Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

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Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

This dairy-free pudding may be the most delicious thing to pass your lips this week! It’s sweetened only with fruit (banana + mango, for tropical flavor), and incredibly creamy, thanks to beauty mineral-rich cashews that nourish your hair and skin. If you don’t have mango on hand, double the amount of ripe banana and add a bit more non-dairy milk to blend up an equally sweet and skin-friendly treat.

Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews or cashew pieces, soaked in water for at least 4 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small ripe banana (or 1/2 large banana)
  • 1 cup ripe mango chunks, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk, as needed
  • unrefined salt

Directions

In a high-powered blender, combine cashews, banana, and mango until smooth and creamy, pausing frequently to scrape down the sides of the blender. Add a pinch of salt to taste, and (if needed) non-dairy milk, one Tbsp at a time, to thin the pudding. Blend once more to incorporate. If desired, top with fruit or dust with an antioxidant-rich topping like raw cacao, maca root, or cinnamon. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

This salad combines ingredients that support eye health (beta carotene-rich carrots and vitamin C-packed zucchini, lemon, and fresh herbs) with visual beauty from a spectrum of natural colors and textures. I love using carrots of many colors, but regular orange carrots are just as beautifying!

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 9 organic carrots, peeled
  • 3 medium organic zucchini
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • unrefined salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions

Place carrots in a large skillet and fill the bottom third with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel long strips of zucchini lengthwise to create noodles (or use a spiralizer if preferred). Using the same large skillet, melt coconut oil and sauté zucchini noodles until tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together cilantro, parsley, garlic, oil, and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

When carrots have cooled enough to handle, chop into bite-sized pieces. (You may want to cut large rounds into half-moon shapes).

In a serving bowl, toss carrots, zucchini noodles, chickpeas and dressing. Serve warm or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

Recipe and images ©Jolene Hart

A.M. Beauty Foundation Smoothie

I created this smoothie to complement the new Sacred Beauty Salon Series online, created by makeup artist, health coach, and my friend Rebecca Casciano. Enjoy this beautifying start to your day!

A.M. Beauty Foundation Smoothie

What serves as your beauty foundation first thing in the morning? A combination of skin-nourishing fat, clean protein, radiance-boosting greens, and ample beauty minerals. Try this smoothie as the foundation of your day— an A.M. meal that ticks all of the boxes for essential beauty nutrition. It’s energizing, blood sugar stabilizing (key for balanced hormones ad glowing skin), and quite filling, so feel free to adjust the portions to meet your ideal serving size.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 to 2 scoops (one serving) plant-based protein powder
  • heaping 1/2 tsp spirulina powder
  • heaping 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 whole banana (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 medium handfuls fresh greens (I used 3 large swiss chard leaves)


Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and process until smooth, adding more water to thin if desired. Serve immediately.

Currently Using: Mahalo Skin Care

There are plenty of compelling natural beauty products out there, ones that are both effective and a joy to use. But few are actually legit works of art, which is what I encountered when I tried Rare Indigo Beauty Balm from Mahalo Skin Care in the May 2016 Beauty Heroes box.

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Taking a Tea Break? Pair it with a Quickie Facial Mask.

While many of us have visions, or good intentions, of finding more time for leisurely walks in the park and cups of tea sipped over long conversations with friends, most of the time we're walking for exercise or errands, and gulping tea simply out of thirst. But that doesn't mean that the reality of our day to day routine can't still be infused with beauty.

Take this month's Beauty Heroes box, and its contents from True Nature Botanicals. The gentle Exfoliating Moisture Mask found inside smooths and brightens skin in the time it takes to brew a cup of tea.

I'm a major devotee of facial masks (raw honey is my absolute fave), and this mask definitely earns its hero reputation for quickly transforming skin. I loved its silky, light texture, its super-luxurious scent of jasmine, tuberose and neroli, and its fast action time (2 to 5 minutes, depending on your skin type). And I really loved the result—skin that's extra soft and smooth (exfoliation from beet-derived lactic acid) without dryness, thanks to ultra-hydrating avocado and mango butter and soothing green and white tea.

So my favorite tea pairing of the moment isn't a cookie, it's this facial mask. If time allows, maybe a good book or magazine as well. But I'll take tea + a facial any day. Try it for yourself by subscribing to the Beauty Heroes box, or grab just the mask in the Beauty Heroes store. PS This mask is valued at $90, and you also get an amazing .25 oz facial oil from True Nature Botanicals that contains potent antioxidant ingredients like astaxanthin and chia ($28 value) if you subscribe to the monthly $39 box. But I think its the sheer joy and the extra self-love moments I get each month from this box gives it the most value. It's those little self-love moments that help keep our beauty and health in balance.

