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Happy Friday Everyone! 

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend! Personally, I’m so happy the week is over. I’ve been looking after my boyfriend’s mom’s dogs all week and I think it’s a bit much for me so I’ll be glad to give that responsibility back to her this weekend! Anyhow, onto today’s post! Today’s post focuses on a number of hydrating foods that aid in keeping your skin in tip top shape! I thought that now is a great time to post on this as we are knee deep in winter and this is the time we’re most likely to battle dehydration, especially where beauty is concerned, but also in terms of our health. The reason for that is because we might be more likely to eat more carb heavy meals given how chilly it is outside and forget to get our 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables in (which is totally understandable!).

I, myself, battle this as I’m of Italian, Sicilian, German,  & Dutch Irish heritage and all I crave in winter are comfort carbs. It feels like it might actually be hard coded into my blood somehow, but I know that if I don’t keep up on getting the healthy foods my body needs and make sure my water intake is where it needs to be, I am opening myself up to many illnesses, inflammation in the body ( not to mention the skin!) and a host of other worries which may often be caused from dehydration. So, instead of going through that madness, I’ll just sneakily figure out ways to get my greens in and I thought I’d give you all a list of my top favorite foods for optimal hydration and health AND show you how easy it can be to add them to your daily life!

Now, aside from helping to keep your skin more youthful looking, hydrated, smooth and wrinkle free, softer, and clear, these foods can also help defend against illness, premature aging and even improve your overall fitness level. Many of these also keep your eyes, nails, hair, bones and teeth in good condition as well so if those aren’t good enough reason to add them to your weekly meal plans, I don’t know what is! Oh, and some of these are not necessarily in season, but a great deal of them are so you should definitely be able to get hold of a some of these in your area.

Top 20 Hydrating Foods

  1. Water.
  2. Cucumbers.
  3. Eggplant (Aubergine).
  4. Mixed Greens (Spinach, Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Arugula, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, etc).
  5. Peaches & Pears.
  6. Apples.
  7. Zucchini & Other Squash.
  8. Watermelon.
  9. Bell Peppers.
  10. Pineapple, Kiwi & Mango.
  11. Carrots.
  12. Grapes.
  13. Berries (Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Elderberries, etc.)
  14. Yogurt.
  15. Citrus Fruits (Grapefruit, Oranges, Mandarins, Lemons, etc).
  16. Broccoli.
  17. Celery.
  18. Tomatoes.
  19. Pumpkin.
  20. Cantaloupe & Honeydew Melon.

So, I’m sure you know at least some of the foods in the list I’ve made, but you may have trouble incorporating them into your diet. I know that if I didn’t have the internet { namely Pinterest LOL } to give me ideas on how to prepare some of these foods, I simply wouldn’t include them because either 1. I don’t know how to prepare them or 2. I don’t know what they would pair well with. So, thank goodness for the internet to give me good ideas!

Anyway, so one really good way to get hydration is by drinking water! I know, it sounds like an absolute no-brainer and, for some of you, maybe it is, but for others, maybe you hate the plain taste of water. I know my sister does, but what can help is natural flavors which can keep your water interesting to your palate. I do this by adding whole fruits and veggies to pitchers filled with water. You may have seen some of this action on Instagram, if you follow me,(@StorybookBeauty), over the past summer. Some of my favorites include mint leaves, cucumber, berries of any kind, mango, pineapple, lemon, and peaches! You can mix some together – for instance, cucumber and mint is SUPER refreshing – or do them separately and it definitely gives water a bit more flavor. Another way I’ve been able to get my water intake is by purchasing a water canteen which I only use for tea and water and take with me everywhere. Always having it on hand reminds me that I need to fill up and I get more water every day without even trying!

Other than straight drinking water for hydration, you can ingest foods. I know for some of these, you may or may not want to eat them directly. I had a close friend who really hated the texture of lettuce growing up and so, for those of you who have this issue or don’t enjoy the food alone, I highly recommend blending it into a smoothie, juice or soup.

I know, I know – this does mean you will still have to be ingesting said foods, but hey, you may learn to like it more in a different form! Say, for instance, spinach – when mixed into smoothies, you cannot even taste it. I promise – I mean, Would I lie to you? 

Anyway, but seriously. Some foods, when blended, cannot even be noticed really, but you still get the health benefits of them. Juicing is a bit different, though, as I still notice the flavor a bit more there, but not so much that it’s a bother. I would start with smoothies and work your way to juices as you get accustomed to it. Also, adding vegetables to soups is another great way to get both hydration and your veggie quota in all at once. Not only that, but there are TONS of different soup varieties and ways to make them that you could plausibly get all your veggies into 1 or 3 soups and not be bored by it.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other tips, tricks and recommendations on how to easily incorporate healthy foods into daily life, definitely let me know in the comments as I’m always looking for easy ways to be healthy!

Have a Great Weekend!

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Antioxidant Skin Healthy Smoothie

Another healthy smoothie recipe!

I love fruit smoothies, especially now, when I’m fighting off the tail end of a cough/cold variety.

They have great benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, probiotics (if you add yogurt!) and plus, they taste delicious!

This one is pretty simple, but packs in a lot of beneficial ingredients for the skin as well as the body health.

Ingredients: 

  • Blueberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • Strawberries (1-2 handfuls)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Tbs. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. Goji Berries soaked in 2 tbs. hot water to soften
  • Splash of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4-1/2 Ice or Water (Ice is more of a frozen smoothie treat while water is more of the Naked Juice type smoothie)

Directions:

All I did was cut up the strawberries and bananas before blending, put everything in the blender, blended until thoroughly mixed and enjoy! That’s it!

