Superfoods definitely deserve their name when it comes to their nutritional profiles. They pack a punch being so nutritionally dense and have inspired a series called Superfood Sunday to highlight some of the latest gems I’ve come across and how I’m incorporating them into my everyday.
First on the roster is Sea Buckthorn. I have been seeing this superfood pop up in a lot of skincare products and prior to that had never heard of it. When I saw it in a local superfood shop I knew I had to scoop it up to start experimenting with it.
This is a little orange coloured berry that grows in Europe and Asia that has a tart, citrusy flavour. These little guys are pretty impressive:
- Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9 and 7)
- An impressive array content of Vitamin C at 12x more than you’ll find in an Orange
- Antioxidents like Vitamin E and VItamin A
- 11 of 14 trace minerals/flavonoids
Orange Raspberry Sea Buckthorn Smoothie:
- 1.5 cup orange juice
- 1 c (or more) of fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/2 – 1 banana
- 1 tsp of Sea Buckthorn powder
- A big handful of greens of your choice. Today I’m using kale.
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
Blend, enjoy and reap the benefits!
And because sea buckthorn can be enjoyed topically as well, here is a mask I’ve been mixing up and adding to my self care Me Time routine:
- 1/2 tsp of Sea Buckthorn powder
- 1/2 tsp of raw honey
- 1 tbsp of bentonite clay
- 1/4 tsp of tumeric powder
- 1 tbsp of pure aloe vera juice
Mix all together in a non-metal container and utensil (the clay is sensitive to metals). When all the ingredients have been well incorporated, spread the mask in an even layer on the face and relax for 10 or so minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Sometimes tumeric will leave a bit of colour on your skin but can be easily removed with a bit of cleanser afterward if necessary.
If you’d prefer to have a premade mask on hand with sea buckthorn in it, I highly recommend you check out Leahlani Skincare’s Mermaid Mask by clicking here. It’s my go to when I want something quick and effective.
Do you incorporate superfoods into your diet? What are your favourites?