These Unexpected Odds & Ends Build a Beautifying Smoothie

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You graduated Green Smoothie 101 with honors, and you're ready for some fresh ideas to elevate your morning beauty drink. While you've probably been encouraged to start acquiring exotic powders and superfood berries to take your smoothies to a new level, I have a different suggestion: rethink what you throw in the trash.

When it comes to veggies, one person's trash is another person's smoothie base! Now, don't get all grossed out on me. I just want you to consider that the odds & ends that you usually put down the garbage disposal or in the compost might actually be blendable beauty nutrition that's going to waste. Here are the powerful smoothie components that you might be tossing out by accident:

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Top 5 Winter Beauty Foods

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Need inspiration for tonight's meal? Include one or more of these in-season winter fruits and veggies and you'll be doing your body- and your beauty- good.

1. Citrus Fruit: Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines- you name it. Their high vitamin C levels are fantastic for collagen production and free radical defense. To borrow a little natural exfoliation (via the citric acid in the peels of these fruit), rub the white part of a fresh citrus peel on clean skin and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing. You'll be treating your skin from the outside and in!

2. Kale: Choose kale for its calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron content. As a bonus, kale also contains sulforaphane, a nutrient that encourages the body to produce the powerful antioxidant glutathione (the potential of which beauty and health researchers are just beginning to tap into). Note: look for organic kale- it's one of the most pesticide-laden varieties of produce.

3. Radishes: Sulfur and silicon, beauty minerals found in high levels in radishes, combine with vitamin C to do wonders for the skin. Radishes also stimulate the liver and circulation and encourage cleansing throughout the body.

4. Pomegranates: The antioxidant levels of pomegranates beat even blueberries and cranberries- making them one very potent defense against free-radicals that lead to visible aging. Vitamins C, B and potassium round out their total-body benefits.

5. Sweet Potatoes: Just one cup packs 377% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is one of the most important antioxidant vitamins for beautiful skin!