Drinking My Sunscreen (Blueberry Chocolate Shake)

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I was not at all surprised a few weeks back when I wrote about my preferred sunscreen, that there were many extreme opinions on the matter. Actually, most opinions, I think were drastically against me on this and I am a-okay with that. I don’t mind the aggression really, better than indifference if you ask me.

Though I do like to give even sides to arguments and be as informed as I can be and so I asked Nadine Artemis about her thoughts on sunscreen. She agreed with me that it has so much more to do with what state our body is in when we present it to the sun, than what we spend so much time and money slathering on to it. She did offer the wonderful tip of using zinc oxide to help deflect the sun from highly sensitive areas when directly exposed to high sun for a long period of time- and also to consider the way relate to the sun- spending most of our lives indoors and than binging on sun on our one sunny day-off a week. Not too wise.

Then I noticed a study, that was published on AOL News that depicted a chart showing a direct correlation to sunscreen use increase and an increase in melanoma


Lastly, as you know if you read me regularly, I had the opportunity to interview a leader in natural health and preventative medicine, Dr. Michael Murray and he agreed with my take on things as well- that first and foremost, we need to focus on how we are nourishing ourselves on the inside, and then protect ourselves from the outside.

I told him the story of the afternoon when the man and I were out for a bike ride and stopped by a river to sip on blueberry juice and I smugly, and likely obnoxiously declared that “I am drinking my sunscreen”. Dr. Murray loved the line and told me he was going to use. “It’s all yours” I said.

So all these conversations, experiences and comments on the blog got me thinking more and more about how vitally important our intake of anti-oxidants is, if we want full, inside and outside protection from the sun’s potential risks. So whether you choose to use sunscreen or not, that choice is yours (though please, if ever you were to splurge on a quality, and clean product, this would be the time- check The Cosmetic Database.

As for me, I will keep high dosing my anti-oxidant powerhouse treats and that does not include red-wine and After Eight chocolates. I want mean and clean antioxidants from the mean and clean superpowers and I will take them local when I can get them and ramp them up with the imports.

Kids notoriously hate being rubbed down with sunscreen, especially on a sandy beach when it’s all scratchy. I promise, you will have no trouble getting them to down this power-shake. Consider it extra sun-protection insurance!

Drink it as a drink, or freeze it as icy pops. Love, sweet love I tell you. Love, sweet love!

Blueberry Chocolate Shake

1 cup, fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tbs, raw cacao powder or cacao beans
2 Tbs goji berries
1 Tbs raw honey (or more to taste)
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1 Tbs ground flaxseeds
1 cup, ice
1 cup water (more or less to desired consistency)

  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  • If you want this one as a frozen treat, ensure berries are frozen and blend just with ice.

Now, go on outside and play. Go on!

 

14 Responses to “Drinking My Sunscreen (Blueberry Chocolate Shake)”

  1. Andrea

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    Sounds delish! Most of these ingredients (frozen blueberries, cacao, goji and flax) are all regulars in my daily morning smoothie already!

    I have to admit, I had some skepticism about that chart, but when I clicked on the AOL news article, it was good to get the additional detail. As everyone always says, correlation is not causation, but the predictions for causation are really interesting. I’m happy to have chucked my old sunscreens and moisturizers. As a backup plan, I still have some Badger sunscreen (rated highly by EWG), but I use it sparingly.

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      I think what’s important to remember is that the more sunscreen you use, or the higher SPF- doesn’t mean you should staying out in the sun even longer. Walking, biking etc- in the sunshine is one thing, but slathering on sunscreen thinking that will protect while we bake for hours- well, that’s just silly and clearly not working out for us.

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  2. Penny

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    Love your blog….. thanks for sharing with us!
    When people come against my way of thinking it just makes me dig deeper into what I believe and why. Seems you are the same way and I love it that we are learning so much from you. Thanks!

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  3. Jennifer R.

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    Meghan, I didn’t comment on the last post about sunscreen, but as you probably already know… I’m right there with ya! I am so thankful that my middle son is allergic to most sunscreens — and hence our search for a healthier alternative. And, we don’t put on any sunscreen if we’ll be in the sun only an hour or 2 (how else will you get your Vitamin D the best way?). The few times we do use it are usually when we are at the beach for a week and are in the sun for 3-4 hours (well, my kids are… me, I don’t use the sunscreen at all if I can help it.) It REALLY is true about working on the inside first — I find I don’t burn like I used to at all. Amazing, I say!

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  4. Justine

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    A product rep at my local grocery store was giving away samples of hempseeds so I used them to make this for dessert tonight. Yummy. Thanks for sharing, Meghan.

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  8. Bevb

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    I have never heard of drinking sunscreen before, but I love it. And who wouldn’t want to drink it. I never knew blueberries were good for that. What a powerful little fruit they are, so very glad we are coming into the Berry season in OZ. Nature really is perfect, Berry season equals sunscreen season. Just shows if we do our research of the benefits of various fruits, just how good a smoothie can be. Thankyou.

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  10. Basht

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    This is the greatest idea ever! I will definitely be making this this summer for my daughter and I. One question though, what can i replace the honey with? I’m vegan and don’t use/consume honey. Thanks :)

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  12. Bhavna Chauhan (@msbhavna) (@msbhavna)

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    Sipping on this yumminess, courtesy of @meghantelpner. It’s so tasty, so good-for-you, and there’s CHOCOLATE in it. http://t.co/hk7ftupa

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