Top 5 Foods To Eat Every Day For Glowing Skin

Byline: Jill Therese

I’ve always been obsessed with beautiful skin.farmers market loot

I had pretty bad acne growing up and was never very happy about it so “skin stuff” was always on my mind.

I tried every pill, every cream, every random “new fad”, saw countless dermatologists, took hormones… you name it, I tried it.

Until one day, when I was 24 years old (I had been struggling with my skin since I was 9, so a full 15 years ) I had a particularly awful dermatologist appointment and decided that something needed to change.

I finally figured out how to clear my skin through food and have learned so much.

Thankfully, now that I have clear skin, I get to focus more on eating foods that help me *glow* a bit more. While there are many different types of foods you can eat for glowing skin, I wanted to share my 5 favorites with you so that you can glow a bit brighter today too!

My Top 5 Raw Foods For Glowing Skin

1. Avocados

Often referred to as “mother nature’s skin moisturizer”, avocados contain a large amount of vitamin E, which is a strong antioxidant that prevents aging.

Quick tip: I take my avocados, mash them up with lemons, pepper, add a dash of salt and then dip some carrots in. Healthy guacamole = best guacamole.

(You can also use avocado as a mask which is totally fun and leaves your skin oh-so-soft.)

2. Green Juice

Full disclosure here: I basically feel that green juices are the holy grail of glowing skin. They’re super anti-inflammatory, have a ton of vitamins, help tremendously with digestion, and lower the overall acidity in your body.

Make sure that any green juice you grab has at least a 2:2 ratio of veggies to fruits, so that you’re not taking in too much sugar (which can wreak havoc on your skin.

3. Pomegranates

This fruit is super fun to eat (kinda weird too?) and can have an amazing effect on your skin. The antioxidants in the fruit help to lower overall inflammation and fight free radicals.

Pomegranates also have two powerful ingredients; hydrolysable tannins and anthocyanins – which are pretty powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.

4. Pumpkin seeds

One of the biggest reasons pumpkin seeds are so good for your skin is because of the crazy high amounts of zinc they have. Zinc protects cell membranes, helps to maintain high amounts of collagen and can really help if you have acne (acne sufferers often have chronically low levels of zinc in their systems) because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Blueberries

Many of the vitamins in blueberries may calm/neutralize the levels of oil in your skin and help to maintain collagen and elastin, which can help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay (#bestever- right?).

I try to have a serving (handful) of each of these raw foods daily for maximum skin glowy-ness- give them a try today!

Jill Therese is the founder of Heal Your Face With Food and is dedicated to helping you heal your acne naturally, from the inside out. If you’re interested in acne clearing recipes, please click here to take her 14 Day Acne Clearing Jumpstart challenge!

Carrot Cake Bites (raw, vegan, paleo, nut-free)

Recipe by Coach Bryn

I’m a sucker for bite-sized snacks. I also LOVE carrot cake. I also love not being sick, which makes most forms of carrot cake rather challenging. I like to refer to my house as the “allergy house.” We’ve got 2 people, 3 cats (that, yes, we are allergic to, but they are our babies!), and these food allergies:  gluten (celiac), dairy, peanuts, treenuts, shellfish, strawberries, melons, and all legumes with sensitivities to eggs, corn, and soy. Plus, all kinds of fun environmental allergies. My celiac diagnosis is also recent enough that I am grain-free to facilitate all of the healing I need to do.

So carrot cake without gluten, eggs, nuts, or grains…what’s left besides the carrot??? Check it out below :)

Carrot Cake Bites (raw, vegan, paleo, nut-free)

Ingredientscarrot cake bites

  • 5 small carrots, shredded
  • 16 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 c hemp protein
  • 3/4 c hemp seeds
  • 1/2 c pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 c No-nut butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  2. Scoop out and form into tablespoon-sides balls or discs. If the balls won’t hold together, cool the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and try again.
  3. Store in the fridge to ensure that the bites stay solid.

coach bryn 150Coach Bryn is a certified holistic health coach and productivity expert. She works with clients to set goals for health, wellness, and awesomeness, and then helps them conquer the crap out of them. She specializes in folks with food allergies, sensitivities, and any other health issue that leaves people stranded in the middle of a grocery store aisle saying, “Look at all of this stuff that I can’t eat!…now what do I do???” Two of her favorite places to hang out are Instagram and Facebook.

Raw Food Plan To Help Calm Acne Breakouts

Byline: Jill Therese

Growing up, I can’t tell you how many times I left the dermatologist in tears.

juicing stuffsI’d sit in their office, hoping beyond hope and crossing my fingers and toes that this doctor would be the one.

This doctor would be understanding, sympathetic, kind.

This doctor would get it, give me some magic pill to help with my skin, I’d be beautiful, it would be great and I’d never have to think about acne again.

But it never worked like that.

They’d usually look me over, ask me what pills and creams I had tried… and just throw more pills/creams/all-the-scary-things at me. (And then I’d leave crying. Again.)

As I got older, however, I started asking one question at every appointment that eventually changed my life:

“Do you think it’s what I’m eating?”

