February 14, 2014

Wedding Wellness & Beauty Booster Smoothie

Happy Valentine’s Day! Any fun plans for this evening? As much as I love heading out to dinner, I’m excited to forgo the crowded restaurant scene and make dinner together at home.

As our wedding day gets closer (3 months!), I’m becoming more motivated to look and feel my best. While I’m not trying to lose weight, I have started to increase my weight lifting and pilates workouts- because there is nothing like a sleeveless dress to motivate you to do bicep curls! I also have serious Jennifer Aniston arm envy. Since I know I’m not the only one who uses her wedding day as a reason to get healthier, I’ve asked one of my favorite bloggers, Carlene of Healthfully Ever After, to share with you her specialty, wedding wellness.

Enjoy her guest post and delicious beauty booster smoothie! xo Alex

 

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I’m so excited to share one of my nutrition secrets with you today on Alex’s blog! Like Alex, I’m a dietitian nutritionist, and a fellow JMU grad (Go Dukes!). My specialty is wedding wellness, meaning I help women who are getting married feel and look their best. What really fires me up is fake weight loss claims and diet pills that prey on women looking to shed pounds for the wedding. But instead of getting angry, (okay, well I did get angry for a while) I became a resource for healthy seasonal recipes that help you feel and look great, from a credible source.

Today I’m sharing one of the best kept beauty secrets: smoothies. While juicing gets all the headlines, smoothies are my preference. They have fiber to keep you full and almost everyone can make a smoothie. You don’t need a separate piece of equipment in your kitchen to pull this off. This smoothie is one of my beauty boosters that focuses on skin health. Lots of the ingredients have important vitamin C while the spinach also provides iron to help your skin rejuvenate and glow. If you really want to make this smoothie work for you, add a shot of Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn!

mint cucumber smoothie

Beauty Booster Smoothie: Mint Cucumber

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup honey dew, cubed
  • 2 inches cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 oz of Sea Buckthorn Supplement
  • handful of mint

Directions: Add ingredients to a blender and blend until absolutely smooth.

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Carlene Thomas is the voice behind the lifestyle blog and company Healthfully Ever After LLC. A resource for being healthier and happier, before and beyond ‘I do’. Sometimes that means sparkly shoes, how to make an awesome beauty booster salad and tart combo, or how to throw together an any day celebration that balances nutritious food with cocktails and lawn games.

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  1. […] Let me introduce you to the chia seed. While there are lots of benefits into adding this little gem to your diet, I’m a fan for two reasons: fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. While a lot of us think we consume lots of fiber (and if you follow a plant-based, whole food diet you probably do), the average American only gets 10-15g of the recommended 25-35g amount. Thankfully, a 1 oz. serving of chia seeds will provide you with 11 grams, enough to close the gap for many. I love them best in a pudding or jam, but sprinkle away on cereals, oatmeals, smoothies. […]

  2. I love this! My wedding is in a little less than 10 months and I am definitely into getting healthier/getting more in shape for it! Having a wedding dress that will not zip if you gain even an ounce will do that to you. Need to get more smoothies into my life!

  3. We’re having dinner at home tonight too. It’s a long day for me, so we’re just ordering pizza from our favorite place. It will be a treat since we don’t get it very often. Chicago-style pizza isn’t the healthiest of things, but boy is it delicious!