Elizabeth TenHouten is like a sweet little drink of inspiration and I love her. I got on the phone with Elizabeth to chat about her soon to be released book, Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin, and I found a woman that was absolutely the whole package. Her enthusiasm is instantly contagious and her generosity of spirit is energizing. I wish that all of my readers could have a conversation with this enthusiastic, charming, and inspired lovely lady. The tone of her voice sounds like she’s doing very well and wants you to be doing well, too. Bottom line, if she’s in town…buy the ticket!
Elizabeth TenHouten is on a quest to redefine beauty and I’m all ears. If you were on the receiving end of our conversation, as I was, you would be too. She talks about nourishing ourselves from the inside out with enthusiasm and love. I was hooked from moment one. Elizabeth talks about antioxidants with more passion than I can explain and she makes pomegranates sound like they should be on your Christmas list…and every other list for that matter. Antioxidant power! This is a lady who loves her antioxidants and really wants you to know how to incorporate them into your diet so that you can have beautiful skin and great health.
Elizabeth’s book, Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin, will be released on November 29th and will be available at Barnes & Noble, as well as Amazon.com. I will definitely be purchasing a copy for myself. Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin is packed with over 75 antioxidant-rich recipes, that will help you to keep your skin looking radiant. Also, one of my favorite things about this book are what Elizabeth calls “Beauty Bytes”. Elizabeth’s “Beauty Bytes” are simple, natural and easy skincare tips that you can do at home to help improve the quality of your skin.
I asked Elizabeth a few questions about her skincare favorites.
Elizabeth’s favorite skincare products are: La Prairie Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Sun Cream SPF 30, Coppertone Waterproof Sunscreen SPF 45 for body and face, and Nivea Shaving Gel for men. She says it “works great and has no fragrance”. But what I loved most about Elizabeth’s favorite products is that she included olive oil on her list. She loves using olive oil for shaving her legs. I can’t wait to try that!
Elizabeth’s favorite spa: Aida Thibiant European Day Spa in Beverly Hills.
Elizabeth’s favorite spa treatment: Deep tissue massage. “I’m little but I can handle deep tissue and it’s great for releasing toxins”.
How does Elizabeth pamper her skin: “I do my facials at home. I steam my face over hot water to get the toxins out. I do it weekly. It’s so relaxing. It’s totally free and great for your skin”.
After having discussed Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin, I asked Elizabeth if she could add 5-10 items to my grocery list, what would they be? (I have to tell you, during our phone interview I was in Los Angeles and Elizabeth was in New York. But when I asked her what she would add to my grocery list, she was so passionate about it that I came dangerously close to asking her to fly to LA to go grocery shopping with me. There was NO way she was only going to list 5 items. She‘s way too passionate about this topic and I love it.)
Elizabeth’s Grocery List for me:
-Rainbow Carrots: High in vitamin A, great for acne, they’re sweet and you can juice them.
- Fish: (especially salmon) Omega 3 fatty acids!
- Berries: Pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Antioxidant berries! Add them to your yogurt, granola and drizzle with honey.
- Honey: It’s an anti-inflammatory
- Organic lemons: She suggests squeezing them onto salads and including them in your tuna fish. They’re anti-bacterial, very cleansing and good for your liver. Great for the wellness of your skin!
- Whole Grains: Nuts, seeds, sprouts. Iron! Great for dark circles under your eyes.
- Goji Berries: Powerful antioxidants! She suggests adding them to mixed nuts if they are too bitter for your taste.
- Dark Chocolate: Yes! Antioxidant!
- Brita Water Filter: Elizabeth adds “Water is the true drink of the Gods. We need to hydrate”.
- Coconut Oil: “You can eat it and it’s a moisturizer. Also, you can add it to sea salt and use it as a body scrub.”
Love her list!
I can’t wait to get a copy of Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin. The parts of the book that I was given to read were fabulous and after my conversation with Elizabeth, I look forward to reading every page of what she has written.
Below, I’ve included one of Elizabeth’s healthy recipes, compliments of Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin. Enjoy and be well!
What could be prettier than tuna on a bed of purple-red radicchio leaves and ruby red pomegranate seeds? Many stores carry pomegranate seeds in their fresh produce section. If seeding them yourself, wear an old shirt or an apron to protect your clothes, and latex or rubber gloves to keep your hands from turning magenta. Use a plastic cutting board as pomegranates will stain wood. The pomegranate seeds can stain the grout on your counter, too.
1 medium pomegranate
1 (6 ounce) can chunk white tuna in water
4 Radicchio leaves
¼ cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon chives, chopped
Lemon wedge for garnish
Using a sharp knife cut the pomegranate into two or three pieces. With the sea of ruby red seeds facing away from you, use your thumbs to push the pomegranate pieces inside out, away from
you, toward a bowl. Once the pomegranate is ‘popped-out,’ simply pick off the seeds.
Place radicchio leaves on a plate. Flake tuna with a fork and place inside radicchio. Sprinkle with almonds, pomegranate seeds, and chives. Garnish with lemon wedge and serve.