Health & Beauty Benefits:

  • Goji Berries – High in minerals, vitamins, carotenoids (beta-carotene), and fatty acids, goji berries can be especially noted for their high content of vitamin C, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin),  Iron, and Selenium. These are best bought organically as conventional types have high instances of pesticide and insecticide residue.
  • Strawberries – An excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, strawberries are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Plus, they taste delicious and their vitamin C content helps with dullness in the complexion and acne! Best bought organically due to pesticide residues.
  • Blueberries – A great source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, blueberries are known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and inflammation (which causes many diseases in the first place!). They also contain high levels of resveratrol which is well known in the skin care world for its anti aging benefits.
  • Bananas – A great source of vitamin B6 and soluble fiber, bananas help balance insulin levels (blood sugar) and keep you feeling full. They also have a decent amount of vitamin C, manganese and potassium which are all great for a healthy body and high immunity as well as healthy, clear skin.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (Fage 2%) – Low in fat and sugar, but high in protein (2X that of regular yogurt), Greek yogurt is great for helping you stay fuller longer because of this high protein content. Aside from that, it also is a good source of calcium and live active cultures which promote healthy gut bacteria for digesting foods in the body.
  • Almond Milk – A great alternative to cow’s milk, almond milk can be bought in store or made easily by soaking almonds in water for 24 hours and then blending them to create a milky consistency. They are a great source of protein, fatty acids, and vitamin E as well as rich in B vitamins, fiber, and phytosterols. They may be helpful in lowering bad cholesterol and risk of certain cancers as well as improving the complexion and may also have an effect on lowering the risk of heart disease. Those will nut allergies should not use almond milk! Please use another variety such as soy, rice or cow’s milk!

This smoothie is great for a lot of reasons, but the main reasons I love it are that it includes  a healthy dose of antioxidants (especially the high content vitamin C from goji berries!) and also includes fiber from the bananas as well as probiotics from the yogurt. The bananas help to cancel out the strange odd flavor of the goji berries which, unfortunately, I don’t much like. This actually tastes a lot like a strawberry banana smoothie with a little something more in the flavor department! It is great for skin, but also great for health and diet. The high amount of vitamins, especially vitamin C, are very beneficial for immunity (fighting off diseases and illnesses), combating skin breakouts as well as skin aging and dullness (glowing complexion anyone?) and for overall health and vitality.

It makes for a great dessert or breakfast or any time snack!

Do you guys enjoy these healthy recipe posts or is there something you would prefer?

Please give me your feedback in the comments below!

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Berries For Glowing Skin

Lately I have been obsessed with eating lots of berries!

From strawberries to blackberries and especially blueberries, I have been eating these by the barrel several times a week.

I’m actually on a diet at the moment so getting all my nutrients and lots of fruits and vegetables in my diet is really important to me, but aside from that, I’ve found that they make my skin glow!

Before this past week and a half or so, my skin was looking a bit drab. I was suffering from annoying dullness and even a bit dryness that I just couldn’t seem to shake.

After this past week of berry madness, my skin has taken on a nice natural glow!

I really love it because my skin has a new life to it and I really feel like it looks a lot healthier than it did.

Obviously I know diet plays a good part in how we look on the outside, especially when it comes to beauty and skin, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen really noteable results from that other than you know, weight loss or whichever, and I am THRILLED!

So, bascially what I’m trying to say is go eat some berries because 1) they are freaking DELICIOUS and 2) they will make you glow!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

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Coming Soon! Healing Face Powders, Blush and More!

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So, after finally establishing my shop on Etsy, I am now able to focus on expanding my line a bit from the 3 original serums.

I am very excited about the line of healing face powder foundation shades and blushes that I will be coming out with very shortly!

They will include a strong calming powder base with botanical powders and extracts. This is something I have never seen done much if at all and that is basically the use of all natural botanical powders in the powder formulation.

This means that your makeup will function as both a means to look awesome and offer color, but also as a treatment while you wear it as the botanical ingredients work to help soften lines, calm redness and inflammation and even help to clear breakouts.

This is something I have always wanted in a powder myself so I am extremely psyched to be able to offer it to my customers!

Not only will you be able  wear the powders as a powder foundation and a blush, but the formulations themselves are designed to improve your skin and not only cover up blemishes, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation, but also help to treat them!

These will be $25 for a 20 gram twist and lock sifter jar (saves product and great for travel!).

Only one size will be available initially, but I am thinking of  adding a 10 gram jar to offer a smaller trial type size for those who want to try it before buying the larger jars and also to make it more affordable to students, bargain hunters and the like who are on a budget.

^Let me know what you think! Do you want smaller jars to be available?

Aside from these awesome powders, I plan on also offering a line of face/eye creams to offer those who love the creamy texture of a face cream or eye cream over the texture of serums. These will include an acne, wrinkle and eye cream.
I may also add in a brightening cream in the future.

These will typically run the same prices as the serums, depending on size so about $15-$25.

Lastly, I will be adding concentrated creamy and gel facial cleansers. The gel cleansers will be more for brightening and blemish clearing while the cream cleansers will be more moisturizing and nourishing for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. In the beginning, I am going to offer these in smaller sizes, but they will last you a good amount as a little will go a long way. Later, I will add in larger sizes. Cleansers will be about $15-$25 as well.

That’s all for now!

I’m very excited about all of this and I hope you will leave me feedback on what your thoughts are.

Have a Nice Weekend!

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