Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Carob Muffins

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Afternoon tea. Sounds so much more relaxing than crack-of-dawn coffee, doesn’t it? But few of us ever take a quiet moment to give our body and beauty a tea break.

Today’s post gives you an excuse to savor the anti-aging benefits of tea, along with something sweet (that won’t sabotage your skin) to pair with it. Together, this duo offers a moment to breathe, de-stress, and, of course, eat for beauty!

When we talk about tea, we mean freshly brewed, since the bottled teas (sweetened or unsweetened) sitting on store shelves have lost almost all of their anti-aging benefits. If you really want the total body benefits of tea, you must brew it fresh.

And since I realize that sometimes tea just begs a sweet accompaniment, I created these Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Carob Muffins.

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5 Everyday Dishes with Natural UV Defense

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It’s August, and by now you’ve likely worked your way through a few tubes of natural sunscreen.

But if you really want to get smart about protecting your beauty from sun damage this year, you’ll pack your diet with a few major nutrients that amp up your skin’s natural ability to defend against UV damage, promote healing and reduce the negative effects of the sun.

For natural sun protection from the inside, go for lycopene, beta carotene, vitamins C + E (they’re a power couple when eaten together), and omega 3s. If you think it takes work to get these nutrients in your diet, think again. The following 5 dishes—all common summer foods— deliver a major dose of sun-protective sustenance. They’ll give you extra sun defense (though don’t ditch your sunscreen) that will boost your anti-aging power all summer long.

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Build a Better Summertime Breakfast

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It’s a steamy summer morning and the last thing on your mind is food. You’d like to take a cool shower and sit in front of the air conditioner— but no scrambling eggs or cooking oatmeal, please. Problem is, breakfast is your chance to rev up calorie burning after a night of fasting, give you energy to get through a busy morning, and deliver a major dose of beautifying nutrients to your body. Skipping breakfast means that you’ll miss out on all that great stuff!

What will sustain your beauty and body on hot summer mornings without weighting you down—or making you break a sweat? Here's my recipe for the perfect summertime smoothie.

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Stewed Strawberry Pudding with Strawberry-Maca Sauce

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If you read my post on all the fabulous reasons to get more strawberries in your beauty diet this spring (read: a major collagen boost), I'm sure you're ready for a fresh new idea on how to use them. For a recipe that's naturally sweet (it doubles as a both a rice pudding-like dessert AND a crazy-good breakfast), try my below recipe for Stewed Strawberry Pudding with Strawberry-Maca Sauce.

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Beauty Food Breakfast: Ginger Grapefruit Chia Pudding

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If you think caffeine is the only way to wake up your senses in the morning, think again...

How about some citrus and ginger aromatherapy to rev up your energy before work?

Maybe a recipe that also has protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3s from chia seeds, plus powerful maca root?

For an eye-opening beauty breakfast to rival any cup of joe, try my Ginger Grapefruit Chia Seed Pudding- recipe below. This energizing breakfast combines the wake-up power of ginger and fresh grapefruit to rev you up for the day ahead.

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Check Out Beauty Is Wellness Online at Organic Spa Magazine

From natural beauty to sustainable fashion to exotic wellness vacations, I am a huge fan of Organic Spa magazine! You'll see my beauty and health articles in the pages of the magazine now and then, and now you'll be able to find my new Beauty Is Wellness column on OrganicSpaMagazine.com as well! My new bi-monthly column is about (what else?) the link between beauty, nutrition and lifestyle, based on my website and coaching practice. In the months ahead, I'll be sharing information about my favorite beauty foods, original recipes for beautiful skin, hair and nails and nutritional tips for beautifying from the inside out. I hope you'll follow along!

My first column is all about one of my favorite beauty foods, the avocado! You'll find out why you should never skimp on healthy fats, and get my recipe for Cool Avocado Pear Soup, an elegant appetizer for the holidays or any other time of year when you want to nourish your most beautiful skin.

If you have specific questions about the beauty and nutrition connection that you’d like to have answered in the column, drop me a line at  jolene@beautyiswellness.com.

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A Thanksgiving Beauty Feast, with Sweet Potato Pecan Risotto

When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, eating for beauty probably isn't the first thing on your mind. Securing yourself a second helping of stuffing is far more important. But if you approach your holiday meal with a little know-how about the fall foods that are best for your beauty and body, you'll come away with a satisfied belly AND a beauty nutrition boost. Why miss an opportunity to look and feel your best?

A holiday celebration can be a minefield of skin-sabotaging foods, but you'll probably also find plenty of beautifying seasonal foods to fill up on, like:

  • root vegetables (think beets, potatoes, carrots)
  • squashes and pumpkin
  • kale
  • onions and garlic
  • sweet potatoes
  • cranberries (but beware, the sauce can be a sugar bomb!)
  • nuts

This Thanksgiving, you might want to stack the deck in your skin's favor by throwing together this Sweet Potato Pecan Risotto (I promise, it's easy!), a powerhouse meal for youthful, clear skin. This risotto also makes a special vegetarian main dish (for those veggies who get tired of eating just the sides).

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Leftover Squash? Try This Vit A-Packed Fall Spice Smoothie

Last night I roasted squash to serve as a quick side dish with soup. I halved the squash, set aside the seeds, and let it roast (cut side down in a tiny bit of water) for 40 minutes as I practiced yoga in the living room. When I was finished, it was too.

Not only is cooked squash (pick your fave: butternut, acorn, kabocha, delicata, hubbard) incredibly warming and grounding to our bodies in the fall, squash is super high in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A, an essential beauty vitamin for healthy cell growth and damage repair, contributing to soft, clear, youthful-looking skin. Vitamin A is also important for strong vision! Getting enough A is easy with fall squash— one cup of cooked butternut squash has 457% of your daily vitamin A needs, for example.

That might be the end of the squash story— except for the leftovers...

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Spicy Sundried Tomato Hummus: Zinc-Packed Beauty Snack

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As a follow-up to my post on vegan and vegetarian sources of the anti-aging, anti-acne mineral zinc, here's my recipe for Spicy Sundried Tomato Hummus, a snack that's brimming with good plant-based sources of zinc: chickpeas and tahini.

Dip some raw mushrooms into this hummus for an even bigger zinc beauty boost!

Here's my recipe for Spicy Sundried Tomato Hummus, a snack that's brimming with good plant-based sources of zinc: chickpeas and tahini. Dig in for healthy skin, hair and nails!

As a follow-up to my post on vegan and vegetarian sources of the anti-aging, anti-acne mineral zinc, here's my recipe for Spicy Sundried Tomato Hummus, a snack that's brimming with good plant-based sources of zinc: chickpeas and tahini.

Dip some raw mushrooms into this hummus for an even bigger zinc beauty boost!

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