SUMMER COLLAGEN BOOSTING SMOOTHIE

I think one of my favorite things about summer is keeping cool and refreshed with a nice smoothie. Spring and summertime bring about so many delicious seasonal crops that are naturally cooling and refreshing to the body (and detoxifying as well!)

This recipe is my go-to during warm weather with ingredients focused on cooling the body while nourishing healthy glowing skin and boosting overall wellbeing by supporting the body's own detoxification pathways. 

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Raspberries: great source of antioxidants, particularly ellagic acid which is known for its anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Also helps to preserve your existing collagen!
  • Apples: great source of a fiber called pectin (it's highest levels are found in the skin so make sure you leave that on!) which helps with digestion and supports weight loss.
  • Cucumbers: VERY hydrating for the body, made up of 95% water. Hydration is crucial for plump, glowing skin. Also high in fiber and helps fight inflammation.
  • Collagen powder: the building block for healthy, firm skin/hair/nails; for healthy digestive lining, for healthy joints. (optional; be mindful collagen usually comes from cows so if you have a dairy sensitivity finding a marine or plant based source might be a better option for you!)
  • Coconut water: a great source of electrolytes to help keep the body balanced and hydrated during times of high heat and sweating.
  • CBD oil: to promote a calm mood, reduce inflammation and some report improvement of acne as well!

RECIPE

In a high-powered blender, mix in:

  • 1-2 handfuls of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 an apple with the skin (i prefer green apples for their tart flavor)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon, fresh
  • 1/4 cucumber with the skin
  • ~1 cup of coconut water (add more or less depending on desired thickness)
  • 1 scoop collagen 
  • 1-2 dropperfuls CBD oil (I like the one from CW Hemp; you can purchase that from my online curated dispensary)

Blend till smooth and enjoy!

WARMING BEAUTY TONIC

Seems LA is *finally* getting the memo it's winter.. so I had to swap out my usual smoothie for something a bit more warm and nourishing.

As it is, cold foods/drinks are not the best for your digestive health, but when it's cold outside, it's particularly important to incorporate warming elements to the diet for healthy digestion (which is the basis of optimal wellness... and glowing skin ;)

I put together what I've coined a "warming beauty tonic" with lovely ingredients to support healthy digestion, glowing beautiful skin and an overall warm feeling. 

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Green tea: wonderful antioxidant, provides calming energy in the form of L-theanine
  • Dandelion: considered a cooling herb but great for digestion and liver health; improves the efficiency of waste removal from the body which is key for healthy skin
  • Ghee: good source of fat to provide sustained energy. Also key for healthy skin
  • Collagen: the building block for healthy, firm skin/hair/nails; for healthy digestive lining, for healthy joints. Basically, my favorite ingredient to put in everything!
  • Lucuma: natural source of low-glycemic sweetener (i.e. doesn't spike your blood sugar and drop it down quickly), full of minerals and antioxidants. Nutty, maple type flavor.

RECIPE:

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  • Steep green tea, dandelion (either loose leaf or tea bags: I used organic green tea dandelion tea bags from Traditional Medicinals. I like a stronger flavor so used 2 tea bags.)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee (for this particular tonic, I used a ghee infused with raw honey and a range of amazing herbs from Flora Ex Machina.) 
  • 1 scoop of collagen powder (I love using Neocell for collagen; they have a wide range of products including marine sources of collagen for vegans. I like to use their Derma Matrix Collagen Skin complex because aside from collagen it contains vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen to form, and hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin. For purchasing, I usually go to my nearest health foods store or get it delivered from Thrive Market
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lucuma (I use the one from Moon Juice)
  • Once tea has steeped thoroughly, remove the tea bag(s)/strain the tea and blend with the ingredients above. Because of the fat from the ghee, you'll notice it's frothy like a latte :)

Enjoy!