Fruits for beautiful skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Not only are fruits good for your insides, they’re also good for your outsides. Here are some fruits that can make your skin AMAZING:

Apples: Apples are a great conditioner & toner for your skin, they have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

-Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin.

-Apple juice, when applied to your hair scalp, can prevent dandruff. You can use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

-Apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne.

-The juice of apple can be used as a breath freshener too. *not relevant but nice to know

 

Lemons: Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient for a reason.

-Lemons are used to cleanse, lighten and freshen the skin and hair.

-Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows & heels.

-Lemon slices help deodorize. Mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you’ll feel fresh the whole day.

-Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp.

-If you use it a few times a month mixed with your shampoo,  it’ll help prevent dandruff.

-Lemon grinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing.

-Lemon is a natural bleach so it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too.

 

Bananas: they are rich in protein and natural fats so they can be used on all skin types.

-Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair

-Make an easy facemask that will make your skin supple by applying mashed banana all over your skin and leaving it on for 20 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse off with warm water and make sure to moisturize.

-Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. It’s perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly.

 

Pineapple: Pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin.

-Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

-Use a slice of pineapple like you would use a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

 

Papaya: Papaya is rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A which is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin.

-Apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly for fresh and glowing skin (leave on your skin for no more than five minutes & rinse thoroughly) [use it with caution for the first time because it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin]

 

Peaches: Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types.

-Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste, apply to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

Hope these helped,

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Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved snacking on stuff like Fruit Roll-Up’s but recently I realized that they were filled with so many random and also harmful things for you.

Take a look at the ingredient list in General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups: pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, maltic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor and the following food coloring: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6.

I mean wouldn’t it just be better to make some of your own? If you’re curious on how to make some then read on:

This recipe is pretty flexible. You have the freedom to pick one fruit or a mix of multiple fruits. You can use fresh, frozen and/or dried fruit. I suggest making a few different trays of fruit at the same time because these won’t last long in your house and though they are VERY simple to make, they do take a long time to set.

  1. Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out.
  2. Spread the puree on a oil-sprayed silpat baking mat or parchment paper (BE SURE to spray! If you don’t it will stick!). [If you’re letting it sit outside you can use plastic wrap]
  3. 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go. my stove’s lowest temperature is 170). Leave the oven door open a little bit to let the moisture out.
  4. They’re done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore. (You normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven and your fruit choices.) [If you live in a warm climate, you can just leave the pan in the sun for the day].
  5. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them and roll them with wax or parchment paper when they are still warm. Enjoy this healthy alternative.

Some combos you can use:

Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) (these come out the best!)
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana (these were very seedy, you could replace the raspberries with blueberries)
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana

You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.

Credit to this lovely lady for coming up with the recipes above.

Enjoy,

Tasty summer treats.

DIY'S, Recipes.

It’s summer. It’s hot. I’m hungry. So here:

1//Frozen fruits

Freeze some of your favorite fruits for a cold and refreshing summer treat. some good fruits to freeze are:

– Grapes (red, green or black)
– Raspberries
– Strawberries
– Blueberries
– Mango’s

2//Yogurt Dippin Dots

Make your own dippin’ dots at home with yogurt! Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients//

– 1- 2 cups of yogurt (or three small yogurt cups) in any flavor(s) you want
– A plastic sandwich bag
– A baking tray lined with parchment paper

Directions//

1. Take your yogurt and pour it into the plastic bag (or more than one if you’re doing a couple flavors).
2. Cut off a tiny corner of the bag (so it turns into a piping bag) and pipe the yogurt into dime sized dots or smaller on the baking sheet about one inch apart.
3. Once you’re done piping the yogurt dots, put the baking sheet into the freezer and let them freeze (at least three hours).
4. When the dots are frozen you can take them out and scrape them into a bowl to eat them!

3// Gummy Bear Popsicles

Make some yummy popsicles with this recipe! Here’s how:

Ingredients//

-1 2 liter bottle of sprite
– 1 bag of gummy bears (or any other gummy candy)
– Popsicle molds

Directions//

1. Pour some sprite into the popsicle molds.
2. Add in some gummy candies (as many as you’d like)
3. Fill up the molds the rest of the way and then place them into the freezer (let them freeze for at least 3-4 hours or overnight).
4. Once they’re frozen you can enjoy them on a hot summer day!

4//Fruit Slush

Here’s how to make a yummy fruit slushie:

Ingredients//
– Your favorite fruit
– A glass baking dish

Directions//

1. Blend up your fruit and pour it into the baking tray.
2. Freeze your fruit blend for at least five hours.
3. Take it out once it’s frozen and scrape away at it with a spoon or fork until it forms an icy slush.
4. Serve it in a bowl or a cup for a yummy treat. (:

(play around with different fruits / juices / etc for a variety of different flavors!)

Hope you have fun making and eating these 🙂

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