Superfoods you can wear
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in a food fight.
Well, if your mom was anything like mine and considered eating in the bedroom grounds for punishment, chances are your hand is lingering low, too. I watched summer camp movies and It Takes Two more times than I can count, jealously watching pre-teens chucking handfuls of spaghetti at each other. But in our house, cleanliness was king and, according to my mother, throwing food at my annoying little sister was simply not clean.
Fast forward 18 years and I can safely say that there are big downsides to not living with your parents. Paying your own rent, buying your own groceries, knowing that literally no one will clean up after you…ever. However, there are also some perks to adulting, and for me, one of those perks is playing with my food.
We all know the benefits of following a healthy lifestyle, of eating our greens and drinking enough water. But did you know that the same Superfoods that fuel you from the inside also work magic on the outside? Yup. Beauty may come from within but it doesn’t hurt to help out a bit. ; ) Here are a few of my favorite self care recipes that make you look good and feel good!
Okay, this scrub isn’t actually just for your booty. But(t) in recent months I have had some unwanted visitors (cough cough cellulite cough cough) setting up camp on my lower half and I have now shamelessly joined the millions of women who search for cellulite reduction on Google. My Coconut Sugar Coffee body scrub does just that. Caffeine helps increase blood flow and circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite as well as energizing the body from the outside in! The gentle exfoliant of the coffee grounds and sugar help to brighten your skin’s natural glow and smell absolutely delicious.
- 1 cup used coffee grounds*
- 1/2 cup The Healthy Grocery Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup coconut oil – depending on your desired consistency
Mix ingredients in a small jar or glass container and voila! Ready to use or store for up to a week. Gently scrub Coconut Sugar coffee scrub from head to toe in circular motions towards the heart to greater improve circulation. I would highly suggest not using this in the evening as it can provide quite an energy buzz!
*You can use fresh grounds if you do not drink coffee but if you’re making a cup of joe, might as well put the used grounds to use!
The matcha hype is nothing new. It’s centuries old, actually, and for very good reason. Matcha is jam-packed with antioxidants, contains memory-boosting amino acids as well as detoxifying chlorophyll that helps fight wrinkles and repairs and energizes damaged skin cells. Mixed with rose water and bentonite clay – another ancient times heavy hitter – you’re also reducing redness, irritation and detoxifying the body through it’s largest organ: the skin.
- 3 tbsp betonite clay powder
- 1/2 tbsp The Healthy Grocery Matcha Powder
- 4 tbsp rose water – add more/less to achieve desired consistency
- Few drops of vitamin E oil
In a non-metal bowl mix the powders with a non-metal spoon (the volcanic clay reacts with metal, pulling metal into your detoxifying mixture and reducing the healing properties of the clay). Add in rose water (drinking water is fine, too) to your desired consistency and top off with a few drops of vitamin E oil. Apply Matcha mask in an out and upward motion and let sit until dry. Wash off with warm water, pat dry and hydrate with your favorite moisturizing oil.
Mermaid Skin Spirulina Mask
Walking into any beauty shop, you are welcomed with age-defying serums, lotions and potions promising youthful, radiant skin. But that promise usually comes with a heavy price tag and a lot of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Spirulina is is densely packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trace elements, chlorophyll, phytonutrients…you name it. The magical algae helps fight free radicals in the body and reduces inflammation while encouraging cell growth. What does this all mean when you apply Spirulina on your skin? It means you can say goodbye to acne and hello to a more even and youthful complexion.
- 1/2 tbsp raw, organic honey
- 1 tsp The Healthy Grocery Spirulina Powder
- 1/2 tbsp aloe vera gel (optional – increases hydration)
Mix all ingredients together until Spirulina clumps disappear and apply to freshly washed and damp face. Allow mask to dry before gently rinsing in warm water.
Do you have any wearable Superfood recipes to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments below! Find Matcha, Spirulina, Matcha powder on the site www.thehealthygrocery.com.