Diet is so important, but it is very easy to forget or run out of time and end up not getting all the nutrients you need. Lack of certain vitamins can cause dull skin and hair and improper diet can cause bloating and swelling, besides more lasting issues. I have found that juicing really helps me get the nutrients I sometimes lack in a quick and easy way. Below are some of my tried and true recipes for juices I make to help perk up the appearance. To make sure that you are photoshoot re ady try drinking a glass a day for a week beforehand. All the recipes below help in improved skin clarity and moisture as well as hair and nails, though don’t expect to see a change in hair and nails until after a month or so.
Each recipe makes about 3-5 servings depending on how juicy the fruit and veggies are. Store in a reusable container in the fridge and shake well before serving. Since there is no preservatives, drink within 3 days and no more than 5.
Fall Harvest Juice
Though the season hasn’t changed in south Florida yet, it doesn’t mean we can’t drink in fall. This juice is loaded with beta carotene and Vitamin A, E B6 and C and the herbs are great for digestion and bloating
1 small butternut squash, seeds removed
1 lb carrots
3 pears or apples (I like pear so much more)
knot of ginger (optional)
dash of cinnamon
If you have an extraction juicer you do not need to peel the squash but if you have a nutro bullet you will need to. Cut and juice all your produce, Add cinnamon in glass right before serving.
Garden of Earthly Delights Juice
This is more of a summer time juice but if you don’t mind using frozen berries or spending more you can enjoy all year round. Loaded with VItamin C, B vitamins and E this will make your skin shine. Be careful taking pills of vitamin C when drinking this since overload of C can cause tummy problems
1 carton of strawberries
2 green peppers
handful of green leafy (optional for calcium and D)
Post Gig Refresher Juice
Though not a skin refresher perse this is an awesome juice for after dancing or a hot day
¼ to ½ of a honeydew melon (depending on juiciness, seeds removed)
handful of mint
ball melon if you have a nutro bullet or just chop and put in for an extractor. Add the mint then juice the cucumbers to push the mint through
Hope you enjoy!
About Author: Lauren is an international bellydancer who hails from classical dance. Besides belly dance she also performs Bollywood, hula, samba, salsa and ballet. Currently she is based out of South Florida but she is available for bookings in performance and instruction internationally. When she isn't busy performing she is working on her Ph.D. in Anthropology at University of Florida.