That Healthy Summer Glow

  January 19, 2011  |    Uncategorized

So what’s a great skin boosting summer snack?

Fabulous Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c quinoa
  • 1 red apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) container nonfat lemon yogurt

Directions

  1. prepare quinoa.  boiling 1 c water and allowing to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until water is dissolved and grains burst.   Cover and cool for 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine red apple, Granny Smith apple, nectarine, celery, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Mix in yogurt. Chill until ready to serve.

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Enjoy!

If you’re like us, your Summer months are filled with beaches, BBQs, and tons of outdoor fun.  The weather is beautiful and we are all starting to wear our favorite light dresses and swimwear and we want to look our best.  Sunscreen and hydration are really important to keeping our skin healthy and helping with that special summer glow, but did you know certain vitamins and minerals boost the health of our skin?

Vitamin C and Vitamin E work as powerful anti-oxidants that help reduce free-radical damage and keep that healthy glow.  For vitamin C, try some citrus fruits, strawberries or bell peppers– or get a little funky and have some guava or kiwi.  For vitamin E, try some nuts and seeds.

Vitamin A helps our skin look nourished and does away with the flaky dryness.  How about some cantaloupe or carrots to get your dose?

Vitamin B complex pumps up the shine in your hair and gives you healthy nails as well.  Biotin is the best B vitamin skin enhancer.  Clams, oysters, mussels and fish are beachy delicious sources.

Vitamin K keeps our blood clotting and gives us that healthy rosiness (not to be confused with too much sun and a nasty burn).  Cucumber, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and scallions are good bets for vitamin K.

Selenium, Copper, and Zinc are minerals that work along with Vitamin C to reduce sun damage, maintain elasticity, and prevent unwanted breakouts.  These minerals are easily supplied by a healthy diet, making sure to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean poultry and seafood.  So, you don’t have to worry about getting them as a supplement.

 

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