Fennel Juice for Glowing Skin
As we creep into winter, I like to take a proactive approach to keeping my skin hydrated and healthy. A lot of people have been asking me to do some posts about skincare, and as we start the cold season together I'm happy to share my most effective recipes and topical treatments. Skin care is a special topic near and dear to my heart, as I suffered chronic severe eczema at age 30 when I had a sudden onset of food allergies. You can read about my story here: http://www.solongsquarefish.com/blog/so-long. While I was able to pinpoint and eliminate my allergens from my diet and thereby eliminate chronic eczema, I still face an occasional minor rash when I experience cross-contamination from a rare night of eating out, or through other accidental encounters. While I work hard to avoid all exposure to my allergens, I'm also enthusiastic about eating foods that boost skin health, and I practice a healthy skin care regime free of toxins.
Maintain your glow with this yummy and beautiful sea green colored fennel juice! Bulb fennel is a sweet winter season vegetable that's relatively easy to grow and easy to find in the store as well. It has a unique and wonderful licorice like fragrance and flavor. Paired with tart apple and lemon in this recipe, this juice tastes like liquid candy! Fennel is an excellent source of a number of nutrients, including fiber, potassium, manganese, folate, calcium and iron. Perhaps the most significant nutrient in fennel bulb is vitamin C, which is essential for skin health. Vitamin C plus unique antioxidants in fennel provide a potent combo to fight free radicals and inflammation caused by stress. Let fennel juice fight premature aging and smooth your skin this winter! Check out the recipe below, and stay tuned for more posts on skin care in the weeks to come...
1 bulb fennel
1 green apple
1/2 small lemon
Rinse all produce with cool water, then prepare as follows: Chop the green stems off the fennel bulb and discard the green. Use a peeler to remove any brown spots from the white bulb. Chop off the woody base of the bulb and discard. Chop the remaining bulb into smaller chunks to fit into your juicer. Remove the stem and seeds from the green apple. Apple seeds are toxic and should not be ingested. Cut a lemon in half and remove the peel. Juice the bulb pieces, apple slices and peeled half lemon. Enjoy the fragrance, incredible taste and stellar health benefits!