Glow from the inside out, with these nutrient-rich summer breakfasts. Don't worry, you can still use your favorite tinted moisturizer or bronzer for a summer glow. Stick with foods rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, and B complex and choose fruits rich in beta carotene.
Green tea berry smoothie - Treat your skin by drinking some green tea in your next homemade smoothie. "Drinking green tea can reverse the effects of sun damage to the skin and prevent skin cancer" according to a study funded by NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute.
Start with home-brewed tea, made the previous day and cooled in the fridge. It's easier to sweeten the tea with honey if you mix in the honey while it's hot. Pour a cup of green tea into your blender along with one cup of ice, one cup of strawberries and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Add more honey for a sweeter smoothie, or half a banana for a more filling summer breakfast.
Keep it simple with citrus - Take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruit during the summer months. Keep fresh oranges, a pineapple, and grapefruits on hand. Dice up fruit and take it to go for a mid-morning snack at work, forgoing the pastry cart. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health" according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
Better muffins - Sometimes you just have to have a muffin. Resist the temptation of the 500-empty calorie muffin by making your own. Start with a mix and add milled flax seed flour, a good non-animal source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids protect your skin from sun damage.
Skip the oil and the eggs and add mashed sweet potatoes instead. You can use jar of baby food, without any added sugar or salt. Sweet potatoes are a good source of the antioxidant beta-carotene. They also "raise our blood levels of vitamin A" according to World's Healthiest Foods. Your body needs the right amount of Vitamin A if you want to avoid "dry, flaky complexion" according to WebMD.
Pour the batter into a mini muffin tray, top each muffin with a walnut, and bake. Freeze small packages of two or three mini muffins for a quick summer breakfast. You can also add fresh strawberries, rich in the antioxidant Vitamin C, to any muffin mix.
Go green - Welcome more greens into your summer diet in unexpected ways. Fresh spinach has a barely-there flavor when blended with mangoes, blueberries, strawberries or blueberries, ice, water and fresh ginger. Ginger contains "12 anti-aging constituents that inactivate free radicals" according to Raw Family.
Citrus barley drink - Blemishes can creep on women of any age. Keep skin clear with a homemade citrus barley breakfast drink. Barley contains Vitamin E, a skin super food. It can improve skin tone, eliminate acne, and protect skin from UV rays.
Cook a quarter cup of pearl barley in 1 and a half quarts of water for about an hour. Strain the liquid into a large glass container. Add the juice of one fresh lemon and three oranges. Sweeten the mixture with brown sugar or honey. Stir and cool in the fridge. Bonus: toss the cooked barley into a soup or salad for lunch.
Hit the trail mix - Make your own yogurt topping with selenium-rich seeds and nuts that will help you put your best face forward. Selenium protects the skin's elasticity, which keeps you looking young. It also protects the skin from sun damage, which can replace a healthy glow with the dried look of leather. Mix raw and unsalted walnuts, chopped Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, almonds into small portions.
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