“No. The food you’re eating has nothing to do with your acne”.

Persistently asking that question (and getting that frustrating answer) ended up ultimately changing my life.

Because I finally got to the point  (after my final dermatologist appointment when I left in tears, again) where the only thing- the only thing - I hadn’t tried, was food.

So I went on a mission.

I bought every book there was on nutrition, holistic healing, acne clearing and after 6 months of some intense life changes followed by a super strict 30 day acne clearing jumpstart, I healed my skin. For good. With food. (Ahem, doctor dermatologist are you reading this?)

Now, while I think every person’s body needs different remedies to heal their acne, I do think that there was one step that I took that you can take to help drastically heal any acne issues, and that is to start eating raw foods.

Raw foods completely changed my body and skin but the most important and noticeable effect they had was that they lowered the overall inflammation in my body.

Inflammation (on a cellular level) impacts almost every system in your body, including acne. In fact, research has shown that people with acne have higher levels of inflammatory chemicals in their bloodstream and can also often suffer from very low zinc levels – a powerful mineral and anti-inflammatory.

Raw Food Plan To Calm Acne Breakouts

Because I totally believe in the power of food to heal, I wanted to share the raw food anti-inflammatory plan I follow every day, try it for some relief with your persistent acne issues!

1. Start the morning off with something alkaline and low sugar.

A green juice is the best idea here.

Try this recipe: cucumber, green apple, kale, celery, lemon and parsley. All of the raw veggies here are super anti-inflammatory and can really help you remove some acidity from your bod.

2. Have a huge salad with at least 5 veggies in it, every day.

One of my acne clearing rules is that I try to have 10 fruits and veggies a day, but sometimes that number can seem overwhelming.

However, when you have a huge raw salad with 5 raw veggies, you’re halfway there.

I keep it really simple. Here’s my usual: romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and an avocado. I add a simple vinaigrette and I’m good to go!

3. Eat 1 handful of raw, mixed nuts every day (but avoid peanuts!)

Here are two great types of nuts that can be really helpful for your acne:

Brazil nuts: These nuts contain selenium, which can improve the skin’s elasticity and even fight infections/bacteria associated with acne. They also have vitamin E and fatty acids (super important here) which help to hydrate the skin while allowing the sebum in your skin (aka oil) to have a better consistency. Ultimately reducing acne inflammation.

Pistachios: Pistachios naturally contain vitamins A, C, E, zinc (ding-ding! super anti-inflammatory!) and folic acid. One study found that pistachios help to control blood sugar, which then lowers the amount of insulin in your blood stream (a good thing for acne clearing).

Try to grab 1 green juice, at least 5 veggies, and a handful of pistachios and/or brazil nuts every day. Over time, you may start to see your skin calm and rejuvenate, from the inside-out:)

Jill Therese is the founder of Heal Your Face With Food and is dedicated to helping you heal your acne naturally, from the inside out. If you’re interested in acne clearing recipes, please click here to take her 14 Day Acne Clearing Jumpstart challenge!

4 Steps to Sanity At Dinner Time For Busy Moms

Byline: Heather Rampolla

4STEPSTOSANITYATDINNERTIMEI’ve noticed that most moms struggle at dinner time. It makes sense. When dinner time rolls around your brain is likely fried after working all day. Having to decide “what’s for dinner?” (once again) can create a lot of stress.

Add to it the struggle of picky eaters, it’s no wonder that we often revert to something convenient versus something healthy.

Follow these 4 steps to keep your sanity and eat healthy during dinner time.

4 Steps to Sanity At Dinner Time For Busy Moms

Step 1: Have A Simple Plan

Remember that phrase, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly)? This applies to creating meal plans, too.

Some of us have an aversion to being in the kitchen. If this is you, it’s okay! Having a meal plan doesn’t require you to be a Martha Stewart type. Rather, having a plan is super smart if you don’t favor being in the kitchen.

I like to keep things ultra simple for this never ending chore of making dinner. Having a simple meal plan allows me to spend more time with those I love or doing something I enjoy.

Amy Wright, creator of The Mom CEO Sanity Renewal System, and mother of four, recommends a great resource to her busy clients:

“If you can’t hire a personal chef, then use emeals.com

Meal plans start at $5 per month and offer weekly plans according to your eating preferences, including paleo, clean eating, or vegetarian.

Step 2: Be In The Moment

The truth is that you spend more time preparing your food than you do sitting together at the table eating it. If you’re not aware, you often finish eating before you have the opportunity to enjoy this precious time (and then it’s off to the next task - clean up!).

As a busy mom, you’re going so fast… and our job is never really done. But this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the moments together as a family.

I love the suggestion from Nina Manolson, Holistic Health Coach,  and mother of two:

“Create a 2 minute ritual to pause in silent meditation before eating.”

This simple ritual creates the intention of, “this is family dinner time” and reminds us that this is a sacred space of nourishment.

Step 3: Put The Veggies Out

When I help moms, they often express to me their desire to eat healthy and also the guilt they struggle with for not serving healthy options. Here’s the dealio… put the veggies out and stop beating yourself up about not being a good parent!

