We can get protection from the sun with the use of sunscreen, but it is also worthwhile to eat foods that offer natural sun protection.
Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream
• 1 can full fat coconut milk (has to be full fat, not low fat!)
• 1 ripe avocado
• ¼ cup raw cacao powder (Giddy Yoyo is our favourite!)
• ½ cup local Maple Syrup
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Chill the coconut milk in the fridge for a couple hours (it’s a great idea to always have one in the fridge so you can make this anytime or the coconut milk whip cream).
2. Remove can of coconut milk from fridge, flip upside down and open it from the bottom (the coconut milk will separate into two sections- a solid and liquid). Scoop out the solid portion into a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until soft peaks are formed.
3. In a blender or food processor, add the liquid portion of the coconut milk, the avocado, cacao, maple syrup and vanilla and blend until smooth.
4. Add the coconut cream to the avocado mixture and blend just until incorporated.
5. Place in a glass bowl or Tupperware in the freezer and freeze for at least 3 hours.
6. When ready to eat, take the ice cream out of the freezer for 20 minutes to allow to thaw enough to scoop. Enjoy!
Green Berry Iced Tea
The catcheins which is the active antioxidant property in green tea is a good source to aid in protecting the skin from the sun.
• 4 cups water
• 4 bags green tea ( you can use berry flavoured if you like!)
• 2 teaspoons honey or 1 teaspoon of stevia
• 1 cup raspberries
• Lemon or lime slices
1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large pot in a kettle, then removed from head.
2. Add tea bags and then cool to room temperature. This can take about an hour.
3. Add in your raspberries and stir.
4. Cut up lemons into thin slices.
5. Serve in a tall glass over ice with a lemon wedge for garnish.
Radish, Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad
Research has shown that the lycopene source in watermelon is bioavailable and a good source to protect your skin from the sun rays!
• 4 cups (3-4 pounds) of watermelon, cut in about 1 inch cubes
• 15 red radishes, thinly sliced or chopped coarsely (depends on how much you love radishes!)
• 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled
• 12 mint leaves, finely chopped
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 6 twists of freshly ground black pepper
1.Cut up watermelon and place in a large salad bowl.
2 Cut up radishes and place in with watermelon.
3. Next break up your feta cheese and place in the large salad bowl with the watermelon and radish. Toss.
4. Chop your mint leaves and then add into the bowl!
5. In a separate bowl, mix oil, sea salt and black pepper.
6. Pour the mix on the salad and toss to coat!
Catch the segment here http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=905351&binId=1.1164511&playlistPageNum=1