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Antioxidant Packed Snacks and Lunches

Woman having lunch

Those of us that ate school lunches as children may have been scarred for life.  We may, to this day, have nightmares consisting of grey mystery meat sandwiched between a soggy bun, “pizza”  which is closer to congealed yellow cheese with red sauce on toast, canned vegetables and fruit cocktails consisting of vaguely identifiable fruit, as in, “Is that cube a pear or a pineapple?”  Well, with adulthood, the nightmare may be over, but with our busy schedules, we might find our food options are still somewhat limited, and you may even find yourself having a not so pleasant deja vu, unless your idea of gourmet food is the gas station food shop.

You may have heard a lot about antioxidants lately.  Antioxidants fight free radicals in your body and slow down the aging process.  Sound good?  Here are some ideas for  putting them in your snacks and lunches! They definitely beat the creepy hot lunches and are a lot more healthful no matter who you’re packing for.

Snacks
Trail mix nuts are a great source of antioxidants.  Studies find walnuts can be 2-15 times more powerful than vitamin D when it comes to anti-oxidizing properties.  Add in some dried cranberries and dark chocolate pieces for an added health and antioxidant bonus.

Dark Chocolate!
Who would have thought something so sinful could be so good for you!  Unprocessed, raw cocoa beans are one of the highest scoring foods ever tested on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), the measure of antioxidant activity in food.

Fruit
There is no end to the nutritional benefits of fruit.  They are a delicious easy snack and are rich in antioxidants, with berries and red grapes leading the pack and so easy to add to the lunch bag.

Lunch
How about some broccoli and tomato pizzas? Yum!  Broccoli has antioxidants and Vitamin E and is very effective against breast cancer.  Tomatoes have lycopene which prevents tumor growth. Top with ricotta or mozzarella.  You choose!

Woman having wine at lunch

Grape and Cheese Salad
Red grapes contain the mother load of resveratrol, yes, that red wine ingredient.  Throw some walnuts on top for a crunchy way of getting melanin! And what would a salad be without the baby greens, packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and beta carotene? Eat up!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Tomatoes and Zucchini
Here’s one for the exotic veggie lover.  The Vitamin A in the squash will fight off the effects of aging and the zucchini has lutein for healthy eyes.  Leave the skin on the zucchini- it has beta carotene.  Great substitute for a carb-rich pasta dish.

Avocado Bean Wrap
Have you died and gone to heaven?  You’ve got black beans and avocados and carrots which mean plenty of immune supporting compounds like betacarotene and vitamin E. Is your mouth watering?

Veggie Lasagna
Mangia!  Try a recipe with kale, the super-food with vitamin A and C.  Throw in cherry tomatoes and garlic, packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and your choice of cheeses.

Enjoy and stay young and keep the school lunch ghoulies away!

Vitamin C Rich Foods – Vine Vera Reviews

Now that you know how important vitamin C is to both your body’s internal processes and your complexion, you might be wondering how best to receive it. We mentioned in our last post that you can definitely apply vitamin C topically in order to help fade sun damage and reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin. However, you can also head to your kitchen when you want to reap the benefits of vitamin C.

Closeup of strawberries and sliced pineapples.

Fruits
Possibly the most famous fruit for vitamin C is the orange. You know that oranges are high in vitamin C, providing collagen boosting benefits and a healthy immune system. But if you don’t feel like scarfing down oranges all of the time, there are plenty of other fruits that are vitamin C rich.

Tropical fruit lovers will be pleased to know that pineapple is a fruit with a high vitamin C concentration. Papaya is also a fruit that contains tons of vitamin C. A one cup serving of papaya contains 88.3mg of vitamin C while a serving of pineapple contains 78.9mg. Mangoes are another tropical fruit that contains vitamin C and beats out oranges, pineapples and papayas in the level of vitamin C it contains. A serving of mangoes contains 122.3mg of vitamin C and is also a great source of vitamin A (which works well in conjunction with vitamin C). Slicing up a kiwi and eating it will result in you getting about 70mg of vitamin C.

Strawberries are also an awesome source of vitamin C with a one cup serving containing almost 85mg of vitamin C. For a super dose of vitamin C, slice up your favorite fruits from this brief list and make a delicious, and nutritious, tropical fruit salad.

