only energy boosting and delicious, it has dramatically improved my skin tone. One of my favorite smoothie recipes, by far. I drink it 5-7 times per week.


  • 1/2 cup plain coconut water*
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.


  1. Coconut Water: Coconut water is ideal since it is so hydrating for our bodies and skin. If you absolutely cannot find it (it’s sold in all grocery stores, Target, Walmart, etc) – use regular water or almond milk or your favorite juice. If not using coconut water, perhaps add a touch of coconut oil. Great for the skin.
  2. Berries: Try adding 1/2 cup blueberries. Another super food great for your skin!
  3. Substitutions: If you do not like any of the fruits listed, simply replace with another fruit used. Or add strawberries or blueberries.

Keywords: glowing skin smoothie

green smoothie in glasses with straws


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  1. As far as versatility and taste+healthiness, this is probably/very definitely my favorite recipe of yours. The spinach and avocado are definitely a tough time for cheaper blenders, but it’s so worth it. I’ve recently been switching out which leafy green I add- I just replaced Italian parsley instead of kale and it’s delicious! I want to try this smoothie with dandelion greens or Swiss chard. 

    Do you think you could post more smoothie recipes, especially for green smoothies (Bok choy, collard greens, Swiss chard, etc.)?

    1. I wish I was more adventurous with the greens I use in my smoothies. For now, I really only like kale and spinach. I haven’t tried swiss chard yet, though. Maybe soon.

  2. Hello. I have a silly question! Where can I buy similar straws as seen in these pictures? They are so cute and colorful. Thanks!

  3. This smoothie is SO delicious! I make them one serving at a time and need a full cup of water to get it moving through my Vitamix. All those frozen chunks of fruit make it SUPER thick. Thanks for posting this yummy and healthy recipe, Sallysbakingaddition!

  4. Hi Sally, I found your site and definitely try this recipe tomorrow. But I have 3 questions for you:
    1. What is the best time to drink this smoothies for the best result (I want my body to absorb all the nutrient)? I want to drink it in the afternoon 1hr before my gym time. Or should I drink it in the morning?
    2. Can I add ice cubes? ‘Cause I don’t want to slice all the ingridents and freeze them over night. I want to make it totally fresh and I want to drink it cold as well.
    3. My skin is kinda dull and not bright. Will this smoothies help? (Sorry it’s kinda a dump question but I want to improve my skin in a very short time to prepare for something big coming)
    Thanks Sally!

    1. Grace– doesn’t really matter about the time. I like this smoothie best in the morning or after a workout in the afternoon. You can add ice, yes! This smoothie will definitely help with your skin tone. All of the ingredients, especially that avocado, are so rich in vitamins. Great for skin!

      1. Thanks Sally! Can’t wait to see the improvement ^^

  5. Hi Sally, I made this last night and drank this morning, Delicious! My question is though how long will this last in the fridge? A couple days?–or should it be consumed the same day it is made?


    1. Same day– no more than 12 or so hours in the fridge I’d say. So glad you love it!

      1. Great, Thanks!

  6. Could I make this without the banana?

  7. I have been taken a smoothie daily for the past month or so.
    I have also been using great skin products on my skin for months. I started to notice a line forming on my forehead and now that line is GONE! I dont know if it’s from the skin products I was using or if it was from the smoothies. I think it may have been from the avocado I have been taken daily in my smoothie 🙂 I always use coconut water, strawberries, blueberries, a banana, kale (sometimes) and mango sometimes I also put chia seeds into my smoothie sometimes 🙂 My skin looks great lately 🙂

  8. Hi there – absolutely delicious! I don’t know where I’m going wrong though, mine was so thick, I had to add nearly a whole carton of coconut water to make it drinkable. I followed the measurements and measured by cup. Help! Lol

  9. This smoothie is delicious!!! This is only my second one for the week so I haven’t noticed if it’s helped my skin yet but the taste is fantastic, even my 8 year old loves it who wouldn’t eat any of the ingredients in it separately!

