Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

This festive drink not only keeps you hydrated and serves as a gorgeous cocktail to prepare for a holiday party, it's packed with skin nutrition, including a potent dose of vitamin C, anti-inflammatory ginger to calm seasonal redness in your skin, and anthocyanin-rich cranberries that cleanse the body and support skin elasticity. Cheers!

Makes 4-5 cups concentrate

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh organic cranberries

  • 2 ripe kiwi, peeled

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 7 drops liquid stevia

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger

DIRECTIONS

In a high-powered blender, combine the first 5 ingredients. Using a microplane grater, grate the ginger directly into the blender. Blend at high speed for 1 to 2 minutes to create a smooth drink concentrate. If desired (for prettier serving), strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the mixture with the back of a spoon to filter out any bits of seeds or skin, though this step is not necessary.

Combine concentrate with seltzer, filtered water (or even champagne!) in a ratio of 1 part concentrate to 3 parts liquid. Pour into a pretty glass or champagne flute and garnish with fresh cranberries for a party-ready holiday sip.

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!

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

Fight the Effects of Inflamm-Aging

When I began my career as a beauty editor I wanted to learn as much as I could about the science of skin. I remember one day-long conference, organized by a major beauty company, where we watched PowerPoint presentations on the dramatic aging effects of sun damage, smoking, and tanning. For years, I learned how to counteract those external agers with cutting-edge skincare. In those days UV rays and smoke were probably the biggest beauty dangers on my radar.

I had a lot to learn.

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Favorite Beauty-Friendly Holiday Recipes

During this busy time of year, remember that you can make simple, nourishing dishes like the ones below that celebrate the ingredients of the season and fuel your body and beauty with the best foods around. I hope you'll try one or more of these beautifying holiday recipe favorites— they were all created with gorgeous skin, energy, and a slim waistline in mind! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for joining me in eating pretty this year! xo

For a warm, satisfying sip... (cacao boosts circulation to your skin and relieved redness!):

For a sweet snack while you're wrapping presents... (free of refined sugar and packed with hair-boosting protein):

For an elegant appetizer to serve at your holiday soiree... (vegan and full of blemish-fighting vitamin A):

For a blood-sugar stabilizing, immune-boosting breakfast...(packed with healthy fats and an aromatherapy boost for bleak winter days):

Hydration Inspiration...

Pure water is a free form of detox, a natural skin hydrator, an appetite suppressant, and a supporter of healthy metabolism, nutrient absorption, & temperature regulation. Water makes up about 70% of our body weight, and 70% of our skin, so don't skimp.

Here, a few ways to freshen up your cup this season—

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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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Ginger: Winter Beauty Heats Up

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Imagine that it’s the dead of winter on the East Coast. The thermometer hasn’t risen above freezing in a week. You’re beyond chilled. Your skin is red and parched. Maybe this isn’t so hard to imagine at all? Right after you apply a rich, calming skin cream, there’s one beauty food I want you to reach for. It’s the one food that will both heat you up inside and cool down redness and inflammation in your skin. It’ll help you digest while satisfying your hearty winter appetite. It’s sweet or savory, and always delicious. It may even ward off that cold that your coworkers have been passing around for weeks.

It’s ginger.

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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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Naomi Watt's Red Carpet 'Skin Juice'

 

So often gorgeous skin gets credited to products and facials, but you and I know that there's another unnamed secret—a beautifying diet. Skin that gorgeous comes from the inside out!

This week esthetician Abigail James hosted a beauty Twitter event with UK Marie Claire and revealed one of the keys to Naomi Watts' glowing skin on the SAG Awards red carpet: a skin-nourishing juice. Here's what she had to say, I mean tweet:

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