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BEAUTY BITES

Post/Photography/Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Breakfast just got a whole lot prettier! We’re going to need you to stop what you’re doing and go find the biggest bowl in your cupboard. Got it? Great! Now it’s time to make a killer new breakfast trend called the acai bowl. It’s made up of dreamy, frozen acai puree and topped with things like fresh fruit, granola, and coconut. Everything you could want out of breakfast all in one. Of course, it’s no secret that acai is a super food loaded with benefits, but more on that later..

This dish is more of an “assembly” rather than a recipe. Our favorite kind! You’ll need to start with frozen acai puree, and we particularly love this one which can be found in the freezer section at your local supermarket. Another route is to use acai powder and blend with frozen fruit to DIY your own frozen puree. Either way is delicious! Once you have your acai base in your bowl, it’s time to top! Our favorites are a good oat and flax granola, some fresh berries, coconut and sliced banana. Such a winning combo! Around LA acai bowls have become insanely popular, especially during the hot summer months. Other topping options we’ve spotted are almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, mango, blackberry, kiwi, gogi berry, honey, and the list goes on. You can really add anything you want!

We especially love this breakfast option because of the countless benefits that come with eating acai. In Brazil, they refer to acai as “the beauty berry” which we LOVE because of all the good it does your body from the inside out. We don’t know about you, but we can get on board with a diet rich in beauty berries! While acai has most of the vitamins found in other fruits, it also contains compounds found in no other fruit making it completely unique! It might surprise you that the little acai berry packs more grams of protein than an egg (say what?), and when combined with its host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, acai has been shown to improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails. Acai also ranks among the highest antioxidant rich foods. They are seriously loaded! With all those antioxidants, it’s sure to help fight free radicals keeping the skin looking younger and healthier. All hail the acai!

So tell us…have you ever tried acai? Any favorite ways to enjoy these “beauty berries”? Let us know in the comments! And as always, if you recreate this beauty bite be sure to share your snaps with us on twitter @tbdofficial or on our gram! @thebeautydept #prettyontheinside

Oh, and if you’re wondering how the heck to pronounce acai, look no further. We cracked the case, click HERE.

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Donuts are the new cupcake and cronuts are the new donut…but we think our croNOTS are the next big thing! (We’re calling it). You know after you core a ripe, juicy apple and slice it into rings? Looks kind of like a donut, huh? Well, with today’s Beauty Bite, we ran with it! With all the amazing beauty benefits apples bring, it really is true what they say about an apple a day…but we say bring on the toppings!

No wonder Snow White couldn’t resist…apples are such a gorgeous fruit! Not only are they easy on the eyes but these little pretties are a nutritional powerhouse. Among many various nutrients, apples have vitamins A and C, plus calcium, iron and fiber. You may already be familiar with the skin-supporting antioxidant benefits of vitamin C, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, but one nutrient that shouldn’t be forgotten is fiber. An apple contains approximately 17% of your daily value of fiber, which is important for your body’s internal cleansing process. A beautiful body inside is a beautiful body outside! Apples also contain potassium, magnesium, and copper, all of which are beneficial to the hair by promoting growth, preventing loss and maintaining a healthy scalp. Score!

To make our pretty croNOTS, the first thing you’ll need to do is core all of your apples. You can use whatever type of apple is your favorite (so many to choose from!). Next you’ll want to slice your apple into rings…now do you see these donut-wannabees coming along?

Let’s talk toppings! To get the full donut effect you’ll need some “glaze” and some “sprinkles”. To keep things healthy, we used:

1. The “glaze”: We used flavored Greek yogurt and chose a few flavors that had especially pretty colors. For our chocolate fix, we made chocolate pudding out of an avocado…say what?! (Maybe that’s a post in and of itself!)

2. Fresh fruit. We sliced up some strawberries we had on hand, but you can use any fruit you like.

3. Almond butter. You could also use peanut butter or cashew butter.

4. “Sprinkles”: We used things like poppy seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, coconut, banana chips, dried apricots, dried cherries and pineapple…this is your chance to get creative with it!

Time to decorate! Make it fun…pretty food always tastes better.

