Pomegranate

Ooooooh, the juiciness!  Who doesn’t love pomegranates?  Mega-rich in anti-oxidants, we must take advantage of these red beauties while they are in season!

  • Pomegranates are ultra rich in Vitamin C.  Vitamin C repairs skin damage and slows down wrinkles.
  • Pomegranate’s Vitamin C also is key to collagen production. Incorporating more Vitamin C into your diet keeps skin younger.
  • Consuming pomegranates regularly may nip acne problems in the bud, since pomegranate detoxifies the whole body. Acne related to digestive imbalances will clear up.
  • Pomrgranate’s antioxidants brighten skin

Downing 8 oz of pomegranate juice a day will definitely bring about brighter, toned skin.  Try this soothing and anti-oxidant rich tea recipe to nourish your skin…

 

Simply add a handful of lightly crushed pomegranate seeds to freshly brewed green tea. Voila!

Now tell me, are you a pomegranate fan?  Have any recipes to share? Let us know in the comments!

 

Pumpkin

Boy, do we love our pumpkins this time of the year.  Did you know that pumpkins are also a beauty wonder squash?

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Beta-Carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is key to skin repair and rejuvenation.
  • Pumpkin seeds contain Omega-3.  Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid to anti-aging. It maintains skin’s elasticity, tones, strengthens nails, and prevents cells from dehydrating.
  • Pumpkins have lots of potassium. Potassium promotes new skin cell growth.

So let’s start eating this orange goodness!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 small/medium sugar pie pumpkin
  • 1 cup of agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Peel, seed, and dice pumpkin (set the inner seedy strands aside for your beauty mask). Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer until pumpkin is tender (approx 15 min). Stir pumpkin frequently.  Once tender, continue simmering for 20 minutes. Add additional agave and cloves if desired. Pour contents into blender and blend smoothly.  Return blended pumpkin butter to large pot on low heat to thicken for 10 minutes.

Use pumpkin butter as a spread, add to oatmeal and pancakes. Also great to add to pumpkin bread, pancake, and pumpkin pie batters!

Pumpkin Rejuvenating Mask

  • inner stringy fibers from one pumpkin
  • 1 cup of plain organic yogurt

Simply blend ingredients together in a blender. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Brilliant skin!

What do you do with your pumpkins, Beauties? Share your pumpkin goodies in the comments below!

 

6 Breast Friendly Superfoods

(I had teased you with an instagram photo about this week’s Beauty Bite.  I’m going to push that post to next week, because I think it is a really good idea to revisit a guest post from last year which is an important Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Bite. Prevention can be delicious.)

Breast cancer diagnosis is feared by every woman.  In the US, it’s estimated that 1 out of 8 women will become afflicted with this devastating disease.  Despite these scary statistics, there are ways you can protect yourself and significantly lower your breast cancer risk.  One of the best ways is to look at your food (I guess you figured as much. I’m a health coach ☺ ).

Below are the  6 kick-ass superfoods that have been shown to protect you from breast cancer. Incorporate them as much as you can into your daily diet.  The deal is that you don’t want to increase estrogen levels, so these foods help reduce estrogen.

•    Green tea:   3 cups of green tea a day can prevent breast cancer by as much as 50% because of its high EGCG antioxidant content. Squeeze a little lemon into your cup and increase the antioxidant power 10 times.

•    Garlic:   A good immunity booster that also has anti-inflammatory properties. As an Italian, this is my all-time favorite. I put garlic in everything.  I mean EVERYTHING.

•    Olive oil:   This monounsaturated fat can help suppress tumor activity.  Another one of my staples. I throw it on salads, use it to sauté my veggies, drizzle over my pasta.

•    Tumeric This spice known for its beautiful orange color also helps decrease estrogen. As little as 1 teaspoon a day has been shown to reduce tumor growth. Get your daily dose by mixing it into salad dressings, rice or vegetable dishes.

•    Kale:  This leafy green binds estrogen in your GI tract and reduces tumor stimulation. Kale  also detoxifies the liver, so you don’t have toxins flowing through your body that can irritate cells and turn them into early cancers.

•    Seaweed:   High in iodine, this is another estrogen reducer.  Dulse and nori are good ways to add this fabulous superfood in your diet. Throw dulse on salads or make a hummus wrap with nori.  Like sushi? Perfect!

