A skin-saving smoothie bowl… featuring Dragonfruit, strawberries & kiwis



Hello lovelies!

Now that it’s spring, we are super excited to incorporate a wide variety of fresh fruits into our diet again, and what better way to do so than through a gorgeous smoothie bowl? Today’s Beauty Eats post features a quick way to drink in your antioxidants, plus get some added probiotics! Here are their beauty benefits…



Strawberries: Providing one of the best sources of Vitamin C, strawberries are at the top of our beauty foods chart. This little berry has soothing capabilities as well – all the more reason to add them to your smoothie!

Kiwis: Did you know that kiwis contain 5x more Vitamin C and 8x more Vitamin E, than an equivalent amount of orange? Vitamin C provides super antioxidant power and vitamin E aids in cellular repair.

Dragon Fruit: Rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus, this super fruit also helps reduce bad cholesterol. The fresh watery sweetness of this fruit is also perfect for spring and summer months!

Probiotic Greek Yogurt: If you suffer from skin sensitivities, recent studies have shown consuming probiotics can strengthen the skin barrier, resulting in skin that’s more resilient against potential irritants. The Chinese believe nurturing gut health is the best way to ensure healthy complexions.

Soy Milk: Soy milk contains all nine essential amino acids, which your body needs to assemble new proteins, necessary for immune function and cell energy. It is also rich in B-vitamins, a requirement for healthy, youthful skin.

hydrate mi beauty tea: Green rooibos contains nine different types of skin-aging fighting flavonoids and essential electrolytes to hydrate from within. Goji berries are rich in Vitamin C, necessary for collagen production.

Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium, which regulates the water content in skin cells. If your skin feels particularly parched, it may be due to insufficient potassium levels. The best thing to do is reach for a banana!

Dragon Fruit Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
 
Servings: 3 – 4
Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:
● 2 cups frozen strawberries
● 1/2 cup cubed kiwi
● 1/2 cup cubed dragon fruit
● 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
● 1 cup soy milk
● 1/2 cup hydrate mi beauty tea
● 2 ripe bananas
● 1/2 cup ice

Directions:
1. Steep 1 tsp of MIYU’s hydrate mi beauty tea in 1/2 cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
2. Add all ingredients, including the steeped tea, into the blender, and blend until smooth.
3. Garnish with fresh fruits and/or granola. Enjoy!



Be sure to let us know how your smoothie bowl turns out in the comments section below!

March 27, 2017   0 Comments

Tea Story


 
It is funny how I did not come to appreciate the beauty, art and health benefits of tea until I got much older. Perhaps it wasn’t until my skin took a turn for the worse in my mid-20’s – during an exhilarating time working in the Big Apple and testing countless beauty products as a beauty product developer – that I re-examined my health + lifestyle habits a bit more closely. Like many 20 year olds, I took my healthy complexion for granted. After suffering from bouts of hives and eczema, I was desperate to find a solution that would return my skin back to normal. The advantage of working for other beauty brands as a product developer was that I was constantly reading and doing research about skin health. I knew that if I wanted a chance of regaining a healthy complexion back, I needed a solution that extended beyond just a topical approach. Turning back to my roots, I realized I did not have to look too far – the health beverage consumed for centuries by my ancestors was right under my nose – TEA. I found myself fascinated by all the different varieties of teas and all their associated benefits. Today, I thought I would share with you some of my early findings. Here are just some of tea’s possible health benefits, cited from a growing number of studies:
 
● reduces risks of certain cancers
● improves cardiovascular health
● helps with weight loss (lowers cholesterol)
● strengthens immune system
● and…. LAST BUT NOT LEAST — improves skin and complexion!!
 
I am a strong believer that great skin comes not only from good quality skincare, but also from a healthy lifestyle and a stress-free state-of-mind. Drinking tea, in my opinion, is an effortless way to achieve both of the latter points. Infused with vitamins, minerals and potent antioxidants, tea is one of the easiest ways to enhance your overall health.
 
Here are some of my key insights:
Spend a little more for a good quality cup of tea. While the generic tea bags that you can purchase in your local grocery store may be convenient, you will not get the full health benefits of tea if you are purchasing the mass tea bag varieties. Mass tea bag varieties typically contain older tea leaves that have already lost many of its nutritional benefits. More specifically, mass tea bags contain fannings (as opposed to full leafs), which are fine siftings leftover after larger tea leaves have been removed. While fannings allow for shorter steeping times and provide immediate and intense flavor, the flavors do not actually bloom in the same way loose leaf teas do, and as a result taste fairly flat. Good quality teas are picked from the youngest shoots, which contain the full flavor profile and contain the maximum amount of nutrients. Treat yourself to a good loose leaf tea. Note: When I created MIYU’s beauty teas, I wanted not only to use premium leaves, but I also wanted the convenience of sachets. Why choose when you can treat yourself to the luxury of both?
 
