Strawberries and watermelon combat collagen degradation and keep skin moisturized while fresh-squeezed lime juice and lime peel work synergistically to provide a punch of flavor and free radical scavenging antioxidants.
Enjoy this easy-to-make, easy-to-drink blend on hot summer days… the delicious, healthy way to keep skin young and hydrated.
1 heaping cup frozen strawberries, thawed
1 heaping cup fresh seedless watermelon, cubed and refrigerated
Juice from 1 lime
¼ tsp. lime zest
Allow strawberries to thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
Combine strawberries, watermelon cubes, lime juice, and lime zest in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Recipe from The Young Skin Diet by Michelle Lee (Salut Studio, 2016)
Science & Nutrition
Strawberry: Strawberries exhibit strong inhibition activity against advanced glycation end product formation. Advanced glycation end products cause oxidative stress in the body linked with aging, including the degradation of skin collagen. By countering the formation of advanced glycation end products, strawberries help maintain and promote young-looking skin.
- Parengkuan, L., et al. “Anti-glycation activity of various fruits,” Anti-Aging Medicine. 2013; 10(4): 70-76.
Watermelon: Watermelon is an excellent source of hydration, which is necessary for cellular volume, skin moisture and clearance of waste from the body, all of which contributes to healthy and youthful skin. The balance of potassium and sodium electrolytes in watermelon is also beneficial for hydration and mineral retention in the body, which keeps skin cells healthy.
- He, F., et al. “Beneficial effects of potassium on human health,” Physiologia Plantarum. 2008 Aug.; 133(4): 725-735.
Lime Peel + Lime Juice: The peel of citrus fruits, like lime, contain powerful phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids that provide antioxidant benefits. Coupled with the antioxidant punch of juice of lime, the antioxidants in peel and juice can behave synergistically to provide significant scavenging of free radicals and thus forestall skin aging.
- Guimaraes, R., et al. “Targeting excessive free radicals with peels and juices of citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange,” Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2010 Jan.; 48(1): 99-106.
140 calories; 0g fat; 0g sat. fat; 0mg cholesterol; 0mg sodium; 440mg potassium; 35g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 24g sugar; 2g protein. 1 serving.
Michelle Lee is author of Living Luxe Gluten Free (nominated for 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 new 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:
“…entertaining, informative…” – Kirkus Reviews
“insightful” – GFF Magazine
“highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review
More recipes by Michelle Lee:
Rejuvenating Mykonos Mediterranean Salad from The Young Skin Diet
Restorative Hot Honey Fruit from The Young Skin Diet
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
Spiced Salmon with Curry Dip from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Chocolate Mint Truffles from Living Luxe Gluten Free
Skin-Brightening Coconut Oil Exfoliant from The Young Skin Diet
Omega-3 Garlic Barramundi with Mushrooms & Wild Rice
Photo, top right, strawberries by Keith Williamson from Bigastro, Spain (Fresas frescas Project 365(2) Day 74) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo, limes, by Janet Hudson (originally posted to Flickr as Limes) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.