THE BEST ENERGY SMOOTHIE FOR BREAKFAST

BANANA & GOJI BERRY DETOX SMOOTHIE

Edenairs banana & goji berry smoothie

LET’S KEEP IT HEALTHY!

Do you feel tired in the morning? Do you struggle waking up, especially now that it’s winter? You are not alone! I feel the same, in fact many people have episodes of laziness during winter mornings. Imagine it’s six o’clock but it still looks dark, and your blankets feel warm, but you need to go to work: in that cold piercing air.

No worries!

Start off your day with a delicious breakfast such as this Banana & Goji berry smoothie. It  will keep you awake for the rest of the day and you will be surprised at how much energy you will have in carrying out your daily tasks and how much concentration you will have during meetings or school.

BANANAS:

Bananas are packed with carbohydrates that your body can use for instant energy; this explains the high energy levels you will experience. They are also full of potassium which acts as an electrolyte and promotes circulatory health, helps with blood flow, prevents high blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by regulating circulation. Bananas contain amino acids that prevent mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression but rather aids in releasing the ‘happy hormone’. So, regularly consuming bananas can increase your energy, prevent fatigue and enhance your mood in the morning.

GOJI BERRIES:

Banana & Goji berry detox smoothie

Who doesn’t want to look young and radiant?

No one wants wrinkles or fine lines. If you are one of those people who are looking to prevent premature aging, boost your immune system (if you easily catch a cold) or want to prevent cancer; then the goji berry must be on your superfoods list!

Why?

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect you against free radicals (harmful molecules that can damage your cells). The antioxidants in goji berries help fight aging by preventing free radicals from damaging collagen in the skin. Moreover, studies show that goji berry extract helps in delaying the aging process in cells. They also contain anti-cancer properties, aid in improved energy and feelings of overall well-being.

Banana & Goji Berry detox smoothie

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Banana
  • 300 grams vanilla yoghurt
  • 10 grams goji berries
  • 10 grams chia seeds
  • 3 ice blocks
  • 200 ml water
  • Mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put the banana, vanilla yoghurt, goji berries, chia seeds, mint leaves, ice and water into a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy: if you want more thickness just add more yoghurt.
  3. Pour the smoothie in a bowl, jar or cup.
  4. Sprinkle some mint leaves and goji berries for decoration purposes. You can even add some raspberries for colour and more flavour.
  5. Add a slice of brown bread topped with banana and raspberries.

Enjoy!

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the ingredients https://therefillery.co.za/

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GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR PERFECT HEALTH

THE SPIRULINA & STRASPBERRY (strawberry-raspberry)- MINT DETOX SMOOTHIE

LET’S GET GREEN EVERYBODY!

Have you ever wondered how green smoothies taste? Many people have a misconception about green smoothies. They think green smoothies taste terrible and tend to gulp down the smoothie very fast without having a taste of it.

Today, say goodbye to the idea of ‘greens taste terrible’ and try this mouthwatering spirulina & straspberry detox smoothie. Very green but sweet and packed with nutrients that will take your health to the next level!

Spirulina Powder:

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that dates to the 16th century and it originates from Mexico. This powder is a superfood due to its astounding nutritional content and health benefits. Vegetarians use this powder as a dietary supplement for protein and vitamins.

There are numerous health benefits of incorporating this powder into your diet. It aids with weight loss due to its low-calorie content. When you consume spirulina, you tend to lose appetite which leads to weight loss. From today, make spirulina your best friend and see those pounds drop really fast.

Spirulina aids in digestion, manages diabetes symptoms, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. For those with a slow metabolism and struggle to lose weight, say goodbye to your problems! Spirulina is known to boost and fire up your metabolism. Take this smoothie in the morning, and you will be full energy for the rest of the day! Want to be productive and feel rejuvenated? Then the spirulina and straspberry-mint detox smoothie is a must in your morning routine.

Why Straspberry?

Well my little sister inspired me to shorten the name of the detox. Instead of ‘the spirulina-strawberry- raspberry & mint detox smoothie,’ I decided to shorten it to ‘the spirulina & straspberry-mint detox smoothie’ because both the strawberry and raspberry are berries that belong to the same family.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 20 grams strawberries
  • 10 grams raw almonds
  • 20 grams raspberries
  • 300 grams vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of moringa powder
  • 3 ice blocks
  • 200 ml water
  • Mint leaves

Instructions:

  1. Put the yoghurt, strawberries, raw almonds, raspberries, spirulina, moringa, ice blocks, water and mint leaves in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, if the smoothie is too thick, add some water bit by bit until you reach the level of creaminess you want.
  3. Pour in a jar, glass or bowl
  4. Sprinkle some mint leaves, raspberries and raw almonds on top for a crunchy-chewy texture.
  5. Enjoy!