  10. Hello from Singapore! Stumbled upon your blog when I googled “smoothies for face recipe” and I’m so happy that I did. That picture of your smoothie is just too appealing, I’m definitely heading to the supermarket after work to grab all the ingredients 🙂 Just one question though, is the smoothie meant to be consumed by day or can I at least keep it for a day or two (because I’m just too lazy to prepare them on a daily basis!) or will it turn bad? Thank you in advance!

    1. It’s best on the same day. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. Do you know the nutrional content breakdown for this smoothie?  I made it for the first time today & it was delicious!! But as i’m trying to lose weight, i want to know how many calories each serving has before i make this a part of my daily routine

    1. I don’t– feel free to calculate with an online recipe calculator.

  12. does it help with acne as well? 

  13. Have you tried making and freezing these? I’m thinking to pull out in the morning and make easy for packed lunches!

    1. I have– just as tasty when they thaw out!

  14. Just made this for the first time, it was delicious! I’ve never been a fan of spinach or avocado so I was sceptic about trying it but you can’t even taste them, yet they’re so healthy! If you love banana, you’ll love this smoothie! It was rather thick so I may have to use more milk next time!

  15. This may sound crazy,  but I have a problem digesting raw produce.  I’ve heard that the force of a blender breaks down the food, making it easier to digest. Is this true?  

  16. Hey Sally, I am a little apprehended for blending all fruits in water? And the place where I live in, I do not find fresh spinach and pineapple around. Any substitute?

  17. ghazala shaheen says:

    Glowing skin smoothie is ideal but measurement for a glass fresh is too much ,can i preserve it in fridge? 

  18. i’ve been drinking this smoothie for 4 days and last night someone told me i was glowing 🙂 thanks -great recipe!

  19. Can you actually taste the avocado? I just can’t stomach the slimy green mushiness, lol. My skin needs some serious work and I really wanna try this.

  20. This is so good. What a great treat on a dreary winter day!  To commenter Jamie – you cannot taste the avocado; it just provides a nice creaminess (along with the banana). 
    Looking forward to the second half of this smoothie as an afternoon snack. 

  21. Love that you can barely taste the avocado and spinach. I made mine with coconut milk instead of water , so delicious! Thanks!

  22. Hello Sally! This smoothie is the best I’ve made! It’s delicious!! I noticed you have quite a few smoothie recipes. What are your top 3? 

    1. I love green smoothies– and they’re what I typically drink! Here are my top favorites:

      Glowing Skin Smoothie (this one)
      Ginger Green Citrus Smoothie
      Tropi-kale Energy Smoothie

  23. Just made this for the first time today – so good and I included a shot of wheatgrass!!  Yum!!!  Can’t wait to see the results!  I’ve done avocado on a regular basis before and recalled my skin just GLOWING!!! Can’t wait to see that again…and it happened just after a few days! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! 

    1. You are welcome, Victoria! Enjoy!!

  24. Just received a Vitamix as a housewarming gift so I can FINALLY make this smoothie! (my older blender was awful) I’m getting married in May and my skin has been having a rough time lately, so I’m excited for a little rejuvenation. Since the recipe you gave makes 2 servings, have you tried making the whole batch and then saving one of the servings for the next day? Or would it really be better to just make half of the recipe each time if I only want one?

    1. I never find that smoothies last until the next day (texture is always a little off) so I usually just drink the other half later in the day 🙂 Enjoy!

  25. Can the recipe be cut in half(1 serving instead of 2)

  26. Sally!

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My hubby and I have been drinking it almost daily for 3 years since before our wedding. When we drink it regularly we see so much improvement in our skin and overall health – it’s chalk full of great, wholesome ingredients!

    What I like to do to make it quicker in the morning is add all of the ingredients apart from banana and coconut water into freezer bags so I can just grab and dump into the blender!

  27. Hi Sally,
    I was wondering if it was okay to use your smoothie recipe as a feature in a little newsletter that I am starting. I sell botanically based hair and skin care products, and my new newsletter, shared only with those on my mailing list, is focused on beauty tips and healthy routines to help women shine. I am happy to list your website as where it came from, but I wanted to ask first.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Thank you for your interest in sharing Sally’s Baking Addiction content. You can certainly link back to the recipe. We just ask that you do not republish the recipe along with the photography unless we are compensated for the content. For any questions please email us at [email protected] Thanks!

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