Endless Summer Glow SmoothieCourtesy Lisanna Wallance, gourmandesante.com
This tasty smoothie from Sylwia Wiesenberg, wellness expert and founder of DOPE Naturally, has multiple skin-loving fruits and veggies. “Rich in lycopene, tomatoes are an anti-aging fruit; they’re full of vitamin A for ageless skin,” she says adding that they also contain plenty of vitamin K, which is anti-inflammatory. “Peppers are great for blood circulation and digestion promoting faster blood flow and detox naturally for glowing skin. Watermelon seeds contain amino acids for toned skin and muscles,” Wiesenberg continues. Here are some other healthy smoothie ideas.
- 3 – 5 medium size heirloom tomatoes (in winter vine tomatoes)
- 1 cup watermelon chunks
- 1 peach, plum, or pear
- A handful of mixed herbs like cilantro, basil, watercress, mint
- A touch of red spicy pepper
- A touch of sea salt
- A handful of sprouted watermelon seeds or pumpkin seeds for crunch and texture
Directions: Place everything in a blender and blend for 5 to 10 seconds max on low so the formula is a bit chunky.
Baked Apple Pie SlicesCourtesy Lisanna Wallance, gourmandesante.com
Brooke Alpert, nutritionist, RD, and author of The Diet Detox, shares this healthy rendition on an apple pie.“Apples contain vitamin C, vitamin A, and copper, which are important for collagen and melanin production,” she says. “And cinnamon has large amounts of antioxidants,” Alpert adds. (Find out even more ways cinnamon can help your body out.)
- 4 large apples, cored
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- *optional: crushed nuts on top such as almonds or walnuts
Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Slice the apples into 1/2 inch thick slices. In a bowl combine the vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the apples and mix well. Fill a large baking pan with a 1/4 inches of water and lay the apples in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Drain excess water and serve warm or chilled.