The Checkup: The Breakout-Banishing Smoothie to Chug When Your Skin Has Turned on You

• As I type this, I am trying my best to not be distracted by the piercing sensation of a nagging pimple attempting to break into the world via the left side of my chin. So, I will be making this skin-clearing smoothie — loaded with the likes of turmeric, cilantro, ginger, collagen and more — the minute I can get my hands on a blender. If you’re dealing with pesky skin woes, you may want to follow suit. [MindBodyGreen]

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How to Turn a Smoothie or Juice Into a Potion for Glowing Skin

You know what makes investing in a $10 juice a bit less wince-inducing? Knowing that the juice is actually doing something (anything!) for you aside from quenching your thirst, whether that’s getting your skin in tip-top shape from the inside out or helping you to recover post-workout. Because you can reach for a much less expensive LaCroix to simply hydrate, right? Right.

And this need for function is where aesthetician turned juicer Erika Ianoale’s juices, slung under the name Satya Juice (formerly Pangaea), deliver. Many of them are designed by the skin pro, who worked her magic on people’s pores at Rittenhouse’s Rescue Spa for 10 years, to make your skin look as no-filter-necessary as possible. Think: the Beauty Tonic, a thicker concoction loaded with coconut, pineapple, turmeric and more. Then, there’s the Ageless green juice, packed with kale, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger. Ianoale also lets customers customize their juices, adding goodies like cayenne, turmeric, matcha and more. Neat, right? (The simplest way to get your hands on the juices, which are BOMB, by the way, is to order online and they’ll deliver ’em to you.)

It’s not every day you find a juicer with a background in skin care, so to glean some knowledge from her (hey, that’s kind of our job), we asked the Philly skincare pro turned juice pro to tell us what some of her favorite smoothie and juice add-ins to get glowing skin are. First, a pro tip: She suggests always keeping fiber in your juices; she uses a hydraulic cold-pressing juice machine that allows her to do this, but the home juicer can also use a net or filter. Okay, now check out four smoothie and juice add-ins she says can make your drink work for your skin below, then head to the grocery store.

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7 Unexpected Smoothie Ingredients You Should Be Using (But Aren’t)

Smoothies are a quick, healthy, grab-and-go option for breakfast, but when you just stick to the expected — i.e. loads of fruit — you’re actually sabotaging your breakfast, nutrition-wise.

Luckily, there are simple fixes to make sure you get the most out of your blends. Here, we’ve rounded up eight unexpected ingredients (think: chickpeas, brine — really! — and roasted sweet potato) that will up the health factor of your smoothies and keep ’em tasty.

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The Checkup: The Caffeinated Green Smoothie Sure to Transform Your Mornings

• Raise your hand if you just chugged a cup of foul-tasting (but, hey, it gets the job done) coffee from your office’s rank communal machine. Okay, take note: Tomorrow, before you head to the office, whip up this coffee and avocado (yep, everyone’s two favorite things combined) smoothie, sure to forever improve your mornings. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: How to Order Fast-Food Breakfast Like a Nutrition Pro 

Photo by Flickr user one2c900d

Photo by Flickr user one2c900d

• Maybe you slept through your alarm for an early flight and didn’t have time to pack a breakfast before hitting the airport; maybe you’re stuck on a long car ride in the middle of nowhere, where rest stops are the only spots to find sustenance; whatever the case: Fast-food breakfast happens every now and then. Here, a nutritionist’s top picks for when you find yourself in line at a fast-food spot first thing in the morning. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: How to Fill Up on Protein Without Ever Grilling a Piece of Chicken Again 

• We KNOW you’ve seen the #mealprep photos of tupperware container after tupperware container neatly packed with pieces of grilled chicken breast nestled next to steamed vegetables. And if that looks absolutely terrible to you (we’re with you), the good news is — neeeewsflash — grilled chicken is not the only source of protein out there. Here, 25 chicken-less recipes that each boast at least 20 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy! [Greatist]

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The Checkup: The Science-Backed Trick to Cut a Cold’s Life Span Short

• Colds are the WORST. And I — a human who will catch a cold from anyone within a three-mile radius who has even an inkling of the sniffles — am all for tricks to end a cold as quickly as possible. (Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have a job.) And apparently, according to a new meta-anaylsis, zinc lozenges may shorten the life of a seven-day cold by THREE whole days. Costco, here I come. [Men’s Health]

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The Checkup: Are You Better Off Drinking a Juice or a Smoothie?

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

• I feel like I’ve said this a billion times only to have the weather gods turn their backs on me, but here goes: It’s FINALLY warm outside. This means juice bars are probably in your near future, so here’s a question: Is it better to reach for a smoothie or a juice? A dietitian weighs in. [Health] Read more »

The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

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