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Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready yet? As my husband and I went out for grocery shopping yesterday, we experienced traffic jam on our way and saw that supermarkets were packed with crowds. Obviously, everybody is starting to get busy and exploring ingredients to prepare for the time of the year. Sorry for being a party-pooper here, but this time of the year is also a time for us to potentially overeat and develop poor digestion. We have to specially watch out for that, as we definitely don’t want breakouts as a gift for New Year. Therefore, I have curated for you a list of Christmas color-inspired foods for clear skin as well as holiday tips (fun and practical) to help you spend the holiday safely and happily!
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This is a dish created by Kimberley Snyder, best-selling author of The Beauty Detox Solutions, called “probiotic-boosting polish borscht”. This borscht contains rich nutrients and healthy bacteria, which promotes digestion. Here, I would like to spend some minutes discussing the powerful beets. According to Kimberley, it not only stimulates liver function, but is also a natural colon cleanser. Besides, beets are rich in antioxidants and calcium, iron, magnesium and fiber with a high concentration of A and C. they are also high in folate, which is key for new cell growth and healing. In short, go get some beets!
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- 1 Tbs. + 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
- 1 ½ cups diced yellow onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups minces leeks
- 3 cups diced celery
- 2 ½ cups chopped carrots
- 3 cups peeled raw beets, cut into ½-inch cubes
- 3 ½ Tbs raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- High-quality sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Minced parsley, to garnish
- Heat 1 Tbs. vegetable broth in a large saucepan over low-medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until transparent. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute. Be careful not to brown or burn the onions and garlic. Then add the leeks, celery, carrots and beets. Cook for a few minutes, continuing to stir until the veggies begin to soften.
- Add the remainder of the vegetable broth, bring to the a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the raw apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper, and adjust seasonings.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with some freshly minced parsley. Serve immediately.
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Here comes the avocado dip from All Recipes. I used to make some for my friends; and they all loved it! Avocados, key ingredients in making guacamole, are super nutrient-dense. They contain beautifying vitamins A, C, E and K. Also, they are packed with copper and iron, both of which are mineral constitutes of antioxidant enzymes. Just as Kimberly says: “if you eat avocados often, you will see your skin start to soften and become more supple and youthful.”
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- 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 Tsp. salt
- ½ cup diced onion
- 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 plum tomatoes
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt.
- Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic.
- Stir in cayenne pepper.
- Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
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This delicious treat comes from Mind Body Green, which, as you know, is one of my favorite go-to resources for health and nutrition. What’s interesting is that the developer of this recipe, Carly Morgan Gross, added maca powder. According to her, maca was traditionally “cooked because of some slightly tonic enzymes present in it”, which makes cooking maca powder with only a little heat is good option. She also mentions that, despite of its slightly toxic presence, eating maca powder raw should not have too much negative effect on our health. Maca powder, is listed one of the top 10 natural remedies for women’s health (I think this also applicable to men as well!) by David Wolfe, arguably one of the most influential figures in the raw food world. It is an adaptogen that increases energy, strength and libido; and contains 10% protein and 20 amino acids.
Photo from Carly Morgan Gross
- 2 cups lentils (preferably soaked in water overnight)
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 small sugar pumpkin, peeled
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
- 2 Tbsp. chopped basil
- 2 Tbsp. chopped sage
- 2 Tbsp. maca powder
- 1 tsp. mesquite powder (optional)
- 1 head kale, chopped
- 1/2 tsp (or more) sea salt, pepper, to taste
- Add every ingredient except kale to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover. Keep this on the stove for at least a couple hours. The longer the better to enhance the flavor.
- Add the kale when you are about to serve. Let the soup heat the kale to the point at which it turns just green, approximately three minutes.
- Top your soup with fresh basil and fresh sprouts.
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How can you pin beautiful snowflakes onto your warm dessert? Here comes the solution by Jackie Alpers, award-winning food photographer! Buying premade stencils available at craft stores or online should do the work. Or, just to save some bucks, we can make one stencil on our own by cutting snowflakes out of plan papers or lace. The rest of the work is easy: simply place the stencil over whatever treats we want to decorate, dust with the white and lift the stencil.
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Oh, I’ll have to warn you though. Jackie uses confectioners’ sugar to form the snowflakes. Acne-prone skin is sensitive to sugar, which can trigger hormone imbalance and lead to acne. Personally, I would use coconut flakes as a healthier alternative.
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This is another brilliant creation by Jackie Alpers. Love this idea! Simple pour a small amount of eggnog into a shallow bowl, dip the mugs, twirl the mugs in another bowl filled with sprinkles, and turn upright. At last, let dry. While Jackie recommends filling with eggnog afterwards, I believe we can seek for healthier options. How about almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk? Since eggnog is a drink made of egg, milk, sugar, spices and alcohol, it may suggest potential breakouts and dry skin. I feel that it is safe to seek alternatives.
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That’s all for now. Let’s be determined to eat for clear skin and together spend a colorful, happy and nourishing holiday with our loved ones! Here’s a bonus for you – one of my favorite YouTube girls singing All I Want for Christmas is You. See you next time, folks. Merry Christmas. XOXO
- Red dish by Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Foods
- Green dish from All Recipes
- Golden dish from Mind Body Green
- Snowflakes inspiration from Food Network
- Glittering design from Food Network
- Living MaxWell