Save on Skin Care by Switching Up Your Smoothie

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Fact #1: Your skin is your largest organ.

Fact #2: Anything you take in – whether eaten or applied topically – impacts the health of every cell, muscle, and organ of your body, including your skin, and, by default, the radiance of your complexion.

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Enter your daily smoothie, that magically convenient cup (or bowl), rich with vital nutrients, such as fruits, veggies, protein, and other powerful superfoods.

No way can this magic concoction possibly be tied to a lackluster complexion? Actually, yes, whey.

Whey, a milk protein and a very popular ingredient of protein powders among even the most health-conscious, has been correlated to acne, including adult acne.

Research has shown that dairy – cheese, milk, yogurt, and whey – stimulates hormonal changes, including the production of IGF (insulin-like growth factor), which results in acne, redness, rosacea, etc.

We spend billions of dollars a year in the US on skin care, amounting to ~$8/day. Imagine if we made simple dietary changes that would be more effective, more natural and more affordable!

What to do if you find your protein powder (or favorite yogurt) may be to blame for your skin condition?

  1. Eliminate it from your diet and notice a difference. Be patient, as it will take time for the inflammation in your body and skin to go down.
  2. Make substitutions, such as:
    • Non-whey, non-dairy protein powder in your smoothie (try vegan, sprouted protein)
    • Unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt (steer clear of articifically sweetened anything, i.e. no aspartame, sucralose, nor acesulfame)
    • Coconut-, soy- or nut-milk alternative in your coffee or on your cereal; even if it says non-dairy, like the delectable flavored and seasonal creamers, skip it.

The bottom line?

Don’t fret if milk doesn’t do a body good. There are plenty of alternatives, and your skin (and your monthly skin care budget) will thank you!

Have you kicked dairy and seen changes to your complexion? Let us know! Likewise, if you’ve tried and can’t seem to give up the milk, send us a line, and we’ll cheer you on! We love our community, and the positive vibes it provides. A rising tide lifts all ships, and the wisdom you share is invaluable!

 

So Fresh & So Clean, Clean: A New Smoothie Recipe

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Check out this new smoothie for a fresh nutritional powerhouse with anti-inflammatory ingredients, internal cleansing agents and yummy flavor. You’ll love this new take on an old fave. As with any recipe, explore and experiment! Make it your own and just have fun with it!

So Fresh & So Clean, Clean
In your blender, combine:

– 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
– Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
– 2 knobs of ginger (1-2 inches, depending on your preference)
– 5 mint leaves
– A few sprigs of parsley
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– 1/2 tsp maca powder (can be found here)
– 1 cup spinach
– Handful of wheatgrass (watch out with this one; too much, and the texture goes awry!)
– 2 inches of peeled aloe leaf
– Your protein powder (my fave is this one)
– 1/4 avocado
– 1/2 cucumber
– Approx 1/2 cup of ice
– Approx 1 cup of water

Enjoy!

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Bon appetit!

The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie

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Clean, green smoothies & juices are all the rage right now – I know I just can’t get enough! – and rightfully so. They are full of vitamins & nutrients, taste delicious, and are a healthy breakfast or snack, particularly when made at home and taken on-the-go. Not to mention today’s technologies & user-friendly appliances can be found at almost every price point, so it’s becoming easier for just about anyone to whip one up!

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Not sure where to start? Neither did I!  And let me just tell you, it took a while before I was able to figure out how to concoct a green smoothie that didn’t taste – or look – like some sort of green salsa or something from straight out of the garden trimmings. Holy moly, it was not at all palatable (nor very appealing to look at)! In all honesty, I gave up a few times and completely wrote off the whole “Green Smoothie Thing,” BUT, after experimenting with recipes, getting creative, and realizing that there’s no “wrong way” to making smoothies, I got the hang of it, and I’ve been enjoying a green smoothie every morning for the last two and a half years!

So, here’s the deal: Ever since I’ve been toting this magic potion into the office every morning (or indulging in one as a snack, for example, after a run with friends), people have taken notice & started to ask questions. Some even dare to ask for a sip, and inevitably, they ask for the recipe, so here it is, the recipe for The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie!

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So vibrant! Lookin’ good already!

The Ultimate Green Goddess Smoothie
Serves 1
1 – 1 1/2 scoops of Garden of Life RAW Protein, Vanilla flavored (seen here)
1/2 – 1 full bananaHandful of Spinach or Kale (or both!)
1/3 – 1/2 cucumber (about 1/2 cup messily chopped)
1/2 of an avocado
5 drops liquid stevia (start with 5 and add more if needed)
1 Tbl flax seed
1 cup milk (hemp, rice, almond, flax, etc.)
1/2 cup H2O
1/2 cup ice
2-3 sprigs of parsley
1 tsp maca powder (seen here)
1/4 c. berries (frozen or fresh, preferably organic)
1 Tbl Royal Jelly (**NOT Vegan)
1 Tbl chia seeds (added after blended)

A Few Tips
–  Have fun with it! Mix and match your ingredients, and don’t worry about the creating the perfect green smoothie; above all, it should be fun, and there’s nothing fun about worrying!
–  Add enough liquid (milk and/or water) that it covers 3/4 of the contents of your blender; that may mean adding more than the amounts listed above.
– If your blender “stalls,” turn it off, add a little more liquid, stir, put the top back on, and get back to blending!
–  Blend until the consistency looks like “normal” smoothie consistency (usually about 5 minutes).

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Happy Blending!