On this weeks episode we talk about healthy foods that you can eat as well as smooth on your skin. Use these foods as a skin smoothing beauty treatment.The beauty advisor also gives you tips for buying healthy bread. Plus a 5 min. low- carb bread recipe that you can make in your microwave. All recipes in this episodes are posted below.
Microwave Omega-3 Flax "Bread"
- Whisk 1 egg in a small bowl. A bowl about 4 inches in diameter at the bottom will be ideal for this recipe.
- Add in 2 tsp of olive oil, plus a dash of salt and a dash of garlic powder (optional).
- Add 4 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal and mix until well-combined.
- Microwave for approximately 60 seconds. For lower-wattage microwaves, add 10-20 seconds.
- Carefully remove the bowl from microwave (it will be hot) and
use a butter knife to loosen the "bread." Flip the bowl upside down
onto a plate to transfer the bread.
- Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before cutting through the middle with a serrated knife to create two "bun" halves.
- Now add your favorite sandwich or burger fillings. I loved this with my salmon burger... Topped with plenty of diced onions and hot sauce!
This recipe is a great way to trick your taste-buds into thinking you've indulged... while nourishing your body AND your skin.
Give it a try... and let me know how you like it!
Bread-Buying TipsGo with the whole grain. Choose breads that list "whole" grain as the first ingredient, such as whole wheat, white whole wheat, or whole oats. "Wheat bread" or "multi-grain" is not necessarily a whole-grain product.
Downsize. Trim portions and get more fiber with whole-grain English muffins, bagel thins, or sandwich thins. Also try 2-ounce sandwich and hamburger buns.
Don't shop by color. Many whole-grain breads are darker than white bread, but food manufacturers may add molasses and food coloring to give their refined bread products a darker hue. Always check the ingredient label.
Bulk up. Choose whole-grain bread products with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving
Healthy Foods to eat, drink or smooth on!
StrawberriesStrawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit.
Sip it or smooth it onIn a food processor or blender, combine 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries—they’re all antioxidant stars). Stir together blended berries, 1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt, and 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (a great moisturizer) in an 8-ounce glass. Enjoy smoothie, setting aside enough to coat your face.
Apply remaining smoothie to your face over a sink (it’s a little drippy at first, but a smooth layer will stay put), and leave it on for about 8 minutes before rinsing off.
Olive oilThe antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil don’t just benefit you on the inside—they soften your skin, too.
Eat it or wear itAt dinner, drizzle a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil into a small bowl, and dip whole-grain bread in it to improve your skin from the inside out.
Dab a pea-size amount of extra-virgin olive oil on lips to hydrate a parched pucker; or use it on rough patches (think elbows and heels), as needed.
Green teaCurling up to a cup of green tea does a lot more than relax you. Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants,
Drink it or press it onSip at least three big mugs of green tea every day for an antioxidant boost, says Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, founding director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Chill damp tea bags in the fridge and put on eyes for 10–15 minutes. Green tea contains tannins, which act as an astringent when applied to skin and can help reduce puffiness,
PumpkinPumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging.
Eat it or smooth it onIn a food processor or blender, combine 2 cups canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt, 4 tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Coat face; leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse. “It’s good for hydrating and softening skin,
Make a sweeter pudding by adding these ingredients to the recipe above: 2 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.