Salad with bell peppers and olive oil

Vegetables
Most people associate oranges, and other citrus fruits, with vitamin C, but there are tons of vegetables that can add a great amount of vitamin C to your diet. Red and green bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C:  a cup of chopped red pepper contains three times the amount of vitamin C than an orange does with 190mg of vitamin C being in one cup of chopped red bell peppers. Green bell peppers are also a great source of vitamin C as they contain about 120mg in a one cup serving.

One of the most buzzed about vegetables recently is kale and with good reason. A one cup serving of kale provides twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and seven times the amount of vitamin K. When it comes to vitamin C, a one cup serving of kale provides you with 80mg, roughly the recommended daily amount for adult males and females. Your mother probably told you to eat your broccoli as a child, and you should definitely heed her advice. A one cup serving of broccoli is just 30 calories and contains over 130mg of vitamin C in addition to being rich in fiber.

When it comes to getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, you can easily accomplish your goal through your diet. A fresh fruit salad for breakfast and a snack of broccoli in the afternoon will easily have you getting the amount of vitamin C that you need for beautiful skin and a healthy body.

Our Favorite Green Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

With beauty and skin care products becoming more high-tech with every passing day, it becomes important to remember some of the exciting natural cures that still play an integral role in our skin care. Numerous studies have confirmed that there are many green ingredients which are still important in defining the way your skin looks and feels. Studies have also confirmed that increasing the intake of certain nutrients can lead to acne prevention, radiant skin and reduced wrinkles. Vine Vera presents its favorite green ingredients that can really transform your skin care routine and hold up on their own in front of all the modern-day ingredients that have come up.

Aloe Vera in a spa concept

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used as a skin care ingredient for centuries. It is famous for its healing and soothing properties and is known to help out with burns. It also offers antioxidant properties, which make it an excellent free radical fighter. Furthermore, aloe vera can also help you restore a healthy glow due to the amino acids, enzymes and vitamin C that it contains.

Fresh kale in a ceramic bowl on a wooden table.

Kale
Kale is popular as one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It is known to rank among the best sources of vitamins A, C and K and is also rich in calcium, potassium and folate. Kale offers excellent antioxidant properties because of the presence of flavanoids and carotenoids. Apart from antioxidant protection, Kale also helps in reducing the risks of heart disease and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

Woman applying a seaweed body mask to beautify her skin.

Green Algae
Green algae is among the richest treasures of the ocean that can offer wondrous benefits to your skin. It can stabilize certain minerals that help out with skin moisturization. It is also known to assist with skin lightening and acne reduction.

Swissh Chard on a wooden table.

Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard’s soft texture and beet-like taste makes it an ideal ingredient for sauteeing. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K and is known to offer more than enough calcium to support healthy bones in the body. Swiss Chard is also loaded with antioxidants that let it protect the skin from free radical damage, prevent inflammation, reduce blood cholesterol and maintain the level of blood sugar. The biggest benefit of this ingredient in your skin care is that it boosts your skin glow, assists in increasing the production of collagen and prevents acne.

Picture of green tea in a cup and a teapot.

Green Tea
Green tea is an excellent antioxidant that is one of the best ways of protecting your skin against free radical damage. It can also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and offer anti-acne abilities as well. Green tea shrinks your blood capillaries and improves skin radiance and rosacea conditions.

Spinach leaves in a wooden bowl on a wooden table.

Spinach
Spinach is considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet. It is very high in vitamins and is extremely nutrient-dense. It is full of folate and vitamins A and C. The biggest skin benefit of adding spinach into your diet is that it offers cancer-fighting antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals in the body and negate the damage caused by them. Spinach is also a rich source of kaempferol, an antioxidant that prevents the formation of cancerous cells.

Steamed broccoli in a bowl on a table.

Broccoli
Broccoli is another vegetable that you need to add to your diet. It is considered to be a goldmine for nutrition as it is rich in vitamins A and C, folate and potassium. It boosts brain functioning, regulates blood pressure, provides antioxidant protection and boosts bone health. Broccoli can also repair skin damage and assist the skin in repairing and detoxifying itself.