If you want to help improve the look and feel of your skin, drink this smoothie (everyday!). Nectarines are one of the best foods to help nourish and improve the look of your skin! And what a better time to eat them than NOW - nectarines are in full-season and loaded with vitamins, minerals and crucial phytonutrients. Be sure to buy nectarines organic, though, as they are on the "dirty" list of pesticide-laden fruits.
Nectarines are loaded with anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin E and flavonoids lutein, zea-xanthin, and Beta-cryptoxanthin. Vitamin A is converted to beta-carotene in the body, which is required for proper night vision and prevention of age-related macular degeneration. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and protecting against lung and oral cavity cancers.
Vitamin E is another important vitamin that you must consume via foods since your body cannot produce it itself. Vitamin E from fruits and vegetables helps protect your skin from UVB radiation and helps prevent premature aging of the skin and damage to your DNA.
Not only that, but nectarines also contain B-complex vitamins which nourish our nerves and keep our brain healthy and mind clear and stress-free.
- 5 ripe nectarines (preferably organic, as nectarines are on the "dirty" list)
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup organic strawberries
- 1 cup young thai coconut water (or regular water)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder
Blend the above ingredients in a blender such as the Vitamix & enjoy immediately to prevent oxidation!