Monday, October 21, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Homemade Hummus

Not that long ago we gave you one amazing hummus recipe and told you all about how garbanzo beans are high in hemoglobin which helps to keep your skin looking radiant!  And since we love hummus so much, and we love glowing skin, we were beyond excited when we found this incredible homemade hummus guide which offers THIRTEEN different varieties of hummus that you can make at home in a few simple steps!  Now you don’t have any excuses… pick one, or all, of these hummus varieties for a snack that tastes great, fills you up, and leaves your skin oxygen rich and radiant!
hummus guide

Friday, October 11, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

We’ve already discussed a little bit about the benefits of pumpkin for your skin but what we forgot to mention was that pumpkin is also full of Zinc which is great for acne sufferers because it helps to control the hormone levels and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin!  So go ahead and cozy up to a bowl of this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili! We’d love to keep talking about it, but the….soup…is…calling…. our…..SLURP!

 

pumpkin chili
Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 large onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
1 (28 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon chili powder (or adjusted to your own level of heat)
2 tablespoons brown sugar

 

Instructions:

In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef and ground turkey until brown; drain.
Stir in onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes. Transfer ingredients to your slow cooker.
Add in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes and pumpkin puree.
Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar.
Put lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Serve in bowls with a variety of your favorite toppings.

 

Source: Mom Advice
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Shaved Fennel, Apple and Crispy Quinoa

We are crazy for fennel! Not only does it have a unique flavor but it does wonders for your skin! It’s antiseptic and diuretic, which helps to alleviate puffiness in your skin and decrease oil.  So when we came across this light and delicious recipe for Shaved Fennel, Apple and Crispy Quinoa we just had to share it! Give it a try…

 

shaved fennel salad

 

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients
1/2 cup uncooked red quinoa
1 cup veggie broth (low sodium is fine if preferred)
1 small fennel bulb, trimmed
1 honeycrisp apple
2 cups mixed greens, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt

 

Dressing Ingredients
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Kosher salt

 

Instructions:

1. To cook the quinoa, add the veggie broth to a pot and bring to a boil.  Stir in the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to medium low.  Simmer until all the veggie broth has been absorbed, approximately 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

 

2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad.  Place the greens on a platter.  Using the mandoline, thinly slice the fennel bulb and apple. Drizzle a little lemon juice on top of the apple slices so they don’t brown.  Decorate the greens with the fennel and apple and set aside.

 

3. Next, make the dressing by whisking together the greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and honey.  Transfer the yogurt mixture into a salad dressing shaker and add 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt.  Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

 

4. Once the quinoa is done cooking, open the pot lid and let rest for 2 minutes.

 

5. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a medium sauté pan.  Set over medium-high heat.  Once the oil has heated, add the quinoa to the pan and spread out across the surface.  Refrain from stirring as this will allow the quinoa to crisp up.  After 2-3 minutes, give the quinoa a stir and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt.  Remove from heat.

 

6. Using a spoon, sprinkled the quinoa on top of the sliced fennel and apple.  Drizzle dressing on top and serve.

 

Source: A Thought For Food

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Skingredients: Jojoba Oil in Body

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We told you about the benefits of Neem on the skin but our newest product, Body, also has a few other amazing ingredients like Jojoba Oil!  Jojoba absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave behind any oil residue creating a powerful barrier against moisture loss, as well as against allergens and dust pollution. It softens dry and pesky patches and restores the skin to a healthy condition.  In addition, Jojoba oil is known to help sooth eczema. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing redness caused by dryness and other skin condition like rosacea.

 

But Jojoba oil is not just for dry skin, in fact it works wonders on oily skin too! It is non comedogenic, so even though it has the word “oil” in its name, it does not clog pores. Jojoba oil stops the sebum from secreting more oil on its own and balances oil production!

 

So you can see why we just had to include this amazing ingredient in Body! Click HERE to find out more about this incredible product!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Perfect Hummus

Iron is required by your body to make hemoglobin. What’s hemoglobin you ask? Hemoglobin is a molecule in your blood that helps carry oxygen rich red blood cells from your lungs to all parts of your body (including your skin cells and facial muscles). When your skin is properly supplied with oxygen rich blood, your skin will look more radiant and rosy! Cue garbanzo beans; they are high in iron and therefore eating them can lead to glowing skin!  And since garbanzo beans are the main ingredient in hummus we just couldn’t resist sharing this simple and delicious recipe for the “Perfect Hummus!”  Enjoy!

 

perfect hummus

 

Ingredients:
1 large can of garbanzo beans (about 2 cups), drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
salt, to taste (I use 1 to 1-1/2 tsp of sea salt)
water, as desired

 

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in the food processor and puree, adding water as needed to reach desired consistency.

 

Source: Foodess

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Pureed White Bean Soup

White beans are high in Magnesium… and Magnesium is super important for keeping your skin healthy! Here’s the skinny: Magnesium is an anti-allergen that can help to protect skin from rashes that are caused by allergies. In addition, Magnesium can also help to heal damaged skin cells!  So when we found this delicious recipe for Pureed White Bean Soup we knew you’d need it just as much as we did. Cool weather is around the corner, so get cozy with a bowl of this soup and let your body (and skin) soak up all the nutritional benefits!

 

pureed white bean soup

Ingredients:

For Roasted Tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups cherry tomatoes

 

For White Bean Soup

6 slices bacon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 19-oz (540 mL) can white beans (navy or cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
3 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp minced chives, optional

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cherry tomatoes with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast about 30 minutes, until wilted and caramelized.
Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then crumble.
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in white beans and broth; bring to a simmer.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or by transferring it in batches to a regular blender. Season well with salt and pepper.
Serve topped with roasted tomatoes, crumbled bacon and minced chives.

