Summer is a great season for many reasons- longer days, warm weather, vacations, grilling, fresh fruits and vegetables- just to name a few. There are many ways to add skin health boosting ingredients into your diet this time of year.
This season’s fresh, antioxidant rich fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries can be eaten by themselves or added to your salad or a refreshing smoothie.
Research continues to show that antioxidants, both those you get from food and those you apply topically, protect your skin against free radical damage.
Our bodies produce free radicals during normal metabolism and immune functions. Excessive exposure to Ultraviolet Light and environmental conditions increase the number of free radicals we produce. These free radicals cause oxidative damage to our genetic materials (DNA), proteins, cell membranes and other cellular components, speeding up the aging process. We keep this damage under control by neutralizing free radicals with natural enzymes and antioxidants.
Try this refreshing berry smoothie- good for you, good for your skin.
by Neal Mendel, Chef de Cuisine
Banana and Berry Smoothie
Calories, 236, Vit A IU 338, Vit C mg 73, Vit E mg 1.6
1 medium banana
4 fresh strawberries
1/8 cup blueberries
1/8 cup blackberries
1/8 cup plain vanilla yogurt
1 cup apple juice
1-1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk or skim milk
1 scoop of protein powder
1 tbsp. aloe vera juice
Blend all ingredients well and pour into a glass to drink. Thin with water if necessary.Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Enjoy!