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.

The Beauty Benefits of Bitter Foods

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Sure, you love sweetness. Or maybe you're more of a saltiness person. But bitterness? It really deserves more fans— especially given its major benefits for your beauty!

Bitter foods stimulate digestive enzyme production and bile flow, seriously helping your digestive process, which in turn has a visible impact on your skin (as well as your weight, moods, and immunity!). Bitter foods also support liver detox (very important in the fall as well as the spring), further supporting skin glow, and help reduce cravings by satisfying a very important taste on your palate.

My favorite bitter beauty foods include radicchio, endive, arugula and sesame (all featured in the addictive recipe below), as well as turmeric, artichokes, dandelion greens, and grapefruit. Digestive bitters are another way to reap the benefits of bitterness in your routine— a few drops of bitters into a small amount of water before a meal also jumpstarts the digestive process.

If you make an effort to include more bitter foods in your diet (fall beauty goal?), you'll notice that bitterness can be a strong taste on your palate. it's not a taste we encounter very often anymore. Try to embrace it, remembering how amazing it is for your body. I love pairing bitter foods with something naturally sweet and tangy, like a dressing that mixes apple cider vinegar and honey, or one that incorporates balsamic vinegar and a splash of maple syrup. The dressing below includes pomegranate vinegar (I found a naturally fermented and super delicious version at Trader Joe's) with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, and the end result is so satisfying and very balanced when paired with bitter greens.

Aim to eat your bitter foods early on in your meal, to get the most digestive benefits. Make this salad the first course at a fall dinner or holiday gathering, and you'll feel it work magic on your digestion even after the dessert plates have been cleared.

Bitter Is Beautiful Salad + Sesame-Pomegranate Dressing

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This salad combines the beautifying bitterness of radicchio, endive, arugula, and sesame with the natural sweetness of pomegranate. It's a perfect first course that supports healthy digestion.

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large head radicchio, chopped
  • 2 handfuls baby arugula
  • 2 small heads endive, chopped
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds separated
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate vinegar (can sub ACV or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • unrefined salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp warm water

DIRECTIONS

In a serving bowl, toss radicchio, arugula, and endive. Top with pomegranate arils (seeds). Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, oil, vinegars, maple syrup, and salt to taste. Add about 2 Tbsp water to thin dressing. Plate each serving of salad and drizzle with dressing to serve.

Summer-Ready, from the Inside Out

Got summer on your mind? I certainly did when I shared some of my favorite beauty nutrition-focused summer beauty prep tips with Anthropologie. Check out my summer-ready tips for inspiration, and don't miss the accompanying lineup of beautifying recipes (including a peek at a favorite recipe from Eat Pretty Every Day) to get your beautiful self ready for the season ahead. 

Here's what you'll find:

Eat Pretty: A Summer Detox Guide

Spring Detox Recipes

Many thanks to the incomparable Anthropologie for sharing my pre-summer inspiration, and letting me play dress up at their offices! Here's an outtake from our shoot:

PS THIS is the lovely jumpsuit I got to wear from the Anthro collection.

Images courtesy Anthropologie.

Detox with Joy McCarthy's Grain-Free Granola

I'm so excited to share a beautiful new book by Canadian holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and author, Joy McCarthy! I've followed Joy's work for years and always thought that she embodied her name: she seems to radiate health, beauty, and joy. Her delicious recipes use whole food ingredients that support beauty and health, aligning perfectly with Eat Pretty. She's just released her second book, Joyous Detox, with everything you need to know to eat for optimal detoxification, and it's filled with recipes that you'll want to make immediately. Joy was kind enough to share one of those recipes, Grain-Free Nutty Granola, with Beauty Is Wellness readers. It's delicious, and just one of many must-try dishes in this beautiful book. I hope you enjoy meeting Joy, and trying her beauty- and detox-boosting recipe. Do NOT miss this book!

DOUBLE GIVEAWAY BONUS: you can enter to win a copy of Joy's recipe-packed new book Joyous Detox on my Instagram page by tagging a friend— AND you can enter to win a copy of Eat Pretty Every Day by tagging a friend over at Joy's Instagram page. Contest open this weekend only, so enter fast!


Guest post by Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health:

Granola is a kitchen staple in my home but it can be expensive if you’re buying it every week. The other challenge with store-bought granola is that it’s often full of unnecessary amounts of sugar and sodium. You can easily avoid both of these by making it yourself!

I love making my own because I’m in control of every single ingredient and can decide how sweet to make it. In fact, you don’t even need to add any natural sweeteners because the dried fruit usually makes it sweet enough. The best part about making it is that your kitchen smells like heaven while it’s baking.

When I was developing this recipe, I thought about all the clients I’ve had over the years who have trouble digesting grains because of digestive problems like IBS. This grain-free nutty granola is safe for those on a grain-free diet and it’s also excellent for balancing blood sugar because the nuts provide healthy anti-inflammatory good fats and plant-based protein.

A little goes a long way! This granola is very fulfilling, much more than an oat-based granola. I enjoy it in my Coconut Parfait (you’ll see this on page 110). You’ll also catch me scooping a handful mid-day for a quick power-snack! My 16 month old loves it too, but I grind it up in the food processor more for her because she only has 11 teeth.

Here’s the recipe from Joyous Detox for my Grain-Free Nutty Granola – I hope you enjoy it!

Grain-Free Nutty Granola

Makes about 8 cups (2 L)

Gluten-free — Dairy-free — Refined sugar-free — Grain-free

4 cups (1 L) mixed raw pecans, cashews and walnuts

1 cup (250 mL) raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened, unsulphured shredded coconut

1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries or dried cherries

1 egg white (optional)

2 tbsp (30 mL) water (optional)

3 tbsp (45 mL) coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup (75 mL) real maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder

2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon

½ tsp (2 mL) nutmeg

½ tsp (2 mL) sea salt

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place nuts and pumpkin seeds in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the nuts, but don’t grind them into a fine meal. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in coconut and dried cranberries.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white with the water, if using, until bubbly and slightly foamy. (You can skip this step if you prefer an egg-free granola. The egg white helps the granola to clump together, but it’s not crucial.) Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt; whisk together well. Pour liquid mixture into nut mixture. Stir everything well to make sure it is all coated.

Spread granola evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes, and again at the end. Be careful not to let it burn; it should be golden brown. Let granola cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container, preferably a mason jar.

Joyous Tip

Many people are sensitive to grains such as oats (even if they are certified gluten-free), and it’s very difficult to find a commercial grain-free granola, which is why I created this totally grain-free recipe. This granola can also be beneficial for those with any inflammatory issues such as IBS, who may need to take a break from grains.

Photography: Christopher Bodnar

Joyous Detox Copyright 2016

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

Reader Q: How Can I Sweeten Smoothies Without the Sugar?

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Q: How can I sweeten smoothies without the sugar?

A: Add naturally sweet foods that offer extra beauty benefits.

One downfall of smoothies you buy at chains like Jamba Juice and Planet Smoothie is the major sugar content- 30, 40 or 50 grams of sugar (50 grams of sugar is the equivalent of 12 sugar packets!).

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