Teas contain 2 or 3 times less caffeine than coffee. I know you have heard those rumors that coffee contains less caffeine than tea, but that is simply not true. Think about it this way, have you ever felt jittery after a strong cup of coffee? I’ll bet you have never felt that way drinking tea. Tea gives you an overall lift in energy and increased mental alertness. It does not have the same heart-pounding, eye-popping, stimulating effects that a strong cup of coffee has, which can leave you with an unpleasant caffeine crash once it wears off.
 
Teas are rich in flavonoids and catechin polyphenols which have an abundance of antioxidant properties. Due to its radical-scavenging abilities, antioxidants protect against cell damage and have detoxifying effects on the body. Research has shown that regular tea drinkers (people who drink 2 or more cups a day) “have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and they recover from heart attacks faster” (WebMD). And of course, since antioxidants are the most sought after group of ingredients in skincare, tea may also have anti-aging benefits for the skin.
 
Select the tea for your specific concern. If you have aggravated skin, peppermint tea may be the choice for you. According to Phytotherapy Research, animals that were given peppermint demonstrated a relaxation effect in their gastrointestinal (GI) tissue [1]. Issues with your GI tract are frequently linked to problematic skin – think inflammation + breakouts! We love our de-stress mi beauty tea for this reason! If you are concerned about parched complexions, you may want to select a tea with red or green rooibos. Rooibos, an African red-bush tea, is naturally high in electrolytes, therefore helping to hydrate the body from within. Rich in flavonoids, rooibos provides incredible antioxidant activity, necessary to scavenge age-accelerating free radicals. Our hydrate mi beauty tea boasts all the benefits associated with green rooibos and the aromatic snow pear essence makes the tea unbelievably divine. Definitely one of our favourite beauty brews!
 
Drink the tea that you fancy. With so many varieties, blends and flavors, feel free to choose the tea that you enjoy. The fact of the matter is: all teas contain flavonoids and they will ALL provide you with antioxidant benefits. Let’s be real – you will not receive health benefits from something that you refuse to drink! Whether you prefer earthy, woody blends, a bouquet of fragrant florals, or a concoction of sweet, exotic fruits, make sure you select the flavors that tickle your fancy.
 
Pinkies up lovelies, and cheers to healthy, beautiful skin!
 

 
1. McKay DL, Blumberg JB. A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha Piperita L). Phytotherapy Research (serial online) 2006; June 12.

September 30, 2015   0 Comments

Happy Birthday MIYU! Celebrating 2 years of Healthy Skin!

 

Hooray! We’re 2 today! How quickly the past two years has gone since we officially launched our MIYU Beauty e-boutique.

 

We’re delighted to be celebrating our second birthday today and even more honoured to have you on this beautiful journey with us as we continue to help busy women and men like yourself, achieve gorgeous, healthy complexions with lasting results.

 

We’re proud to have achieved some incredible MIYU milestones in the last year…..

 

October 2014: WINNING BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH at the Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards

November 2014: FEATURED IN NOVEMBER ISSUE OF CHATELAINE spotlighting our founder, Connie and the concept behind MIYU

December 2014: FEATURED IN HEALTH MAGAZINE’S HOLIDAY ISSUE under their Gift Guide “Give Bliss”.

February 2015: LAUNCHED MIYU IN HONG KONG with Hong Kong’s first blow dry bar – Airplay

July 2015: FEATURED IN PEOPLE EN ESPAGNOL’S JULY ISSUE in their tea segment “La Hora del Te”

August 2015: FEATURED IN FLARE’S AUGUST ISSUE in their article on “Drinkable Skincare”

 

A big thank you for all your love and support these past two fulfilling years. May we celebrate many more years of healthy skin with you!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. We have a surprise giveaway on INSTAGRAM. Head on over to see how you can WIN A SUPER CUTE MIYU Beauty prize! Plus, for a limited time only, all you lovelies will be gifted with an adorable petite + portable beauty essence mini with every purchase on our e-boutique. Ends 09/01/15.

 

August 31, 2015   0 Comments

Yummy Zucchini Chips sans the Guilt!

 

Welcome to another edition of Beauty Eats!

 

Today, we’ll be featuring a recipe from my dear friend, Nicole.  I worked with Nicole years ago, while I was developing beauty products for Bliss in New York City – we’ve been friends ever since!  Not only is Nicole quirky, funny and an all-around cutie, having worked in the beauty industry for more than a decade, she certainly knows what’s good for your skin.  Today, she’s going to be sharing her Zucchini Chips recipe with us.

 

So, without further ado…here’s Nicole!

 

Even though I LOVE food, I’m not exactly what you would call a “foodie.”  In fact, I’m quite particular in the types of foods I like – of which, I make it a personal mission to seek out only the best.   Once I’ve found it, I believe everyone should LOVE it just as much as I do (or at least in my mind)!

 

So, got the munchies but trying to be healthy? I must admit, I really enjoy foods that aren’t good for me, which is why I’m constantly searching for foods/recipes that are healthier, but still taste quite good.  Let’s face it, my bootcamp classes can’t bare the entire burden of my unhealthier snack choices.  Gotta create balance somehow, right?

