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Eat Pretty: Recipes to Promote Healthy-Looking Skin

Eat Pretty: Pink

 

You’ve probably heard the phrase “eat pretty” recently. It’s the popular idea that nutrition is a key factor of inner and outer beauty, both feeling and looking good through the foods we eat. As we’ve written about before, there are many ways to promote healthy-looking skin, and food is certainly a factor. Today, I want to share some recipes with you that incorporate foods that may promote healthy skin and general health, including a delicious dessert using cocoa.

That’s right: dark chocolate is on the approved list. So go grab a piece and let’s get to it.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Eat Pretty: salmon

I’m a big fan of baking instead of frying when possible, and this low-grease recipe is a skin superstar with omega-3-rich salmon. Plus, less grease, along with reducing added sugars, could promote that coveted glowing skin.*

Ingredients

2 lb. salmon
½ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
3 large lemons
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and add to the olive oil.
  3. Zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of two lemons and whisk well.
  6. Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.
  7. Top with the lemon herb mixture.
  8. Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  9. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.
  10. Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Healthy Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant compound that protects against oxidative damage.*  This tomato sauce recipe will stay good for five days, meaning you can make it over the weekend and enjoy it during the week with pastas, fish, or grilled chicken.

Eat Pretty: Tomatoe Soup

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. dry red wine
½ tsp. dried basil, crumbled
½ medium red onion, minced
14 oz. diced tomatoes in juice
½ tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
Coarse salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently until softened (about 7 minutes).
  4. Stir in tomatoes and juice, wine, oregano, and basil.
  5. Simmer 8 minutes or until lightly thickened.
  6. Season with salt to taste.

Lemon Avocado Toast with Eggs

My breakfast seven days a week. Kick off your morning with a high-protein, high-fat (the good kind) meal that will you give you plenty of sustained energy and antioxidants. As my friend Rich mentions in his blog post, eggs contain proline, which is used for collagen production and help normal skin cell regeneration.* Bet you didn’t think trying to eat pretty could taste this good.

Eat Pretty: Egg

Ingredients

2–3 eggs
½ avocado
1 slice whole-wheat bread
Olive or avocado oil
Lemon juice
Feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook eggs to taste in medium skillet using oil (I prefer fried eggs for this recipe). Add feta halfway through cooking to melt.
  2. Toast whole-wheat bread while eggs cook.
  3. Spread/mash avocado over toast and apply lemon juice liberally.
  4. Top avocado toast with the cooked eggs.
  5. Add light seasoning or hot sauce.

Salad for Glowing Skin

This salad combines lots of fresh ingredients like kale, which contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, and other phytonutrients. Carrots aren’t my favorite, but they blend in well with the great variety of other ingredients. Sometimes the best way to eat something you don’t like is to trick your taste buds!

Eat Pretty: kale

Ingredients

For the salad:
2 cups mixed greens (spinach, kale, rocket, chard, romaine lettuce), roughly chopped
2 peaches, stone removed, cut into thin slices
2 carrots, cut into thin ribbons
1 small onion, finely diced
5–7 small mint leaves
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into small chunks
½ cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia)

For the dressing:
½ lime, juice only
½ lemon, juice only
2 tsp. organic mustard
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

1. Toss all the salad ingredients in a large bowl to combine.
2. Add the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend to a creamy sauce.
3. Pour dressing over the salad and mix to combine.

Edamame-Ginger Dip 

This dip is unique, delicious, and contains real ginger. Gingerol, a compound found in ginger, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that could lead to clearer, healthy-looking skin.

Ingredients

8 oz. frozen shelled edamame
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. tahini
1 clove garlic
1/8 tsp. salt
Hot pepper sauce to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook edamame according to package directions.
  2. Puree the cooked edamame, water, soy, ginger, vinegar, tahini, garlic, salt, and hot sauce in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Chill for one hour. Serve with rice crackers or carrot sticks.

Sugar-Free Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies

Eat Pretty: Fudge

Dark chocolate fans, rejoice: these brownies are more fudge than cake and will satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugars. Have your cake and eat pretty, too.

Ingredients

¾ cup white whole-wheat flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1¼ tsp. vanilla stevia (adjusted to taste)
¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
¾ cup nonfat milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg whites, vanilla, and vanilla stevia.
  3. Stir in the Greek yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the milk. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated.
  4. Spread the batter onto the prepared pan. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 13–16 minutes.
  5. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan, and let the brownies sit for at least six hours at room temperature for the fudgiest texture before serving.

Beauty from the Inside

Essential beauty means different things to different people. To “eat pretty” is to look at beauty from the inside as it expands to the outside. To me, it’s that good feeling after eating a healthy meal, knowing that I’ve contributed to healthy-looking skin down the road.

