This creamy green popsicle is packed with healthy ingredients to keep the skin hydrated, smooth, and beautiful.
The best foods for the skin are high in water content to keep the skin hydrated, and high in antioxidants and vitamins to bring the best out of your skin. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this creamy green popsicle.
Avocados are a certified super food, containing essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and amino acids. They are known to increase the absorption of important nutrients such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein. The D-manno-heptulose sugar found in avocados helps improve the production of collagen, which is crucial to keeping the skin healthy and young.
Coconut water is packed with fluids and electrolytes that not only keep you hydrated, but your skin as well. Hydrated skin is healthy, glowing skin.
Lime, like all citrus fruits are know for their beneficial effects on the skin. Lime helps rejuvenate your skin and protects it from infections, thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant and antibiotic properties.
Kiwi is jam-packed with tiny, black seeds that contain the high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, that is responsible for improving the moisture and elasticity of skin.
Creamy Green Popsicles
Juice of 1-2 limes
Bee Free Honey to sweeten as desired.
Peel and dice avocados and banana.
Juice 2 limes. (use less if you don’t like tart flavors)
Blend avocados, banana and lime juice in a blender until smooth.
Add 8+ ounces of Coconut Water (or until consistency desired) and blend.
To sweeten add Bee Free Honey to preferred sweetness. (optional) and blend.
Peel and slice kiwi into thin round pieces.
Add a slice or two of kiwi to the popsicle mold. Pour or spoon mixture into molds leaving almost a ¼ inch from the top. As it freezes, the mixture will expand. If using wooden popsicle sticks soak them in luke warm water before setting them in the popsicle molds.
Freeze: Approximately 6 hours.
Ready to eat: Run popsicle mold under luke warm water to release the popsicle from the mold.
We are always looking for ways to include cucumber in our diet. This refreshing fruit boasts so many health benefits and is one of the foods on the zero calorie list too! Cucumbers provide a variety of nutrients, but one in particular called Silica, is particularly supportive of skin health. It helps the skin by improving hydration and elasticity and is a building block of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Cucumbers are hydrating, help to quench thirst and act as a mild diuretic, which will help with bloat and flush out excess water weight. They help remove harmful toxins from the body, promote optimal nutrient uptake and contain flavanoid antioxidants that prevent free radicals from building up, which can cause premature aging.
Here’s a simple cucumber recipe that is also a perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue.
Summer Cooling Salad
½ red onion
Cut cucumber, avocado and red onion into small bite size pieces.
In a bowl mix the cut vegetables with sprinkles of sesame seeds and cayenne pepper to taste.
Add 1-2 TB of Coco-Aminos to taste.
Refrigerate mixture to a cool temperature for a refreshing salad!**
*Optional: For an added nutty flavor, toast sesame seeds in small skillet prior to adding to mixture.
**Serve cucumber salad over a bed of baby greens for a more filling meal.
For this “Recipe Friday” we want to share another plant-based recipe that helps to boost the health and appearance of your skin. Eating a diet full of whole plant-based foods has a profound impact on our bodies, especially our skin. Plants make our skin glow! We hope to inspire you to heal your skin from within by boosting your intake of plants. Here’s a yummy plant-based “Green Glow Bowl”.
Here’s how the ingredients benefit our skin:
Edamame: Eating edamame and other soyfoods may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because it is rich in isoflavones, which may help prevent collagen breakdown.
Kale: Kale is the most alkaline producing vegetable, which is great for giving nutrients to the skin. Plus the Vitamin A in Kale prevents skin diseases. Kale is also packed with calcium, potassium & iron which supports detoxification of the liver which is important for clear skin!
Onion: Possesses the Vitamins A, C and E, which help to fight agains the damage caused by harmful UV rays. Also, onion is a rich source of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that helps keep skin wrinkle free.
Quinoa: Rejuvenates the skin from within and reduces wrinkles by providing the body with collagen. Contains all nine essential amino acids, which build strong, beautiful skin, hair, and nails and repair daily damage.
Zucchini: Zucchini is rich in Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants which can benefit your skin.
Green Glow Bowl
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or veggie broth
1 zucchini chopped
2 handfuls kale
1 glove garlic
1/4 vegetable broth or oil
1/4 cup tahini or hummus
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 table spoon maple syrup (optional)
In a medium sized pot, add quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
In a separate pan, heat the vegetable broth (or oil) and sauté the onions with the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the frozen edamame and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the kale last and cook about 1 minute until softened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat.
Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by adding all of the ingredients and whisking until smooth.
Scoop the quinoa into a bowl, top with the vegetable mixture and drizzle on the dressing.
Clean Eating has been our theme this year and now that our Spring Detox is over, we have more tips to guide you and help you feed your body with fresh, sustainable, plant based foods. Our belief is that beauty starts from within and nourishing and protecting your skin begins with the foods that you put in your body.
That said, we don’t expect you to lead a life without indulgences. Life is about balance and while we encourage you to choose whole, organic, foods as much as possible, we expect that you will treat yourself on occasion too.
Here are some tips to follow after your detox:
Continue to eat organic, whole foods and avoid processed food. – Try to set a goal for yourself, such as eating 80% whole foods. We think of it as making 8 out of the 10 items on your plate whole food based.
Keep drinking water to keep toxins flushing out of your system. – We love adding lemon for the many benefits not to mention yummy flavor!
Stimulate your natural detoxification system with daily exercise. – Even if you just make time in your day for 15-30 minutes, your body will thank you!
Drink an alkalizing smoothie everyday! – We love to start our days with an alkalizing smoothie. All those veggies and fruits you’ve been eating have changed your body to have a healthy alkaline environment that is less susceptible to disease and aging! A double whammy!!
Today seemed like a good day to post our green pudding recipe. We’ve been loving chia seeds lately and wanted to experiment with a chia seed dessert. This started out as a smoothie, but ended up more like a pudding, which was a nice surprise. The avocado gives a creamy almost whipped consistency, while the chia seeds add that gummy-like texture.