BEAUTY STAPLES

No, you won't find these beauty essentials on your vanity or in your bathroom cabinet; look no further than the kitchen pantry. This summer I purchased Jolene Hart's lovely book, Eat Pretty. Not only is it adorable (I try not to judge books by their covers, but how can you resist this one?!), but it is informative, inspiring, and easy to read. Consider it a guide book for achieving your most radiant self.

Jolene spent years working in the beauty industry as an editor and journalist, and she struggled with bad skin throughout that period. It wasn't until she replaced her processed diet with "glow-getting foods" that she finally found confidence in her complexion and began to feel her best. In her book, Jolene teaches us to "turn beauty inside out."

Now, it's time to build your beauty tool kit. Eat Pretty will provide you with a beauty food index, seasonal beauty foods, and wonderful recipes. I chose a few staples to highlight - items you can keep in your pantry year-round so your glow never has to fade!


GOJI BERRIES
Goji berries are chock-full of antioxidants, which help protect against cell damage and can keep us looking youthful. They contain 18 amino acids and are an excellent source of iron (more than spinach!) as well as many other trace minerals. They help stimulate production of the Human Growth Hormone, which is thought to help slow the anti-aging process. They are rich in Beta Carotene – great for healthy eyes and skin! Make your own trail mix with Goji berries and raw nuts (I love them with almonds), add them to your Greek yogurt, or enjoy an after-dinner treat: Goji berries, dark chocolate or cacoa chips, and cranberries. You’ll be glowing in no time.

 

BEE POLLEN
Rejuvenate your skin with bee pollen. These power-packed granules contain protein, 22 amino acids, nucleic acids, and B complex vitamins. Incorporate bee pollen in your diet for beautiful hair, skin and nails. For skin benefits, the pollen can be ingested or applied topically, though I haven’t tried the latter yet. I usually add it to my morning smoothie. It is often recommended for weight management, as it is thought to help suppress hunger and regulate metabolism. It’s best to buy local bee pollen; you are likely to find it at your local farmer’s market. If you live in the Northeast and can’t get to the farmer’s market, I recommend Maine Medicinal’s bee pollen, available at Whole Foods.

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COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is popping up in health food store displays, beauty products, and plenty of health-related articles. All this attention is well deserved though. It is a saturated fat source, but don’t worry, it’s the good kind! The medium chain fatty acids can help boost metabolism and the lauric acid helps our bodies fight viruses and harmful bacteria. I add a tablespoon to my smoothie, but you can also apply it directly to skin or hair as an all-natural, impressive moisturizer. Enjoy!