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Beauty Bites

Photography/Post/Graphics by Norah Curlee

One might think the words “avocado” and “pudding” don’t belong in the same sentence, but we are here to tell you otherwise! Sounds weird right? Who would have thought this guacamole staple could be sweetened and whipped up with a few ingredients to create smoothest most decadent chocolate pudding ever. We can’t get enough avocado around TBD, obviously. We love it on toast, in salads, and even as the most amazing hair mask of all time. While this may be the most unusual way we’ve ever used this fruit (and yes it is a fruit), it’s definitely the most delicious! We can’t wait for you guys to try out this recipe and even more so for the beauty benefits.

This dreamy chocolate pudding is another one of our “throw everything in a blender and you’re done”  recipes. Quick, easy, and delicious. Unlike traditional chocolate pudding that is loaded with sugar and lots of cream, our version contains only avocado, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut milk, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. We love making these types of desserts at home because we can control the quality of the ingredients and we know exactly what is going onto our plate!

This is what you’ll need: (yields 2 servings)

  • 2 ripe, peeled and pitted avocados
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

The Process:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to chow. (If you aren’t eating it straight out of the blender by now). Couldn’t be easier!

For extra fun (and even more beauty benefits) we topped our chocolate pudding with some non-dairy whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of bright pink pomegranate seeds. You know, for the gorgeous effect. You can also add things like sliced banana, berries, pistachios and any other of your favorites.

Our pal, the avocado, is good for you in so many ways. They have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that stop you from slicing one up quite yet! This is the good kind of fat that is great for heart health, blood pressure, skin and hair vitality and countless others. Yes, you read that right. It’s full of a fat that makes your body healthy. Be still our beating hearts. These monounsaturated fats in avocado are so beneficial in improving your skin tone. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. We are always looking for ways to incorporate this feel good food into our diet…we’re thrilled that this time it’s coming in the form of creamy chocolate pudding. (YES)

We’re all about eats with a big nutrient roster AND an indulgent taste. Go ahead and file this recipe right into the NON-guilty pleasures category. While you’re at it, go ahead and add it to your “good enough to serve to company” list, too. Your friends will flip, and we’re willing to bet they’ll never guess that this pudding is packed full of avocado goodness.

We hope you try out this amazing, healthy chocolate pudding and that you prepare yourselves to be blown away. It really is that good, especially for all of you chocoholics out there! If you do decide to give it a go, take a beauty snap and tag us on Instagram: @thebeautydept or on Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

Toast can be a dangerous thing. Nine times out of ten it’s used only as a vehicle for butter, sugary jams/jellies….gobs of Nutella at two in the morning (we’ve been there and we know you have too). It’s time to turn your toast into a jet plane packed with beauty fuel cargo! Starting with a whole grain or sprouted grain golden brown piece of toast and adding sliced or mashed avocado is perfect as a quick breakfast, lunch or ideal at snack time. We’ve taken this tasty concept one…actually THREE steps further to show you some beautifying ways to top your avo-toast!

Before we get into these gorgeous toppers, let’s have a chat about the wonder ingredient that is avocado. This beautiful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is super rich in dietary vitamins A an E and is most beneficial to the skin. With concentrated levels of vitamin A, its like a natural retinol alternative which increases cell turnover. Studies have shown that avocado consumption can increase the amount of soluble collagen in the skin which translates to better skin repair. A.k.a a dream in reducing sun damage, hyper pigmentation and scarring. Chowing on plenty of avos can also improve signs of a dry scalp and help hydrate skin in general from the inside out.

So, we have our avo-toast doing all kinds of wonders for our skin. Now, what else can we add?

1. RADISH + EDAMAME: This combo is not only delish, but comes complete with a few beauty benefits of their own. Radishes have a high water content and lots of vitamin C which is nourishing for the tissues helping to keep your body hydrated. Hydration = best beauty benefit in the book. Edamame contains isoflavones which many studies have shown aid in the prevention of collagen breakdown…another skin friendly food!

2. EGG + TOMATOES: Tip! Eating your eggs with the yolk in tact {perfect poaching demo here} helps to preserve the nutrients as opposed to scrambling them where the high heat exposure lowers the benefits. Eggs are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids which can be responsible for strong, healthy nails that won’t split every time you reach for your handbag. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene (what gives them their pigment) which is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory that helps protect skin from environmental agents. That’s definitely a dynamic duo.

