It is that time of year when we show our love and support for each other by wearing pink. This year lets celebrate the power of pink with these wonderful antioxidant-rich foods. Cheers to healthy cells, inside and out!
Delectable and fiber-rich, Strawberries contain salicylic acid and ellagic acid, which reduce hyperpigmentation, prevent acne and remove dead skin cells. These perfect bite-sized fruits also contain a long list of flavonoids that act as excellent antioxidants.
I absolutely love this nutrient-dense earthy root! High in folate, Beets can ensure the optimal functioning and repair of cells. Along with being high sources of folate and riboflavin beets contain a long of list skin-friendly vitamins and minerals.
Tropical and exotic, the Guava fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. The leaves, fruit, as well as its bark, have been found to have anti-cancer properties. Guavas are naturally high in vitamin C, four times higher than oranges. Lycopene is only one of the powerful antioxidant found in this special fruit, defending your body against the proliferation of free radicals.
Known to be powerful drug/poison eliminator Grapefruits contain bioflavonoids and other plant chemicals that protect against serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, and the formation of tumors. The high-water-content also helps our skin to be plump, juicy and radiant. If you'd like to add a little grapefruit glow to your skin, I absolutely love the Rhonda Allison Blushed Wine Gel.
This immune-boosting fruit is a tropical super-food that you’ll want to be sure to incorporate into your diet. Sometimes referred to as a strawberry pear, Dragon Fruit is believed to contain phytonutrients that fight a variety of diseases. Along with its antioxidant nutritional properties, it’s also known for being an antibacterial.
Vibrant and tangy, cherries make for the perfect sweet snack. Their vitamin C, carotenoids, and flavonoids effectively neutralize free radicals and protect us from all ailments associated with aging, hair loss, wrinkling of skin, and certain types of cancer.
Widely used for clearing up skin Pomegranates contain three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea. Pomegranate juice has been found to reduce the risk of developing cancer and even counteracting various cancer-causing free radicals. They are packed with flavonoids that work great with delaying signs of aging. I drink 4 oz of organic Pomegranate juice every day!
The perfect melt in your mouth fruit, Raspberries are a perfect source of polyphenolic antioxidants like anthocyanin pigments that are known for optimal health. With a high concentration of ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins, and salicylic acid (just to name a few) raspberries provide an extremely potent antioxidant kick.
Last but not least wine makes the cut! Specifically, Resveratrol a compound found within this beloved beverage. This wonderful substance is a polyphenolic antioxidant, which is a savior to your skin. When applied topically it interrupts and acts as a barrier to negative environmental influences. Find our wonderful products that contain Resveratrol here.
Here is my favorite concoctions for fighting free radicals. Enjoy!
Pink Beet Smoothie
From Jeana’s Kitchen
This Pink Beet Smoothie takes the classic strawberry banana smoothie and super-charges it with antioxidant-rich roasted beets!
1 large red beet or 2 baby beets
1/2 cup fresh or freshly frozen strawberries (add a more if you’re concerned with the root taste of beets)
½ fresh frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (without carrageenan, which can cause acne)
1 Tbsp of your favorite raw organic honey (optional)
1 to 2 scoops of your favorite Protein Powder and/or Collagen Powder (optional)
1. Trim, peel, and chop beets into ½ inch cubes. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp water and place in an aluminum foil pouch. Cook for 50 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until tender (test with a fork).
2. Allow roasted beet to cool
3. In a blender, mix beets, strawberries, banana, almond milk, and honey.
You can roast a large batch of beets ahead of time for use in all your beet recipes. Just store them in the fridge in an airtight container until you're ready to use them!
Peel your bananas, cutting them into blender ready sizes, and freeze them. This trick of the trade will improve the texture of your smoothie, keeping it smooth.
When selecting a supplemental protein you want to avoid whey and anything that contains biotin or iodine. These contribute to acne. I love our Vanilla Lucama by Epic Protein. It is acne safe.)
Adding Collagen Powder helps to increase collagen production and is beneficial for healthy aging