This healthy fruit salad incorporates multiple types of berries to yield a rich diversity of phytochemicals and antioxidants. When different types of berries are combined, their individual antioxidant activities are magnified, powerfully erasing precursors of skin aging and maintaining healthy skin cell function. Cayenne pepper adds a dose of capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory agent and natural analgesic that assists in relaxation and sleep. Serve this up after dinner for a tasty dessert that promotes restorative beauty rest.
2 tsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. honey
15 to 20 blueberries
7 to 10 blackberries
4 to 5 strawberries, sliced
1 orange, sliced
Mix lime and honey together in a small bowl and set aside.
Divide fruit into two serving bowls. Drizzle with honey-lime mixture, add a pinch of cayenne pepper and serve.
Tip: Cara cara oranges are in season right now. Their subtle, sweet flavor works great in this salad.
Science & Nutrition
Blueberries + Blackberries + Strawberries: Every type of berry (and fruit, generally) contains a rich diversity of phytochemicals, which provide antioxidant effects. When different types of berries are combined, their individual antioxidant activities are magnified, increasing the action of erasing precursors of skin aging and maintaining healthy skin cell function.
Seeram, N., et al. Antioxidant Measurement and Applications. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 956, 2009: Chapter 21: “Impact of berry phytochemicals on human health: effects beyond antioxidation,” pp. 326-336.
Cayenne Pepper: Capsaicin is a strong anti-inflammatory agent that promotes healthy skin. It’s also a natural analgesic that assists in rest and sleeping, so the body’s own restorative capacities can be tapped during the sleep cycle.
Kim, C. “Capsaicin exhibits anti-inflammatory property by inhibiting IkB-a degradation in LPS-stimulated peritoneal macrophages,” Cell Signal. 2003 Mar.; 15(3): 299-306.
90 calories; 0g fat; 0g sat. fat; 0mg cholesterol; 0mg sodium; 230mg potassium; 22g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 18g sugar; 1g protein. 2 servings.
Author Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee is author of Living Luxe Gluten Free (nominated for 2016 James Beard Book Awards for “Focus on Health” and “Photography”), and she appears on KLRR’s morning show where she shares recipes and health tips on “Delicious Dishes with Michelle Lee.”
In addition to her culinary work, Ms. Lee is an award-winning economics and business consultant who has been featured in various publications, including Forbes, for her research. Ms. Lee holds a degree in economics and an MBA.
Ms. Lee’s forthcoming book, The Young Skin Diet, is based on her survey of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies. The Young Skin Diet reveals the six principles of nutrition to rejuvenate skin, as well as over 75 recipes, skin treatments, meal plans and everyday habits to make skin young again. Available for purchase at Vroman’s, Amazon, Pages: A Bookstore, and Barnes & Noble.
More information may be found at TheYoungSkinDiet.com.
Praise for Michelle Lee’s works:
“upscale…mouthwateringly luxurious” – Simply Gluten Free Magazine
“good guidance…useful” – Publishers Weekly
“highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review
Lee’s first book is Living Luxe Gluten Free, which is available in bookstores, including Vroman’s, Barnes & Noble, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, and Pages: A Bookstore. It also may be purchased online at LivingLuxeGlutenFree.com and Amazon.
More recipes by Michelle Lee:
Buffalo Sprouts from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Pretty, Powerful Pasta from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Indian Jalfrezi Chicken from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Granola from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Crispy Steak Fries from Living Luxe Gluten Free