Pleasure and enjoyment need to surround our food in order to achieve the naturally glowing skin and energized health we all deserve. In my last article I shared 3 Foods That Ruin Your Complexion and it caused quite the buzz. It is not all about deprivation — as that won’t ensure sustainable changes in our health. So as promised here are a few among the many healthy alternatives to get you started …
Skin Saver #1 Green Beauty Smoothies
A lot of us search for a quick fix when it comes to our skin and health. Green smoothies are blended veggies and a little fruit … and it is delicious, pure skin-loving nutrition!
A mixture containing leafy greens blasts you with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are already predigested by blending will take away the dull and weathered skin, making it appear more youthful.
Green smoothies reduce acne and become a skin saver by acting as a morning clean-up crew. The fiber from the vegetables and fruits become little brooms to sweep away excess toxins and hormones that have been released overnight which need to be properly eliminated.
Beginning each morning with my ‘Green Beauty Smoothie’ recipe is the best way to get skin glowing instantly. This particular recipe is so creamy and satisfying, you can even have it for dinner when it’s too late to cook and you won’t miss the (complexion-ruining) dairy!
Laurisa’s Green Beauty Smoothie Recipe
Fill blender with:
- 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla hemp milk* (Tempt brand is a fave!)
- 2-3 handfuls organic spinach
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (unrefined & virgin)
- ½ cup frozen mango or pineapple
- ¼ avocado
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- sweeten with stevia to taste (you’ll need very little)
*You can use any milk alternative here such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened hemp milk.
If you dedicate time to do a little preparation for the week ahead (like on a Sunday evening) by separating ingredients into individual containers for each day and placing them in the freezer, smoothies only take two minutes to prepare each morning and look very pretty in a to-go cup for your commute!
Skin Saver #2 Stevia
To avoid dreaded premature aging, you’ve been officially advised to kick sugar out of your diet! Many folks ask, “What can be used to sweeten up life while getting off the sugar habit?” There are options like raw honey, coconut nectar, and molasses — but all of these can still raise blood sugar which can put your energy levels on the up and down roller coaster.
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Stevia is a great alternative to sugar. This herb is derived from a small shrub primarily found in China and South America. It is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories, and does not cause blood sugar spikes that can be problematic for the skin. It comes in either a powder or liquid and is perfect in tea, coffee, oatmeal, and green smoothies.
Be on the lookout for brands of stevia that add sugar, which obviously defeats the purpose of a sugar-free sweetener.
Also avoid these ingredients
I prefer the brands Now’s Better Stevia, SweetLeaf and Body Ecology Stevia Liquid Concentrate. These don’t have the bitter taste sometimes associated with stevia and none of the sugar additives. Keep packets or a little bottle in your purse for on-the-go sweetening and you’ll never be stuck with that sugar packet again.
Skin Saver #3 Gluten-Free Grains
Removing flour from the diet proves to be one of the greatest challenges, but not impossible! There are many delicious alternatives to feast upon as you’re eliminating flour and gluten from your diet. Keep in mind; once these skin-sabotaging ingredients are out of your system for a few weeks, the cravings for bread disappear as the body becomes less inflamed and more balanced.
Just because a product is labeled “gluten-free” doesn’t necessarily make it healthy.
Many brands have created foods that are heavily processed with added sugar. When opting away from flour, the best bet is to concentrate on more whole, real foods and gluten-free grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet. Oats are okay, just be sure to look for the gluten-free label.
A few extra tips to get you over the “flour hurdles”
- Craving a sandwich? Wrap it up with a collard leaf instead.
- Need some pasta? Look for quinoa or rice flour options — just look for simple ingredients.
- Doing some baking? Try coconut flour, almond meal, buckwheat, or flax seed meal.
Once you embrace skin-saving foods, you’ll never go back to the complexion-ruining culprits.