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the wonderful ingredients.https://therefillery.co.za

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Flat lay of soft citrus and blackberries

7 PRO TIPS TO NATURAL RADIANCE & GLOWING SKIN


Will spending money on skin care products only, get you that radiant look?

Of course not! Healthy skin is a product of your lifestyle, what you eat, how often you work out, how much water you drink and much more. Skin care is not about buying those expensive brands for the perfect look. No, skin care is living sustainably and in a healthy way. Its all about taking care of the inside-out as well as the outside-in.


The first thing that people notice about you is your skin. Your quality of skin tells your overall health and fitness level to any random person you meet! In this world, everyone has a different skin tone and texture making them require different quantities of minerals and nutrients that are essential to look radiant. Thus, knowing your skin type is essential for optimum results. Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you should be doing because the world we live in is under extreme pollution. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It not only controls your physical appearance but, is also responsible for defending your body against various pathogens, therefore, make skincare your priority.


Now, let’s jump into the 7 pro tips to natural radiance & glowing skin!


Glowing Skin Tip 1: Stay hydrated
How much water do you drink daily? 1 liter? 2 liters? Or 750 ml? Also, why should you drink water?
According to health authorities, the recommended amount of water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses or 2 liters. The body is about 60% water, give or take, therefore, you are constantly losing water from your body, primarily via excretion and sweat. To prevent dehydration, you need to drink adequate amounts of water. Drinking adequate quantities of water will give you the glow you are looking for.


There have been numerous debates on whether drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion. Others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever.


So, what is the truth?


The fact is that the skin is an organ that is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water thus without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.The solution is to drink plenty of water to get that plump and radiant skin.

Glowing Skin Tip 2: Nutrition
If you desire that radiant look, turn to your kitchen! Your kitchen is your best friend when it comes to having a naturally glowing skin. Actually, the answers to all your beauty problems may already be in your kitchen! The olive oil can make a great natural body moisturizer – and brown sugar can be mixed with olive oil to make an exfoliator. For those suffering from acne, ice, honey, and salt may be your skin’s new best friends. Run an ice cube over spots to help reduce swelling, follow with an antiseptic and soothing honey mask, then finish with a saltwater toner. For those with eczema, try putting some oatmeal in your bathwater to help soothe your skin.


A healthy skin not only adds to your personality but also reflects how healthy you are on the inside. Whatsoever happens on the outside is a sign of what is going on in the inside.
That radiance can be achieved by incorporating healthy fats into your diet such as the avocado fruit. Vitamin A is responsible for smooth immune functions, a good vision has antioxidant properties and is extremely vital for maintaining healthy-looking skin. Fish oils are rich in Omega 3. Unlike plant-based oils, fish oils contain DHA and EPA, essential fatty acids the body can’t make for itself. Fatty acids form a protective web around the skin, helping to stop moisture being lost and giving skin a healthy appearance.

Glowing Skin Tip 3: Pamper yourself with essential oils
Many of us are afraid of putting oil on our faces, especially those who suffer from oily skin. However, non-comedogenic oils can actually help to clear out pores, reduce sebum production and naturally moisturize the skin.Oils such as almond oil and grapeseed oil are great natural moisturizers. Jojoba oil is an effective multi-functional oil which is particularly beneficial for acne-prone and oily complexions as it can help to normalize sebum production. Jojoba oil can be used as a cleanser, using the oil cleansing method, and can also replace your regular eye makeup remover and moisturizer.

Glowing Skin Tip 4: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Our skin continually produces new cells and, as these new cells appear, dead ones can accumulate on the skin’s surface, leading to dull, dry skin. Regular exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells. It will not only leave your skin looking much brighter but will allow skin products and moisturizers to penetrate the skin more effectively. If done regularly, you can improve your skin’s texture and help stimulate the production of new cells and collagen. Additionally, it provides a smoother surface for foundation to glide evenly over your face! Simply put, if you want healthy and radiant skin, you need to exfoliate.

Glowing Skin Tip 5: Facial Masks
Strawberry Face Mask– strawberries are packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help slow down the aging process, treat burns and offer the best form of UV protection. They are rich in alpha-hydroxylic acid which helps to get rid of dead skin cells.


Aloe Vera Face Mask– Aloe Vera rejuvenates the skin, hydrates it, and keeps your skin looking fresh all the time. It has antimicrobial properties, making it ideal to treat acne and pimples. It is a great natural antioxidant that reverses the oxidative damage experienced by the skin. This will reduce dullness and give your skin a natural glow.


