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Thursday
Jul072011

Great Skin from the Inside Out

The website, Organic Authority just posted a list of nutrients that will help to turn back the clock on your skin along with some broad scientific evidence of their effectiveness.  I generally get many of these nutrients with my regular eating habits so I take the support for the effectiveness on faith.  At this point, turning back the clock with natural, healthy means for even an hour or two is something I’m game to try. 

I thought you’d find it easier to take action on their recommendations if I provided you with a few recipes which incorporate the ingredients.  Without this added prompt, I often find it too easy to toss the information into the junk drawer of my brain and forget about it.

Their list of “must consume” nutrients for healthier, younger looking skin are:  

Oranges:

 

Polyphenols and flavonoids in oranges have great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  They also provide extra sun protection and enable skin cells to achieve greater longevity. Like a few of the other heroes on our anti-aging list, you can eat them or use them to make a hydrating (and delicious) mask.  For the mask, combine orange juice, lemon juice and plain full fat yogurt.  Slather it on your face and eat up whatever drips off 

Cucumbers:

Filled with vitamin-C, an important antioxidant, cucumbers also contain silica which improves the elasticity of connective tissues and helps to plump up the skin.

Almonds:

 

High in vitamins D and E, almonds are a great source of protein, “good fat” and antioxidants when eaten, and the oil helps rejuvenate cells and restore the natural pH of skin. Consume them whole or apply almond oil to your skin in a mask of almond oil and oatmeal.

Blueberries:

These antioxidant packed dynamos help skin fight environmental toxins and the effects of aging while they provide great cognitive and cardiovascular effects.  For skin health, eat blueberries or apply topically as a mask made of crushed berries, olive oil and honey.  Watch those stains on white bath towels!

Marine Peptides:

Immune-enhancing, antibacterial amino acids help repair sun damage and age-related skin damage.

Vitamin E:

Fat soluble antioxidants that improve skin membrane protection

 

Try these recipes to work more of these powerhouses into your routine.  As they say, can’t hurt and it might help . . . and in the meantime, you won’t have to put as much thought into answering the “what’s for dinner” question.

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3 navel oranges, peeled and sectioned

2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup slivered almonds

1 medium cucumber, sliced very thinly

1 tbs fresh orange juice, add more to taste

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs white wine vinegar

2 tbs mild honey from local bees

1/4 tsp ground cumin

½  tsp salt & a liberal grinding of black pepper

Spread almonds out on baking sheet and toast lightly in 350F oven for 15 minutes or until light brown.  Stir occasionally to avoid burning.  Let cool.  Combine orange sections, blueberries, 2/3 cup of almonds and ¾ of cucumber slices in large bowl.  In smaller, non-metal bowl, combine orange juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey, cumin, salt and pepper and whisk to blend.  Drizzle dressing over orange/blueberry mixture being careful to avoid over-moistening.  Toss salad and sprinkle remaining almonds and cucumbers on the top.  May be served with a sprinkling of feta cheese on top, if desired.

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1 ½ tbs butter

1 cup chopped onions

4 cucumbers, peeled, halved, cut crosswise into ½ inch thick slice (about 5 cups)

1, 8 oz organic russet potato, peeled, cut into ½” dice

3 ½ cups low salt, organic chicken broth

3 large fresh dill sprigs plus 6 tbs minced fresh dill

1 tsp salt (more to taste if needed)

1 cup crème fraiche or sour cream

3 oz smoked salmon, cut into ½ inch pieces

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add cucumbers and potato; stir 1 minute. Add broth, dill sprigs, and 1 tsp salt. Increase heat and bring to simmer.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until cucumbers and potato are tender, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in processor until smooth. Return to pot. Cool 15 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup crème fraîche and 4 tablespoons minced dill. Cover and chill until cold, about 4 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.) Taste soup, adding more salt if desired. Ladle soup into 6 bowls. Place dollop of crème fraîche in center of each bowl; sprinkle with smoked salmon and remaining 2 tablespoons minced dill. 

Blueberry Crumb Bars

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2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup (packed) light brown sugar

½  tsp salt

¼  tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½ -inch cubes

½  cup sliced almonds

Filling:

3 cups fresh blueberries (about 15 ounces) or one 12-ounce package frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

1 cup blueberry preserves (10 to 11 ounces)

1 tbs all purpose flour

1 tsp finely grated lemon peel

For crust: Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease or spray bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Whisk flour, oats, sugar, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. Add 1cup butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture sticks together in small clumps. Transfer 2 cups to medium bowl; mix in almonds and reserve for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust until golden and just firm to touch, about 22 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. 

For filling:
Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Spread evenly over crust in pan, then sprinkle reserved topping over.  Bake bars until filling bubbles thickly at edges and topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes; cool in pan on rack. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips, then cut each strip into 6 pieces, forming 24 bars

Sorry, no recipes for marine peptides L  I won’t publish any recipe that calls for eating fish skin.  You can add marine peptides to your routine with a powder, though I think a healthy diet overall probably gets enough goodies from elsewhere.   

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