 

Source: Foodess

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Skingredients: Introducing Body’s Powerful Main Ingredient

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Since the beginning of SkinOwl, our dedication to using the most powerful, results-driven ingredients has been a #1 priority. Whether it was infusing our facial oils with the miraculous Argan Oil or our eye cream with Green Tea and Vitamin A, we’ve always demanded the best out of our products. When it came to creating a BODY product that could reduce the signs of aging, reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots, and make people feel like they had a soft, smooth, glowing complexion, we knew we had to deliver the best of the best ingredients.

 
Insert NEEM, our body oil’s powerful main ingredient. We first fell in love with Neem when we saw how quickly it absorbed into our skin! After years of using gooey, sticky, tacky creams used moisturize our skin, we were thrilled to find a fast-absorbing oil that allowed us to get dressed IMMEDIATELY after putting it on. A great plus for all of us women on the go!

 
Also known as Indian lilac, Neem leaves relieves dry skin and soothes itchy, red, irritated skin. It has also been used for chicken pox to relieve the associated skin irritation caused by the chicken pox virus. Neem has the ability to improve overall skin health by fighting the bacteria that causes pimples and acne. Unlike antibiotics, neem fights bacteria without causing bacterial resistance over time. Neem oil can also be used to treat arthritis and musculoskeletal pain by massaging it directly into the skin. There’s so much GOOD packed in what Dr Oz. refers to as one of his favorite “super-herbs.”

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We love keeping our body young, glowing, and skin-fully smooth. We promise you’ll wish you had started lathering this delicious oil sooner.

 

Be the first to try this miracle oil HERE.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Skingredients: Rooibos in SkinOwl “Eye” Cream

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Rooibos is rich in antioxidants that help attack free-radicals which are the main culprit of aging. Plus, Rooibos is comprised of nothofagin and aspalathin which have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and have wonderful effects on the skin! In other words, Rooibos assists your body in delaying the aging process by limiting the associated damages to the skin!  So naturally we had to include this incredible, natural ingredient in our EYE cream! Only the best for our amazing fans!

 

Click HERE for more info on our EYE cream and to find out what other incredible, natural ingredients are in this product!

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

The cold months are coming, which means comfort food like…..Mac & Cheese! We think if you’re going to go for it, might as well add a little something skinful in there!  Which is why we love this recipe for Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese.  Butternut squash is loaded with Vitamin A… and Vitamin A helps keep your skin’s pH on the acidic side (just enough to keep bacteria at bay) and promotes cell turnover, so your skin doesn’t become dry, rough, and scaly. This recipe will definitely come in handy as the weather starts to get colder!

 

So go ahead and indulge in this incredibly skinful dish…

 

butternut squash macaroni and cheese recipe

 

Ingredients:

¾ lb (340 g) penne or elbow macaroni
4 tbsp butter
½ medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tbsp flour
2½ cups milk
10 ounces (2½ cups) shredded cheddar cheese, or a combination of cheddar and gruyere
1 cup cooked, pureed butternut squash (see cooking note above), from ½ medium squash
⅛ tsp nutmeg
⅛ tsp pepper
salt, to taste

 

For topping

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs or panko
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tsp lemon zest, optional
2 tbsp melted butter
½ cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente (for elbow macaroni, that’s about 7 minutes, for penne, more like 10). Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, a bit at a time.
Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to low and cook until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
Add shredded cheese, whisking until smooth. Whisk in butternut squash puree, nutmeg, pepper, and salt to taste. Add pasta to the sauce and stir to evenly coat. Transfer pasta to a buttered 2 quart (2 litre) baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over pasta. Transfer dish to oven and bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling at edges, about 20 minutes.

 

Source: Foodess

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

We don’t know about you but around 4pm we get the craving for a little snack!  So why not reach for a treat that is delicious, filling, AND has benefits for your skin!  Insert Peanut Butter Granola Bars!  Check out the recipe below for a granola bar that you can make at home that is full of oats!  We love oats because not only do they taste good BUT they are also an amazing natural beauty enhancer. They soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation. Why is this important? Inflammation is the #1 cause of premature aging!

 

Plus, oats are one of nature’s most amazing exfoliators. You can even take the leftover oats and use them for this DIY food scrub that we blogged about a few months back!

 

So go ahead and grab some old fashioned oats (and a few other ingredients) and start stocking up on this healthy snack…

peanut butter granoal bars recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup almonds
2 Tbsp. chia, buckwheat, flax seeds or a mix of these (I used this blend)
2 cups pitted dates (about 14 large Medjool dates)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup natural peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
4 oz. dark chocolate

 

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350′. Toast the oats on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the crisp rice, almonds, seeds, cooled oats and stir to mix. Chop up the dates well to make a chunky paste (this could be done in the food processor but I hate cleaning it for one small task). If your dates seem dry, add a splash of warm water to get them tacky. Think toothpaste sort of texture.

 

Warm the maple, peanut butter, cinnamon, salt and stir to mix. Pour the PB mix and dates over the dry ingredients and mix everything together, breaking up the date clumps with your hands to disperse. Just get your hands dirty, you need a big sticky heap.

 

Line a 7x11inch pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture down in an even layer, using the bottom of something flat to push the mixture down tightly as possible.

 

In a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate (or spread it evenly) on top of the bars. Chill in the fridge for one hour before cutting. Keep covered in the fridge for optimum freshness or wrap them individually and store in the freezer.

 

The bars will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.

 

Source: Sprouted Kitchen