Cucumber Face Mask- To make your skin glow, you need the cucumber. It is full of antioxidant nutrients as well as beta- carotene, vitamin C and manganese. Cucumber is a natural toner that has cooling features and helps to lessen dark greasy complexion.

Glowing Skin Tip 6: Exercise
We all know that exercise is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. But, were you aware that there are ways you can exercise for skin that glows? Whether you’re hitting a treadmill or heading to an aerobics class, the cardiovascular exercise of any kind increases blood flow. As your heart starts to pump faster, it delivers oxygen rapidly to all of your organs, including your skin.


Extra oxygen delivery isn’t just crucial for keeping your skin healthy; it combats the free radicals you produce after encountering pollution. Whether you live in a rural area or a city setting, your skin encounters pollutants. Without the right amount of oxygen and antioxidants, your skin and overall complexion can start to look old before its time.


If you do choose cardiovascular exercise, complement the process with adequate hydration. Failing to up your H2O intake after a heavy workout impacts your skin’s elasticity, leaving it looking dry and unhappy. Similarly, drinking plenty of water reduces the risk of electrolyte imbalances, which may reduce the amount of collagen you should produce naturally.
Rather than relying on makeup for glowing skin and rosy cheeks, why not get a natural glow with some outdoor activity? You will achieve that radiant look.

Glowing Skin Tip 7: Get enough sleep!
During sleep our skin cells renew themselves and collagen production increases, helping to keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy and youthful. According to the British Medical Journal ,sleep-deprived people were rated as having dull skin than those who had had a normal night’s sleep.To get glowing skin with minimal effort, try to establish a regular bedtime and get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Stress affects our skin in many unfortunate and undesirable ways. A study has shown that chronic stress can actually accelerate cellular aging, leading to wrinkles. Stress has also been found to exacerbate many skin conditions, including eczema and acne, as well as robbing us of our much-needed beauty sleep.


If you relax and get plenty of sleep, you will get that radiant and glowing skin. Following these 7 pro tips to natural radiance & glowing skin will get you the results that you desire.

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The Eden Skin Strawberry & Limes

5 POWER FRUITS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DETOX DIET

What exactly is a detox diet and why should anyone detox?

Well, to put it simply, a detox diet entails a period when you abstain from unhealthy foods and follow a strict regimen of eating fruit & vegetables, drinking water, herbs and tea. During detoxification you are ridding the body of toxic substances.

Many people who go on a detox diet are unaware of exactly how they work or what is in the mixtures they’re eating or drinking. Thus, analyzing each individual component that goes into a detox drink or detox diet is important as it can help you understand how your protocol is aiding you and how each detox ingredient is providing you with the health and fitness benefits you need.

Now below is a list of powerful fruits to include in your detox diet:

  1. LEMON

What fruit makes your skin glow, aids in digestion, helps you lose weight and boosts your energy after that awesome run or workout at the gym? Yes, it’s the lemon! This fruit is packed with vitamin C which contains antioxidants that promote glowing skin, reduce pigmentation, blemishes and is a powerful weapon to combat acne. If you swap your soda, fruit juice or energy drink for a lemon detox, you will not only keep yourself hydrated, but you can decrease your caloric intake and speed up weight loss. Moreover, including lemon into your detox water will bring out benefits such as an immunity boost (for those who easily catch a cold) and prevention of kidney stones.

  1. STRAWBERRY

This is one of my favourite detox ingredients. One of the biggest benefits of strawberries is their fiber content which helps in suppressing appetite. Strawberries can absorb water and slow down digestive processes while expanding the stomach which leads to reduced hunger and cravings. So, if weight loss is your goal, strawberries are a big help and should be added to your diet as frequently as possible. Strawberries can help prevent inflammation. Inflammation is the culprit of cell damage, diabetes and mental illness. Due to their high vitamin C content, strawberries fight inflammation and they keep nasty symptoms at bay.

  1. CUCUMBER

Is it a vegetable or is it a fruit? Well, the cucumber is commonly thought to be a vegetable by many, however, it is a fruit! This fruit is packed with antioxidants that help fight cancer and autoimmune diseases. It promotes hydration as water is crucial to your body’s function, aids in weight loss, lowers blood sugar and supports regular bowel movements.

  1. LIME

Several skin care products claim to promote healthier, younger looking skin. However, there is no need to spend money on expensive products to improve the smoothness and appearance of your skin. Limes contain vitamin C and flavonoids, the antioxidants that strengthen collagen. Drinking lime water can hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.During the cold and flu season, you are at a risk of getting an infection, therefore, if you want to stay healthy, sip on lime juice throughout the day.