Sip on this for your health.  Cheers!

Banana-Kale Smoothie

     2 kale leaves (including stems), torn into pieces

     1 banana, chopped

     1-2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (plain)

Blend away!

How do you eat your superfoods?  Share your dishes and recipes in the comments below.  Share the health wealth, we can all use a bit of help!

Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach for busy, active women and their families. Areas of expertise include weight loss, stress management, detox programs, and special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Contact Lisa at Whole Health Designs for more information on health coaching programs: wholehealthdesigns.com.

Wine

Wine.

Yes, we know there are health benefits in a glass of wine.  Yes, we know it makes us relaxed and breezy.  Yes, it makes us beautiful. Yes, yes, yes.

  • Wine contains resveratrol, a divine polyphenol compound that is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic
  • According to research, the flavonoids in wine boosts our skin’s sun protection, lowering the risk of skin cancer*
  • Wine’s polyphenols defeat free radicals
  • Wine’s relaxing properties also slow down premature aging

To get these beauty benefits, sip on one glass of wine a day.  Drinking more than one glass of wine a day may reverse its anti-aging properties and put your health at risk for other diseases, such as breast cancer.  If you are seeking the most polyphenols, go with red wine.  Take your sips one step further by drinking organic wine.

*Imbibing that wine is not your new sunscreen replacement.  Sip and apply as usual, Beauty.

  •  1 cup of plain organic yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons of red wine

Mix wine and yogurt together in a resealable container and bring to room temperature. Lightly steam face by applying a hot wet towel to face for 5 minutes or after a hot shower. Apply mask to face and keep for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water. Store remaining in refrigerator for future uses. Apply mask once a week.

The lactic acid in the yogurt and wine sloughs dead skin cells, while the polyphenols get all anti-aging fantastic on yo pores.

Cheers, Beauties!

What’s your go-to bottle of wine?  Share your anti-aging polyphenols in the comments below! 

Roses

Oh, to stop and smell the roses.  Did you do so today?  This fragile blooming beauty not only soothes our eyes and fills the air, it of course makes us pretty too.  Rose petals are a wonderful decadent, yet feminine touch to food and to skincare. But first, lets find out what beauty benefits these delicate petals can provide us.

  • Roses bestow upon us powerhouse Vitamin C, which is key for skin regeneration, fighting free radicals, and dodging wrinkles
  • Rose petals cleanse toxins from the body
  • Rose eases painful menstruation (a sunny disposition couldn’t be more crucial at this time)
  • Rose boosts beauty rest by alleviating insomnia symptoms

Ok, let’s get rosy with two ingredients and two recipes!

Note: all roses used must be untreated (no pesticides, etc.)

Fill bottom of a pot with petals from 1/2 dozen roses.  Pour distilled water over petals just to cover. Heat pot to make steaming hot, but not boiling.  Remove from heat and let petals sit for 30 minutes or until all color has been drawn. Strain water and squeeze excess from petals. Cool and store in sterilized bottles.

Spray or swipe on face a couple times a day for power-packed moisture. Need a more powerful toner? Add witch hazel.

Use the rose water in the kitchen too!  (Here are three recipes I can’t wait to try 1 / 2 / 3 )

This is a simple one that I got from Sweet Paul.  Just slip one petal into each square of an ice tray, fill with water, and freeze.  It is a beautiful garnish for cocktails, punch, and just good ol’ water.

photo via Sweet Paul

Feeling rosy?  Share your rose beauty treatments or recipes in the comments below!

Apples

Now is the season for apple-picking…even though I’m a bit resigned about departing from summer, I am excited about snacking on and baking these crisp gems in Autumn.  We all know the old adage of keeping the doctor away, but what can they do for our pretty skin?

  • Apples have Vitamin C, which is key to combatting free radicals that can prematurely age our skin
  • Apples also have Vitamin A, which prevents dry, flaky skin
  • Calcium in apples help regenerate new skin
  • Iron reduces the appearance of dark circles

While your snacking on your freshly picked apple, how about you save some for this apple skin toner.  This is a great toner to have since apple pectin is anti-aging, builds your UVB defenses, and combats acne.

Apple Toner

Cut an apple into cubes, removing the core, while keeping the skin on. Bring apple and 1/2 cup of purified water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, strain liquid into a clean beauty bottle (glass preferred) and add 1/4 witch hazel.  Spray away to keep premature aging away!