Meet the New 'Eat Pretty, Live Well' Journal!

I'm so thrilled to share the news that the Eat Pretty, Live Well guided journal is only a few days from hitting shelves—or making it into your hands! April 5th is launch day. I've been waiting a full year for you to be able to use the tools compiled within its pages (seriously, I remember writing the text on sunny spring days just like this one last year!).

Because this book is quite different from Eat Pretty, but very much complementary, I wanted to answer a few FAQs that I thought you might have. To preorder the journal so it lands on your doorstep on April 5, you can visit Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

What's a 'guided journal?'

Eat Pretty, Live Well is a compilation of essential beauty nutrition info, new strategies, trackers, self-assessments, and time-tested tools that I use one-on-one with my clients—all with a focus on food and mindfulness for beauty and health. It's a companion to Eat Pretty that also stands on its own as an interactive book to help jumpstart a new lifestyle, set, track, and meet beauty goals, or reset when you're feeling out of balance.  Reading and writing in it helps you tune into your body, track habits and foods, and build more moments of beauty into your everyday life.

What can I use it for?

I'll let this little excerpt from the journal intro give you some ideas...

What will I be writing about in the journal?

You'll be able to pick and choose which pages are most helpful to you, or follow the journal from page 1 to page 156. Some tools you may want to start with: the Beauty Profile and the Food Relationship and Self-Love Q&As, or the Seasonal Challenge pages for the current season you're in. The latter portion of the book provides Daily Food Diary pages that help you record daily intentions, check off nutrition and self-care musts for beauty, and record your meals and the way they make you feel. You can use these pages daily, or return to them whenever you need a reset.

Do I have to own, or have read, Eat Pretty in order to use Eat Pretty, Live Well?

Definitely not, although if you have read Eat Pretty, you'll see right away just how the two books work together. Eat Pretty, Live Well puts the info in Eat Pretty into practice, and it builds on it, with new information, action plans, grocery lists, and visuals (like the Eat Pretty Plate illustration, below). Whether or not you've read Eat Pretty, you can pick up the journal and explore the concept of beauty nutrition with tools that can be used to jumpstart beautifying habits immediately.

I can't wait to see all of the ways you use this journal in your beautiful life! For even more info, visit my Eat Pretty, Live Well page. If you have more questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll be sure to address them.

Thank you for your support and, above all, your constant inspiration!

In beauty and health,

Jolene

Celebrate Spring Beauty with a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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Meet my sweet snack of the moment: the Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie! The delicate flavors of strawberry and fresh turmeric root (which, surprisingly, has beautiful floral notes) pair so well together, making this a spring treat that's fabulous for your skin and energy.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

This sweet smoothie satisfies a sweet craving with anti-inflammatory superfoods, healthy fats, and protein.

Serves 1 to 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
  • 1-inch chunk fresh turmeric root
  • ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Currently Using: SkinOwl

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Applying an oil serum to freshly-cleansed skin in the evening is pretty much the skincare equivalent of changing into a soft robe and cozy slippers after a long day in heels. It feels so, so good. You would never catch me sleeping in makeup simply because I look forward to that moment of moisture on my clean skin every single day. I would not miss it.

I love switching up my oil serums (I always seem to have 3 or 4 in the rotation, from sample vials to full size bottles), since each blend has different ingredients and benefits. I'd recommend that approach to everyone. Some oil serums are priced super-high to reflect their exotic and powerful contents (see my review of Vintner's Daughter serum, $185!), while others are simple in their ingredients and more affordable in price (like Sibu's Sea Berry Seed Oil, $20).

Having tried a LOT of oil serums in my day, I was surprised—and delighted—to find something new in SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM, which arrived wrapped in purple tissue paper in the March Beauty Heroes subscription box. SkinOwl really isn't like other oils. First, It's a blend of just two plant-based oils (organic baobab and mangosteen), which hits on the refreshing trend of simplicity in skincare formulas. Sometimes less is more for your skin—case in point. Both of these ingredients are anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, anti-viral and nourishing to the skin.