3. RED PEPPERS + OLIVES: Red peppers, like tomatoes also have lycopene (which we discussed and love) but they also have a unique ratio of vitamin A and C. This combo creates a huge antioxidant capacity which is very beneficial to your skin. Olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin. Chief among those is vitamin E which has been shown to protect the skin from UV radiation. Basically a super tasty sunscreen!

So, we want to know how would you top your avo-toast? Leave us a comment, snap a pic and tag us on insta @thebeautydept or on tweet us @TBDofficial!

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN: SCALP REMEDY

Photos: Kristin Ess, Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Lately, the lyric “momma told me there’d be days like this” has been on repeat. Between the sun’s rays giving our scalp a royally red glow and the chlorine from our BFF’s pool, our strands have taken a serious beating this summer — and it’s not even August yet! We really should’ve followed our mother’s advice — it’s important to wear many hats (literally).

So, in an effort to revive our manes + scalp, we’ve created a tea tree mask that not only helps eliminate dandruff, dryness, and other warm-weather hair woes, but also helps us stay cool. The refreshing scent is a great way to beat the summer heat: just apply this mixture after shampooing and let it penetrate for 10 minutes (feel free to spend that time in front of the A/C or drinking a tall glass of lemonade!). Comb through and rise, and get ready for a more moisturized head of hair. If you’ve chemically treated your hair or happen to be around a group of children (a.k.a. potential lice carriers), the treatments are perfect for preventing damage and keeping bugs at bay.

Ready to whip up your very own tea tree hair mask? We’ll meet you in the kitchen!

1. Choose a base — one cup of plain yogurt or one whole avocado mashed up. Both are thick enough to act as a paste and will also moisturize with their abundance of healthy fats. Here, we chose avocados.

2. Add 10 drops of argan oil.

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BEAUTY BITES

Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Today is July 3rd, which means all you last-minute party people are stocking up on hot dog buns, burger patties, and ketchup for tomorrow’s festivities. And, while we’d never encourage you to ditch the traditional BBQ fare, we thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce you to our latest obsession: the summer salad. This one, which we crafted with all sorts of fruits and veggies, is the perfect dish to pair with all those finger foods you’ll be munching on come tomorrow afternoon. Each ingredient works overtime, keeping you full and feeling good. Now, if only that extra helping of mac n cheese had the same effect!

  1. Strawberries – Feeling under the weather? Snack on some strawberries! Rich in vitamin C, the delicious fruit doubles as an immunity booster and a fast-acting antioxidant.
  2. Grapefruit – Low in calories and high in fiber, grapefruit is an obvious addition to any summer dish. Just in time for swimsuit season, it increases the body’s metabolic rate, leaving you feeling fuller for much longer.
  3. Cantaloupe – Prone to breakouts from stress and anxiety? Chow down on cantaloupe — since it’s packed with potassium (a mineral which normalizes heartbeat and promotes supply of oxygen to the brain) fans of the fruit feel more relaxed and focused.
  4. Walnuts – If bad hair days have become the norm, add walnuts to your diet. As an excellent source of biotin, the nutrient strengthens tresses and promotes quicker hair growth.
  5. Heirloom Tomatoes – Boasting serious amounts of Lycopene, heirloom tomatoes are known for lowering the risk of cancer. The more colorful, the more Lycopene — so don’t be shy.
  6. Sugar Snap Peas – A veggie after our own heart! Not only are sugar snap peas fat-free, but they’re a good source of folate, a.k.a. a vitamin that helps achieve good heart health.
  7. Blueberries – Ranked numero uno in the world of antioidants (blueberries feature anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, and iron… just to name a few!), there’s no denying the fruit’s appeal. Did we mention the superfood keeps skin looking super firm?
  8. Yogurt Cheese Crumbles – Considering yogurt cheese is more concentrated than a regular cup of yogurt, each serving offers additional relief from dry skin. Sprinkle away!

Underneath all that, don’t forget these little guys:

  • Avocado – Don’t be frightened by the fact that avocados are full of monounsaturated fat — when eaten in moderation, the compounds reduce inflammation, giving you glowing skin.
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts - A great way to add protein to any meal, brussel sprouts help prevent hair loss and restore healthy, vibrant strands.

And make sure to top the whole thing off with:

  • Oranges - These guys are an obvious go-to for vitamin C.
  • Coconut Oil drizzle - This raises the metabolic rate and therefore helps the body burn fat more effectively.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – When you add this to any dish or drink, you’re instantly giving your body a tiny detox by maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level.

Now with all the beauty benefits you’re getting from every bite in this salad, you surely won’t want to miss out on trying out this healthy summer dish!