We are dying to see your croNOT creations! Snap a pic and tag us! Instagram: @thebeautydept  Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

Beauty Bites

 

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that are the sweetest…literally! Today’s beauty bites may be mini, but the benefits definitely aren’t. You may have seen these little frozen Greek yogurt dots via Pinterest, but you won’t find any artificial food dyes here! We’ve used a combination of Greek yogurt and natural fruit purees for the fun color + beauty benefits. This edible confetti is almost too cute to eat…almost!

These cuties are so easy to make and essentially only contain two ingredients! Greek yogurt mixed with the fruit puree of your choice. We chose to use mango, raspberry, and blackberry purees which make a pretty palette of yellow, pink and purple.

THE PROCESS:

1. Put your fruit into a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree. (We used 1 cup of each individual fruit which yields about 1/2 cup of puree)

2. Mix the puree into 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with your sweetener of choice (we used natural stevia).

3. Place your yogurt mixture into plastic zip bags and snip off one of the corners to create a DIY piping bag.

4. Pipe little dots of yogurt onto a sheet tray lined with non-stick parchment paper.

5. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Besides just going hand-to-mouth with these tiny treats, you can also keep them in the freezer to toss in smoothies, top a fruit salad or even put in cereal!

So, let’s have a chat about the ingredients in this fun summer snack…

It’s no secret that Greek yogurt is SO good for you, and it’s also no secret that we LOVE finding ways to incorporate it into our regular diet. In addition to protein and calcium, it also has high levels of zinc which helps the body in renewing cells. Quick cell regeneration is great for your skin and hair! Mangos have more going for them then their gorgeous looks. They are a rich source of beta carotene (vitamin A), which is a strong antioxidant. Apart from the rejuvenation effect, vitamin A also has dramatic effects on acne and is a crucial nutrient for your skin. Speaking of skin, raspberries and blackberries are super high in antioxidants which help fight free radicals and premature aging. Amazing!

We foresee some pretty Instagram moments with this edible confetti! Be sure to tag us in your pics! @thebeautydept

Enjoy!

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

From a truck, a bowl, or straight out of the carton…we all scream for ice cream! Well today, we’ve got the scoop on how you can make a benefit packed, dairy free, super healthy version of this frozen favorite. You’ll never know the difference! Fresh cherries are the highlight of today’s recipe and we can’t wait to tell you why.

We used frozen bananas as a base for this faux ice cream. Something magical happens when you blend frozen bananas. It adds that creamy texture of ice cream without having to use cream! It’s totally genius and completely customizable. You can add any fruit you like and the bananas take on any flavor they’re blended with. The options are endless. Here’s what you’ll need for our cherry chip version:

4 frozen bananas

1 1/2 cups fresh pitted cherries, frozen

1/4 cup almond or coconut milk

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (we used 80%)

THE PROCESS:

1. Peel your bananas and slice your cherries to remove the pits

2. Put the bananas and cherries into the freezer (3 or 4 hours)

3. Place frozen bananas, 1 cup frozen cherries and almond milk into a blender and blend until smooth

4. Pour into a container and mix in 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup of sliced cherries. (We sprinkled some on top as well for the pretty factor!)

5. Put the entire container into the freezer for at least 1-2 hours

6. Start scooping! (Two scoops please!)

So let’s talk about our delicious friend, the fresh cherry..

There are so many amazing varieties of fresh cherries out there: Bing cherries, Black cherries, North Star cherries, Rainier cherries; all with great health and beauty benefits! Cherries have super high antioxidant levels. For example, the the Montmorency cherry has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit with 17 different antioxidant compounds present. Woah! Antioxidants are vital to the body in order to fight free radicals…the biggest causers of  aging. Free radicals are the pits! (We couldn’t resist). Tart cherries are high in melatonin which is a natural way to help that much needed beauty sleep come to fruition. (We know it’s tough to come by!) Cherry juice is also rich in vitamin A and its antibacterial properties remove toxins from the blood and fight bacteria trapped under the skin.

The month of June is the peak of cherry season! We plan on taking advantage of these sweet benefits all month long.

Nice stems! Plan on trying this recipe out? We want to see pics! Instagram: @thebeautydept  Twitter: @tbdofficial