Saturday Morning Beauty Breakfast

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Pancakes are a weekend tradition, but I got used to forgoing them in favor of healthier breakfast dishes. That is, until I created these Banana Buckwheat Pancakes, rich in skin-clearing beauty minerals, omega-3s and protein. They're low glycemic (which prevents aging skin and breakouts) and gluten free, with their own natural sweetness (though a drizzle of maple syrup is hard to resist).

Check out the recipe in Eat Pretty, available for preorder now and in stores on February 25th!

Recipe for Fall Beauty: Chia Spice Smoothie

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In this season of pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecakes and pies, it’s easy to lose sight of the powerful skin nutrition that’s found in pumpkin.

One serving of pumpkin has about seven times the skin-smoothing, glow-inducing vitamin A you need in a day, so snacking on pumpkin is an instant jumpstart for lackluster skin.

Sometimes we forget that pumpkin is actually a vegetable (not simply a flavoring), and that we can cook and eat those pumpkins we pick at our local farm— not just carve them and put them in the window.

When you snack on a pumpkin muffin or sip a pumpkin coffee, you’re not getting much, if any, of pumpkin’s mega dose of vitamin A (excellent for boosting cell turnover and smoothing skin at a time of year when your skin needs it more than ever!). What you need is a smart way to use pumpkin this season, so you can make the most of this veggie and the fabulous pumpkin flavor that we love so much in the fall. Beauties, it’s time to take pumpkin out from beneath that mountain of sugar and make it into a delicious, festive, crave-worthy treat that also keeps your skin gorgeous!

For a creamy, spiced snack that’s more satisfying than a pumpkin donut and worlds more beautifying for your skin, try my Chia Spice Smoothie, below. The omega-3-rich chia seeds add just a bit of healthy fat, to ensure that you absorb all of the beauty vitamins packed inside pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin, or cook your own in the oven (don’t forget to roast the seeds, which are high in skin-healing zinc!).

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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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Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet: Sensitive, Reactive Skin

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What's a Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet? It's your in-depth guide to a common beauty concern— from weight gain to skin redness, acne and thinning hair— and your plan to remedy it from the inside out. Like everything at Beauty Is Wellness, beauty foods are the foundation, and healthy habits and products support you on your path to gorgeous.

The Beauty Issue:

Sensitive, reactive skin

What You See:

Persistent redness, itching, flushing, burning; skin reactions to products, foods, the environment, or emotions.

52 percent of us describe our skin as 'sensitive'— it's a fast-growing beauty concern!

Potential Causes:

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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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Healthy Fats that Support Youthful Skin

Healthy fats are necessary for healthy bodies- especially brain function and beautiful skin. There is no reason to believe that indulging in some avocado is going to pack on the pounds. Which fats are the best for your beauty? Check out these healthy sources of skin-smoothing fats...

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7 Unlikely Beauty Foods

For many of us beauty foodies, the nourishment that makes our skin glow in a 'what's her secret?' kind of way is found in some rather ugly, stinky, pungent foods. Nope, beauty foods can't always be dark chocolate and raspberries...

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Suffering from Split Ends? Get Hair-Strengthening Foods

If you are split end prone, you should look into a few essential vitamins and minerals that can restore strength and durability to your strands. Even if you aren't suffering from splits, these nutrients can turn an average head of hair into something to show off...

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