Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

We love protein! Not only is it yummy and filling, but eating enough protein helps to build collagen, which helps the skin appear (and feel) supple. Proteins are necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of new skin tissue. Every skin cell needs protein to maintain its life. Protein is also the primary substance used to “replace” worn-out or dead skin cells.  In other words, getting enough protein in your diet will help you maintain youthful skin! Which is why we were super excited when we came across this recipe for Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls. The combo of quinoa and chicken give it a double dose of protein! So go ahead and make this your next meal, your skin will thank you for it!

 

chipotle chicken bowl recipe

Ingredients:

honey chipotle chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced

 

salad
6 cups spring greens
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

 

lime quinoa
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.

 

When you’re ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side.

 

To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve!

 

lime quinoa
Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.

 

Source: How Sweet It Is

Friday, February 7, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread

If you are looking for a dose of incredible nutrition with your carb fix, we’ve found it for you… Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread! We were bowled over by the long list of delicious and nutritious ingredients. Just about all of the ingredients in this bread are great for your skin, especially chia seeds! These little seeds are intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant rich, which means that they are helpful in restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting wrinkles. We will be helping ourselves to a slice of this skinful treat… join us!
strawberry coconut chia seed bread
Ingredients

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ripe mashed banana (about 2-3 bananas)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (soy, coconut, or skim also work)
3/4 cup diced organic ripe strawberries
1/4 cup smashed organic raspberries (or you can use more strawberries)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, plus 3 tablespoons for topping (sweetened is fine, too)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2-4 strawberries, sliced for topping

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a seperate large bowl, beat together banana, brown sugar, egg, coconut oil vanilla, yogurt, and almond milk until smooth and creamy. Slowly add dry mixture to wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Gently fold strawberries, raspberries, coconut and chia seeds into the batter.
Place batter in prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top evenly with 3 tablespoons of coconut. Place sliced strawberries over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and return to wire rack to finish cooling. Bread is even better the next day (they always are). Bread will stay fresh for a few days when wrapped tightly.

 

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder

One of our favorite parts about the cool winter months is curling up with a bowl of hearty soup… and we just stumbled across a recipe for a GREAT one; Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder! This tasty soup has so much to offer your skin. We’ve already raved to you about the skin benefits of sweet potatoes, but now we get to tell you a bit about kale! This nutritional powerhouse has Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin (a pigment that protects your skin from the sun), and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth, including the cells that make up the dermis and epidermis of your skin! We can’t wait to DIG IN!

 

sweet potato kale corn chowder

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes

2 shallots, diced

1 medium leek, cleaned and sliced (round)

1 bunch of curly kale, chopped

3 cups of frozen or fresh corn

3 cloves of garlic

3 cups of low sodium vegetable broth

3 cups of water (more to preference)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Instructions:

In large, heavy bottomed soup pan sauté diced shallots and coconut oil over medium/low heat until softened.

 

Add garlic, sweet potatoes, sea salt, pepper, cinnamon and sauté an additional minute.

 

Add vegetable broth and water, cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.  Add leeks and cook an additional two minute.

 

Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a standing blender) to rough puree the soup.

 

Add kale, corn and cook until kale is softened.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve hot!  Enjoy!

 

Source: A House In The Hills

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: The Clear Skin Smoothie

We love all things juice!  With how busy our weeks are here in the SkinOwl nest, it’s one of our favorite ways to fill up on some nutrients on-the-go. And when we stumbled upon this smoothie recipe we couldn’t believe our luck, two of our favorite things (clear skin and smoothies) combined into one! This fantastic drink is full of nutrients like Vitamins C and E, Beta-Carotene, and Omega-3 fats… all of which are amazing for keeping your skin radiant and healthy! Naturally, we couldn’t resist sharing! Drink up and enjoy!
clear skin smoothie drink recipe

Friday, January 3, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Black Bean, Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa

Our mouths began to water the second we read the title of this recipe! This colorful combo mixes some of our favorite flavors into an absolutely skinful (and low calorie) salsa! It would be a crime if we didn’t share this recipe for Black Bean, Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa with you! Both black beans and pomegranates are super high in antioxidants which, as you know, do wonders for your skin, such as helping with issues like age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne flare-ups, and acne scars. But wait… there’s more… avocados are not only a delicious and filling treat for the tongue, they are great for skin complexion! They are full of vitamins which help to hydrate dry, red, itchy, and irritated skin.  So go ahead and dig into this skinful snack! We’ll join you!

black bean pomegranate avocado salsa recipe

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups pomegranate arils
1 small jalapeño, minced, seeds removed
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 large avocado, diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Tortilla chips, for serving

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine black beans, pomegranate arils, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Gently stir. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Note-This salsa is best the day is made.

 

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Skinny Tips: Winterize Your Skin

Winter is officially in full swing (yes, even here in LA) and we are always looking for ways to protect our skin from this chilly weather. With the wind and cold fronts that come with this snowy season, dry, tight, cracked skin can result. Fear and flakes be gone! Check out this “Winterize Your Skin” guide, which shares 8 simple tips that will help to keep your skin (and hair) hydrated and glowing all winter long! Thank us later :)
winterize your skin

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Skinny Tips: Save or Toss Makeup Expiration Guide

Do you ever find yourself looking through your makeup drawer and wondering just how long some of the items have been in there, and whether or not it’s time to throw them away?! Keeping makeup too long can lead to skin irritation and bacteria build up… and we know we don’t want that! So when we came across this “Save or Toss” Guide on Makeup.com, we just had to pass it along to you so that you can keep that skin radiant and glowing and free from harmful bacteria! Enjoy!
save or toss

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skingredients: Peppermint Oil

skinowl sweet mint peppermint oil natural lip balm

 

Right now we are giving away a Sweet Mint lip balm with every $100 purchase on SkinOwl.com! This limited edition balm is made with plumping peppermint oil, which does wonders for your lips! This oil is comprised of vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. That’s a lot of goodness helping to nourish, plump, and heal your lush lips! Plus, peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic and can keep blemishes at bay. Our favorite part? We love the smooth, cooling effect that is has as we smooth some Sweet Mint lip balm on to our lips, and we can’t get enough of the dewy finish.

 

Pop over to SkinOwl.com to get your free gift of Sweet Mint lip balm with your purchase of $100 or more! Enjoy!

Friday, November 22, 2013

SkinOwl Founder Annie Tevelin Talks to The Chalkboard Mag About Essential Oils!

annie_chalkboard mag
The Chalkboard Mag turned to SkinOwl Founder, Annie Tevelin, to learn which essential oils could change people’s skin from the inside out. From Peppermint to Neroli, we’ve got the skin-ny on how to take your skin from good to great. Check out Annie’s top eight HERE!
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Skinny Tips: Fall Pumpkin Body Scrub DIY

We love a good body scrub, especially when it is full of luxurious winter smells like pumpkin and coffee!  So when we stumbled upon this simple Pumpkin Body Scrub DIY we just couldn’t resist passing it along to you!  This scrub will leave your skin feeling smooth and pampered! Check it out …

DIY-pumpkin-face-mask-home

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (bonus points if it’s fresh!)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coffee grounds, used or fresh (product will last longer if they’re fresh)
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 to 4 drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (optional)

 

Instructions:

Combine dry ingredients and stir in coconut oil until entire product has an even glisten.

Stays fresh only a few days, so share with a friend!

 

Source: Chalkboard Mag