Spiced 'Skin Glow' Smoothie

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Autumn foods like sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, squash, and greens are packed with nutrition that just plain makes skin glow— which is a great thing because this season of detox and transition can be tough on our complexions. These autumn foods are particularly powerful sources of beta carotene that helps increase cell turnover for smoother skin, balance oil production, speed up skin cell renewal, and protect against UV damage. If you’re looking for a place to get more of this amazing beauty nutrient in your diet during the fall and winter, try this smoothie, which also balances blood sugar with that key combo of healthy fats, protein, and abundant veggies (but still tastes sweet!). This recipe can be made with roasted sweet potato, pumpkin, or winter squash— and it’s delicious in all of its forms.

Spiced ‘Skin Glow’ Smoothie

This antioxidant-packed smoothie delivers the protein and healthy fats necessary to stabilize your blood sugar in the morning, while also targeting your skin’s seasonal need for extra healing and repair with beta carotene-rich pumpkin, squash, or sweet potato.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (try coconut, almond or hemp)

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin, sweet potato or winter squash puree

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1 serving plant-based protein powder (1 to 2 scoops)

  • 1/4 cup raw pecans

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tsp Eat Pretty pumpkin pie spice (p.137 in Eat Pretty) - or sub cinnamon

  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses (optional for depth of flavor) 

DIRECTIONS

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

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 2: Moon Juice

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I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first post in this series, on The Beauty Chef, click here.

This time I'm trying out Moon Juice, a cult favorite brand with a lineup of superfood powders (called 'dusts') that includes the radiance-boosting Beauty Dust.

What you need to know about Moon Juice: This California-based line of dusts and other delicious edibles comes packed with ingredients you probably haven't heard of, but will want to check out if you have disposable income. Lots of the ingredients used in Moon Juice formulas are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine. Ans anecdotally, they have very powerful properties. I tried a few Moon Juice powders and was impressed to feel an immediate effect from Spirit Dust and Brain Dust.

How to consume: Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a powder, which makes it a perfect add-in to smoothies. A serving in 1 tsp in 8 oz liquid. Be sure your smoothie recipes include some kind of fat (coconut milk, almond milk, avocado, etc.) to achieve the best texture with the powder mixed in. Since there's a bit of stevia added to this powder, you'll want to be careful not to have too many other sweet ingredients in your drink, or it will quickly become overly sweet.

Love it for: Exotic beauty powerhouses like pearl and schisandra that are known to nourish the skin and provide potent anti-aging benefits.

Cost: $65 USD for 8oz (about a month's worth of servings)

Peachy Complexion Tonic

This sweet, creamy tonic combines the skin-nourishing fats from coconut and the collagen-building vitamin C in peaches with a slew of exotic skin superfoods like schisandra, pearl, and goji, found in Beauty Dust by Moon Juice.

Serves 2

  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 ripe organic peach
  • 2 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust
  • scant 1 tsp ground ginger

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until serving.

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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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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Padma Lakshmi's Slimming Body Oil Recipe

Padma Lakshmi, the gorgeous host of Top Chef who is also a former model, recently shared her personal recipe for slimming body oil made with natural oils. She says, "If I knew I had a big event or shoot (especially lingerie) I would make an all-natural topical diuretic that works wonders." Check out the recipe...

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Two Simple, Skin-Balancing Masks to Make at Home

When it's time to regain control of your skin, I recommend these two do-it-yourself masks. Use them whenever your skin is unruly. And for a fantastic store-bought mask, check out the end of the post.

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