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Beauty & Beyond: Spring Beauty Finds

You are what you eat--a novel concept that I really don’t think has ever escaped us. But can food actually help you with your beauty routine? According to Kimberly Snyder it can. And no, I don't mean slathering your face with smooshed avo. Although that can be a delightfully hydrating masque.In her new book,The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful Youthis top celebrity nutritionist and beauty expert shares her Hollywood program that keeps her clientele (think new mom Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson and mom-to-be Fergie) in red-carpet shape. Eating and being beautiful? You have my attention, Kimberly.

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The book begins with a section on her program principles for detox eating. She gives you tips on how you can free up energy and lose weight by changing the way you eat (e.g., more raw foods, fewer animal products, daily green smoothies, giving up dairy. That last one will be hard change for me to swallow.

Then she has a glossary of a ton beauty super foods that can help you to beautify your being. Discover how you can get wrinkle-free skin through pears or softer skin popping walnuts. For silkier hair, crunch on carrots, radishes and pumpkin seeds (a favorite of the Native American in the 1800s who boasted strong jet black shiny locks). Brighten up your eyes with blueberries and get rid of undereye bags by snacking on some celery. And I’m intrigued by the thought of cellulite busting ingredients like cilantro, buckwheat and parsley. Each section has a thorough breakdown of what each item has and what it does for you. Very handy, very easy to understand, very easy to apply.

Here's the fun part – she gives you over 85 recipes to turn your meals into quick fix beauty regimens. There's a raw falafel for soft skin, a Polish borscht for bright eyes, and cumin chili chickpea burgers for cellulite reduction. I’m obsessed with the Italian Eggplant Caponata (page 222), a vinegary all-veggie dish that I keep in the fridge to snack on. The apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are great for clear skin and the celery for eliminating undereye dark circles. The eggplant? Well, that just tastes great. And a smile is beautiful.

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