It’s time to have an arsenal of fresh ingredients on hand to keep you energized and healthy. Try aloe vera juice this summer for immune and antioxidant support, digestive health, and to help moisturize and hydrate skin. **Moderation is definitely the key here – there can be too much of a good thing.
Check out these three summer recipes below for a healthy body – inside and out!
Summer Smoothie Recipe
Servings: 2 Calories: 69
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1/3 banana frozen
- 5 strawberries
- 8 basil leaves
- Optional: 2 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt
Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!
- Aloe Vera Juice: See benefits above.
- Coconut Water: low in calories and fat, super hydrating, and high in potassium (which helps your heart beat).
- Bananas: for cardiovascular protection from potassium and fiber, has antacid effects, helps protect eyesight and bone health.
- Strawberries: for cardiovascular health, helps improve blood sugar regulation, and helps prevent certain cancers (breast, cervical, and colon).
- Basil: for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Greek Yogurt: contains probiotics (organisms such as bacteria) to improve digestive health. Helps keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food.
Pineapple Cilantro Shot
Servings: 1 Calories: 36
- 4 tablespoons pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
- 10 cilantro leaves
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Let sit for 1 minute, then drink!
- Aloe Vera Juice: see benefits above.
- Pineapple: for immune support and energy production.
- Cilantro: for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Summer Cucumber Aloe Mist
I love the smell of cucumber, it screams summer! This face and body mist is such a great hydrater for your skin and is so refreshing on hot days.
Makes 3 oz.
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/2 cucumber peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon rose hip seed oil
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
- Strain mixture through cheese cloth, a cloth napkin, or even doubled up paper towels. I strain mixture twice to make sure it is pulp free.
- Pour into a small 3 oz. spray bottle, shake, and mist on face and body throughout the day.
- You can store in the refrigerator for 4-7 days when not in use.
- Aloe Vera Juice: See benefits above. Also for sunburns, burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and minor wounds.
- Cucumber: has vitamin C (antioxidant), vitamin K (for dark circles under the eyes), and silica (helps fight wrinkles).
- Rose Hip Seed Oil: to hydrate skin, and reduce fine lines and scars.
** Aloe vera juice is possibly unsafe if you have diabetes, are pregnant, have kidney problems, have intestinal conditions, or had recent surgery. It also may NOT be safe for children to digest. Talk to your doctor for possible risks and side effects of all foods mentioned in this post.