Pictured: Basic Beauty Bowl
I have always believed that beauty starts from the inside out. Your health shows on your face, in your skin, in how you move your body and how your mind feels. When you feel good, you look good and are more confident in your own skin.
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In my newest book, Beauty from the Inside Out, I share my favorite wellness secrets and those of my friends to offer inspiration and advice on how to be the best version of yourself through and through. One way to achieve this is through good nutrition. Eating healthy is one motivation, but what about taste? Since I'm a foodie, I look for healthy food that is both delicious and clean. My favorite way to do this? Beauty bowls. In my book, I worked with Lily Kunin, the founder of Clean Food Dirty City, to develop some great recipes that are easy to make, full of superfoods and utterly delicious.
Let's start with the basics first. A beauty bowl is made up of colorful ingredients like fresh vegetables and fruits that provide you fuel, good fats like omega-3s for skin, and lean proteins for energy. These ingredients are not only beautiful to look at, but are good for you too. When eaten together, they'll help you feel and look better.
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Pictured: All Greens Smoothie Bowl
My Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty
Nutritionist Dr. Charles Passler has taught me a lot about food and overall health, so with his guidance, I discovered some of my favorite superfood ingredients for beauty bowls:
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, alfalfa and spinach are great for your skin, as they support and increase collagen production. They're also full of antioxidants.
- Tomatoes: Both fresh and canned tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which can protect skin cells from damage from both free radicals and the sun.
- Blueberries and Raspberries: Brightly colored berries are full of antioxidants and help improve collagen production.
- Citrus and Tropical Fruits: Citrus fruits all have high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can protect cells against free radicals and help with collagen formation.
- Avocado: Loaded with healthy fat, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, this amazing fruit does a lot of good in the body.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Because these seeds are high in zinc, they protect cell membranes, help maintain and produce collagen and help fight breakouts.
- Raw Almonds: High in antioxidant vitamin E, these nuts are great for smooth, healthy skin. They're also a good source of protein.
- Fish Oil: Both wild Alaskan salmon and sardines are high in omega-3 fats, which create stronger cells by supporting the protective fatty membranes around skin cells. If you don't eat fish, try flax and chia seeds as alternative sources for omega-3s.
- Eggs: Eggs provide protein and fats that help support collagen production, and also provide vitamin A for cell repair. Cooked eggs, particularly yolks, offer almost a full recommended daily allowance of biotin, a nutrient essential for healthy hair and nails.
- Fermented Foods: Fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt and kefir, are all full of probiotics to boost your digestion, enabling improved absorption of nutrients.
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Pictured: Easy Morning Brunch Bowl
When combined in a beauty bowl recipe, these ingredients come together to create incredibly nutritious and delicious meals. These three beauty bowls are a few of my favorite go-to recipes for clean eating.
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