Is your skin in need of a little extra oomph? Try this Blueberry Beauty Boost Smoothie.
*Increases and protects collagen, which keeps skin firm: Blueberries contain Vitamin C, a nutrient needed for collagen production, which helps keep our skin firm and youthful looking. These antioxidant-rich berries also protect skin and collagen from free-radical damage that could result in lines or blemishes.
*Reduces belly fat: Animal research published in Science Daily suggests that regular blueberry consumption may aid in reducing belly fat and chronic disease. The study found that rats who ate a diet rich in blueberries lost abdominal fat and experienced other health benefits like lowered cholesterol and improved glucose control even if their diet wasn’t otherwise heart-healthy. Researchers say the results suggest that antioxidant-rich blueberries may change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy, thereby reducing not only belly fat, but the risk of both heart disease and diabetes (which is associated with belly fat).
Blueberry Beauty Boost Smoothie
1 cup fresh/frozen organic blueberries
1/2 cup water or ice
In a food processor or high speed blender, pour in 1 cup of fresh or frozen organic blueberries and half a cup of water or ice, plus, squeeze in the juice of 1 orange. Cover and process until smooth. Pour in a pretty glass to savor every sip.
Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.
She has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, NBC, Well + Good, and more. Her first book, The Real Food Grocery Guide, will teach you how to eat healthy without going broke.