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9 Blueberry Recipes for Glowing Skin

9 Blueberry Recipes for Glowing Skin

Eat your way to gorgeous skin with these blueberry recipes

We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with blueberry recipes.

We love those plump juicy blueberries on our morning cereal or sprinkled on top of yogurt, but did you know that you’re actually eating your way to gorgeous skin? Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C. These can help clear up blotchy red marks, leaving your skin with a healthy and natural glow.

With so many reasons to eat blueberries and the abundance of blueberry recipes, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with blueberry recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Rini Desarin of Healing Tomato shared with us a recipe for blueberry vinaigrette. Perfect to drizzle over a bed of greens or summer’s favorite vegetables, this dressing is packed full of antioxidant-rich blueberries.
  • Christina Ma of Cherry on My Sundae shared with us a recipe for ricotta pancakes with warm blueberry sauce, which is a breakfast that is sure to energize you for the day.
  • The winner this week is Kristie Collado, the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Kristie made hand-pies, which are not only bursting with blueberries, but easy to eat and pack for a summer dessert outside.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Blueberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This vinaigrette is perfect over a bed of greens or drizzled over fresh vegetables.

Click here to see the Blueberry Vinaigrette Recipe

Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Take muffins to the next level by mixing in some fresh blueberries for some sweet and tart flavor.

Click here to see more Blueberry Recipes for Glowing Skin

Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.


10 Smoothies For Prettier Skin

Put down the bronzer&mdashall you need for a healthy glow is a helping of carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies. According to a recent study published in Evolution and Human Behavior, people who took in a daily equivalent of 15 mg of beta-carotene supplements ended up with a golden tone to their skin, one that others perceived as attractive.

But before you start popping supplements or eating enough carrots for a herd of bunnies, know this: To max out the nutritional value of your carotenoid intake, blending carotenoid-packed produce with healthy fats (like yogurt or avocado) is key. The body needs fats to convert these vitamin A precursors into the real deal, explains Rob Danoff, DO, program director of family and emergency medicine residency health program at Aria Health in Philadelphia.

These simple smoothie recipes are bursting with carotenoid-rich produce like kale, spinach, and carrots&mdashand tons of flavor.

Canned pumpkin packs in 17 mg of beta-carotene and 12 mg of alpha-carotene per cup. Our bodies convert both forms of carotene into the vitamin A precursor retinol, and then combines it with fat molecules to form vitamin A, a skin-supporting nutrient essential for cell growth and development, Danoff says.

½ c canned pure pumpkin, frozen in ice cube tray
7 oz or 2% Greek-style yogurt
½ c water
¼ avocado
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp pumpkin spice pie

BLEND all ingredients until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 360 cal, 14 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 78.6 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 25.5 g sugars, 11 g fiber, 25.6 g protein

Orange-hued fruits and veggies are typically carotenoid rockstars, and mango is no exception, with 2 mg of beta-carotene in each cup of the raw fruit. That&rsquos 2,000 times the .001 mg the National Institutes of Health declares adequate for adults each day.

¼ c mango cubes
¼ c mashed ripe avocado
½ c mango juice
¼ c fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp sugar
6 ice cubes

COMBINE the mango, avocado, mango juice, yogurt, lime juice, sugar, and ice cubes in a blender. Process until smooth. Garnish with sliced mango or strawberry, if desired.

NUTRITION (per serving) 269 cal, 8.7 g fat, 1.3 g sat fat, 46 mg sodium, 49.5 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 4 g protein

Leafy greens are another good source of carotenoids&mdashjust one cup of kale has nearly 10 times the minimal amount you need per day. (And not to worry about taking in too many cartenoids or vitamin A, says Danoff&mdashthere's really no way you'll OD on vitamin A with normal serving sizes of whole foods the concern would be if you were taking a supplement and popped way too many.)

1¼ c chopped kale leaves (stems and tough rib removed)
1¼ c frozen cubed mango
2 med ribs celery, chopped
1 c chilled fresh orange juice
¼ c chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ c chopped fresh mint

COMBINE all ingredients in blender. Puree until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 160 cal, 0.8 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 54 mg sodium, 38.3 g carbs, 4.6 g fiber, 4 g protein

This smoothie contains more than 6 mg of beta-carotene (about 1.5 mg per serving) and a smidge of alpha-carotene thanks to its cantaloupe content.

