Celebrate Spring Beauty with a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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Meet my sweet snack of the moment: the Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie! The delicate flavors of strawberry and fresh turmeric root (which, surprisingly, has beautiful floral notes) pair so well together, making this a spring treat that's fabulous for your skin and energy.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

This sweet smoothie satisfies a sweet craving with anti-inflammatory superfoods, healthy fats, and protein.

Serves 1 to 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
  • 1-inch chunk fresh turmeric root
  • ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nectarine and Purple Basil Smoothie

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It may be post-Labor Day, but summer hasn't stopped at the farmer's market. This week's influx of divinely juicy nectarines inspired me to grab some purple basil from my garden and blend up this refreshing (not to mention protein-rich) treat today.

Here's why it's a beauty-boosting choice: the flavonoids in basil protect your cells from age-advancing (pro-wrinkling) oxidative damage, while nectarines are filled with collagen-building vitamin C and skin-smoothing vitamin A. Hemp seeds are one of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, healthy fats and beauty minerals, and they give this smoothie substance.

If you haven't tried the nectarine + basil pairing, you must try this one!

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Nectarine & Purple Basil Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1 organic nectarine
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 small handfuls ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients, except ice, until smooth. Add ice if desired and blend until frothy.

A 5-Minute Healthy Hair Breakfast

In the beauty world, there’s a lot of buzz about hair-boosting supplements. Some experts swear by them, while others feel that they’re only as good as placebo pills. While the jury’s out on which supplements really make a measurable difference in our hair health, we do know that there are certain nutrients that your body needs to build healthy hair, and you can make it a point to include those in your diet with the goal of supporting gorgeous locks.

At Beauty Is Wellness, my approach is always to take in nutrients from whole foods first, before reaching for supplements. That doesn’t mean gulping down foods that you hate or slaving over a bunch of complicated recipes. In the case of healthy hair, it couldn’t be easier, or more appealing, to whip up my hair-nourishing Banana Breakfast Smoothie, below.

What are the secrets to a smoothie that boosts hair health? Since the foundation of our hair is keratin protein, this drink is packed with protein-rich hemp seeds that also provide iron, another mineral that supports strong locks. A healthy scalp is key for shiny, elastic hair, and hemp seeds are powerhouse beauty foods that offer healthy fats to nourish your scalp and skin as well. (For added scalp benefits, make time for regular cardio exercise, which brings circulation to your scalp and releases healthy scalp oils). Silica is an important nutrient for hair thickness, and the oats and banana in this smoothie are great sources. The final dash of cinnamon is rich in manganese, a nutrient that supports healthy hair and the production of hair pigment. All in all, it’s a complete hair booster at around 250 calories and a filling way to start the day. As for supplements, I’ll be following studies to see which ones come out on top!

 

Banana Breakfast Smoothie

This sustaining, perfect-for-the-a.m. smoothie nourishes healthy hair from the inside out.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 peeled, frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup gluten free whole oats
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.

Sun Protective Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

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The summer harvest gives us bushels of fresh foods that support sun defense in our bodies— tomatoes, watermelon, peppers and apricots are just a few of my favorites. I'd also add cherries to that list, since the phytochemical quercetin in cherries helps defend against UVB damage. For a change of pace from your green smoothie, I created this creamy, sweet— and sun protective— Cherry Chocolate Smoothie that's filled with skin-friendly ingredients (and not a bit of added sugar). Beyond their sun defensive qualities, cherries reduce inflammation in the body, calm redness in the skin and fight allergies. Raw cacao power (an even more beautifying alternative to regular cocoa powder) also protects skin from UV damage, reduces redness and boosts skin hydration. It's also rich in sulfur, a beauty mineral that supports strong hair, nails and skin. As a bonus, cacao raises levels of feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins in the brain, making you happy! And the gluten free oats and hemp seeds also give your skin a boost, with plenty of plant-based protein, beauty minerals that support skin elasticity (in the oats), and skin-friendly fats (in the hemp seeds).

Cherries are ripe now, so grab a bag of these beauty fruits (look for organic varieties) and whip up this sweet, beautifying treat today...

Sun Protective Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

This sweet smoothie is packed with top energy foods like cacao and hemp, along with a phytonutrient boost from cherries and cacao that increases the body’s natural UV defense.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup pitted organic sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup gluten free whole oats
  • 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • few drops almond extract (optional)
  • small handful ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Rethinking Rice: Beauty Super Food?

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With all of the exotic grains lining grocery store shelves, it’s hard to get excited by plain old rice. But if you haven’t looked at rice offerings lately, you’re missing out on both beauty nutrition and an easy, affordable staple for your beauty pantry. When it comes to rice, there’s a little something for every taste (there are over 100,000 varieties).  Take a look at what these rice varieties have to offer (hint: there are a few that surpass the rest when it comes to beauty benefits), and get cooking for beauty.

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Protein-Packed Beauty Breakfast: Homemade Qi'a

There's much debate about breakfast— is it really the most important meal of the day? Can eating breakfast make you leaner, happier, more energetic, and less controlled by cravings? I say absolutely, BUT it all fully depends on what kind of breakfast you choose to eat!

Here's why...

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