Nutrition is important to have a healthy mind and body. What we eat shows on our health. Apart from the overall general health the one organ that is most affected and first shows the sign of something missing from the diet is our skin. We all know our skin is the window of our overall health. Not having enough sleep shows off on skin, iron deficiency shows of on skin, malfunctioning of any body part makes the skin dull, dry and sad. These days many people don’t shy away from spending a fortune on looking beautiful, but who doesn’t want to look pretty(??) .. We all know that these products can make us look only for a short time and have side effects also. Healthy beautiful and happy skin and health can be achieved by following a healthy diet with fresh fruits and veggies.
My today’s post is about having a beautiful and glowing skin as today’s theme at #183Foodie Monday Blog hop is Recipe for Glowing Skin.. The theme was suggested by gorgeous Amrita Iyer who blogs at Food Samaritan.. Do check her wonderful blog.
My first belief to have a happy and fresh skin and overall good health is staying happy, active and eating fresh. In my opinion these factors make the overall difference. Exercise daily,keep the mind working, engage in an activity that makes you happy and of course have fresh meals. Eat Fresh Stay Healthy.
My contribution to the this wonderful theme is ‘Golden Smoothie with Raw Turmeric’
I call this recipe .. Golden Smoothie for Winters with Raw Turmeric as it has the goodness of the all the fruits and veggies that are winter produce. Raw Turmeric and Orange Carrots impart a beautiful golden color to the smoothie, hence the name!!
When I comes to food there are many fruits and veggies that work like wonders for skin. The first one and the most important is Water. Keep the body hydrated. Believe me and as all of also know that water does wonders to the skin. Fruits and Veggies rich in antioxidants, Vit A, and Vit C are very good for skin.
Skin friendly fruits and veggies are..
All the the ones rich in Vit. C like.. Citrus fruits.. Oranges, Lemon.
Green leafy Vegetables like Spinach, Kale etc.
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts
Berries .. Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
Herbs like Mint, Cilantro, Turmeric.
Papaya, Carrots,Tomato, Beans, Lentils,
Are any fresh fruits and veggie groups left.. most of all the fresh fruits and veggies!!
Smoothies are one of the best way of including fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet, after whole fruits. I like to blend the fruits instead of juicing, as pulp or fibre is not discarded from the smoothie. For those on low-fibre diet, can have juices as per there doctor’s recommendations.
In my Golden Smoothie, I have added apple, carrots, orange and raw turmeric and fresh ginger. You can also add few mint leaves. I ran out of those, so used just for garnish.
Is Raw Turmeric more nutritious than Turmeric Powder..
No Turmeric powder has almost all the benefits Raw Turmeric , only the color effect of fresh turmeric is more vibrant than the powder.
Raw turmeric has a pungent taste and an excellent antiseptic, good for skin, blood purifier. In India people consume Turmeric Milk(the famous Golden Latte..) since ages to relief the pain and to cure cold and cough related infections. Raw Turmeric is also used in making pickles and chutneys which is a winter special in Northern parts of India when fresh stock of raw turmeric arrives. At my parents place Raw Turmeric and Raw ginger are eaten with food during winters, as these keep the body warm and build up the immunity.
Raw Turmeric or powder Turmeric are also used in many facial masks to enhance the glow of skin. .
For Salads, grate or cut ginger and turmeric root into stripes, squeeze on some lemon juice, add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Oranges and Lemon are rich sources of Vit.C and Carrots have Vit A and Apples are rich in pectin which are good for skin and overall health. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties and detoxes the system.Black Pepper also detoxes the system and helps in the absorption of herbs in the system. Mint leaves have cooling effect on the body, and are rich sources of antioxidants.
How to make this Golden (Detox) Smoothie
Making Smoothie is very easy and quick process. Wash, peel and chop the fruits, throw in blender and press on the button. You can also juice the fruits.For that cut fruits in the size fit for your juicer.
Pour in a glass, squeeze in lemon juice, add black pepper powder, mix and sip on the Golden Exiliar of good health. Fresh Carrots, Turmeric, Orange impart a beautiful color to the smoothie. Apples adds on the texture and lemon juice adds to the little tanginess.. You can add honey or any other natural sweetener, if you don’t like the pungent taste of the raw turmeric.
If Raw Turmeric is not available you can add a tsp of turmeric powder. Though consuming turmeric does not have any side effect, but if you have any confusion as per the dosage you can consult your dietician. My knowledge is based on what is passed to me from the elders in the family and the knowledge that I have gathered from reading various resources over the years.
Golden Smoothie for Winters with Raw Turmeric
- 1 Apple(Big)
- 1 Orange
- 2 Carrots(Medium size)
- 1" Fresh Raw Turmeric
- 1 Lemon
- 1" Fresh Ginger Root
- Honey or any other natural Sweetener optional and as per taste
- A Pinch Black pepper Powder
- 3/4 Water or as required
- Mint or Cilantro leaves (few sprigs)
- Wash all the fruits nicely.
- Peel oranges,carrots, turmeric root and ginger root. Don't peel apple.
- Cut all the fruits in small pieces and blend in the blender with water. Add some Mint/Cilantro leaves if you want.
- Pour in glass, squeeze in lemon juice, add the sweetener and black pepper and mix. Enjoy the Golden Smoothie.
Do try this golden smoothie, it will surely work on your skin, weight loss and building up the stamina. Try this twice a week, rotate with other smoothies, fruit bowls or salads.
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