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Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We are officially in the final countdown for the summer season to begin! We don’t know about you, but when it’s a zillion degrees outside all we crave is something refreshing, light and more often than not, something involving WATERMELON. If summer had a mascot, this gorgeous fruit would definitely be it. This beat-the-heat, picnic staple fits the bill in the beauty benefit department as well as having a major yum-factor. Whether you slice it up and chow as is, or incorporate it into a fun dish a la today’s recipe, we think everyone should have this farmstand favorite on hand all season long!

Before we get into the recipe (well, more like an easy assembly of yumminess!), here’s what you’ll need and here is why you need it!

1. PINEAPPLE: We think it’s impossible to eat a bite of pineapple and not suddenly feel like you are on a tropical vacation (all the more reason). Pineapple has huge amounts of vitamin C and manganese, both of which are primary antioxidants working to fight free radicals; promoting anti-aging. It also contains vitamin B-1 which is a major energy booster. More energy = being more active and that radiates from the inside out!

2. Oh hey there, WATERMELON: We just love you and your beautiful pinky-red self. It’s because of that pinky-red hue that watermelon contains lycopene, an anti-imflamatory and well-known anti-oxidant helping to neutralize those pesky free radicals. The more antioxidants in your diet, the more protected your skin is from pre-mature aging and pollutants.

3. CUCUMBER: Cucumbers are very high in silica, which is essential for building and maintaining strong nails, bones, teeth and promoting hair growth. Not to mention the flesh of a cucumber is 96% water…hello hydration!

4. BASIL: You won’t be able to avoid these big green bunches of fresh basil come summer time…and we aren’t complaining! Eating raw basil can help purify your blood from toxins. This is most helpful if you are blemish prone!

5. FETA CHEESE: Now this one doesn’t exactly rank super high on the benefit meter…but this recipe was just begging for its crumbly, salty goodness. We couldn’t resist!

Now that we have our fresh ingredients, sharpen your chef’s knife and get choppin! You’ll want to dice everything as small as you can.

So, to make our Watermelon Tartare, we used a ring mold to layer our ingredients (you can also use a biscuit cutter). Of course you could just add your chopped ingredients to a bowl/plate, but we were obsessed with how easy it was and what a presentation huh?

We started with cucumbers at the bottom, pineapple next, then watermelon, feta and finished off with pretty basil confetti. Then you gently lift off the ring mold and VOILA!

We are picturing this cute, yummy idea at just about all of our summer BBQ’s. This has Memorial Day and July 4th written ALL over it. Our heart is bursting with watermelon emojis!

ENJOY!

Do you use watermelon in any unique recipes? Plan on trying out our watermelon tartare? We want to know! Leave us a comment and dish.

 

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

With the current heat wave here on the west coast and summer fast approaching, it’s time to cool it down with an icy treat! Nothing says summer quite like a popsicle. Only with this DIY beauty benefit packed pop, there will be no need to chase down the ice cream truck to get your fix. Super refreshing and looks real fancy, but couldn’t be easier to make! Keep these babies on hand for those hot summer days and long summer nights.

For this particular pop, we wanted to really jam pack it with antioxidants. We’ve said it before, and we will say it again. A diet full of antioxidant rich foods is so beneficial for our bodies! Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect your cells from the effects of damaging free radicals. This is especially beneficial for our skin and is helpful in preventing pre-mature aging and maintaining elasticity. Here is a deep dive into some of the antioxidant packed ingredients in these power pops!

1. HONEYDEW MELON: In addition to being delicious, honeydew melon contains large amounts of Vitamin C (an antioxidant) as well as Copper. Having balanced levels of Copper in your diet is great for maintaining regular skin cell regeneration.

2. PEACHES: This juicy, sweet fruit contains copious amounts of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are both antioxidants (major ones, actually).

3. BLUEBERRIES: Out of all the fruits, blueberries are one of the most powerful when it comes to antioxidants. Blueberries are a very good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Manganese (all antioxidants).

4. LIMES: Being a citrus fruit, limes are high in…you guessed it. Vitamin C! And Vitamin C is a what? Correct…an antioxidant! Vitamin C is actually one of the most important antioxidant in nature. Adding this one to our beauty pops was a no-brainer. (Plus the tart flavor is pretty amazing)

Now that we know the antioxidant power of these pops. Lets make them, shall we? Ok beauties…here’s what you need.

1/2 of a honeydew melon, diced

1 cup cold water

1/4 cup of honey

1 pint fresh blueberries

2 ripe peaches

2 limes, juiced

THE PROCESS:

1. In a blender, add your chopped honeydew melon, honey, water and lime juice. Blend until liquified. You’ll need popsicle molds for this recipe. We used these molds and they are amazing for making at home pops! We’ve also seen tons of ideas out there to make popsicles at home using things you might already have around the house as well. (Pinterest anyone?)

2. Fill your molds 3/4 of the way full with the honeydew mixture.

3. Add whole blueberries and peach slices into the filled molds. We packed them full to get the most bang for our buck! Also, after these are frozen, you can see the peaches and blueberries peeking through…yummy AND pretty!

Put your molds into the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours for them to fully harden. Tip: when you are ready to eat them, dip the bottom of the molds in hot water to help them loosen for easier removal. For easy storage, you can place them in a large freezer bag and separate with pieces of parchment paper.

We are picturing lots of strolls on the beach and summer picnics with these pops! Enjoy!

Ever try out any of our recipes or have any beauty bites of your own? We want to see! Snap a pic and tag us on insta: @thebeautydept or on twitter: @tbdofficial

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!

DIY WHEATGRASS ICE CUBES

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

It goes without saying that we always opt for the extra shot of wheatgrass when we’re grabbing a beverage at our local juice shop. Though tough to swallow, the roster of health benefits could put the menu of Yogurtland toppings to shame. As a powerful antioxidant, that tiny shot will help combat cancer, diabetes, and the common cold. And, that post-shot glow isn’t a coincidence — since wheatgrass is an abundant source of vitamins and iron, skin is suddenly much firmer and smooth. We’ll drink to that!

So, as devoted members at the church of wheatgrass, we leaped at the opportunity to incorporate the plant into our beauty routine. Enter: Wheatgrass on Ice. No, we’re not talking about a fancy new cocktail — when frozen and applied topically, the combo has a calming effect on skin. Cheeks irritated from a day in the sun? Just rub a cube on the affected area, and let Mother Nature work her magic. The antihistamines not only reduce redness and inflammation, but they also alleviate itchiness. If only other freezer staples such as Cherry Garcia had the same healing benefits…

Let’s begin!

1. Go to your local juice shop/smoothie bar and buy shots of wheatgrass juice. We picked up two 2-ounces of wheatgrass juice shots.

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