FoodTrients: A Recipe for Beauty

We all know by now that the right foods can help us maintain a healthy weight, keep our arteries unclogged, and reduce inflammation. But antioxidant-rich foods also help us to stay beautiful and keep our skin looking youthful and glowing.

Hydrating, collagen-building foods help skin remain smooth and elastic and they also strengthen hair. Foods rich in carotenoids give skin a warm glow and keep the eyes healthy.

Hydrating foods, like oats, rice, cucumbers, mangoes, asparagus, and strawberries, contain silica, a mineral that helps form collagen to keep skin elastic. Silica also strengthens hair and renders it less likely to break or split. Try my skin-friendly Mango Tapioca or my skin-strengthening Strawberry Tofu in my cookbook. Both give a boost of vitamin C, one of my FoodTrients (powerful nutrients that promote health, wellness, and longevity) featured in my recipes.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, flaxseeds, and nuts, are excellent for retaining moisture in skin and hair.  Omega-3 is another essential FoodTrient to add to your beauty diet, as it protects against sun damage and skin aging.

Carrots, pumpkins, squash, kale, spinach, mangoes, papayas, sweet potatoes, and jackfruit are examples of foods rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, which our bodies turn into vitamin A. This vitamin keeps blood circulating well, helps clear blemishes, and keeps eyes and skin moist. Coconut milk helps hydrate the skin while sweet potatoes provide carotenoids, another age-defying FoodTrient.

Lately I’m seeing skin creams with green tea and soy additives in addition to the classic retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A. Vitamin E oil is still sold in pure form for smearing onto skin and painting directly onto nails. Virgin coconut oil has been gaining ground in beauty products and is used in exactly the same way as vitamin E oil. Eggs contain vitamin B and biotin, both of which are good for skin and hair and can be absorbed topically. Anti-aging specialist Dr. Mark Rosenberg suggests applying olive oil to skin and hair for beauty benefits.

A friend of mine named Irina Smirnoff, who is a Beverly Hills facialist, offered to share two of her grandmother’s recipes for healthy hair masks that I like to use. She applies 2 eggs mixed with 5 Tbsp of olive oil to her hair. Then she covers her hair with a shower cap and lets it soak for an hour and a half before washing the mixture out. Another hair mask combines 2 Tbsp of honey with 2 Tbsp of coconut oil (or almond oil). The mixture is massaged into the hair and scalp for serious hydration and shine. She lets that sit under a shower cap for 15 minutes before washing it out.

Above all, for healthy skin remember to wear sunscreen. But if you do get sunburned, slice open an aloe leaf and apply it directly to the burn. I have some growing outside my door right now.



About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
What Do FoodTrients Do?
anti-inflamatory Anti-Inflammatory

Reduces inflammation process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

anti-oxidant Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

immunity-booster Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

mind Mind

Enhancers encourage vibrant skin and hair and improve mood and mental agility.

disease-preventing Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.