One of our recent posts featured a Winter Salad that was so delicious that it inspired us to make a different version to highlight citrus fruits even more. It’s been raining quite a bit here in So Cal, which is great to get us out of the drought, but it’s been a bit gloomier than we’re used to. This salad and it’s bright colors are so gorgeous and uplifting that we feel it just might put an end to any winter blues from the dreary weather.
Citrus is in the height of its season right now and you can find such sweet tasting varieties of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and pomelos. The idea is to use any combination of any citrus fruit and adding the honey helps to bring out the tartness of the citrus. To make this salad Vegan, we used Bee Free Honee for the dressing. It’s so delicious and made from Apples!
Winter Citrus Salad
1 blood orange
Slivered raw almonds
Drizzled Bee Free Honee
A sprinkle of salt
1/3 diced avocado
Peel all the fruits and remove as much of the pith as possible with a sharp paring knife. The easiest way to do this is to cut off both ends of the round fruit so you have a flat surface to stand your fruit upright. Then cut as close to the pulp as possible.
Using a serrated knife, slice the fruits into disks.
Arrange the slices on a plate – mix up the different colors for variety!
Add avocado on top.
Sprinkle with the almonds, drizzle the honee (or honey) and lastly add the salt.
Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv
We’ve always hoped to have a place where we could provide some education and our view on health, fitness, skincare, and beauty. So today, we thought we’d share some information on Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is often talked about as the secret to looking younger. Even Dr. Oz has endorsed Vitamin C as an anti-ager taking a decade off of your skin. It turns out that we have Vitamin C naturally in our skin, but as we age, the amount of Vitamin C begins to decline, which results in wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. Therefore, to keep your youthful appearance, daily application of Vitamin C is recommended.
Used topically, Vitamin C can help to rebuild collagen and repair cells that have been damaged by the sun. It was once considered a challenge to harness vitamin C into an effective topical solution, since it oxidizes so quickly. Unless protected, Vitamin C rapidly degrades and loses its antioxidant ability as soon as it’s exposed to oxygen. However, there have been huge advances in harnessing Vitamin C into an effective and gentle formulation and many effective Vitamin C serums are now available.
We’re excited to try the newly released Citrus & Kale Potent C+E serum by Eminence Organics, which has 16% activity of vitamin C. Studies have shown it to reduce 47% of free radical damage in just 3 hours!
Some products are great for repairing the skin and ideal to put on your skin at night, when you are resting. However, this serum provides the extra protection your skin needs during the day as you are exposed to light and toxins in the environment.
Since this serum has such a high absorbency rate, it’s best to drop it directly on your face instead of into your hands. We put 4 drops directly onto our face and rub it in. Wait about 20-30 sec for the serum to absorb and then apply your favorite SPF moisturizer. Let the SPF moisturizer absorb and then apply your makeup as usual.