Be prepared that the family might not be excited about change. Change can be scary, right? Let them know veggies at dinner is the new norm, but also reassure them that this doesn’t mean the end to the foods they know and love.

And mom, make sure to be consistent with adding in new veggies. If you haven’t been consistent in the past, expect the family to rebel. This negative behavior has served them previously because it got you to cave in on these healthy changes.  Stay consistent and soon they will stop with any complaints.

Step 4: Don’t Take it Personally

Presenting dinner is often done as act of service for those we love. Kids (and partners) usually aren’t aware of the thought and effort that goes into planning and preparing meals.

If the family is not hungry or doesn’t like the options served that night, remember not to force them to finish it all. No one likes to be forced or controlled… doing so only leads to rebellion. Remain calm if the family doesn’t finish the meal you prepared, knowing this isn’t a reflection of their love for you.

In fact, it really is okay if they don’t eat it all. After all, you want them to learn to listen to their body - when they’re full or hungry.

These 4 Steps: Have a plan, be present, put the veggies out, & don’t take it personal, are foundational steps to keeping your sanity at dinner time.

 

HeatherRampollaHeather Rampolla is an author, blogger, healthy eating coach, and host of Fresh Eats Radio for moms with a full plate.  Want more help balancing it all without sacrificing your health? Click here to discover the 3 Steps To Get Out Of Your FUNK & Stop Eating JUNK!

7 Storage Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer

storage tipsByline: Alicia Lawrence

Summer is here and with it tons of delicious, fresh, sweet fruits and veggies. From the first strawberries in the spring to the last sweet corn and cauliflower in the fall, we love our fresh foods. They taste better when they are fresh and are more nutritious, so going to the local farmers market and stocking up sounds like a great idea, right?

The great prices and sumptuous flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market make it tempting to fill your shopping cart. But what happens when you get it home? How much do you end up throwing away because it goes bad before you can eat it? Try some of these seven weird and brilliant storage tips to keep your produce fresh for as long as it takes you to eat it!

1. Abandon The Crisper

Believe it or not, some things will store better on the counter than in the vegetable drawer! Learning which foods should stay cold and which don’t need refrigeration to stay fresh is a big step towards maximizing your enjoyment of fresh fruits and veggies this summer. Melons like cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew should remain on the counter for maximum sweetness. Chilling before eating is okay, but they should be stored on the counter, as should many other fruits like cucumbers, lemons and pomegranates.

2. Green Bag Bananas

You know those little green bags that the vendor at the farmers market packs your bananas in? When you get the fruit home, store the bananas in that type of bag at room temperature to keep them from going brown before you have a chance to eat them. These bags slow down the ripening process so that your slightly green bananas may take a week to get ripe rather than just a few days.

3. The Sweeter Peach

There is nothing sweeter than a peach that is at the perfect stage of ripeness. But how do you store peaches so that they will get ripe without rotting? Keep them on the countertop at room temperature if you buy them a little green.

After that, if you don’t eat them right away, store them on a shelf in your refrigerator where they won’t get bruised. After all, no one likes mushy fruit. If you find yourself with too many peaches to eat right away and they are going soft in your refrigerator, slice them up and store them in quart bags in your freezer. Take some out and put them on your cereal, bake them into pies or use them however you would use other frozen fruit.

4. Berries

Berries are one of the hardest fruits to keep fresh since they have such a short shelf life. Blueberries should be eaten within 14 days after harvesting if they are to be eaten fresh. The best way to store berries for fresh eating is to wash them gently, remove all crushed, soft or moldy berries from the container and store the good ones in a plastic, glass or ceramic dish. Make sure to place a paper towel in the bottom to draw away excess moisture and keep berries from getting moldy. This goes for most berries, though raspberries should not be washed until ready for use to prevent mold growth.

5. Banish Brown Cauliflower

This flower vegetable is packed full of nutrients, but it does tend to develop unappetizing brown spots when it is stored too long. To prevent that, keep the cauliflower dry and store it in a perforated, plastic bag with the stem up in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator.

6. Paper Towel Dehumidifier

Ever notice how spinach develops a slimy texture when stored too long? Try gently storing it in a plastic bag with a folded paper towel to absorb extra moisture.

7. Onions vs. Potatoes

Storing onions is a skill that has been pictured in every western movie made in the early television days. Strings of braided onions hung from the rafters in any ranch house. Now, most people just toss them in the vegetable drawer. When stored this way, onions tend to hold onto their moisture, creating an unappetizing texture.

Storing onions in a cool, dry place like a paper bag in the pantry or a basket in the cupboard is a better solution because their skins dry out and they keep longer. Just keep them away from potatoes, which can soak up the moisture given off by the onions. No one likes the stench of rotting potatoes.

This summer, feel free to stock up on fresh produce at the market. Now you know how to store some of the most common fruits and vegetables so that they will last longer and save you from throwing away what you can’t eat.

Ali Lawrencethumbnail_Ali is a freelance content creator and blogs about DIY and home advice over at Homey Improvements. Find her on Twitter @DIYfolks.