Limes contain vitamin C and antioxidants that can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections such as the cold and flu virus. It may also shorten the duration of an illness. Finally, Limes reduce inflammation. Arthritis, gout, and other joint problems are all caused by inflammation. Vitamin C can reduce the level of inflammation in your body, thus adding lime to water can relieve symptoms of arthritis and similar conditions that cause joint pain and stiffness.

  1. RASPBERRY

This fruit is known as nature’s candy. Wild raspberries have been gathered for consumption by humans for thousands of years. With their rich color, sweet juicy taste, and antioxidant power, it is no wonder raspberries remain one of the world’s most consumed berries. Raspberries can range in color from the popular red and black varieties to purple, yellow, or golden.

Raspberries improve brain power. They aid in memory improvement and decrease the decline in cognitive ability related to aging. According to a recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, raspberries are shown to lower the risk cardiovascular diseases. This is because they contain potassium which supports heart health. Moreover, raspberries contain powerful antioxidants that fight against free radicals that inhibit tumor growth.

Now, to reap multiple health benefits from taking detox water, try to mix up your ingredients. If your reason for detoxing is clear skin-make sure you overload your water with all the fruits that promote clear skin. Lastly, always remember to analyse the ingredients you put in your detox water in order to reap maximum benefits and reach your health and fitness goals.
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5 BENEFITS OF LOW-CARB AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

The avocado fruit is nutrient dense and packed with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals which include vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Most people fear the amount of fat and calories that come from avocados, in fact, I was one of those people until one day that I finally tapped into the amazing benefits of including avocados into my diet.

Avocados are packed with healthy fats that aid in appetite control. Eating healthy fats supports skin health, enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, and may even help boost the immune system.

In addition, studies have found that eating a plant-based diet that includes avocados can help to decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity and  promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and weight management.

Below are the 5 benefits of consuming low-carb avocado smoothies:

1.Avocados reduce inflammation (acne culprit).

Avocados contains vitamin E which fights with the bacteria causing acne and fades the acne scars. They are also packed with antioxidants that fight with free radicals damaging the skin cells. The monounsaturated fats like oleic acid present in avocado nourish and moisturize the skin and they contain anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief from swelling, redness and pain. Moreover, when consumed regularly, avocados maintain the blood sugar levels which in turn balances the hormones in the body.

If you are one of those people who suffer from those pesky acne breakouts, say hello to your home remedy. According to recent studies, excess oil production is the main culprit for the development of acne. Hormonal changes, improper hygiene, nutritional deficiencies and stress are some of the factors that trigger excess oil production. The only formula to get rid of acne in long term is nutritional diet and proper skin care.

2. Helps with weight loss

According to the Nutrition Journal, their studies and surveys reveal that people who eat avocado on a regular basis tend to weigh less. Avocados are full fiber and healthy fats that help you feel full and satisfied and when the body digests these fats, neurons are sent to the brain to turn your appetite to the off switch. Also, feeding your body with healthy fats releases stored fat from your body leading to weight loss and help you maintain a healthy weight.

3. Balances Hormones

As mentioned above, hormonal imbalances cause the production of excess sebum and oil in the skin which in turn causes inflammation and acne. This is true for ladies who when they are near their menstrual periods have serious annoying breakouts. The cause of these breakouts are hormones that are out of whack. In order to balance your hormones and reduce the production of acne, one needs to incorporate healthy fats into their diet. Thus, this is where the avocado shines. Now, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that help your body absorb and use nutrients, they are loaded with fibre, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid which are all critical for maintaining hormonal balance.

4. Promote Hair Growth

Avocados prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. They can also be used to improve the condition of your hair by acting as a moisturizer for dry or damaged hair. Avocados were first used for this purpose by early Egyptians. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, which may promote hair growth, protects areas of the skin, like the scalp, from oxidative stress and damage. Moreover, avocados are a great source of essential fatty acids. (A deficiency in essential fatty acids has been linked to hair loss).

5. Contains anti-aging properties

Avocados have been praised for their high levels of fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamins A and E which are good for fighting aging signs, aid in nourishing, moisturizing, and maintaining a young-look. Cells and cell membranes are kept healthy and there is a delay in senescence, or the natural aging process due to the vitamins in avocados.

Below is a low-carb avocado smoothie recipe for a flawless skin. Remember to always incorporate avocados in your daily diet in order to see results. At the least try having this smoothie everyday for 3 weeks and you will see wonderful skin improvements.

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 100-gram plain yoghurt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of moringa powder or leafy green powder
  • 2 tablespoons of full cream
  • 3 ice blocks
  • 200ml of water
  • 1 tablespoon of raspberries.

Blend the avocado, yoghurt, moringa, ice, full cream and water into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favourite bowl or glass and top with raspberries. Enjoy😊.

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