Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Eat Yourself Pretty
Earlier this fall, one of my clients asked me to make an easy baked salmon recipe with ground almonds, Dijon mustard, and nearly a pound of butter. Though it wasn’t one of her recipes, as I folded the ingredients together I couldn’t quiet the resounding chorus of Ina Garten in my ear. How bad could that be? The answer: not bad at all.
When I first became gluten-free, I thought soba noodle salad would be my savior. That was almost 4 years ago, believe it or not. And let me tell you, I had a rude awakening the first time I tried to cook with 100 percent buckwheat noodles. First of all, they were very difficult to find. Eden Organic seemed to be the only name in town and since the packages all looked identical, it took more than one trip to the grocery store to buy the correct kind that didn’t contain any wheat flour. Once I finally got to cooking them, I quickly discovered why 100 percent buckwheat noodles aren’t really a thing. All it took was a couple aggressive bubbles in my simmering pot of water to cause the strands to break apart into 1-inch pieces…which then also somehow managed … Continue reading
One of the things I missed most during my sugar detox was having a little nibble of dark chocolate at the end of meals. This is a habit I learned from my mother, who, up until earlier this year when she gave up sugar for good, used to have an entire pantry cabinet dedicated to fancy dark chocolate bars of various cacao densities and flavors. I couldn’t always afford this type of pantry-loading. Cherry dark chocolate with sea salt doesn’t come cheap, especially when you eat 3 meals a day at home, and 1 square can easily turn into the whole bar by 3pm. So I started keeping dark chocolate chips in the fridge instead as my go-to meal end-cap.
Since this month’s wellness challenge theme is all about natural ways to love the skin you’re in, I thought I’d dedicate February to dishes that will help you eat yourself pretty. Whenever I’m feeling rundown and in need of a detox (and don’t feel like going off of these bad boys for an extended period of time), the first ingredient I turn to is the bodacious beet.
I introduced this Eat Yourself Pretty column when I first launched the site and then promptly forgot about it. But I was recently given these raw oatmeal cookie bon bons and thought they’d be perfect to share here. These incredibly addictive yet beautifying bites have since become a staple in my pantry and a healthy justification for feeding my sweet tooth. But let’s back up a bit. You may remember that I did a little detox in the spring that included going off sugar, coffee and alcohol for 30 days. Though I think this is probably a healthy thing to do once a year (I had mine coincide with Lent), I would never have been able to part with all my vices if not for a much more superficial motive: my skin. Last fall my skin started to go rogue … Continue reading
Last week I finally got my copy of Recipe For Radiance, my friend Alexis Wolfer’s new cookbook for DIY beauty solutions that can be eaten or applied. I remember hearing about the book back when it was just a seed of an idea. So it’s pretty amazing to see all her passion for cheaper, healthier alternatives to store bought beauty products become a thing of beauty itself. The funny this is that a few years ago when I first heard about the idea, I had very little appreciation for the concept of green beauty. I’ve always known that what we eat affects the way we look, and in that sense diet is the most important beauty solution available. But I hadn’t yet started the process of detoxifying my makeup cabinet – as you know, having witnessed me going through this … Continue reading
My first job out of college was a corporate New York City office job like any other. Except instead of trading bonds or building models, my daily responsibilities included smelling blotter strips and refilling little bottles of moisturizer. When I applied to L’Oreal my senior year, I’m sure I went on and on about all the luxury products I used everyday. But the truth was that most of my make-up and toiletries came from the CVS down the block from my off-campus house. Regardless, during my 2-year stint, which included a monthly $100 spending stipend at the company store, I quickly became a product junkie. In the early days, I tried a variety of items, never buying the same things each month. But as time went on, I developed very expensive taste, and my beauty regimen evolved to only include … Continue reading