Skin-Protecting Antioxidant “Hello Sunshine” Juice

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Drop the iced-tea. I’ve got the PERFECT drink to sip poolside or at the beach this summer…

It’s ridiculously yummy, so very refreshing, AND loaded with ingredients that help protect your skin from sunburn and free radical damage from UV rays.

As we’ve discussed before, certain foods — particularly those rich in antioxidants and/or with potent anti-inflammatory properties — help protect the skin from the free radical damage caused by UV rays.

Related Post: 6 Foods That Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

This “Hello, Sunshine!” Juice is jam-packed with these skin-protecting foods, which is why it’s included in my new book Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin

  • Watermelon — rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been proven to provide long-term protection against the effects of UV radiation
  • Green tea — several studies have found that the catechins in green tea protect skin cells from the oxidative dress and damage from UV exposure (one even concluded that green tea prevents non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair)
  • Strawberries — rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, which protects the catechins in green tea, making them 5 times more powerful once they’re in your body*
  • Lime — also rich in the antioxidant vitamin C*

*BONUS: Vitamin C is also necessary to build collagen, the supportive protein in the skin that keeps it smooth, supple, and youthful-looking!

Skin-Protecting Antioxidant “Hello Sunshine” Juice

This is a featured recipe from my new book Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin


  • 1 tbs organic loose green tea OR 3 organic green tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups hot (not quite boiling) water
  • 1 lb fresh, seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8 strawberries, hulled
  • 4 large mint leaves


Brew a strong cup of green tea by pouring the hot water over the tea. Let the tea steep for 3 minutes (any longer and it will be bitter), then strain out the leaves or remove the tea bags. Put the tea in the refrigerator (or freezer if you’re trying to serve the juice ASAP!) to cool.

In a high-speed blender, puree the watermelon, adding the fruit until the juice reaches the 2-cup marker on the blender.

Once the green tea has cooled, add it to the watermelon puree in the blender along with the lime juice, strawberries, and mint leaves. Blend until smooth.

Serve over ice and enjoy!

Want more skin-loving superfood recipes?

My new book Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin is now available! You can learn more and order your copy here.


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  1. Greetings Nadia!
    Do you puree the watermelon fruit and rind? Or just the red fruit?
    Thanks bunches!

  2. Hi, Yvonne! I’m so sorry for the belated reply! It is not plant-based, though many of the recipes are vegetarian-friendly. To be honest though, the true value of the book is not in the recipes as much as it is in the information provided – I go over how to tweak and leverage your diet and nutrition for optimal skin health, particularly how to remedy the internal imbalances that often manifest in the skin as common skin issues such as acne, eczema, and premature aging. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Hey, Courtney! I use a Vitamix – it’s plastic but AMAZING (this is the exact model I have: And considering the food is only in contact with the plastic for a minute tops, I’m really not too concerned about it. If you’re in the market for a great blender and use a blender frequently (I make smoothies daily), it’s most definitely well-worth the investment.

  4. Hi Nadia,

    Which blender do you use and recommend? I’m trying to follow the rules for no plastic but it seems the glass blenders aren’t as powerful as the hi impact plastic ones.

  5. Looks delicious! I’m interested in your book and am wondering if it is purely plant-based or if there are meat/dairy/fish/egg recipes in it. I can’t see this info anywhere. Could you let me know? Thanks!