Cellulite could be considered a rite of passage into adulthood—roughly three million people over the age of 19 have these subcutaneous fat deposits on their thighs, stomach, arms, or even knees. But the ubiquity of this condition does little to ease our culture's anxiety surrounding it—there are creams, lasers, and even surgeries designed to tame cellulite.
So is there anything you can do to reduce cellulite that doesn't involve spending significant time or money? While scientists are still scratching their heads, we've grown more and more attuned to the power of food in shaping appearance, aging, and overall health. If your goal is to banish cellulite, it's all about encouraging collagen production and skin elasticity, since these dimples come from a lack thereof. The below recipe from certified health coach and Go Clean, Sexy You author Lisa Consiglio Ryan was formulated to do just that. Here's how to make it:
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"This drink serves up a hefty dose of two of the most potent cellulite-fighting nutrients on the block: vitamin C and fiber," explains Eat This, Not That! "Although the former helps rebuild collagen that supports the appearance of smooth, un-dimpled skin, the latter super-satiating nutrient helps draw toxins out of the body that promote fat storage."
Nutrition information: 242 calories, >1 g fat (0 g saturated), 240 mg sodium, 60 g carbs, 12.2 g fiber, 41.6 g sugars, 5.2 g protein
2 beets (use the stems)
1 apple, cored and quartered
1/2 lemon, peeled
1/4-inch piece fresh ginger root
Combine ingredients in blender or juicer (we love this one from Hurom!) and serve.
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