Many people swear by aloe for glowing skin, and this smoothie is a delicious way to get it into your diet. You probably know aloe as a topical skin soother, but it also delivers antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some people don't love the flavor of aloe, so this recipe has plenty of fruit to help balance the flavors. Make sure you're buying pure aloe vera meant for eating—or that you've got the correct aloe vera plant if you're DIYing. Read more about aloe vera benefits and cautions.
Look for pure aloe vera gel at natural-foods stores or online. Or make your own from the leaves of the aloe vera plant. You'll need 2 large or 4 medium leaves to get 2 tablespoons gel. Cut the flat side of the leaf away, then scrape out the gel with a spoon. Leave behind and discard the bitter yellow latex layer with the outer part of the leaves.
about 2 cups
268 calories; fat 5g; sodium 42mg; carbohydrates 59g; dietary fiber 6g; protein 2g; sugars 32g; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 3425IU; potassium 136mg.