Even though mascara, a splash of lip gloss and a killer LBD can’t hurt, we all know that beauty really comes from the inside out. In her latest book Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin, former model and beauty and skincare expert Elizabeth TenHouten explains the significance of nourishing our bodies with antioxidants in order to achieve gorgeous radiating skin.
A cross between The Secret and Rachel Ray’s 30-Minute Meals, Cooking Well stresses the importance of “positive, beautiful, peaceful thoughts” and simple speedy antioxidant rich recipes for the ultimate complexion. According to TenHouten, antioxidants are imperative to prevent free radicals, the reactive chemicals that attack molecules and cause aging. Because the human body is incapable of making antioxidants, it’s up to us to take charge and properly nurture ourselves. Fruits and vegetables are the best source for antioxidants, and are consequently the foundation for the 75+ recipes in TenHouten’s book.
Perfect for the gal on the go, most of the recipes require little cooking and just preparing, like the Fancy Yogurt (plain yogurt, berries, fruit and granola) or the Frozen Grape Treat (frozen grapes). Other recipes are slightly more involved like the Rib-Eye on Cauliflower or Dover Sole with Carrot-Ginger Puree, but still manageable for those who typically use the stove for sweaters.
One of the best features in Cooking Well, however, is the chapter of Antioxidant Beauty Bytes, quick tips and secrets on how to enhance your skin. TenHouten shares that apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner, ground sunflower seeds can help exfoliate and other quirky beauty tidbits.
Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin is $12.50 and can be purchased at www.amazon.com.
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