|Posted by Bakka Karriem on July 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM|
Today, I would like to offer a few great recipes inspired by the "RED, WHITE, & BLUE" Fruits.
You've heard me right, the "RED, WHITE, & BLUE" fruits. It's pretty simplistic and if you have any daughters you can teach them from age 3 to 60 how to be your own personal esthetician/Spa Professional, LOL. Today, I would like to use blueberries, Strawberries and Bananas. Yeah, I know what you're about to say. "Bananas are yellow! What color are ripe bananas once they're pealed? Aren't ripe bananas white inside? They are also tasty and good for you, right? Exactly! Now, before we begin, I just want to remind you of the benefits of Blueberries, Strawberries, and Bananas.
Strawberries are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C which makes it an antioxidant. Strawberries are considered a super food/super fruit by many dieticians, MD's, and of course mothers. While strawberries are great to eat, it's not a bad face mask either. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C (If you can believe it, I was surprised too!) and is a proven wrinkle reducer. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant so if you eat a full cup of strawberries everyday you are taking in your full daily recommendation of vitamin C which is what we were told about orange juice as well. strawberries may help us to prevent cataracts, which we all know is the clouding over of the eye lens that can lead to blindness in older age.
Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium. Bananas have a lot of essential minerals for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The average banana contains about 467/500 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium. You know what they say: "A banana a day may keep the Dr. away". Or you can just go with the local dietician saying "A banana a Day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis". The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. A lot of researchers tracked over 40,000 American male health professionals over four years to determine the effects of diet on blood pressure. Men who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium and cereal fiber, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke! Isn't that something? I
N LAYMEN TERMS, "If YOU EVER HAVE CRAMPS, ANY KIND, EAT A BANANA OR TWO! THEY HELP, ALSO AS A PREVENTION. EAT BANANAS BEFORE AND AFTER YOU WORKOUT ANY WAY YOU LIKE THEM WHETHER IN A SMOOTHIE, FRESH FRUIT OR FROZEN. HELL, EAT THEM ON A STICK DIPPED IN DARK (HEALTHY DARK) CHOCOLATE. IT MAKES FOR A GREAT SUMMER TREAT FOR YOU AND THE KIDS... "TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT" (For the Yo GABBA GABBA fans like myself out there).
Now, let's move on to Blueberries. Thanks to Dr. Oz and Oprah, Blueberries have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits. Blueberries have made a guest appearance on the Dr. Oz show so many times, though I am allergic to them, they have become the most demanded fruit in all supermarkets all over the U.S.A. I mean this has also happened in ghettos like South Jamaica-Queens, N.Y. I apologize to the Spanish workers in "BRAVO" supermarket for being so abrasive but, we all have growing children in our communities and we need a much better selection of healthy foods and great quality fruits at a much more affordable price. We'd patronize more if you guys sell quality fruits and vegetables in a larger quantity and leave out the majority of junk food you're pushing in black, Latino, Caribbean, and now welcoming our East Indian neighbors to South Jamaica-Queens. The same goes for the Key foods, C-Towns, and the Bodegas! I'll be interviewing the managers of these chains in the coming weeks. So, beware... Anyway, where were we?
Oh Yeah... Blueberries! From the words of Dr. Oz: " Most health research on blueberries involves their phytonutrient content. Anthocyanins - the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red - are usually the first phytonutrients to be mentioned in descriptions of blueberries and their amazing health-supportive properties. The benefits are slows down the aging of the organs, cleans the blood, gives you a glowing youthful layers of skin, helps with digestion by strengthening your organs and cleaning out the old mess that may linger in the stomach and colon. In senior citizens and the aging (which means all of us) helps with cognitive protection is most likely due to nerve cell damage. (I've learned that in school (ATELIER ESTHETIQUE).
Antioxidants are nutrients that protects against environmental wear and tear and stops the process of oxidation. Oxidation or the "REDUX" process is when uneven nutrons come and take from balanced elements and make the support system age. A better explanation is: Oxygen entering an apple makes the apple turn brown. Pour lemon juice (which is an antioxidant) on the apple and the brown disappears right before your eyes. Of course in terms of our skin, this is a maintanence process that has to be done more often than NOT at all. So enjoy my facial mask recipes for the holidays before you go out and before you go to bed. It's all good.
Honey is not just tasty but a great substitute for sugar and is an antibacterial agent that has been used in Africa for centuries. Honey helps aide in upset stomach, wrinkle reducer, makes your skin glow and tighten skin, a great disinfectant for hair, skin, and believe it or not used to be used as a lice killer for your hair centuries ago in Muslim cultures and African cultures before Islam. I just thought I'd add the benefits of honey because its an ingredient in today's recipes.
Anyway, I'm going to cut the chit-chat and get right down to business.
CAUTION: Make sure you wash your fruit and bowls before you begin.
You need a Mixing bowl, and Strawberries and a cup of Honey.
In the mixing bowl put 4 jumbo fresh strawberries (If you have small strawberries then use 6.).
Smash the strawberries until there's no more chunks.
Add honey slowly as you mix. Honey is thick so mix honey in 2 tablespoons at a time, then mix until the mixture is paste like or slightly looser than that.
Chill mixture in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
Wash your face and you daughter's face thoroughly and pat dry. (For those of us who have children, boys are invited too).
Take mixture out of the fridge and it should be chilled and a little thick. If mixture seem too thick, just whip it with a metal fork until it loosens up a bit. Use a spoon or your fingers and gently spread a thin coat all over your face, (not over eyes lids and eyebrows though). If you want a lip treatment for your child to keep him/her quiet, by all means spread over lips and let them know NOT to eat it and don't speak. This is an excellent trick to keep the questions and loud talking to a minimum, LOL.
Now, Go lay down on the couch or the bed, hell you can leave it on for 10,15, maybe even 20 minutes just to see how good your child(ren) can handle it or maybe before it drips on the couch or bed, LOL. Enjoy!
For this recipe you can do the same thing for the blueberries and bananas recipe.
FYI: If you wanna bake your child(ren's) noodle, mix all 3 fruits with the honey and follow the directions. Then make muffins or pancakes with the fruits and tell them you scraped it all off their face and made it for them to eat. Then watch their reaction first. If they're grossed out say, SIke!
OH, I LOVE MY CHILDREN...