Today is the day to say yes to carrots! I suffer from genetically dark undereye circles. Its not so fun since no matter how much sleep I get, I still have raccoon eyes.
Since I worked retail for years, I embarrassingly have to admit I spent a lot of time at Sephora, then researching the products I liked, then realizing that a lot of beauty products are beyond hyped. For example, did you know that eye cream is basically concentrated face lotion? I stopped buying eye cream after that and started mixing a little avocado oil (vitamin E is amazing!! for dark circles) in my daily lotion for my eyes. It works wonders!
The best beauty defense against fine lines and dark circles is to fight them internally. This Vitamix Orange Beauty smoothie is like drinking your skincare.
But let’s not stop there. Nutritionist Jenny Bell, from CHJ Holistic Health, says in this article there are 4 things that can help you avoid dark circles or puffiness.
Vitamin C: “Foods rich in Vitamin C strengthen the immune system and help the body function optimally, which will reduce dark circles under the eyes.”
Vitamin E: “Vitamin E is a main ingredient for avoiding dark circles under the eyes… rub the Vitamin E liquid directly onto the dark circle before bedtime.”
Lutein and Zeaxanthin: “Lutein and zeaxanthin also prevent dark circles under the eyes.”
Beta Carotene: “Beta carotene is another nutrient that will keep dark circles at bay.”
Zinc: “Meats and dairy products contain the highest amount of zinc, an important mineral for health.”
Increase Fluid Intake: “Dehydration is a leading factor in the cause of dark circles under the eyes. Be sure to drink six 8-oz. glasses of water each day to keep the body fully hydrated and functioning at its best.”
You’ve gotta check out her site. I really love her layout on how each vitamin effects your body and how.
If this isn’t you and you are blessed enough to have that perfect skin under your eyes, there are still many reasons to say yes to carrots and the orange veggie family. They give you glowing skin, protect against Cardiovascular Disease, and provide many antioxidants.
- 1 1/2 cups Orange Juice
- 1 Orange (leave a little orange peel in there, like a tbsp, but peel the rest)
- 1 apple (peeled if not organic and chopped)
- 4 small-medium sized carrots, peeled
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled
- 1/3 cup frozen cranberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 sweet potato (I cook and puree sweet potato and keep it in my freezer)
- handful of fresh spinach (about 1/3 cup)
- Blend in the order above in a high speed blender. Cheers!
I’m super duper stoked right now because my amazing, wonderful, handsome, and studly husband just got me a Vitamix for my birthday. Although I get a lot of mileage out of my food processor, nothing quite compares to the smooth and creamy texture a high-speed professional blender creates. In fact, since I have gotten this dream machine, my husband and I have had a green, sometimes pink, or sometimes orange smoothie every day.
Why else would you want a high-speed blender? Oh, let me tell you! The easiest nut myllk you will ever make, slaws, relish, soups, nut butters, and ice cream…and chopping onion. That’s why. I have a really good mint chocolate chip ice cream I just made with spinach and it disappeared from the freezer in a day it was so good! I’ll post that recipe when it isn’t so cold out.
That brings me to my next question: Do you eat ice cream in the winter?