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Glowing Skin Smoothie + What to Eat for Perfect Skin
This smoothie is PACKED with all of the essential foods for that smooth, glowing skin you've always wanted. √ The avocado. Avocados hydrate your skin which brings back that glow we all crave. It is filled with oils and good fats to promote health skin and hair. √ The mangos and pineapple. Mangos contain carotenoids, which help our skin glow while pineapples are high in vitamin C. These nutrients help produce collagen which makes our skin firm and youthful. √ Spinach OR kale may be used. Both are nutrient dense super foods! Try throwing these guys in soups, salads, omelets, etc! √ Coconut water. It’s incredibly hydrating and makes skin look more youthful and shiny. It's not the best tasting thing under the sun, but added into a smoothie its fine! Plus, you get used to that taste :) If you’re replacing a meal with this smoothie, try adding a little flax or flax oil. Your skin needs oil to keep it hydrated! 2-3 teaspoons per serving is perfect. Ingredients: 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 Directions: Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. 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.
[Week 1] Monday & Friday - Rest Day Recipes (Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie)
You've got to love a training plan that starts off with a rest day! Since Tuesday will be my first long distance run, I want to make great post-run meals ahead of time since I'll probably be too tired once I get home. I'll be making a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie since it has complex carbs AND protein. Plus its chocolate peanut butter...hello! Here’s the protein breakdown of my new favorite smoothie: 6 oz greek yogurt → 18 grams 3/4 cup skim milk → 6 grams 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter → 4 grams The yogurt adds a ton of protein to the shake and should be pretty easy on your stomach, which can be sensitive after a run. Here's the recipe, enjoy! Ingredients: 1 large banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 6 oz Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt (or 2%, flavored or unflavored) 3/4 cup skim milk (or your favorite kind of nondairy or dairy milk) 1 Tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (any kind you like) Directions: Put all of the ingredients into the blender, in the order listed, and blend on high until thick and smooth. I would start with only 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder, blend, and then add 1 more for a stronger chocolate taste. You may need to stop and stir/scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Drizzle glass with 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup (optional) and enjoy! If you prefer a less sweet smoothie, you may leave out the honey. Add more peanut butter for a stronger peanut butter taste. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired. Add 1 cup of your favorite greens for added nutrition.
Choosing the Right Tea to Match Your Mood
We as humans tend to experience multiple moods that come and go without any notice and quite frankly, it can get really frustrating. A kind gesture from a stranger can make your entire day. But, all of a sudden, an inconsiderate jerk pushes past you in order to get the last available seat on the subway and then an immediate transformation occurs. That one quick, yet affective gesture has officially dampened your high spirits and whiplashed you into another mood you really didn’t want to be in. Instead of being heavily medicated and secluding yourself in your room during a Netflix binge, grab a cup of tea and let its natural ingredients do the healing. Common cold: Elderflower Avoiding the common cold is inevitable sometimes. You feel yourself being cautious when you’re in public spaces, yet you still manage to pick it up after you used about half a gallon of hand sanitizer. Elderflower tea relieves the symptoms of a common cold. It has a gentle and pleasant tea, so it’s welcoming to people of all ages, especially young kids. It contains antiviral and immune boosting effects, so it can tackle flu symptoms and other common cold problems. Stressed: Lemon Balm Maybe you have to meet a strict deadline for work. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed because finals are approaching and you’re trying to cram in last minute study sessions. You have found that physically you’re exhausted, but the gears running in your mind won’t seem to shut off. Lemon balm aids relaxation and calmness. The oils in lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the stomach and bladder, and calms future anxieties you may be experiencing. Slow metabolism: Green Tea Whether you’re looking to shed a couple extra pounds, or simply speed up your metabolism, green tea has proven to be very beneficial in EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an ingredient known to speed up metabolism. Try to make it a habit of consuming 4-6 cups a day in order to notice a significant change in energy level. Sleepless nights: Chamomile Chamomile tea is strictly herbal based, so it doesn’t contain any caffeine, which is the main ingredient for keeping someone up in the first place. The tea itself has a unique, sweet, and floral aroma and will have a drowsiness effect on you. Your local grocery store should have brands like Celestial Seasonings and Traditional Medicinals, which are two of my favorite brands; however, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go as far as drying out the flowers and brewing them yourself. Bloated: Peppermint Peppermint has been known to help fatigue and stomach problems. It calms your internal systems and is extremely useful if you over-indulge in a late night meal or food loaded with sugars and fibers that the body finds hard to absorb. Next time you’re feeling uncomfortable because you maybe had one too many slices of cake, try and drink some peppermint tea to settle your stomach and reduce bloating. Nauseous: Ginger Tea Soon to be mothers have claimed that Ginger has helped them during pregnancy sickness. If you make this tea from grated root ginger, it will provide even more benefits. First, you want to steep two teaspoons in boiled water. Then, let it sit until it’s cool. Finally, sip on it casually, and you should find your nausea disappearing. Try not to consume more than three teaspoons a day.
