Summer

Skin Health: Watermelon

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For you sun worshippers … Did you know that excessive sun exposure to UV rays can accelerate aging skin and skin cancer? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

One of summer’s favorite fruits … watermelon can actually protect the skin from those harmful rays that lead to inflammation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How? Watermelon, along with tomatoes and other red fruits like grapefruit and apricots contain high antioxidant levels and lycopene that strengthen the skins immune system and prevents UV-induced sunburn.
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Eat + Drink before, during, and after for efficiency. ⠀⠀

July's Eats

July Eats

I love summer because I feel so inspired to cook everything that's in season... there's an abundance of reds, oranges, blues, greens, leafy, soft, firm, squishy and crispy fruits + vegetables. Here’s the list for this month, it’s a long one!

FRUITS:

Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Pluots, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Melons, Cherries, Loquats

VEGETABLES:

Beets, Carrots, Celery, Fennel, Potatoes, Turnips, Eggplant, Endive, Green Beans, Cactus pads, Garlic, Leeks, Radish, Peppers sweet & chile, Corn, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Tomatoes

LEAFY GREENS:

Purslane, Endive, Nettles, Arugula, Chard, Kale, Lambsquarters, Cress

MEAL IDEAS:

  1. Beet slaw with pistachios + raisins

  2. Pan roasted carrots with carrot top salsa verde, avocado + seared salmon

  3. Celery, apple + peanut salad

  4. Chilled seafood salad with fennel, radish, basil + creme fraiche

  5. Potato & roasted cauliflower salad, olives, feta + arugula

  6. Turnip salad with yogurt, herbs + poppy seeds

  7. Roasted eggplant + corn with fresh tomatoes and torn mint

  8. Cactus and tomato picadillo with fresh cilantro and chilies

  9. Nectarine + blueberry salad with torn mint, bee pollen + tahini drizzle

  10. Baked peaches with cinnamon, topped with chilled whipped coconut cream

Recipes for #1-6 from the book Six Seasons. For other recipes, please connect with me directly.

TRAVEL: Supplements & Essentials

Travel Essentials

I'm off to seek warmer temperatures for the weekend! 🌞 Traveling can hijack your digestion (dining out, new foods, time zone difference), detoxification (wilin' out), and stress levels (what isn't stressful anymore?) so here are some essentials to ease your systems ...

MAGNESIUM CITRATE: eases constipation + nerves. Start with 400 mg taken at bedtime.
SUNSCREEN: delay aging, prevent skin cancer + promote long term skin health @marieveronique_

CHLOROPHYLL: Removes toxins, speeds up metabolism + protects skin
TULSI + GREEN TEA: Calm your nerves + feel focused? Yes, please. 
BETAINE HCL: Prevent gas, bloat, heartburn by taking these with your meals. 
LEMONS: Alkalinizing, cleansing, stomach acid producing + stress reducing (vitamin C) 🍋🍋🍋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

TRAVEL: Keeping it Healthy

TravelEats

🔹TRAVELING🔹...keep blood sugar levels even so that you don’t end up grazing on a bunch of random snacks or street foods that end up making you gassy, bloated or sick...

1. Eat a protein rich breakfast & much 
2. Find a spot that sells raw nuts and seeds (instead of the vegetable oil, spicy salted roasted peanuts that are addictive, tasty yet inflammatory 😬 or alternate)
3. Order a hard boiled egg and take it to go... 7 grams of protein and a healthy fat