In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a lover of vegetables. My best friend thinks I’m mad, she can’t get enough. Don’t get me wrong, I know they are so good for me. At the end of the day, they aren’t at the top of my list.
Enter the green drink. I like to call this my daily insurance policy. Why, you ask? By 9 a.m. on any given day I’ve had two to three cups of vegetables (mixed with the fruit of my choice, frozen pineapple topping the list) some fresh ginger, a squeeze of lemon and ta-da, the insurance policy is complete. The one tool that makes it much easier is a Vitamix. It does sound like a helicopter is landing in my kitchen, but it will liquify just about anything I put it in. Dino kale=green juice in a matter of minutes.
I believe that what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body. I don’t pretend to be the expert on this, but know from first hand experience that when I eat a diet full of whole foods, I’m just happier. My skin is happier for sure. So, I’m always on the lookout for ways to work on my skin from the inside out. Enter a great article written by Jolene Hart: Foods That Firm Your Face….sign me up!
In summary, “you are what you eat” takes on new meaning according to the latest research on nutrition and skin aging. Hart goes on to say that “the nutrients in your next meal will become the building blocks of new skin cells and new collagen-two essential components of skin that looks and acts younger than your years.” Alkaline-producing foods nourish the skin’s basal layer (the really important one that forms all of the other protective cells). Some of the most nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are highly alkaline. Surprise alkaline food? Lemons. Too many acidic foods (sugar, caffeinated drinks, soda, red meat and alcohol) add up to mineral loss, skin inflammation, poor skin tone and the impaired ability to produce collagen. The complete article can be found in the July 2012 issue of Organic Spa magazine, and there are many more articles on Jolene’s blog :Beauty is Wellness.
Here’s the recipe for my green drink, otherwise known as the Alligator Smoothie by my 13 year old nephew:
2 cups chopped organic kale (I like the dino kale)
1-2 cups chopped cucumber (peel on if organic, if not, peel removed)
1 cup frozen fruit (kid friendliest version is frozen mango and frozen pineapple)
juice from 1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 inch piece of peeled ginger
1 cup water or coconut water
Add all ingredients to Vitamix and blend for 1-2 minutes.