If there's one thing we're captivated by, it's glowing skin and vibrant, well, vibes! There is no quick fix, no one recipe that will cure you of a skin complaint or instantly transform how you feel; instead it's about commitment to a balanced, healthy diet throughout the year that makes self-care a priority. That's why celebs' wellness rituals are so captivating. They know that boosting collagen production (and getting oodles of energy) truly starts with small daily superfood additions that soon become second nature.
Fibrous protein, fruits, and veg are the secret after all to a lit-from-within glow and powerful shifts in perspective—not to mention shiny hair, strong nails, and even healthy digestion. Which all make for an intriguing set of new possibilities. Who says you can't eat your way to radiance and a strong sense of self?
Jessica Biel's Instagram feed shows she's all about the balanced life and completely in tune with her body. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biel revealed which foods made her feel less than sexy. "Honestly, I just feel better when I don't have gluten or dairy," she said. "My digestion is better, I feel better, and I have more energy." Take a cue from Mrs. Timberlake and her fave inflammation-reducing pancakes, and try these fluffy banana paleo beauties. Biel said, "paleo pancake mix is a staple at her house" and almond butter is her hotcake topping of choice. A gal after our very own heart...
For last year's X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn had to get in to fighting shape, inside and out, and turned to an 80 percent raw, 20 percent anything else way of eating. "She tried to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible," said her trainer Karime Lemieux in an interview with Elle magazine. The 20 percent afforded Munn the freedom to eat her favorite things (like Cheetos), key to any balanced diet! We love Australia's food and lifestyle maven Donna Hay's superfood and veg-heavy Spinach Crepes With Goat's Curd + Zucchini. Plus, we're sure Olivia would totally dig them too.
Gwyneth is a fan of golden milk aka turmeric lattes with a stamp of approval on the actress' lifestyle site Goop. But fans (like mbg's senior food editor, Liz Moody) swear they're not drinking them because they want to appear A-list—they live by the eggnog-like beverage's medicinal properties. "Turmeric and its primary component, curcumin, are profoundly healing. As a potent anti-inflammatory, it's brilliant for managing chronic pain, while the actual root of turmeric can also help with depression and protecting the liver from oxidative stress." Here at mbg, we love to make ours with freshly ground turmeric, coconut oil, honey, black pepper (to make the curcumin more bioavailable to the body), grated ginger, and warm almond milk. Nom, nom...
Sprouted Chia Pudding
The Scandal superstar has been vocal about her red capet purse essentials; namely snacks AND lots of them. "Award shows are really long so I have some dried fruit and sprouted seeds in my bag. I'm big on sprouted seeds, almonds, whole foods. I get hungry," she told Elle magazine. "Sprouted foods are suddenly everywhere," says Liz. But what does it mean if something is sprouted? "The process simply involves submerging nuts, seeds, and legumes in water for 12 to 24 hours." At mbg's most recent cookbook club, My New Roots blogger Sarah Britton explained, "When you soak (something), you're initiating the growing process and awakening the nutrition." Thyroid expert and mbg class instructor Fern Olivia's hormone balancing sprouted chia pud takes the trend next level...
Camu Camu Powder
The camu berry is one of the world's most abundant sources of vitamin C—an orange cowers in comparison (camu has about 60 times more vitamin C per serving). The Amazonian rain forest berry also contains potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids, and powerful phytochemicals, all crucial for happy brains and healthy glows. A-list holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman (who counts Kate Hudson among her fans) spikes her clear skin smoothies with the potent powder. Or get fruity and try Liz's epic breakfast bomb, which is essentially camu camu powder sprinkled on bite-size orange chunks. How easy is that!
As much mispronounced—and enjoyed—as the caipirinha, acai is native to Brazil and their juicy version of inside-out beauty. Make like supermodel, athlete, and activist Karlie Kloss (whose DIY one looks totally delish), and add in the antioxidant-rich fruit grown in the rain forest to your brekkie bowl. The deep-purple berry mash can be topped in myriad ways, giving you a chance to add color and get creative. Here's a scrumptious recipe to get you started. Play on.