This Juice Melts Cellulite and Burns Fat
This anti-cancer juice is exploding with ingredients that contain high levels of vitamins A and C Regularly drinking this pure juice will affect every aspect of your life. We all know that beauty comes from within; and once you begin hydrating your body with the most nutritionally perfect – organic liquid – everything about you will shine! Your hair, your skin, your eyes, your nails, and your emotional thoughts – you will be wholly renewed and transformed. Once the body and mind start operating on the fuel which God gave you – you will instantly feel energised! This positive outcome will then spill over to all aspects of your life – your work, your relationships, and your self-confidence. The ingredients in this juice expunges mucus and eradicates toxins. Toxins and a too-acidic body contribute to weight gain. The acidic residues infiltrate your cells – causing you to store fat. The antioxidants in citrus fruit and the metabolism booster ginger join hands and saturate the cells – flushing out all the nasty bad stuff. Plus, the fruit acids dissolve the mucus that are keeping those deadly acids hostage in your body. Many of our favourite foods in the Western diet are loaded with acidity – creating acidic garbage in the bloodstream. Such foods include dairy, meat, gluten-flour, coffee, alcohol, sugar, and even pollution. It’s not harmful if you eat acidic foods in tiny amounts, but indulging on very acid-forming foods regularly places a burdensome task on the kidneys and liver. The goal is to ALKALISE, DETOX, and REJUVENATE. This living juice will help you destroy that toxic build-up. After you develop a healthy nutritional lifestyle – loaded with living raw foods – the fat will just melt off. So, join me as we kill those intruders with the potent ingredients listed below. The main ingredient in my special elixir is – you guessed it – grapefruit! Grapefruits are the largest members of the citrus family. They originated outside of Asia and were hybridised in Jamaica (possibly a cross between a pommelo and a sweet orange). A real popular ‘weight loss’ fruit, grapefruits are ‘eliminators’ – making them the ultimate detoxifier. Your liver will love you once you start drinking these citrus delights. Juice fasting with grapefruits (or eating them) for 3-7 days will detoxify your body. It’ll clean out your colon and purify the fluids in your body. Okay… Let’s start juicing! This zingy, zesty juice will instantly wake you and your senses up – making this an excellent breakfast juice. Ingredients 5 Grapefruits 1 Lemon 2 Limes 1/4 Medium Pineapple Handful of Ginger, you be the judge on how much to use Instructions Cut the tops and bottoms of the grapefruits. Then get a sharp knife and cut around the edges to peel off the skin. Remember not to cut the white pith away – as it contains a ton of nutrients. Do the same with the limes, pineapple, and lemon. (**You don’t need to peel the limes and lemon if you own a high-quality juicer) Juice the lemon, limes, ginger, and grapefruits. Then, juice the pineapple. Pour over ice. Salud! (Cheers in Spanish for you non-Spanish speakers) What’s So Important about Vitamin C? Vitamin C is required for repairing and maintaining cells and bones – not to mention fighting off infections. It even lowers your cancer and cardiovascular disease risks. We need to continuously consume vitamin C rich foods – as our bodies don’t store vitamin C. http://bit.ly/1CJLF0i
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