Pamper your glow with this Golden Glow Elixir.
What does “pamper your glow” mean?
I came up with this phrase while creating my guide to living plant based and wanted to share it with you. This phrase embodies everything I believe about living a healthful and happy life. While happiness stems from within, it also stems from the types of foods we eat as they directly correlate with our health and happiness.
Food can either make us feel alive, beautiful, light and energized or it can make us feel lousy, lethargic, bloated and gross… I’m pretty sure we all know how both of these polar opposites feel… and we can probably agree that we would rather feel alive and amazing, or at least normal, rather than heavy and nasty.
Let’s be real, if you are having one of those days where you just feel FAT and gross, your happiness levels probably won’t be at an all-time high, but when you are having a good day, you’re feeling light on your toes, your stomach feels good and your body feels balanced, that’s a recipe for a damn good day! How can you promote feeling balanced and light every day from here on out?
By pampering your glow.
This means creating a conscious habit to actively make decisions everyday that contribute to how you want your body to look and feel.
Since my blog is dedicated to promoting the plant based lifestyle, I can’t help but correlate food with our bodies and our minds. High vibrational foods are full of color and are not cooked to mush. They are energizing, full of life and as fresh as can be. They are raw foods with living enzymes that your body absolutely needs to flourish and glow from within.
When you feel healthy, you feel happy.
I’ve been on a juice/smoothie kick this week and my body has been craving the freshest of foods, especially citrus foods like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. It’s been SO refreshing! I don’t eat a fully raw diet but eating plant based means eating vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains as close to their whole food form as possible. I share a mix of raw recipes and cooked recipes here on TGF, but I want to continue “pampering my glow” by eating at least 1-2 fully raw meals each day along with raw snacks like oranges, carrots, celery, cucumber, apples, berries, juices, smoothies, etc. and I encourage you to do so as well!
So to start off my new mantra of “pampering your glow” I came up with the most refreshing and luminous drink, the:
“Golden Glow Elixir”
Isn’t is beaming with life?! Like sunshine in a bottle, which is so rejuvenating during these cold winter months. I’ve been calling it “glow juice” for short and can’t get enough of it. Brightly colored foods excite me, probably a little too much haha. They help us achieve a healthier glow, brighter eyes, clearer skin, a flatter tummy and easy, regular digestion. That is the recipe to happiness! When you feel beautiful and balanced, you feel confident and this allows you to change your mindset to a positive one with a “can do” attitude rather than “I can’t do this or that” etc. This allows you to connect with your intuition and then… all is good and well.
Now obviously this isn’t magic juice that will bring you complete happiness and glowing skin immediately (I wish!), you will have to make an effort and incorporate raw foods into your diet everyday, as well as exercise among other things, but sip on this “glow juice” and you will be well on your way to a healthy, glowing life 🙂
There are 2 ways to make this Golden Glow Elixir juice. I call it a juice but I didn’t actually juice the ingredients. Juicing them is an option but instead, I kept all the fiber and nutrients in by blending it all up with a little water. Call it a juice, call it a smoothie, call it what you want but just know that it’s naturally healing, super smooth, thirst-quenching, revitalizing, hydrating, packed with vitamins, minerals and LIFE. This will help protect you from free radicals, boost your immune system, give you a burst of antioxidants and purify your blood.
If this doesn’t make you thirsty, I don’t know what will! Here are the ingredients: you will need:
Apples for: sweetness and fiber
Oranges for: vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients
Lemons for: detoxification, to balance pH levels and acidity, to cleanse + purify
Ginger for: digestion aid, nausea, anti inflammatory, immunity + to add spicy flavor
Turmeric for: soothing properties, pain relief, curcumin (anti inflammatory), detoxification, antioxidants + medicinal healing
You can find fresh ginger at any grocery store in the produce section. I found fresh turmeric at Whole Foods in the produce section. Fresh is better than the powdered version, but use what is available to you! Sip this Golden Glow Elixir for breakfast, as a mid morning/afternoon pick me up, when you are feeling a cold coming on, when you want to feel rejuvenated, when you are thirsty for something fresh or just to brighten your day. I promise, you will love it.
- 2 apples, any variation ( I used fuji)
- 4 small or 2 large oranges, peel removed
- 1 lemon, peel or no peel, depending on your preference (I left the peel on but chopped off the ends)
- 2-3 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled (adjust according to your spiciness liking)
- 2 inch knob of fresh turmeric, peeled
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 handful of ice (optional)
- In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth, adding extra water if needed.
- A high powered decent blender will turn this into a smooth juice. If you would rather juice the ingredients to make it even smoother, go right ahead! I like to keep all the fiber and nutrients in but juicing the ingredients is just as good.
- If you can't find fresh turmeric and need to use the powdered turmeric, use about 1/2-1 tablespoon and adjust to your liking.
How do you “pamper your glow”?!