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A Crunchy, Savory Snack for Clear Skin

Zinc: this beauty mineral is essential for skin healing, the growth of new cells and collagen, clear skin, immunity, and eye health. It's one of my top picks for powerhouse beauty nutrients.

BUT— many of us are missing out on the beauty benefits of zinc, since it's commonly low in our diets!

One reason for our low zinc is that we don't store this mineral in our bodies (and it gets depleted easily if you take a birth control pill). So eating zinc-rich foods is something to be conscious of when you're picking out your daily meals and snacks.

For a list of some of my favorite beauty food sources of zinc, check out my earlier post on zinc (which explains why a zinc supplement is not always a good choice).

And for an easy snack to munch on tonight— here's a recipe for crunchy, savory Roasted Chickpeas (an excellent source of zinc, and a beautifying snack food)...

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Healing the Skin with Beauty Foods

 

Got a scratch, burn, blemish, cut, or scrape?  The initial pain of broken skin gives way to the beautiful process of healing. The body’s natural ability to heal on its own is magical, but there are ways to support it— even speed it up— with the right beauty nutrients. Whether you want to quicken the healing of a skinned knee or support your recovery from major surgery, tweaking what you eat can help the process along.  Below, a few of my favorite beauty nutrients to support skin healing from the inside out, along with the foods that provide them in rich doses. Next time you need a dose of healing, or just want to fill up on skin-strengthening fuel, fill your meal with these beauty nutrients:

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Protein-Packed Beauty Breakfast: Homemade Qi'a

There's much debate about breakfast— is it really the most important meal of the day? Can eating breakfast make you leaner, happier, more energetic, and less controlled by cravings? I say absolutely, BUT it all fully depends on what kind of breakfast you choose to eat!

Here's why...

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Eat Pretty Vocabulary: Healthy Vanity

noun. [hel-thee van-i-tee]

The desire to look and feel your best. Healthy vanity inspires you to seek out ways to better your beauty and body.

 We see vanity as such a negative quality, but, at the other end of the spectrum, neglecting our appearance is also negative, and it has unwanted effects on our emotional and physical health. When you’re driven to improve your diet and lifestyle in order to look and feel your best, you’re not vain— and tapping into your healthy vanity reminds you of that.

From Eat Pretty:

"The Eat Pretty lifestyle will remake your relationship with food and change your understanding of your beauty and body. At the same time, you'll build an antiaging lifestyle that supports you today, not to mention when you're forty, fifty, sixty and beyond. Just what force inspires us to make these changes, and to better our beauty and body? To me it's a universal quality that I call 'healthy vanity'— although there's nothing vain about it. Healthy vanity is our desire to look and feel our best, and to show that best self to the world. It's the beauty we were born to have. Now is your time to own it."

Look Slimmer and Age Better by Correcting This

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In the past I'd given barely any conscious thought to posture. But when it goes awry, when someone slouches or arches in a way that's uncomfortable and unflattering, it's hard not to notice.

Why am I so hung up on posture up now? I think I need to work on my own! Looking and feeling your best includes the way you present yourself, so when you schlump around you don't just lack poise and grace— you age yourself and add perceived pounds.

Here's my situation:

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6 Ways to Mix Up Your Greens Routine

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March might be the only time of the year when you can fill up on green foods (beer, bagels, cookies) that have absolutely nothing to do with fresh, leafy greens. This year, why not use the traditional wearing o’ the green to remind yourself to add more skin-friendly greens to your diet? During a recent interview for my new book Eat Pretty, a reporter asked me for suggestions on how to make eating greens less, well…monotonous. Crunching the same salad or sipping the same green smoothie day in and day out is a snooze for your taste buds— and it means you miss out on the broad nutritional benefits you’d get from varying your greens a little more. Here are my suggestions for spicing up your greens, this March and beyond.

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Eat Pretty: My Second Baby Arrives Today!