20 ice cubes
2 c cubed cantaloupe (about ½ melon)
6 oz low-fat plain yogurt
3 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp grated fresh ginger

COMBINE ice cubes, cantaloupe, yogurt, sugar, and ginger in blender and puree until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 91 cal, 0.8 g fat, 0.5 sat fat, 46 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 18 sugars, 8 g fiber, 3 g protein

This kale-and-orange juice duo will fuel a healthy glow with more than 6 mg of beta-carotene (and bolster your immune system to boot).

1 c chopped kale
2 lg kiwi, peeled and chopped
½ c fresh orange or tangerine juice
½ c cilantro sprigs
1 rib celery, chopped
¼ c ice cubes

BLEND all ingredients.

NUTRITION (per serving) 92 cal, 0.8 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 36 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 12 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 2.6 g protein

In case you needed another reason to drink a smoothie that tastes like cake other than its taste (yum!), that half-cup of carrot juice boasts a whopping 11 mg of beta-carotene and 5 mg of alpha-carotene.

½ c unsweetened carrot juice
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 Tbsp toasted wheat germ
1 Tbsp soft cream cheese, regular fat
1 tsp flaxseed oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2 g glucomannan
Ice cubes

NUTRITION 300 cal, 12.5 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 127 mg sodium, 21.7 g carbs, 6.7 g sugars, 5 g fiber, 26 g protein

Between the orange juice and the deep green veggies, this overachieving blend has more than 4 grams of beta-carotene and 1 gram of alpha-carotene per glass.

¼ c carrot juice
½ c orange juice
1 c spinach
1 c roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
4 sm broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

COMBINE ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 222 cal, 1.4 g fat, 0.3 g sat fat, 52 g sodium, 54 g carbs, 29 g sugars, 8 g fiber, 5 g protein

Apricots are one of the best sources of carotenoids around. The dose you&rsquoll get from the canned 'cots in this smoothie tallies up to 10 mg per serving.

12 pitted canned apricot halves (packed in juice), drained
1 c skim milk
⅔ c nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
⅛ tsp almond extract

COMBINE apricots, milk, frozen yogurt and almond extract in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 154.6 cal, 0.5 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 100 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 27g sugars, 3 g fiber, 8.6 g protein

This carrot-spinach-OJ combo shakes out to 4 mg of beta-carotene per glass. Bonus: the antioxidants in the berries offer a nice boost of anti-aging power.

½ c orange juice
½ c low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c frozen loose-pack mixed berries
1 c fresh spinach leaves
½ frozen banana, sliced
6 baby carrots

COMBINE orange juice and yogurt in a blender. Add the berries, spinach, banana, and carrots. Pulse until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 157 cal, 1 g fat, 0.6 sat fat, 84 mg sodium, 33.4 g carbs, 24 g sugars, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein

Drink this for a cool 20 times the recommended daily amount of vitamin A per serving.

1 c baby spinach
1 c cucumber chunks
½ avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
1 lg kiwi, peeled and chopped
½ c frozen kefir or low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
½ c fresh orange juice
¼ c mint leaves

BLEND all ingredients until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 200 cal, 9 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 57.5 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 18 g sugars, 6 g fiber, 5 g protein


31 Delicious Blueberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

There's something special about blueberries&mdashespecially in the summer, when they're at their ripest&mdashthat sets them apart from other berries. Part of it is the color, but so much of their appeal is the distinctive, purely sweet blueberry flavor. Whether you're buying them at the farmers market, picking your own from a local farm, grabbing a pint or two at the grocery store, or even growing your own, in-season blueberries are just one of the best things to love about summer produce.

Blueberries are fantastic baked into a pie or galette and countless other fruit dessert recipes. And they're bound to improve even the humblest muffin or roll. And let's not forget that blueberries not only make smoothies and shakes taste better, but also add a strikingly lovely color to the drink as well. But blueberry recipes don't have to stop at sweets and desserts. You can use their sweet flavor to improve a variety of dishes, from classic breakfast pancakes to grilled cheese (yes, really) and even barbecue chicken!

Blueberries add more than just a pop of color and a delicious flavor. They're also nutritious, with plenty of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and can improve heart health, so they're great for sweetening a dish in a more healthy way. If you've got a pint (or a quart) of fresh blueberries, and you're looking for ways to use them, here are 30 of our favorite recipes. Enjoy!


2. Vitamin C Ginger Cranberry Smoothie

Via getinspiredeveryday.com

Cranberries are the star of this refreshing smoothie. Apart from being delicious, they are rich in Vitamins C and E. They are also packed with a lot of antioxidants and fiber.

