FP Awakenings: Awaken with Food

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This week, consider the power of nutrition to shape your day from its start…

This is the second in a 4-part series about awakening with beauty by Jolene Hart, health coach and author of the Eat Pretty book series.

The choices you make as you start each day are some of the most impactful regarding your beauty and health. Your morning routine — including thoughts, movement, nutrition and self-care — sets the tone for your entire day.

This week, consider the power of nutrition to shape your day from its start. Does your choice of breakfast impact the other decisions you make around food for the rest of the day? Absolutely. Fueling your body well by stabilizing your blood sugar with a breakfast that includes clean protein and healthy fats makes you less likely to reach for sweets, refined carbs and caffeine throughout the day. And eating that breakfast meal within 90 mins of waking also helps ensure that you don’t experience an AM energy crash. Of course, your breakfast also provides key building blocks for your beauty. Without proper nutrition, your body can’t perform its beautifying tasks of repairing damage, detoxifying, defending against free radicals, and maintaining your glow. So make the most of your morning to give your body the best possible beauty fuel. Try this skin-friendly autumn beauty breakfast tomorrow:

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Spiced ‘Skin Glow’ Smoothie

This antioxidant-packed smoothie delivers the protein and healthy fats necessary to stabilize your blood sugar in the morning, while also targeting your skin’s seasonal need for extra healing and repair with beta carotene-rich pumpkin, squash or sweet potato.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (try coconut, almond or hemp)

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin, sweet potato or winter squash puree

1/2 banana

1 serving plant-based protein powder (1 to 2 scoops)

1/4 cup raw pecans

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp blackstrap molasses (optional)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.

BIO:

Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based health coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. Her coaching and Eat Pretty book series teaches women to use nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out.

Text, images and recipes © Jolene Hart. All rights reserved.

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