And if any of you bake this recipe, you better invite me over! Holy yum!

How ’bout them apples?  What do you and your apples do?  Let us know in the comments below!

Cherries

Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite fruit…

Cherries!

Life is indeed a bowl of cherries.  How do these summer beauties keep us all the more prettier?

  • Cherries are anti-inflammatory.
  • Melatonin in cherries regulates our sleep pattern, giving us more stable beauty rest.
  • Melatonin in cherries also slows down natural aging.
  • Cherries are high in Vitamin C, which ward off free radicals that damage skin.
  • Cherries also have Beta Carotene.  Beta Carotene improves eyesight and skin health.

Since cherries are such a luxurious treat on their own, I am going to pass on providing a recipe for this post.  Just rinse and nibble away.  If you can tie the stem in a knot with your tongue, then you are super talented!

If you are willing to use your cherries for a topical beauty treatment, here is a mask that reduces acne, rosacea, dark skin spots, and wrinkles.  

This mask is definitely not lazy.

Add a spoon of honey and a few drops of lemon to mashed cherries.

Leave on face for 15 minutes.

Rinse with warm water.

With all the work that cherries do for our beauty health, it is no wonder they are never cheap!

How do you like your cherries?  Share with us in the comments below.

 

Strawberries

I gave you a recipe for fennel strawberry salad a few weeks back.  Now let’s drop the fennel and talk strawberries, everyone’s favorite summer fruit.

Strawberries, how do you keep us pretty?

  • Strawberries are very rich in Vitamin C, our key collagen-producing friend
  • Strawberries contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which counter inflammation
  • Strawberries fight free radicals with all their polyphenol antioxidants
  • Potassium helps create new skin cells
  • Copper prevents skin discoloration from broken blood vessels
  • Iron improves the health of nails, hair, and skin color
All those beauty benefits sent me walking to the farmer’s market to pick up a few baskets for my boyfriend’s birthday.  Here is what I made him…

I’ve been wanting to bake a pie this summer with all those gorgeous berries beaming at me from the farmers market stands every week.  I used this recipe.  To give it more of a GH twist, I replaced all-purpose flour with brown rice flour to make it gluten-free.  I also swapped out the sugar for agave syrup.  It worked out brilliantly.  I look forward to using other fillings soon, since that crust was so damn good.  I must say it was quite therapeutic slicing and arranging these juicy berries.

My mouth is watering again.  I’ll have to do this again before strawberry season is over.
  • Exfoliate your face in one slice.  Slice strawberry in half and rub one juicy half all over face. Let dry a couple minutes and rinse.
  • Make a foot scrub. Grab a handful of berries, couple spoons of olive oil, and one spoon of course sea salt and make into paste. Rub well into feet and rinse.
  • Whiten teeth! Rub mashed strawberries onto teeth to brighten and remove stains
What have you done with your strawberries lately?  Give us your tips and recipes in the comments below!

 

Lemon Water

Speaking of rituals I need to take on, here is a ritual I used to excel at and have recently fallen off the wagon with…drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.

Lemon water first thing in the morning alkalizes your body, keeping acid levels at bay.  Even though lemon tastes acidic, it is really alkaline.  When your body is in an alkalized state, the immune, circulatory, and digestive systems are in prime health form to combat disease and other intruders.  Disease thrives in acidic states and wither in an alkaline environment. Lemon water in the morning detoxifies the liver, which then dumps those toxins to be released first thing in the loo…yes, I call the bathroom the loo.

  • Vitamin C slows down damage from free-radicals.  Vitamin C is an anti-ager with its fierce protection.
  • Vitamin C is key to collagen production, making skin firm.
  • Lemon water’s detoxifying properties keep blemishes at bay by detoxifying the blood.
  • It freshens breath.
  • Flushing out toxins daily with lemon water provides for a glowing complexion.

It is a very easy ritual to take on after your beauty’s rest.  Just squeeze half an organic lemon into 8 oz of warm filtered water.  Warm water is key to absorb all of the detoxifying and youthful alkaline benefits of lemon.  Have your chilled water with lemon later on in the day or throughout the day. Try adding it to my mom’s favorite water for daily hydration.

Did you have your anti-aging morning elixir this morning?