Healthy Snack: Jicama Fries Edition

jicamaSnacking is the biggest downfall of most diets and healthy eating plans! It’s so hard to turn down a delicious snack, especially when it’s something like french fries! Here at East West Essentials we love finding recipes that give us what we’re craving, in a healthy way! Today we’ll share our copycat french fry recipe, using jicama! Read More »

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Beauty Benefits of Peppermint Oil

‘Tlargeis the season for all things peppermint! Plenty of us take in peppermint on a daily basis (or at least the gum chewers of the world do), but there’s plenty that the minty ingredient can do for you besides freshen up your breath and sweeten up your holidays. In oil form, peppermint is a fantastic moisturizer, plus it can normalize your body’s natural oil production on your skin and scalp. When it comes to the skin, peppermint helps to increase blood flow, working to brighten and even out skin tone.

So it should come as no shock that peppermint works as an amazing ingredient in your daily beauty regimen and today we’ll highlight five of its’ beauty benefits. Read More »

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Thanksgiving Beauty Benefits: Sweet Potatoes

sweetpotatoesWhen it comes to health and beauty benefits, sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious. They contain Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and vitamins A, B, C, K and E. Sweet potato is considered an excellent source of health-promoting compounds known as beta-carotene and anthocyanin. Beta-carotene is known to reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and cataracts. Anthocyanin fights pigmentation and provides anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. Vitamin A, B and C have antioxidant properties that help in fighting against damage (like premature aging) caused by free radicals.

Just what to do you do with the leftover (uncooked!) sweet potatoes after Thanksgiving when you can’t possibly eat any more of them? Here are seven things you can do with sweet potatoes for beauty! Read More »

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Thanksgiving Favorites: Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

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This week we’re sharing our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the East West Essentials clinic. Second in this series is our holistic nutritionist Heather Wilson’s delicious Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes. She says that these go so quick at parties, she has to make two batches!  Read More »

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Thanksgiving Beauty Benefits: Cranberries

cranberriesWhen you think cranberries, you probably think of cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving and maybe even scones or juices. What you should be thinking about is your skin! Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and are not only great at helping to prevent diseases, but they are also excellent when applied topically to our skin to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent any signs of skin damage. Let’s take a look at the top beauty benefits!

Organic unsweetened cranberry juice is a natural acne treatment due to its anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce itching and irritation acne causes. The high levels of Vitamin C in cranberries also help to improve skin tone and shrink pimples. Another benefit, due to the their acidity, cranberries help prevent oily skin, reducing a major cause of acne.

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Thanksgiving Favorites: Mini Apple Pies (gluten free)

image (14)This week we’ll share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the East West Essentials clinic. Starting the series is a Wilson family favorite, they make these mini apple pies for every holiday. Trust me, they are delicious! Check out the recipe and try it for yourself! Read More »

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Thanksgiving Beauty Benefits: Pumpkins

pumpkins3Nothing says Thanksgiving like a side dish loaded with pumpkin goodness and of course, a pumpkin pie. Luckily, pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and minerals that not only provide several health benefits, but also promote healthy skin and hair. Here’s a few of the goodies you can get from pumpkins:

Vitamin C: Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to protect skin from free radical damage like wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin C also helps to promote collagen production, which can improve skin tone and elasticity over time.

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The Beauty Benefits of Eggplant


eggplant2Eggplant is well recognized as a low-calorie, nutritious vegetable but you may be surprised to know that eggplant carries loads of beauty benefits too. Whether eaten or used externally on your body, eggplant is a universal application for beauty and well as health. Everywhere that the eggplant has gone, from early beginnings in Asia to the Middle East and Turkey to Europe, Russia, and Australia and the United States, this vegetable has served as a natural remedy used by health practitioners as well as by our ancestors. Today we’ll talk about the skin and hair benefits of eggplant.

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White Bean Kale Soup

We’re going vegan with this one! Here’s our East West Essentials vegan take on a classic recipe. Yum!

White Bean Kale Soup 

Yield: 3 Quarts

 Ingredients:

  • 3 cups onion, diced
  • 2 cups celery (including the green tops), diced
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS ginger, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 6 cups Kabocha Read More »
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Six Amazing Facts About Avocados

avocado-foodAvocados are an awesome food. They’re loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet, they are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and… last but not least, taste incredible. Avocados are a unique type of fruit. While most fruit consists primarily of carbs, avocados are high in healthy fats which have beneficial effects on numerous aspects of health and beauty. And while the benefits are vast, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 6. Read More »

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