Food Friday: Morning Glow Avocado Breakfast Smoothie

Avocados are high in B vitamins which reduce skin inflammation. Make this avocado breakfast smoothie for glowing skin.

cayenne spiked avocado and orange smoothie

Many of my female patients tell me they love making natural facial masks with avocado. I can understand it. Because they’re high in monounsaturated fat (the good kind), they’re moisturizing on your skin.

I don’t apply avocado facial masks, but I do eat lots of avocados. I live in San Diego. It’s required.

Avocados are high in B vitamins, which reduce skin inflammation, and vitamins C and E, which have anti-aging properties (so you’ll look younger).

Avocados are ideal for breakfast. The healthy fat fills you up and keeps you full so you’re less likely to snack mindlessly later in the day. Try some mashed avocado sprinkled with salt on toast. Add diced avocado to your egg white scramble. Or make this avocado smoothie.

Spicy Avocado and Orange Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

1/2 medium ripe avocado, squirted with lime juice
1/2 small frozen banana
2/3 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk product of your choice)
1 teaspoon honey
A pinch of cayenne pepper

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more orange juice of milk if you like it thinner.

Variations: Feel free to play around with ingredients. Instead of banana, try mango, fresh pineapple, ripe pear, or frozen raspberries. Like it sweeter? Skip the cayenne and add a little extra honey, or use agave nectar. Don’t like orange juice? Replace it with apple or pomegranate juice or milk of your choice such as skim, soy, rice, or nut milk.

Photo and recipe by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.

 

Food Friday: The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Eating lycopene-packed tomatoes is good for your health. Eating tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, and high blood pressure.

Plump Cherokees the color of red wine. Cheerful pumpkin-colored Early Girls. It’s prime time for heirloom tomatoes. Are you enjoying them?

You should. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties, that gives them their red color. Translation: Eating tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, and high blood pressure.

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Feta Cheese

Serves 4

2 large ripe heirloom tomatoes

2 medium ripe peaches

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

The juice of 1/2 lemon

A sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

1 to 2 springs fresh mint, torn into small pieces

1. Slice tomatoes and peaches into wedges and place on a serving plate.

2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Pour over the tomatoes and peaches. Add mint leaves and feta. Serve.

Photo and recipe by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.

The Secret To Looking Young From A Dermatologist

Grace Miller* is a 76 year-old woman who came to see me for a skin screening exam. I knew her age and history because I perused her electronic medical record at my desk before I met her. She was a midwestern girl who came to San Diego years ago with her husband, who was in the Navy, and decided to stay rather than fight another Chicago winter. He has since passed-away and she now lived alone in the house they built overlooking the Pacific.

She had sandy-brown hair and sparkling blue eyes and wore a beautiful gold sweater and stone necklace. Dangle earrings sparkled under the exam lights. Her appearance belied her age — she looked 20 years younger than 76.

She had a few crows feet around her eyes and lines around her mouth. Her eyelids were slightly overhanging and her neck had soft wrinkles. Her jewerly and designer bag suggested that she had the means to live comfortably. She laughed when I asked her what her secret was to looking young. “I’ve used Oil of Olay for as long as I can remember,” she admitted, but that was all. As I examined her, she thought aloud about my question:

She avoided excess sun, but never wore sunscreen.

She never smoked.

She walks regularly, but does not adhere to any prescribed diet.

She has never used antioxidant, antiaging, or antiwrinkle creams.

She has never had Botox.

And she looked fabulous.

“The secret,” she replied after thinking it through, “I guess it’s not wasting a lot money trying to look young, but spending plenty of money to look beautiful.” I’ve got to write that down, I thought.

No antioxidant cream, low glycemic diet, sunscreen, or cosmetic procedure will stop you from aging. Anti-aging, aging backwards, age-defying, and age reversal are unreal concepts and false promises made up in board rooms on Madison Avenue.

Do you want to know the secret to looking young? Walk away from the antioxidant cream counter and walk into the shoe section. If you want to look young, then be beautiful — it is a much better use of your money.

*Grace Miller is not her real name.

**I received no free women’s shoes to write this post.

Photo: Litmuse (flickr)

Flax Seed Oil and Your Skin

Flax oil or flaxseed oil is derived from the pretty, blue-flowering flax plant. The oil, obtained from processing the seeds, is high in omega 3 fatty acids, especially alpha linoleic acid (ALA). Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal skin and body function, but they are not produced naturally by your body. Continue reading “Flax Seed Oil and Your Skin”