As a little girl, I was offered everything that grew in our own garden in the summer: green beans, strawberries, tomatoes on the vine… As a child, I couldn’t get enough!
For example, my mother would come back from the garden everyday with a big container of the most delicious carrots. They were small, crunchy and so juicy. She would leave them on the picnic table and, in no time flat, the container would be empty. Carrots like that are not only delicious, but are also very good for you. They give your skin a beautiful glow. This comes from beta-Carotene, an orange substance that is found in mangos, mandarin oranges and green leafy vegetables, as well as carrots. Beta-Carotene helps to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. There is also another substance that protects you from the damage caused by UV rays and from premature ageing, namely Astaxanthin, a pinky-red pigment that’s found in fish and shellfish such as salmon, crab, crayfish and shrimp. It gives your skin a natural boost so that you are protected from the sun from the inside out. Nice to know: it’s because this substance is found in shrimp and that shrimp are the favorite food of flamingos that these birds are so pink in color. Carrots, shrimp and mangos are on the menu this summer then! If you eat enough of these, your skin will be radiant and you’ll see that in your sun-kissed skin. I’m not saying that if you eat all of these you’ll be able to go lie in the sun without protection, by the way. Of course it’s still important to use a good sun care product with a high SPF. I, myself, always look for shade. But admit it, sometimes you just need to feel the sun on your skin. You get energy from it and recharge, literally! You should actually be out in the sun for a half an hour a day in order for your body to produce sufficient vitamin D3. This vitamin is very important for the building, growth and strength of your bones and teeth. It also has an effect on the functioning of your muscles and your immune system. Can’t get that half hour of sun per day in this rainy country? You can also buy vitamin D3 supplements.
Ingredients (makes approx. 1 liter)
3 medium carrots
2 inches fresh ginger
a small handful fresh mint
Juice the carrots, apple and ginger using a slow juicer. Then press the oranges and lemon using a citrus press and add the juice to the carrot, apple, ginger juice in a blender. Add the mango, avocado and mint and blend once more. Pour into nice cocktail glasses, add a drink umbrella and finished! Ready to enjoy in the sun! Cheers!