I met my friend Frances for tea the other day. Frances is an accomplished author and media expert, works hard, practices a lot of yoga, is a lacto-vegetarian, eats pretty well… and did I mention how zealous she is about work? The first thing she said to me was, “You’re so tan and look so healthy. Look at me – I’m translucent!” Spending the better part of the winter in Miami has made me forget how pasty pale one can get in the winter. Growing up in the Midwest, we used to call it the “mid winter grays.” True, I’m blessed with olive-toned skin, but over the years I’ve noticed that even at my palest I never turn that shade of translucent gray anymore. This changed when I began to drink more vegetable juices. Of course it’s not the only factor, but it most certainly is a big one.
A glass of liquid sunshine!
There are several things that can contribute to the mid-winter tan. Chlorella, for example, is an algae filled with almost every amino acid imaginable. It also is very high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene and vitamin A (to name just a few components) but the chlorophyll would probably be the prime contributor to the mid-winter tan. In France, tanning products in pill form are very popular. One I’ve tried, called Phyto-Bronze, contains all of these ingredients. Interesting. Thus, sans Phyto-Bronze, here is my mid-winter tan potion, along with a healthy dose of chlorella, which you can get at Whole Foods or any health food shop. I like this brand by The Raw Food World. It’s delicious sprinkled on Ice Cream or frozen yogurt.
Frances’ Mid Winter Tanning Potion
1 medium beetroot, sliced in wedges
3 stalks celery
large handful of arugula (or any dark green)
1 lemon, sliced in wedges
½ pear, sliced in wedges
Pass all fruits and veggies through the juicer and strain to get the pulp out.