Fruit smoothies can be really amazing to satisfy your taste buds, keeping your skin fresh all day long, adding glow and glamour to your skin and to feel rejuvenated every moment of your life. But I don’t restrict myself to a few smoothies only.

There are a number of fruits you can choose to make smoothies but many people are confused about which fruits to choose. For healthy skin, antioxidants are ideal to detox your skin, remove dead cells and improve blood circulation to all parts of body to make you glowing from head to toes. Antioxidants remove free radicals which attack healthy cells, kill brain cells, clog the veins and reduce immunity. Simply put, these antioxidant recipes will not only improve your skin but also improve your inner health.

Here are my favorite fruit smoothie recipes.

Green Smoothie

  • ½ cup coconut water or unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup chopped pineapples
  • ½ cup avocado (peeled, pitted and cubed)
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas (peel and slice)
  • 1 cup chopped frozen mango
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Cut all the ingredients appropriately using a good kitchen knife set. Put all ingredients in the food processor like nutribullet and blend well. Pour in serving glass and top with crushed ice.

Blood Smoothie

  • 1 scoop of hemp protein
  • ¼ avocado (peeled, pitted and cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
  • 11 ounce raw coconut water or unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ bunch of dandelion greens (remove stems)
  • ½ cup organic chopped blueberries

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend well. Add a teaspoon of honey for making it a bit sweeter.

Power Punch Smoothie

  • ½ cup chopped organic frozen mangoes
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish oil
  • ½ cup raw grass-fed yogurt
  • 1 or 2 fresh mint leaves (optional)

Blend all ingredients except mint leaves. Before pouring out in the glass, add mint leaves and blend for 2 seconds only. Serve chilled!

Berry-Berry Smoothie

  • ¼ cup chopped frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup chopped frozen blackberries
  • ¼ cup chopped frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup chopped frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup chopped kale leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped frozen banana
  • ¼ teaspoon fish oil
  • 1 cup filtered water or coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Blend all ingredients well and pour in a glass. Serve with crushed ice topping.

You are ready to start your life in a different way with these recipes.

I have been taking classes and doing research about yoga for a long time, but the sky of yoga has become so diverse that it is difficult to absorb its essence in a few sessions.

Learning yoga might seem difficult because we start from basic stretches and gradually move on to power drills. This is actually the ideal way to learn yoga but I have discovered another technique of learning all aspects of yoga with fun and in shortest possible time. The technique is yoga retreat.

What is Yoga Retreat?

You might be wondering about the difference between practicing yoga at home on a yoga mat and doing yoga retreat. The concept of yoga retreat is to obtain maximum yoga benefits while interacting with the elements of nature and increasing physical endurance by combining yoga and muscle relaxation techniques.

For interactions with nature, yoga retreats are organized at different locations including deserts, ocean beaches, mineral rich sand, forests, mountains, waterfalls, in-house and in spa. Your yoga retreat service may offer you more options in terms of location.

For combining yoga and muscle relaxation, muscle massages are given periodically. It helps you activate your body for next yoga sessions. Furthermore, yoga retreats also include excursions and on-location activities.

How I learned Yoga?

My experience of yoga retreat was more than just excitement and fun. With periodical muscle relaxation, I felt myself fueled up for next yoga session which helped me learn more about yoga.

Before physical practice, our instructor gave us brief but comprehensive lectures on yoga which included history of yoga, basic concept and types, and most effective ways to use yoga for different purposes.

Before starting out yoga retreat, we were divided among groups on the basis of our yoga purposes. If someone wants to increase physical endurance then adventurous retreats are ideal for them. For meditation, in-spa and under water retreats are used. My group wanted to improve bones, physical strength, and flexibility, so we were grouped for the beach retreat.

Our instructor individually taught us about different yoga poses and how to excel them. Apart from basic practice sessions, we were allowed to practice yoga for extra hours which helped me fully perfect the art of yoga for physical flexibility and endurance. I used to take extra massages to prepare myself for more yoga.

True benefits of six-day yoga retreat were revealed when I practiced it at home. I was amazed to see how perfectly I practiced yoga while following yoga instructors on YouTube. For a quick but full rejuvenation, I believe yoga retreat is the ideal option.

I have been living in my current home for the past 8 years now. I am ready to sell it and move into a new one.yaaay!! I have been searching for home improvement and remodeling projects to increase the property value and I have ended up with many expensive quotes. I guess, this is quite common as home remodeling requires handsome amount of money but what is it worth then? I think the Ideal home renovation projects are those which bring more bang for your buck. I think I should invest less and earn more. Here is what I am thinking

Even with average rooms, I can demand for more money if my kitchen is technologically upgraded. There are two ways to upgrade kitchen according to most modern trends. I can either make it fancier or you can make it energy-efficient. A fancy kitchen may also be upgraded for energy-efficiency but again, it would be very expensive. My current kitchen also does not have enough power outlets. I plan to increase that because most people today have so many small appliances like personal blenders, coffee machines, electric kettles etc. Here are some points that I am considering while remodeling my kitchen.

  • Upgrading a deluxe kitchen requires $45000 to $60,000 investment for a medium-sized kitchen.
  • Fresh paint in modern or funky colors or deluxe paint goes a long way.
  • Even if you are not upgrading your kitchen for energy-efficiency, yet installing LED bulbs is a good way to add value.

When purchasing or renting a new property, people count the characteristics of property as number of rooms, bathrooms and kitchen. There is always some space for building new bathrooms in medium-sized homes. If you have small house then prefer fancying the existing bathrooms. But if you have a medium-sized house then adding a bathroom would increase the property worth. 18-square-feet half baths can be built under staircase, in library or beside closet.

Energy-efficient windows are technically devised to manage the flow of internal and external temperatures. These windows reduce the bills up to 500% by blocking heat escape in winter and cool air escape in summer. Energy-efficient window is a feature that benefits to you and the renter or new owner.

Also known as staycation, people prefer houses with open-air space that not only makes their home look fancier but also provide them space for weekend evenings and small celebrations. I will add a deck which can be decorated with whistles, bells, small fountains and other fancy items. Make sure that the deck provides space for at least 4 chairs and a small table.

During the process, don’t forget to repair the broken sealing and fix the leaked pipes. Basic upgrading also includes repainting the home, flooring or carpeting, maneuvering the garden and entrance, and providing a little extra space for library or home office.

After renovating my home with all these projects, I will be able to add significant amount of money to rent rate or sale price as I will have specialties to boast about.