Ginger, on the other hand, is excellent in boosting the immune system. It’s rich in antioxidants that can protect your body against free radical damage. It also improves elasticity and evens out skin tone. Chia seeds add protein and healthy fats to the mix.

Ingredients

1/4 cup cranberries
2 oranges – peeled
1/2 inch ginger – peeled
1 cup baby kale
1 cucumber
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup water

Blend the baby kale, cranberries, oranges, cucumber, and ginger. Once blended well, you can add the chia seeds and water. You can also try adding coconut water for an additional boost in vitamins and minerals.


Chocolate blueberry overnight oats

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup of nut or non dairy milk (your choice coconut, oat, almond, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoons of buckwheat groats
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 1 handful of nuts - chopped (almonds, walnuts, brazil, cashews)
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh local honey (or to taste)

To top

  • Fresh fruit seasonally available to you - blueberries, strawberries, figs, peaches, raspberries
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • 90 per cent dark chocolate (shaved)
  • Chia seeds, pepitas, hemp seeds, sesame seeds - you pick!

Method

1. Into a large jar, add the oats, chia seeds, buckwheat, hemp seeds, pepitas, nuts and cacao.

2. Place the lid on and give it a good shake to combine.

3. Add in your milk of choice (my current favourite is oat) and honey, close the lid and shake once more.

4. Pop it in the fridge overnight.

5. In the morning, put everything into a bowl, top with coconut yoghurt, a sprinkle of extra seeds, your choice of fruit and, if you&aposre feeling it, grate on some good quality 90 per cent dark chocolate. Or just add all your toppings into the jar (if you have room) and save on the washing up!

Chloe Wilkinson is a Sydney-based clinical naturopath specialising in skin health. You can follow her work via her podcast Skin From Within or on Instagram.


Detox Glowing Skin Smoothie

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This glowing skin smoothie not only helps brighten and even out your skin tone it also helps detox you from all that holiday food. This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from blueberries and pomegranates. This is seriously one of my favorite smoothie recipes!

I’m thinking that many of us have made a resolution to better our health this year. I’m not just talking about losing weight. I mean health in general – whether it’s eating better, walking a bit more than last year, or hitting the gym hard core.

After the holidays and with my birthday right before Christmas and the hubby’s birthday the day after New Years, it’s been one crazy roller coaster of eating!

To help remove all the toxins from the cake + cookies + everything else, I wanted to come up with a skin rejuvenating smoothie that’s loaded with protein so that I can have it for breakfast and stay full for a good few hours. I’ve been in search for a very long time for the perfect green smoothie recipe that gets in both fruits + veggies, protein, and gives you nice, glowing skin, and as an added bonus, actually tastes good! So guys, here’s my version of the perfect youthful skin smoothie.

Nerd alert: I’m about to talk about the importance of each ingredient in this glowing skin smoothie, if it’s not your thing, skip to the next picture.

Blueberries: these are added to help with skin that may have acne problems . Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and will help eliminate the body of toxins + clear up acne. And as an added bonus, they help prevent premature aging. 1/2 cup a day is what’s recommended to prevent premature aging, and that’s exactly how much we’re using.

Kale: Kale is rich in vitamin K. The anti-inflammatory benefits of kale help you stay less bloated which will help prevent puffiness under the eyes and in the face in general. Kale also has sulfur content which helps reduce redness and it also deals with the flakiness of skin. As an added bonus it helps with bettering blood circulation in the body. Kale is definitely an important ingredient in any glowing skin smoothie.

Spinach: Though you don’t have to use both kale and spinach in the recipe, I wanted to add the benefits of both of these ingredients and let you decide which one you need more. Again, spinach is rich is nutrients and antioxidants. The lutein in spinach helps with eye health and keeps the whites whiter. It’s also loaded with vitamin B,C, E, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium. If it’s vitamins you need, go with the spinach instead of the kale. I do it 50/50.

Greek Yogurt: Again, it fights acne, reduces discoloration in the skin. But the best part? The protein from dairy actually helps make skin firmer, and more resistant to wrinkles. A single serving daily is said to give you a smoother complexion!

Pomegranates: They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which is just a fancy word that means they fight off free radicals in the body and regulate the blood flow in the skin, giving you those beautiful, rosy cheeks. A whole pomegranate a day or like the 8 ounces of juice we use in my glowing skin smoothie, should do the trick!

