Eat Pretty Every Day Sneak Preview: Gingered Purple Kraut

With Eat Pretty Every Day hitting shelves in just two weeks (!), I wanted to give you another sneak peek at some of the beautiful things that you'll find inside. I've included 24 favorite seasonal recipes in this new book, each with its own essential beauty nutrition benefits.

Today I'm sharing one of my personal beauty food staples: Gingered Purple Kraut, a probiotic-rich fermented food with just enough spice (from fresh grated ginger) and just enough tangy crunch to top any meal, and time of the day. I pair it with scrambled eggs, use it to add interest to a sandwich, and pile it on top of veggies and grains for incredible skin benefits. This recipe is part of the summer chapter of Eat Pretty Every Day, and I'm sharing it here with you first.

Fermenting is one of those kitchen skills that takes confidence—but surprisingly little skill. This recipe only has 3 ingredients! One of the most important things to remember when fermenting kraut is to keep the cabbage under the surface of the water by checking on your ferment every few days, and regularly pushing it down below the surface, or adding more brine to cover the cabbage if needed. Beyond that, just let it sit for a few weeks and do its thing. The benefits for healthy digestion are many, and you'll be so proud after developing the skill of fermenting at home.

Enjoy this Gingered Purple Kraut, and don't forget to get your copy of Eat Pretty Every Day for 364 more pages of beauty inspiration!

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.

Change your Skin with 'Ferment Your Vegetables'

A few of Amanda's colorful ferments. Recipes found in Ferment Your Vegetables.

A few of Amanda's colorful ferments. Recipes found in Ferment Your Vegetables.

The word 'fermented' doesn't exactly evoke beauty. Which is why it may come as a surprise that fermented foods are one of the essentials in any beauty-boosting diet.

To put it simply, the radiance of your skin mirrors the health and function of your digestive tract. The better you're able to break down and assimilate all of those beauty foods you're eating, the more your skin will glow and your body will thrive. Keeping your gut's population of good bacteria happy supports your immunity, healthy weight, and emotional wellbeing, and it also helps make sure that there are good bacteria living in other places in and on your body—like on your skin, where they defend against a host of skin issues.

Even if you're already growing conscious of your gut health, thanks to all the recent attention on the power of our microbiome to do things like alter our mood and influence our weight, you may not know how to make your daily diet more supportive of your gut. That's where Ferment Your Vegetables comes in.

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My first helping at the Ferment Your Vegetables luncheon.

My first helping at the Ferment Your Vegetables luncheon.

This truly inspirational, delicious, and beautifying collection of fermented recipes was written by Amanda Feifer, an incredibly talented friend. Amanda's been fermenting for years (I made my very first jar of kimchi in one of her DIY classes years ago), so she's way, way ahead of most of us who are just catching on to the fermentation trend. But even though Amanda's an absolute pro with an amazing blog brimming with her fermentation knowledge and recipes, she's incredibly humble, and offers unwavering support about the ability of anyone—truly anyone—to ferment at home. Just talking to her about fermentation is a confidence builder, because she makes it sound so foolproof. Turns out, with her cookbook in hand, it actually is.

To celebrate the launch of Ferment Your Vegetables, Amanda invited her friends to an incredible spread of her fermented recipes. I have to share this with you because it was my dream lunch invitation. She laid out a feast of krauts and kimchis, kombuchas and pickles. I got to taste so many of the recipes she shares in Ferment Your Vegetables, and there wasn't a single bad one in the bunch.

Curried Cauliflower Pickles in progress.

Curried Cauliflower Pickles in progress.

At left is one of my recent recipes in progress from her cookbook—Curried Cauliflower Pickles, made after the original jar of cauliflower pickles she gave me disappeared within days, leaving my household hungry for more. Now, this is my first ferment of cauliflower, and it stinks. Waay more than sauerkraut. I had to leave it in our basement to ferment. But it was worth it. The 4-ingredient recipe couldn't be easier (remember when I said foolproof?!). And the results are delicious. As a bonus, if you make the Curried Cauliflower Pickles on page 52 of Ferment Your Vegetables, you can make the Curried Cauliflower Picnic Salad recipe that accompanies it (I used vegan mayo in my version and it was delicious), which was one of the highlights of Amanda's fermentation spread for me. I could eat it all the time. Come to think of it, my skin would love that.

Just to note, if you're just beginning to incorporate fermented foods into your diet, start slow. Even a few bites or a 1/4 cup serving of fermented kraut or kimchi contains a powerful dose of probiotics! Aim to eat a small serving each day, and you'll be doing something amazing for your health and beauty this year.

And grab a copy of Ferment Your Vegetables to support you in your journey!

Immunity-Boosting Beauty Foods

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Red nose and puffy eyes? Not pretty.

In the midst of cold season, it’s tempting to grab a pill or a vaccine to keep our immune defenses running high. But for most of us, boosting our immunity by incorporating more immune-strengthening foods in our diet gives us adequate natural protection, AND we’ll be getting double the benefits thanks to their natural anti-aging, beautifying properties. You’ll want to put the following foods, which promote both immunity and beauty, on your grocery list for the winter, and any other time when you need a little health and beauty boost. Don’t forget that food IS medicine, and that that powerful healing compounds can also be found in things that we enjoy eating or drinking, not just tasteless supplements that get washed down with a swig of water.

Ready to tackle the flu virus and brush off oncoming cold germs? You’ll do just that, and keep your skin looking radiant, with these immune-boosting beauty foods:

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Digestive Helper? Testing GoodBelly Probiotic Products

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Digestive health is one of the secrets to great skin, but I'll be honest— not all of my readers and clients are excited about eating probiotic-rich sauerkraut, kimchi and miso. So I'm always on the lookout for tastier ways to boost the healthy bacteria in our gut, and I jumped at the chance to sample a few of GoodBelly's probiotic-packed offerings.

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Get Adventurous with Beauty Foods

Eek! What's that scary looking spoonful, above?

It's bee pollen—a complete protein source, with 22 amino acids that are key for gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

If you haven't tried it, you're missing out on major beauty nutrition.

How many other beauty foods are you skipping because they're a little outside the norms?

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