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Antioxidant Skin Healthy Smoothie

Another healthy smoothie recipe!

I love fruit smoothies, especially now, when I’m fighting off the tail end of a cough/cold variety.

They have great benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, probiotics (if you add yogurt!) and plus, they taste delicious!

This one is pretty simple, but packs in a lot of beneficial ingredients for the skin as well as the body health.

Ingredients: 

  • Blueberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • Strawberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Tbs. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. Goji Berries soaked in 2 tbs. hot water to soften
  • Splash of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4-1/2 Ice or Water (Ice is more of a frozen smoothie treat while water is more of the Naked Juice type smoothie)

Directions:

All I did was cut up the strawberries and bananas before blending, put everything in the blender, blended until thoroughly mixed and enjoy! That’s it!

Health & Beauty Benefits:

  • Goji Berries – High in minerals, vitamins, carotenoids (beta-carotene), and fatty acids, goji berries can be especially noted for their high content of vitamin C, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin),  Iron, and Selenium. These are best bought organically as conventional types have high instances of pesticide and insecticide residue.
  • Strawberries – An excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, strawberries are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste delicious and their vitamin C content helps with dullness in the complexion and acne! Best bought organically due to pesticide residues.
  • Blueberries – A great source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, blueberries are known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and inflammation (which causes many diseases in the first place!). They also contain high levels of resveratrol which is well known in the skin care world for its anti aging benefits.
  • Bananas – A great source of vitamin B6 and soluble fiber, bananas help balance insulin levels (blood sugar) and keep you feeling full. They also have a decent amount of vitamin C, manganese and potassium which are all great for a healthy body and high immunity as well as healthy, clear skin.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (Fage 2%) – Low in fat and sugar, but high in protein (2X that of regular yogurt), Greek yogurt is great for helping you stay fuller longer because of this high protein content. Aside from that, it also is a good source of calcium and live active cultures which promote healthy gut bacteria for digesting foods in the body.
  • Almond Milk – A great alternative to cow’s milk, almond milk can be bought in store or made easily by soaking almonds in water for 24 hours and then blending them to create a milky consistency. They are a great source of protein, fatty acids, and vitamin E as well as rich in B vitamins, fiber, and phytosterols. They may be helpful in lowering bad cholesterol and risk of certain cancers as well as improving the complexion and may also have an effect on lowering the risk of heart disease. Those will nut allergies should not use almond milk! Please use another variety such as soy, rice or cow’s milk!

This smoothie is great for a lot of reasons, but the main reasons I love it are that it includes  a healthy dose of antioxidants (especially the high content vitamin C from goji berries!) and also includes fiber from the bananas as well as probiotics from the yogurt. The bananas help to cancel out the strange odd flavor of the goji berries which, unfortunately, I don’t much like. This actually tastes a lot like a strawberry banana smoothie with a little something more in the flavor department! It is great for skin, but also great for health and diet. The high amount of vitamins, especially vitamin C, are very beneficial for immunity (fighting off diseases and illnesses), combating skin breakouts as well as skin aging and dullness (glowing complexion anyone?) and for overall health and vitality.

It makes for a great dessert or breakfast or any time snack!

Do you guys enjoy these healthy recipe posts or is there something you would prefer?

Please give me your feedback in the comments below!

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My Old Blog Posts: What Vitamins Can Do For Your Beauty Regimen

This is probably one of my favorite posts from my old blog. It has a lot of really good information in terms of health AND beauty. The two can definitely work for you or against you, depending on both your eating habits and your skincare routine.

Enjoy!

(^the lovely Ashwariya Rai- doesn’t she have GREAT skin?)

Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy.

I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that it fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthens hair and nails, gives natural shine and gloss to hair, and helps to fight and prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A (natural forms – beta-carotene) are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil or Salmon Oil – available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables. You can also find natural supplements in the form of beta-carotene among others.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement, either natural (rose hips)  or synthetic.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna. 
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Grapes, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts, but there are simply too many to list here If you visit your local health and vitamin store, you may find yourself lost amidst the insanity of all the supplements you never knew you needed. Anything from joint pain to wrinkles is covered, but I find that most of these may be obtained through food sources and is usually the safer (AND easier) route to go, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

That’s all for now!

Stay Beautiful

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My New Dessert Love: Frozen Grapes

So I have recently become obsessed with eating frozen grapes.

And not JUST because I’m on a diet, which I am.

But also because they are SO delicious.

Initially, I thought, “Well, okay, grapes taste okay and freezing them is supposed to be like a treat so I guesssssss I’ll try it.”

Do note the monotony.

And I cannot believe how delicious this simple snack is.

 All I did was put a ziploc of grapes in the freezer for a few hours and voila!

My new favorite snack!

So delicious, low calories, perfect diet food and my new favorite any time of the damn day food.

Yep and it’s not totally unfounded either.

Did you know grapes have a lot of health and beauty benefits as well?

Aside from studies done showing the nutrients in grapes may help to lower blood pressure, it may also aid in the prevention of various cancers, improve cognitive functions, improve cardiovascular health and more!

In terms of beauty benefits, grapes may also help with cell regeneration and turnover, protect from free radical damage and oxidative stress in the body AND skin, and the alpha-hydroxy acids may also help to clear problem skin and prevent wrinkles and fine lines!

A little extra bonus, the malic acid in grapes may also help to whiten teeth by removing surface stain discoloration and preventing other stains from sticking as well.

Just more reasons for me to love them!

How about you guys?

Do you guys love grapes?

Have you ever tried them frozen?

Let me know in the comments!

The foodie in me is dying to discuss this!