I’ll be honest with you, I feel a little silly having spent money on moisturizers and all sorts of skin toners in the past to help improve my skintone when all I really needed was a handful of fruits and veggies in the form of this glowing skin smoothie. The key to great skin is not in your makeup bag, it’s actually in your kitchen.

Don’t add any sugar to this smoothie recipe. We’ve got natural sweetness from the banana, blueberries, and pomegranate juice.

I added in a little chia seeds at the end because I often use this smoothie to replace a meal. The chia seeds help keep you a little fuller. Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil are other great options to make this glowing skin smoothie recipe even more filling!

I freeze my bananas + blueberries ahead of time so that I have to add less ice to the recipe. If you’re using fresh ingredients, just add a few ice cubes.


13 Easy DIY Skincare Treatments for Glowing, Healthy Skin

Budget-friendly beauty solutions, straight from your kitchen.

Looking to solve your skincare woes with ingredients you have at home? Look no further &mdash we've got the ultimate (and easiest) routine with homemade beauty remedies straight from the pros. These DIY fixes "help produce feelings of relaxation and tranquility, similar to that of a spa treatment but in the comfort of your own home," says Arelli Soriano, spa manager at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun.

From homemade skincare masks to anti-aging skincare including scrubs, soaks and more, your face, body, lips, and even feet will look and feel better than ever with these at-home beauty fixes.

A decadent, antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives skin a restored, youthful appearance. "As skin ages, the moisture barrier begins to break down leading to dryness and the immunity layer of the skin weakens," says skincare expert Jasmina Aganovic. "Hydration is the most important skin saver at this stage!"

Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon honey, and one egg white. Apply to face and let dry before rinsing. The powerful ingredients make this a multi-tasking wonder-cream: Sour cream is a form of lactic acid that hydrates as it gently exfoliates honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration while the protein in the egg white tightens and firms skin.

Debra Jaliman, M.D., New York City dermatologist, recommends a warm milk soak to soften hard-working hands.

Recipe: Heat 2 to 3 cups whole milk (enough to completely submerge both hands) in the microwave until it's warm. Pour into a bowl and let hands soak for five to 10 minutes, allowing the fat from the milk to hydrate, and vitamins A and E to nourish dry skin.

Regulate skin's pH with apple cider's high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids and remove excess oil and buildup with ground oats. The oats contain saponins, a naturally powerful cleanser, Aganovic says.

Recipe: Combine 3 teaspoons ground oats and ¼ teaspoon apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste forms. Then add ¼ tablespoon lemon juice and ½ tablespoon brown sugar stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for five to 10 minutes, allowing ingredients to penetrate top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

Detox your face with a soothing berry mask. Antioxidants in blueberries protect against free radicals and repair previous damage while vitamin C from lemons brightens skin, Aganovic explains.

Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon crushed ripe blueberries, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon cucumber juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 tablespoons water spread onto face. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently rinse with hands and warm water.

Skincare expert Megan Brame-Finkelstein turns to coconut oil for extra nourishment on dry cuticles. The heavy oil provides long-lasting moisture. Simply rub a small amount on each fingertip and swath with plastic wrap to let it sink in.

A simple foot soak of baking soda and water will do the trick, Dr. Jaliman says. "The baking soda treats calluses because it's abrasive and helps loosen dead skin," she explains.

Recipe: Add a ratio of ½ cup baking soda for every gallon of warm water in a shallow tub and stir until the powder dissolves. Sit back and relax, soaking feet for about 30 minutes. Rinse away the baking soda and pat feet dry before applying foot cream and slipping on a pair of cotton socks.

Cook up a soothing white tea toner with Asian-influenced ingredients, courtesy of Jennifer Yen, creator of Purlisse Skincare collection. Healthy skin starts from the inside out, and drinking a simple mix of water with lemon will kick start the beautifying effects, she says.

Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon peppermint tea leaves, 4 teaspoons white tea leaves, ½ cup boiled distilled water, and 2 drops of lavender oil in a French press. Let steep for 10 minutes before pouring into a glass container to cool. Combine with enough aloe vera gel to fill a 4-oz spray bottle atomizer. Store in the refrigerator before spritzing.

Whip up a big batch of this Asian-inspired body smoother from Yen with a blend of textures strong enough to slough off any and all dead skin to reveal smooth, radiant legs and arms. Coconut milk is loaded with hydrating, healthy fats and the ginger decreases inflammation and detoxifies skin. "The rice grains make a great natural exfoliant," Yen explains. "The starch from the rice helps soothe damaged and irritated skin."