Dear readers,

As I write this post, I'm propped against the island in my kitchen, with a 1-month old baby strapped to my chest. My multitasking skills have been put to the test over the past few weeks as I worked, with every free moment, to get the word out about the launch of another baby that I've been working on for over 2 years: Eat Pretty.

Back in the fall of 2011, when I first decided to pitch the idea for a book about the fundamentals of beauty nutrition (brimming with fresh, colorful, delicious recipes that would make any reader want to pack her diet with beautifying foods), I had no idea that it would enter the world at very the same time as my little boy, Jack. I've been through a range of emotions this month, from elation to exhaustion, from extreme stress to overwhelming peace. My little boy was born. And now, the book is here.

I want this book to empower and inspire, to transform the way you view simple daily activities like snacking, sleeping, exercising and caring for your skin, and to give you tools and information that hasn't been made available to you before. The Eat Pretty approach to beauty helped me out of a deep beauty rut, at a time when breakouts, eczema, allergies, digestive issues and weight gain were a daily frustration. I want you to have access to this information too, so you never have to feel stuck, or less than your best.

Even if I haven't been able to make this, the launch day for Eat Pretty, into a blockbuster celebration, there has already been so much amazing feedback and love for this book, and it's allowed me to share it in ways I never expected. I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to so many in the beauty and health community, and to so many members of the media who have picked up Eat Pretty, loved the info inside, and chose to share it with others. Your endorsement of the book means more than I can ever express!

I hope you, my readers, will pick up a copy as well, since this book was written for YOU! It's filled with over 200 pages of information that is absolutely essential in understanding your body and beauty— the info inside gives you the tools to look and feel your best by creating a lifestyle that supports you as an individual. Inside, you'll find a book broken down by seasons, with grocery shopping lists,  beauty intentions, and pampering rituals that help you embrace all that nature has to offer you during each season of the year. The book wouldn't be complete without an explanation of the nutritional info that will transform your skin, hair, nails, mood and weight, and chapters that help you connect your digestion, hormone balance, sleep patterns, emotional wellbeing and pH balance to your appearance. It's the information I sought years ago, and couldn't find.

Now it's in one place, in one pretty package.

Thank you for your support of Eat Pretty!

In beauty and health,

Jolene

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Sleep-deprived, makeup free, hair in a messy mommy ponytail— and happy as ever holding my two babies!

Secrets to Early Spring Beauty

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According to the groundhog and the weather forecast, it’s still too early to think about spring.  But let’s be honest, our bodies can stand this winter hibernation no longer! Although it will be a few more weeks before we can start a literal shedding of hats, gloves, scarves and sweaters, we can shake off the heavy slumber of winter and, with it, open the door to our healthiest, most beautiful spring. This is the moment to start your spring cleaning! Instead of filling your to-do list with household chores, make a list of activities that will help you feel your most beautiful by the time the snow melts away. Here are four powerful ways to spring-ify your beauty even before the crocuses sprout. With a little advance planning, you’ll bloom brighter than ever this spring season. 

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Best of the Midwest: Discovering Organic Beauty from Qēt

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When it comes to beauty, I have an attraction to the exotic and the aspirational. Think time-honored botanicals from around the globe, formulas developed by famous makeup artists, and one-of-a-kind natural products that are on everyone's must-try list. Not that I don't love a great drugstore find (and a drugstore price point), but I confess that I get just a little bit breathless when a beauty product strikes me as extra special.

Imagine my surprise when I found a diamond-in-the-rough product line that was conceived of, created and produced right here in the middle of the US— in Cross Plains, Wisconsin— not Paris, London or Hong Kong. Imagine my delight to discover Qēt.

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Horst Rechelbacher: Natural Beauty Pioneer

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This week the pioneering founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, Horst Rechelbacher, passed away from cancer. He advocated for the safety, purity and efficacy of our personal care products for years— a crusade that started long before most of us knew the word 'organic.' The above quote comes from the last time I interviewed him, in the summer of 2013, for an Organic Spa article about the purity of our products. It reminds me of our continued quest— to seek out the safest, purest, and most effective products on earth.