Beauty Inside & Out: Banana Raspberry Skin Care Smoothie Recipe

This treat is good for you in more ways than one

They say you are what you eat, so eat something beautiful! Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles that feature delicious recipes created with Termomix, one of the most amazing kitchen appliances we’ve ever come across. These recipes feature some of the same healthy ingredients you’ll find in JAFRA ‘s Royal Jelly skin care & color products, like Manuka Honey and of course royal jelly, but in an edible form. Not only does this smoothie give you a huge boost of energy, the ingredients have benefits that go beyond filling you up.
Banana Raspberry Skin Care Smoothie

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
You’ll Need:
  • 1 banana (approximately 4.5 oz.)
  • 6 oz. (1¾ cup) frozen raspberries
  • 1.8 oz. (½ cup) rolled oats
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) almond milk
  • 2 oz. (2 to 3 tablespoons) edible royal jelly
For a standard blender, add ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

For Thermomix place your banana, raspberries, rolled oats, almond milk and royal jelly in the Thermomix mixing bowl and blend for 1 minute with the speed set to 10. Serve immediately. You can also substitute for other berries, like strawberries, blueberries or blackberries.

The Beautiful Benefits:
Red raspberries get their color from anthocyanin, a compound known to keep your skin looking young and refreshed. Almond milk contains vitamin E, which protects your skin from the sun and free radicals. A single serving of almond milk contains 50% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E. Bananas are rich in potassium, which counteracts fluid retention caused by sodium, so eating them helps reduce puffiness around your eyes.

Successful Support

You don't have to go it alone – here’s how to get the help you need

Do you expect yourself to be superhuman? Able to pack lunches, rock board meetings and be the ideal partner, all in a single day? You’re not alone. The truth is, however, that it’s impossible to triumph all the time in everything. And even when you do manage to kill it in any arena of life, let alone all of them, that success is not a solo mission. Translation: we all need help sometimes. The problem is, many of us have trouble asking for it. If this sounds like you, have no fear. You too can ask for the support your need to be successful at work, at home and with your friends, whether it’s a night of babysitting, a shoulder to cry on or assistance with a project at the office. Here’s how:
Be Realistic
Look at your day – it has 24 hours. As such, there is only so much one person can do. If you seem overscheduled, you probably are. Don’t try to do everything. Consider what you can delegate to who and how you want to ask for help.
Be Strategic
Be sure to match your go-to with your need. You wouldn’t ask your two year-old to balance your budget, so don’t ask for your introverted sister to spearhead the planning on your Friday night activities. Sure, she may be your go-to for everyday life, but you probably know someone else better equipped to plan a girls’ night. Choosing the right person for the task at hand will make your friends and family more willing to help, and they’ll be a lot better at it.
Be Vulnerable
We all want to be perceived as capable. Some of us may fear that needing help at all proves we’re anything but. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t worry about coming off as inadequate when you ask for assistance. e vulnerable. Say, “I’ve thought about it and I just can’t do this on my own… do you think you can help me, by _____________ ?”  Sharing your struggle and asking for help are integral to your success.
Be Courteous
Too often, we fall into the trap of having a singular go-to person for all our favors. Mix it up when it comes to asking for assistance. No one person can do everything for you and you could potentially overload those you cherish the most. Work on asking friends beyond your absolute inner circle for help. Sure this means you’ll have to cast a wider favor-net, but the occasional ask is easy and won’t be met with resentment by a true friend.
Be Willing to Reciprocate
Like attracts like and generosity begs reciprocating. Let your friends know you’ll help them when and where you can. Not only does it make you feel good to help a friend, it will make you more comfortable asking for their help in the future. Every request you make need not be a tit-for-tat, but if your friends know you’ve got their backs as much as they’ve got yours, you’ll create a reciprocal relationship where everyone helps each other, and nothing can beat that!

Summer Fun For All or One

Top summer activities to do with solo or with friends

For most people, summertime means fun with family and friends, or even some much deserved downtime. The days are longer, the weather is warm and it seems that there is always something happening! So whether you are joining friends or alone, here is a list of top activities to explore this summer:

With Friends:
  • Relive your childhood by planning a trip with friends to an amusement park. If you live near a coast line, head to a pier side park. Bonus points if you ride a roller coaster!
  • Nothing tastes better than fresh fruit in the summer. Go with friends and family to pick berries at a farm!
  • Attend an outdoor concert. Your local newspaper should have listings of bands and dates. Pack a picnic and a bottle of Rosé and invite all of your friends!
  • Dining outside is a warm weather must! Invite friends over for a good old fashioned BBQ and assign everyone to bring a BBQ staple; corn, watermelon, hamburgers and of course hot dogs!
  • Plan a camping trip; even if it is in your backyard. It will be fun pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars. Be sure to have enough ingredients for smores!
  • Learn something new. Summer is a great time to try a new sport or activity. Stand up paddle boarding, beach tennis or golf are all fun things to try.

On Your Own:
  • Go for a long bike ride and feel like a kid again with the wind blowing in your hair.
  • Visit a museum that you have been wanting to explore; sometimes it is better on your own so you can go at your pace.
  • Read a trashy novel shame-free.  
  • Make a summer playlist. Listening to music makes everything so festive! Create a playlist that puts you in the mood to have some summer fun!
  • Visit a farmer’s market; Snag some of the fresh veggies and fruits that are in season. Find recipes that fit your purchases and delight in the taste of farm-to-table food!
  • Go for a hike. Hiking is a great activity for exercise and to clear your mind. Take some time to soak up nature and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!
  • Volunteer. Finding a cause that is dear to you to donate your time to will become the most rewarding part of your summer. 

True Independence

Tips for becoming an entrepreneur

This Independence Day, as Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, when a small group of men with a vision decided to take fate into their hands and found a democracy, why not take a break from flag waving and reflect on the principle? The freedom to do as we wish and be who we are is a fundamental right in our society… a fact that sometimes gets lost in the doldrums of the day to day. However, the opportunity to pursue your own happiness, is always right there waiting should you feel the entrepreneurial spirit. Translation? This Fourth of July, why not think about becoming your own boss… 

Here are three things to consider if the idea inspires you… even just a little bit!

The Potential
Every success story starts with passion. And if you’re thinking about going off on your own – taking a risk to earn big rewards (like free time, control over your schedule and of course, money), you need to be passionate about your product. The idea of where it can take you should set off fireworks in your brain – after all, you’re going to have to be excited about it in order to get up and do it everyday – especially in the beginning. So consider carefully what your ideal job would look like and fashion your business around that. A simple example? If you’re a social butterfly bored to tears by an office job, don’t start an insurance agency. Do something that gets you out and around people, capitalizing on your friendly nature! 

The Pitfalls
Before the excitement settles you’ll want to pause and take a moment to consider the possible pitfalls on your path to success. It may seem like a downer, but nothing is always simple and smooth and there are bound to be months (especially early on) when you don’t hit your financial goals. How will you deal with the difficult times and keep going until you get to the other side? Knowing what could go wrong won’t prevent it from happening, but it will give you the confidence to know you can handle it because you’ve thought ahead. That brings us to…

The Plan
While you may be dying to tell your current boss to take your job and shove it, you’d be ill-advised to make a leap into an entrepreneurial activity without reasonable plans for the short and long term. Where do you want to be in one month? Six? A year? Five? What are the best and worst case scenarios and how will you handle each. Of course, curveballs are bound to come your way despite all of this planning, but charting your course in the first place helps you to adjust accordingly as it unfolds. The important thing is that you’ve got the map!
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