Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Simple Beauty Salad + Skin Detox Smoothie

Healthy beautiful skin always starts from the inside out.  And my favorite way to get the ball rolling in that department is with a nutrient-rich dose of quinoa.  You can never go wrong when quinoa is the addition to any meal, it tastes great, it's very filling and very satisfying.  Not only that but quinoa (Keen*wah) is brimming with a whole array of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber necessary for a healthy body and a healthy complexion.

Quinoa provides all 8 essential amino acids needed for tissue development, amazingly beautiful skin tone, collagen production and even treats acne.  The vitamins in quinoa help to decrease sebum production, so skin is less oily and less broken out.  Eat up!

Here's my all-time favorite way to prepare quinoa and only requires 4 simple ingredients.

  • 1 cup tricolor quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup raw almonds, toasted and/or chopped if desired
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the tricolor quinoa and Himalayan sea salt, stir once, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered over medium heat for 12 minutes or so.  Once quinoa starts to boil again, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.  Strain and rinse well with cold water.  

When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.  Add the chopped parsley and almonds.  Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and lemon juice for dressing.  Enjoy! 

Wash down your beauty salad with an alkalizing green drink with Billy's Infinity Greens!  I am crazy in love with this green powder.  Not a die-hard green powder fan?  No worries, Billy's makes convenient  Green Capsules for easy eats.  The skin clearing benefits of this superfood hero powder detoxes the blood of nasty toxins, heals the body by using all 36 of the different superfood ingredients it contains.  And supports other important functions in the body like:

* Detoxification
* Immune system
* Circulation
* Muscles
* Brain
* Joints
* Bones
* Digestion
* Liver
* Kidneys
* Pancreas
* Energy and overall longevity.


2 cups water
2 cups spinach
1 tsp. Billy's Infinity Greens Powder

Blend and enjoy!


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