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And second, the scent of this oil is startlingly close to that of a Jolly Rancher, or one of the other mouth-puckering fruit candies that you used to trade with your friends in middle school. That scent, believe it or not, is totally natural, from mangosteen oil! It feels so crazy to be applying these Jolly Rancher-scented drops to your skin that it really does change your mood. You instantly break into a smile, breathe in deep, and end up feeling a bit more youthful. The sweet scent brings me back to the blissful days of high school when I'd apply a cloud of fruity 'body splash' (so toxic, so asphyxiating—so fun) as my fragrance, loving every minute of it. If getting back in touch that feeling doesn't have anti-aging benefits, I'm not sure what does:)

So, are you convinced yet? It's time to add an oil serum to your routine, and, if you've already covered that base in your routine, add these SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM to the rotation, for those moments when your skin—and your spirits—need a lift.

And there's a bonus—if you subscribe to Beauty Heroes and receive the March SkinOwl box, you'll get the amazing Beauty Drops PM AND a SkinOwl Heroic Helichrysum Seasonal Beauty Steam for $39. Note: If you sign up as a new subscriber through this link, I will receive a small referral bonus. Enjoy!

Support Healthy Skin with Topical Probiotic Power

For decades now, cleaning the surface of our skin has been a collective obsession. Germ-free, dirt-free, and oil-free is how we have come to imagine our skin's ideal state, so we scrub, suds, and lather up like crazy. But, as it happens, we have it all wrong. Gorgeous, radiant, healthy skin has a natural balance of oil and bacteria—and a lot of it.

More than 100 trillion microbes live in and on us, influencing so many of the core functions of our bodies that relate to beauty. On our skin, these microbes impact inflammation, immune defense, allergies and sensitivities, and the health of the skin barrier, which is directly related to the radiance and clarity of our complexions—right down to issues like hyperpigmentation and wrinkles! As you might imagine, cultivating and maintaining a healthy population of good bacteria on the skin is one secret to radiance that we're just now beginning to understand. 

I've been a major advocate of probiotics (both via supplements and food) for beauty since i started my own journey to clear my skin many years ago. My microbiome had been negatively impacted by poor diet, food allergies, and antibiotics, and a combo of probiotics and fermented foods helped me restore the health of my skin by rebuilding those beneficial microbes. Probiotic supplements may be yesterday's news, but probiotic treatments for the surface of the skin are actually a brand new thing.

You may say that you've already seen 'probiotic skin care,' but those products (unless refrigerated to maintain their probiotic bacteria) are erroneously named. These products are often effective because they contain prebiotics—ingredients that feed and support probiotic bacteria—but they don't contain probiotics themselves. Both the preservatives in these formulas and lack of refrigeration kill off probiotic bacteria, so they're not delivering probiotics to the surface of your skin.

But—I've found a topical product that does contain live probiotic bacteria! It's called LiviaOne Daily Liquid Probiotics Topical Spray. This water-based organic spray applies just like a toner or hydration mist, albeit one that's packed with 12 strains of probiotic bacteria. This spray gets shipped to you with a cold pack to maintain the live bacteria inside, and you store it in the fridge. I've used it for calming irritated skin and stopping a yeast infection—both cases a huge success! This spray also benefits oral health (sore throat, cavities, mouth sores), as well as skin irritation, infections, and sensitivity. I think it's such an amazing product innovation and imagine that there will be many more products like this to come in the short-term future.

Now you might ask: couldn't you get topical probiotic benefits from applying fermented foods to your face instead? Totally, but if you applied, say, fermented sauerkraut to your face, you'd stink and your skin would freak out from the extra acid and salt. This spray prevents all of that, and it's a great option for restoring healthy bacteria on the skin, rather than stripping it away.

You can purchase this LiviaOne topical spray (2 oz for $29.95) on Amazon or at liviaglobal.com. It should be shipped to you with a cold pack, then kept in the fridge, to protect its probiotic bacteria.

4 Smoothies to Boost Beauty in the Year Ahead

A sweet and gingery beet blend, a dessert-like cherry and chocolate treat for your skin, a fresh and lemony green smoothie, and a creamy, anti-inflammatory mix of turmeric and coconut milk. There's something for every taste preference in this list of 4 beautifying smoothie recipes, ideal for nourishing your skin this winter—or any season of the year. Try one, or all, this week for an Eat Pretty boost!

Check out four of my favorite beauty smoothie recipes, shared with Anthropologie.

You may also want to read my interview with Anthropologie about favorite smoothie ingredients and winter beauty foods!

Smoothie images via Anthropologie