My go-to recipe is the one I make every day, the lemon avocado toast (paired with generous amounts of coffee, another rich source of antioxidants). What are your favorite foods and recipes that follow the Eat Pretty mantra? Leave a comment below.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Fresh For Fall: Four 2017 Trends for a Fresher You

Drop It Like a Squat

Thanks to trendy spin classes and the Pilates reformer, health and fitness are officially in fashion. We rounded up four of the most popular gyms of 2017!

OrangeTheory Fitness has taken the world by storm with its heart rate based interval training. Designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy, OrangeTheory wants you to “keep burning.”

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Founded in 2006, SoulCycle has continued to be a cult favorite for many. They climb, they jog, they sprint and they dance atop a stationary bike. SoulCycle attempts to change the way you look and feel with high-energy instructors and 45 minutes of choreographed spinning.

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With over 170 yoga studios nationwide, CorePower Yoga’s high intensity workouts have been turning stress into sweat for 15 years. With climate-controlled rooms and a variety of classes that range in challenge, flow and style, CorePower tries to bring intensity for the body and presence for the mind.

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Newest to the fitness trend circuit is Lagree Fitness, a full-body Pilates workout that gets your heart rate up. All classes are taught on a Megaformer, and is said to meet all the elements of physical fitness; not just in one session, but in each and every move.

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With these trendy gyms popping up around the world, there is no excuse not to take control of your health. You can even get a workout while you sleep! Plus, now that athleisure is in style, you don’t have to think twice about wearing your lululemon leggings outside of the gym. Check out more fitness trends from 2017 here.

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Kale?

Whether you are at home or on the go, health food has been HUGE in 2017 trends. So next time you are reaching into your pantry or picking a new restaurant to try, keep these four trendy health foods in mind.

Who needs a mason jar when you can have your smoothie in a bowl?  Over 1,000,000 posts on Instagram tout the hashtag #smoothiebowl, and the creations just keep getting more intricate, beautiful, and delicious.

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Avocado toast is so trendy, it has even been said that it’s one of the reasons millennials can’t afford homes! All joking aside, the health benefits of avocados are undeniable, and who doesn’t want to eat pretty, Instagrammable food?

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In an age of the spiralizer, veggie noodles and their fresh, low carb, gluten-free goodness have been replacing the classic, carb-filled pasta noodle. Our favorites are zucchini noodles (zoodles for short) and spaghetti squash!

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Did you hear? Cauliflower is the new kale! From pizza crust to grilled cheese, cauliflower is a great substitution for your favorite carbo-loaded foods. For more delicious recipes with cauliflower, click here.

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With more vegan, vegetarian and health-conscious restaurants and grocery stores popping up, the possibilities for eating healthy (and staying on-trend) are endless!

Namast’ay Stress-Free

Whether you are in school, have a full-time job, or have a family to take care of, life inevitably comes with heavy doses of stress. In our day and age, stress management has actually become trendy. Check out these four 2017 trends.

From hot yoga to yoga with weights, this exercise has been said to decrease stress and tension, and increase strength, balance and flexibility. You can do it at home, you can do it in a group, you can even do yoga with goats! Whatever floats your boat, there is a yoga for you.

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Although meditation has long since been used to relieve stress, Instagram-worthy interiors and a soft, soothing playlist has made meditation spread like wildfire. And with apps like Headspace, you can train your mind for a healthier, happier life anywhere you go.

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Taking meditation to the next level, laughter meditation reminds people not to take themselves so seriously. A good laugh now and then has been said to give you a mental boost similar to meditation, and people everywhere are jumping on board. USANA even had a laughter meditation at our International Convention this year!

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With books like The Power Of Now and You Are Here, mindfulness has become both a trend, and a powerful tool. Connecting to the present moment, without being bogged down with fears from the past or future, is a fad that actually works.

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New Skin, Who Dis?

Do you have a skincare routine? Or do you fall asleep with makeup still on your face? Your skin is the largest organ your body has, and it works hard every day to protect us from harmful elements. Whether you wash your face in the mornings, or have an entire regimen, having a skincare routine is, and should always be in-style. Lucky for you, our new, advanced skincare line Celavive launches in 2018! Check out these four trendy skincare routines below.

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Face mask sales are soaring, and beauty brands have them stocked in every aisle. From mud masks to sheet masks, and everything in between, giving yourself an at-home facial has never been trendier.

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Coconut oil can be used for anything: shaving cream, eye makeup remover, body moisturizer… And it can even be used to clean your face! With so many benefits, more and more people are adding coconut oil to their makeup bags.

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Protecting your skin has never been more popular, and people everywhere are opting for an added SPF in their makeups. And in 2018, we will be launching our Celavive Protective Day Lotion and Cream with broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer with sunscreen!

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And of course, our highly anticipated Celavive skincare line has been the talk of the season. We are so excited to share it with you in 2018!

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