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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Ooh La La

I'm back with another smoothie recipe. We're still eating (and drinking) the rainbow for better health and enhanced beauty. Next up is Ooh La La (alliteration with the letter O was not nearly as easy as it was with the letter R for our Ravishingly Radiant red smoothie. I did the best I could.) This smoothie is orange in color, but surprise, surprise there's not a single orange in it.

So if our orange smoothie doesn't have an orange in it, what is giving it that outstanding color? Mango, carrot, and turmeric. These 3 beauties lend more than just color; they also provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

It also includes ginger, banana, and cauliflower. Not sure about adding cauliflower to your smoothie? Trust me. I often advise my veggie-phobic patients who are looking for a way to add vegetables to their diet to try adding vegetables to fruit based smoothies. The inevitable question they all ask is, "Won't I taste it? Which ones won't taste so bad?" I always suggest cauliflower because its flavor is relatively mellow. I have yet to hear a complaint.

Ooh La La (don't you love saying that?) is packing a whopping 12.5 g of fiber; that's half of the daily recommended amount. It's also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and B6, as well as folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Looking for a good source of vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, and phosphorus? You need look no further. Bottoms up

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Ravishingly Radiant

This delicious red smoothie is first on deck in our Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow for Radiant Beauty series. Remember, the pigments, specifically the carotenoids in fruits and vegetables, increase the red and yellow tones in our skin. Eating more fruits and vegetables can result in a natural glow from the inside out.

This smoothie is rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, and K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, as well as fiber.

It is also a good source of Vitamin E, niacin, pantothenic acid, zinc, calcium, and selenium.

The flaxseed delivers omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids in just the right ratio. Pair it up with nuts, yogurt, or a boiled egg or two for protein and a thoroughly satisfying breakfast.

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow for Radiant Beauty

I love talking, reading, and writing about the role a healthy diet can play in enhancing the natural beauty all women possess. Love it.

Fortunately for me, there are plenty of studies out there showcasing the many benefits different foods and nutrients have on our appearance. Pubmed and CLIO are my Dylan's Candy Bar. Some foods, beverages, and supplements can help treat acne, prevent skin aging and protect skin from the effects of the sun, increase elasticity, improve hydration, and so much more. 

Because of my own ongoing battle with skin issues, the role of nutrition in the appearance and health of skin is something I am always eager to learn more about.

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Green Tea: Double Duty Health and Beauty

Rich in antioxidants? Tastes good? Yes! and Yes! Green tea, the catechin rich tea of choice for many, has a lot going for itself. Not only is it amazing for our health it can also be used to enhance our appearance, naturally.

I would literally be here all day if I talked in detail about all of the health benefits of green tea. So instead, I listed just a few to whet your appetite. Check out Medline Plus's Green Tea supplement page for more information.

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Turmeric: Double Duty, Health and Beauty

Turmeric, the golden spice responsible for the yellow hue of mustard and curry, is as good for you on the outside as it is for you on the inside.

You can reap the benefits of turmeric by eating or drinking it in tea, condiments, meals, and smoothies. You can also put it directly on your skin. A turmeric mask can be a fun and effective addition to your Self Care Sunday (or any day) routine.

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My Journey to Clear Skin

I've been thinking about writing this post for a long time, but I've been too afraid. Talking about skin, mine and other people's, can be nerve wracking for me. It's hard to talk about something you're still working through.

Everyone is comfortable sharing their victories but it takes a lot to say, "I'm fighting through this, and really don't know when or if I will get to the other side" while inviting others to watch as you learn, grown and, hopefully heal along the way.

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