Skin-nourishing, brain-power-boosting, nerve-rejuvenating powder…
As much as I love an exotic ingredient every now and then, in my opinion, the best beneficial ingredients and superfoods are the ones that seamlessly sync with your daily routine. A pat of hyaluronic acid in the morning followed up by some nourishing rosehip seed oil, a scoop of chia seeds… a mango tossed into your work bag as a mid-afternoon treat, when wellness is easy and approachable, we reap the rewards that much faster. And when an ingredient can double as an ice cream topping and smoothie-booster all at once? Bring it on. Today I’m sharing just such an ingredient. A powerful powder that easily blends into smoothies and oatmeal and does double-time as a slightly sweet dessert topper: tocotrienols. Part of FP fave Moon Juice’s arsenal of wellness essentials, Tocotrienols are not only easy to use, but delicious, too, and will have your skin feeling gorgeous in no time flat.
Read on to learn about this skin-nourishing, brain-power-boosting, nerve-rejuvenating powder, then scroll on for a super simple — and super delicious — recipe.
What are tocotrienols? Derived from grains such as barley, rice, wheat and oats, tocotrienols are a super concentrated source of vitamin E, D, B vitamins and antioxidants. Found in Moon Juice’s Tocotrienols, which are derived from organic California rice, tocotrienols are a powerful nourishing superfood that benefits body and mind.
What are the benefits? The power of tocotrienols mainly lies in the bioavailability of vitamin E levels. Essentially the benefits of tocotrienols are the same as taking a vitamin E supplement — your body just knows how to put tocotrienols to use more efficiently. While most traditional sources of vitamin E (also known d alpha tocopherol) have difficulty interacting with cell membranes, tocotrienols are ready and able to be absorbed into tissues and put to work by your body and are therefore more efficient in neutralizing free radicals — great news for your skin! Because they’re easily absorbed into cell membranes, tocotrienols are great for skin, hair, tissue regeneration, and overall anti-aging. They’ve also been found to be effective in boosting immunity, improving muscle function, and decreasing inflammation. Tocotrienols also play a role in protecting nerves and nerve function, important since our nerves deteriorate as we age and when we’re exposed to higher levels of toxins and pollutants. When added to your wellness routine, this wonder dust will have you looking good and feeling fine for years to come.
How do you use tocotrienols? Like I said, the best superfoods are the ones that are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine and lucky for us all, tocotrienols are as easy as they come. Slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla (tasting somewhat like cereal), Moon Juice’s Tocotrienols blend seamlessly into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, chia pudding and raw desserts. The creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor also makes tocotrienols a great alternative to coffee creamer and adds a luxurious element to potions hot or cold. Of course, if you’re really feeling it, just sprinkle tocotrienols on any and everything. Need a little inspiration? Try the super easy recipe below, which pairs tocotrienols with beets and cacao to create a skin nourishing treat for body and mind.
Skin-Nourishing Beet-Banana Nice Cream
1 ½ bananas, sliced and frozen
⅓ cup beet juice
1 tbsp almond butter
1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp Moon Juice Tocotrienols
Toppings: blueberries, granola, unsweetened coconut flakes
Place frozen banana slices, beet juice, almond butter, cacao powder, and tocotrienols in a food processor and pulse until smooth (it should be the consistency of soft-serve).
Place food processor container in the freezer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until mixture is solidified.
When ready to serve: Scoop nice cream into two small bowls and top with blueberries, granola and coconut. Mmmmmm… Enjoy!
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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.