How Can a Carrot Smoothie Protect Your Skin From the Harsh Summer Sun?Before I bore you with the science I’ll just share a quick little story… We live in very sunny south Florida and my 14-year old son, Blake, is fair skinned with blue eyes and blond hair. Like me when I was his age, my son spends a lot of time outdoors. And like most boys, Blake is not exactly a huge fan of lathering on sunscreen before he heads outside. It’s not that I don’t believe in sunscreen (I am however careful about reading sunscreen ingredients and I don’t put harmful chemicals on my skin), it’s just that I have always had a very hard time getting Blake to use sunscreen and now that he is older I can’t exactly chase him around with a bottle of sunscreen every time he heads outside. And yet Blake will spend hours outside—without wearing even a swipe of sunscreen–and never get burned. This is not the case for his friends…. If Blake and a friend spend the day outdoors the friend will always be red-faced and burned. But not Blake. How is it possible for a blue-eyed, blond haired kid to go to the beach or play soccer outside in the south Florida sun for hours without wearing sunscreen and not get a sunburn? I am certain it is the antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich foods that work as an “internal” sunblock to protect Blake’s skin. There are proven skin-protecting benefits certain foods have against sun damage and sunburn. Most of the foods that protect against sun damage are phytonutrient-rich fruits and vegetables (such as the carrots in the Carrot Smoothie recipe below); the phytonutrients protect the fruits and vegetables but they also offer powerful protection to YOU, the person who eats the fruits and vegetables. The Carrot Smoothie recipe not only contains an abundance of skin-protecting nutrients from raw, unrefined plant foods, but the nutrients work in synergy to enhance the benefits of each other. For example, the superfood Camu Powder is one of the world’s richest sources of skin-saving vitamin C, but it’s antioxidant activity is greatly enhanced by the addition of vitamin E-rich raw almond butter. Click HERE to read more about the science behind how certain foods, including cacao nibs, green tea and omega-3 rich fish, can all protect your skin from sun damage. In the meantime, my suggestion is to slather on a non-toxic sunblock, whip up a cold creamy Carrot Smoothie and enjoy the summer fun.
Sun Protecting Carrot Smoothie Tastes Like Cake!
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 cup coconut water (swap for water for SCD)
- 1 carrot (cut into chunks)
- 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- 1/3 cup yellow raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon camu powder (optional) *omit for SCD
- 1/4 inch segment ginger root (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
- Place all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in a high-speed blender; process until smooth and creamy. Add the ice cubes and process again. Drink super cold.