Love to read? Me too! This time of year, I especially love reading books to get ideas on healthful practices such as exercise, great recipes and beauty ideas. There are so many wonderful ones out there!
The three below are my current favorites:
Mindful Beauty: How to Look and Feel Great in Every Season by Estelle Lefébure ($19.99 USD) — A life in the spotlight can make it harder still to weather the passing of time, but Estelle Lefébure—former supermodel and French wellness sensation—has discovered the secret. French women reportedly have great genes, but model Estelle Lefébure divulges how they really maintain their fantastic natural looks. Her positive outlook inspires, and she offers a simple, enjoyable path to well-being and looking fabulous forever. Easy, step-by-step natural health and beauty tips provide a holistic and mindful philosophy for every season.
In the springtime, invigorate dry skin with a DIY body scrub while toning up for outdoor activities. Go green once a week with a vegetable-stock detox. When summer comes, protect skin and hair with nourishing homemade masks. A glorious Indian summer is the perfect time to think about transformations; slow down and try out her massage techniques. Once fall settles in, focus on breathing—sip Provence-inspired infusions of sunbaked thyme to open up your airways. And then keep toasty warm all winter long, wrapped in a cozy flannel blanket or cashmere scarf. Each chapter offers tips for beauty,nutrition, and fitness activities as well as natural remedies and gluten-free recipes from top French chefs to guide you throughout the year.
300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix Spring 2017 by Robin Asbell ($24.95 USD) — If you are looking for a way to eat real, whole foods but find yourself short on time, a Vitamix® is the answer. It’s a convenient and nearly instant way to get those servings of fruits and vegetables that many of us skip, with minimal manual chopping. And grinding your own flour is incredibly easy in the Vitamix®, allowing you to mix up bread, pancakes or muffins with flour that’s at its peak of freshness, for maximum flavor and nutrition, instead of buying flours that were ground months ago.
Robin has created an extensive collection of tantalizing and innovative recipes that will help you get the most out of this exceptional appliance. You can create a wide range of delicious dishes, from nutritious breakfasts and sumptuous soups to fresh sauces, dips, spreads and the increasingly popular nut butters, not to mention desserts that will have you reaching for seconds. And no Vitamix® cookbook would be complete without a chapter on nutritious baby foods. There is even a bonus chapter on skin
treatments, scrubs, masks and lotions.
Robin also includes useful information about your appliance, from the differences among the different series to tips and techniques that demonstrate how you can turn your Vitamix® into an invaluable workhorse in your home kitchen.
Purchase at Amazon and other great stores.
The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty by Chrystle Fiedler andSunny Subramanian ($24.95 USD) — Want to look gorgeous without Mama Earth or animals paying the price? Well, now you can, with this go-to resource for making lush, yummy beauty products from scratch in your own kitchen.
Part DIY vegan beauty how-to and part self-improvement manifesto, this book will show you how to whip up luxurious, cruelty-free (and gluten-free) makeup, skin and hair products with natural ingredients for just pennies per treatment.
The recipes are super fun and convenient and they give you complete control over what goes on your skin: only the purest ingredients with no nasty chemicals, additives or preservatives.
What are you reading right now? Leave a comment and let me know!