Recipe: Mix together ½ cup ground rice (grind in a blender), ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1½ tablespoon ground ginger to form a paste. Use hands to rub mixture in a circular motion all over. After a few minutes, the scrub will polish the entire body.

Stir together these lip-savers from Beverly Hills aesthetician Gina Marí for the perfect pout &mdash scrubs aren't reserved for the face or body.

Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey, 2 tablespoons raw sugar, and a dash of lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply mixture with a new toothbrush in a gentle circular motion. Rinse off and follow up with your favorite lip balm. Not a lemon fan? Marí also recommends a mixture of 2 to 3 tablespoons of crumbled oats, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and one drop of tea tree oil.

Yen's secret recipe for ageless skin is her grandmother's mask made with fresh papaya, Greek yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients. She recommends applying your usual face moisturizer after rinsing. The alpha-hydroxy acids in papaya works as a natural exfoliator the egg whites are high in protein and help rebuild skin and tighten pores.

Recipe: Blend ½ of a fresh papaya (seeds removed and diced), 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon white tea (brewed and cooled), 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and one organic egg white in a food processor (or use a fork) until it forms a paste. Apply to face and neck relax for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Sweeten up your at-home beauty routine with a honey and sugar face scrub. "This homemade exfoliant helps to nourish skin while sloughing off dead cells," says Arelli Soriano, spa manager at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. If you have sensitive skin, skip this recipe: Sugar can be too harsh.

Recipe: Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of honey in a small bowl and stir until a thick paste forms. Add two tablespoons of an oil of your choice (olive, almond, or coconut) and blend until it integrates with the paste to make it a little lighter. Spread the paste all over clean skin &mdash your face, neck, and decollete. Leave it on for five to 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. You can use any leftover scrub on the body for the same effect.

Aloe vera is good for more than just a sunburn: "It is full of skin-saving benefits. The powerful plant is composed of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and moisturizing properties to leave skin feeling soft and looking radiant," says Ximena Pompa, spa director at Sofitel Mexico City Reforma. Using aloe vera in a face mask can calm irritated skin and also have a plumping and glowing-boosting effect.

Recipe: Mix 1/2 tablespoon of almond milk with one tablespoon of brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add four tablespoons (approximately) of aloe vera juice or gel. Apply the mixture onto your face, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and remove with warm water and a soft towel.

Create a spa-like environment&mdashand look well-rested at the same time&mdash with a DIY cucumber mask from Vance Soto, president & owner of OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa. "Grating the cucumber will release the active enzymes," Soto says. "This eye mask will help with puffiness and allergies, as it calms and soothes this delicate area of the skin."

Recipe: Take a cold cucumber and grate it over a paper towel on top of a plate. Once you've finished grating, wrap the pieces like a burrito and compress it. Rest your head back and apply onto closed eyes for an instant soothing effect.


What’s so great about collagen?

#1 Promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is an important building block for the skin and helps the skin stay toned and supple. Collagen makes up about 30% of the protein in the body and about 70% of the protein in the skin. The dermis, which provides the foundation for the skin, is the main source of collagen in the skin. It is what gives the skin it’s elasticity and flexibility. Getting an adequate amount of collagen can help to ensure your skin looks it’s best. It also supports the growth of hair and nails.

#2 Supports digestion and gut health. The entire gastrointestinal tract is made of skin, which needs a permeable barrier to do its job correctly. These cells must be kept as healthy as possible. Glutamine and glycine, two amino acids found in collagen, are crucial for a healthy gut. Glutamine is essential for cellular reproduction in the gut and for the healing and growth of new cells and tissue that makes up the intestinal tract. Glycine helps with bile production to help digest fats and helps with food breakdown by promoting gastric secretion.

#3 Supports joint and bone health. Bones, ligaments, tendons, and the skeletal muscles are made up of proteins. To a large extent, this protein is collagen. Collagen supplementation can be helpful for maintaining and building cartilage and for supporting bone density as you age.

#4 Detoxification. Glycine is is a precursor to glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is responsible for effective and reliable detoxification through the liver detox pathways. Many people are deficient in glycine, and it is in abundance in collagen. Hello, happy liver!


Natural Skin Care Tips for Winter Season:

So now that you’re ready, let’s dive into some amazing winter skin care tips.

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains nutrients like vitamins A and E, and fatty acids. It has emollient properties that help hydrate the skin and maintain its flexibility. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and prevent discoloration and other damage.

How: You could add it to your salads, cooking or even take a little and apply it on your skin.

