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BEAUTY BITES

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: NORAH CURLEE

If we could wish for more of anything, ENERGY would be at the very top of the list. Let’s face it, beauties…we live in a super busy world where time seems to vanish quicker than it came and life can get exhausting! Lately in the TBD kitchen, we’ve been whipping up anything and everything that can give as a healthy energy boost to power through even the busiest day. Not to mention, with summer officially at the close, we are craving ALL of the fall flavors. So with the serious need for a kick in the pants and a fall flavor craving, we’ve come up with the easiest little energy bites! These are perfect for on the go and packed full of warm fall spice…and a few beauty benefits worth mentioning!

Like many of our recipes, you can bet that the ingredients are minimal and the process is simple. But rest assure, simple does not mean basic in this case! We’ve jazzed up these energy bites into our three favorite flavor profiles for fall. Pumpkin pie (obvi), maple pecan, and spiced chai. So let’s get into these three delicious recipes, shall we?

PUMPKIN PIE ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of ground flax meal

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup chopped almonds

2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (plus extra for sprinkling)

The Process:

Put all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined (they have a thick cookie dough like consistancy). Roll into balls and dust with extra pumpkin pie spice. You know, for that extra deliciousness. These taste straight up like a slice of the good stuff. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

 

MAPLE PECAN ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup chopped pecans (plus extra to roll them in)

1/2 cup ground flax meal

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (use the good stuff, not the place for Aunt Jemima!)

1/2 cup almond butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

The Process:

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined. Roll into balls and then roll in leftover chopped pecans. This is an optional step but they look so pretty…almost like truffles. Super healthy truffles that is. Not to mention these taste like pancakes. PANCAKES.

CHAI SPICE ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup toasted coconut

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup ground flax meal

1/2 cup almond butter

2 teaspoons of chai spice (we made our own but you can find this in the spice aisle)

chopped slivered almonds (to roll them in)

The Process:

You know the drill…everything goes into the bowl and start mixing! We rolled these in chopped slivered almonds and it went perfect with the spicy chai flavor. These literally taste like a chai latte!

These bites may be small, but they pack a big punch. Between the oats, the flax meal and almond butter they contain plenty of fiber, omega 3s and healthy carbs to keep the motor running! More energy = more active. More active = a healthier lifestyle. A healthy, active body inside is the best way to reflect a healthy body on the outside. What you put into it, is what you get out of it! Beauty wise, the almond butter in these “treats” is a great source of vitamin E that can help protect your cells from oxidative stress. This is HUGELY beneficial for the skin. Good skin and energy to burn…two of our favorite things!

We hope that the next time you’re running on empty, you give our yummy fall flavored energy bites a try! Wether it’s after a workout, mid-day at the office or when you just need a pick-me-up, these little babies will do the trick. They also taste like dessert, so everybody wins!

Don’t forget to tag us on Twitter: @tbdofficial or Instagram: @thebeautydept with pictures if you make these!

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

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!