2. Avocados

Avocados contain loads nutrients like vitamins A, C and E. They also contain monounsaturated fats, which help the skin to acquire and retain moisture. They also remove dead skin cells effectively from the skin. Avocado deeply penetrates into the skin to restore the nutrients. It also helps in increasing the blood circulation in the skin, which is essential for the skin. The glutamine amino acid present in avocados cleanses your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors.

How: You could make a great avocado shake, add it to your salad or even make some guacamole.

3. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps fight many skin ailments. Grapefruits are also rich in lycopene, a chemical that helps keep the skin smooth and protects it from UV rays.

How: You could make a great avocado shake, add it to your salad or even make some guacamole.

4. Broccoli

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that is good for the skin. It is rich in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps keep the skin healthy and reduces scars. Vitamin C helps to maintain collagen production. Broccoli also contains B-vitamins that help reduce dry and flaky patches.

How: Make a bowl of soup with some almond slivers. Toss some broccoli in your salad, or even add some to your regular vegetables. It will add its unique flavor.

5. Carrots

Carrot is one of the must have super foods for skin in the winter season. It is rich in Vitamin A, and other antioxidants, which help keep the skin healthy, nourished and glowing. These antioxidants help fight wrinkles, discoloration, and scars. Carrots also contain lycopene, which protects the skin from the harsh sun rays.

How: Add it to your salads, have juice, or even make a vegetable with grated carrots, a light tempering, and some coriander leaves.

6. Spinach

Apart from being a rich source of iron, spinach is also another must-have if you want to have glowing skin. The leafy green is a storehouse of nutrition. It contains Vitamins A and C, and antioxidants that fend off all sorts of skin infections. Spinach is rich in iron and can help you fight anemia and adds color to your pale skin.

How: Have a warm spinach cream soup or make spinach and cheese parathas. A rich aromatic spinach gravy with fresh paneer drives away the blues.

7. Almonds

Almonds are natural emollients that hydrate the skin and prevent dryness. They are also rich in Vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Almonds contain many antioxidants that combat the signs of aging on your skin.

How: Soak 4-5 almonds every night and eat them the next morning.
Add almond slivers to your soups and salads. Better still, have almond halwa.
This food for skin is just right for the winter season.

8. Green Tea

Green tea is full of antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and prevent flaky skin. The antioxidants also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

How: Have a cup post lunch. Slip slow and enjoy the warm ride.

9. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of the best foods to keep your skin looking and feeling wonderful. It contains flavonols that help the skin glow even in the harsh winter. It also offers sun protection to your skin naturally.

How: A piece post lunch or dinner would make the meal just perfect. You could also opt to have some dark chocolate granola as a midday snack. If anyone wonders at your chocolate snacking, just tell them your skin loves this food.

10. Blueberry

This is a superfood high in antioxidants and helps reduce free radicals.

How: Snack on a handful as you begin your day. Add some to your salad or even make a little fresh blueberry jam and smear on your bread/rotis.

Remember to be patient with these winter skin care tips and enjoy! Go ahead, glow on.


10 3-Ingredient Smoothies

Top to bottom, left to right: Tangerine Pineapple Banana, Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter, Carrot Mango Coconut, Pineapple Lime Ginger, Cherry Blueberry Kale, Cherry Mango Yogurt, Raspberry Banana Chia, Cranberry Pineapple Spinach, Blueberry Banana Chocolate, Mango Berry Coconut

1. Tangerine Pineapple Banana

2 tangerines (peeled and segmented), 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1 frozen banana. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

2. Peanut Butter Strawberry

1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

3. Carrot Mango Coconut

1 large carrot (grated), 1 cup frozen mango, 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

4. Ginger Pina Colada

2 cups frozen pineapple, 1 lime (peeled and sliced), 1/2-inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced). Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

5. Cherry Blueberry Kale

1 cup kale, 1 cup cherries, 1/2 cup blueberries. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

6. Cherry Mango Yogurt

1 cup diced mango, 1 cup frozen cherries, 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

7. Raspberry Banana Chia

1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1 Tablespoon chia seeds. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

8. Cranberry Pineapple Spinach

1 1/2 cups pineapple, 1/2 cup cranberries, 1 cup spinach. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid. (Can substitute another berry for the cranberries.)

9. Banana Blueberry Chocolate

1 large banana (sliced) 1 cup blueberries, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.

10. Mango Berry Coconut

1 cup mixed berries, 1 cup mango, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.


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