 

About a month ago, I had to go on this 30 day cleanse where I had to eliminate EVERYTHING from my diet – dairy, wheat, sugar, fruit, alcohol, and anything that ferments.  I literally thought I was going to starve for 30 days, but I survived, and found some new favourite healthy foods to add to my post 30 day torture!

 

The following Zucchini Chips recipe is one of them.  They’re gluten free, dairy free and low carb – not to mention the amazing beauty benefits from the ingredients…I know right?  The coating also works for chicken as well  – anyone else grow up on shake and bake??

 

Serves 4
Ingredients:
1/4 cup ground almonds
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fat-free milk or 1 egg
2 1/2 cups (1/4 inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
Cooking spray

 

 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425F. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

 

 

Step 2: Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk and dredge in dry mixture.

 


 

Step 3: Place coated slices on an oven proof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425F for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.
 

 


 


 

Zucchini: Zucchinis are high in dietary fiber, which is necessary for optimal intestinal health (and thus, skin health).  Vitamins C and A work to provide antioxidant and skin-soothing benefits. Zucchinis also contain manganese, which has the ability to augment levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful free-radical scavenging enzyme.  SOD has been used extensively in skincare as a powerful anti-aging ingredient.  Manganese also facilitates the production of proline, the amino acid that promotes the production of collagen, to help build stronger, more resilient skin.

 

Almonds: Did you know that almonds are considered one of the most ‘nutritionally-dense’ nuts?  Yup, with flavonoids and skin-healing Vitamin E, you’ll be happy they made their way into this yummy snack!

 

Milk: We all know milk “does a body good” because it helps strengthen bones.  However, did you know that it also contributes to smooth skin and a stronger immune system?  Brimming with Vitamins A, B, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, milk will literally nourish complexions from the inside out.

 

I’ve been making these zucchini chips everyday since I discovered them!  Now I’m not saying they are an exact replacement for chips, but they are a great option for when you want that salty crunch sans the guilt!  Cut thinly for more of a chip-like crunch.  These make a great snack for when the girls come over to watch The Voice.  What can I say – it’s just not in me to eat unhealthy snacks when Usher and the sexiest man alive are in my living room!

 

I hope you like these guilt-free chips as much as I do! #newfoodcrush – ok maybe #newsnackcrush!

 

April 2, 2014   0 Comments

5 Ways to Put some Pizzazz into your Hydration

 

 

Hello MIYU-ettes!

 

So back when I was blogging for Chronicles of a Beauty Nerd, my friend Divya and I collaborated on a segment we called Beauty Eats.  How does “beauty” and “eating” come together, you ask?  My belief has always been that healthy skin starts from within.  By incorporating skin-nourishing ingredients into your every day diet, you can bolster the effects of the skincare products you slather on every day.  But how can we do this in a way that is enjoyable and therefore ultimately sustainable?  That’s where Divya comes in.  Divya is a true talent when it comes to concocting healthy yet delicious recipes.  Not only is she an amazing food stylist, but she is also now studying holistic nutrition.  I always turn to her for nutrition advice and ideas on how to make healthy foods more fun!  Now she is sharing all her food-related goodness on her new website, The Whole and Happy Life – so be sure to check it out!

 

Although I am no longer blogging for Chronicles of a Beauty Nerd (MIYU and baby have kept my hands more than full), I never wanted Beauty Eats to end.  I always knew I wanted to migrate Beauty Eats to the MIYU blog so that we can continue to share beauty-related recipes HERE, with all of you.  Well ladies and gents, I think now is the time!  Spring is fast approaching (next week to be exact) marking the season for new beginnings – a great time to jumpstart into a healthy lifestyle.  So be honest with me now… during this long, cold, dry winter – how many of you have been religiously consuming 6-8 glasses of water a day?  Remember that we need this daily dose of H2O to keep our skin hydrated and flush away unwanted toxins that can wreak havoc on our complexions. But yes, I know – downing 8 glasses of water may seem a bit boring at times (Note: this is the reason we created our hydrate mi beauty tea). But teas aside, how about a couple of ideas to give your water a flavorful boost with naturally-added antioxidants?  Here are several recipes Divya created last year for our Beauty Eats segment – all without adding any artificial flavors and sugar:

 

1. Green tea and lime

Preparation: Brew some good quality green tea for a few minutes (as specified on the package) and chill overnight. In the morning, mix a little lime juice and agave nectar (if desired).

 

2. Fruity herbal tea and frozen strawberries

Preparation: Brew some fruity herbal tea for a few minutes (as specified on the package) and allow to chill completely. Add frozen strawberries.

Note: If you’re taking this to work, I suggest using a glass flask. Stainless steel might alter the flavour of the tea.

 

3. Cucumber, ginger and lemon water

If you’re looking for something a little more refreshing than tea, just add cucumber slices, a small piece of ginger and some lemon juice to filtered water.  Add ice if desired.

 

4. Fruit juice and sparkling water

Preparation: Mix one part fruit juice (choose a brand that is made of 100% fruit juice like Ceres) and three parts sparkling water.

Note: Don’t try this with orange juice. It ends up tasting like watered down Orangina! This recipe works well with more fruity juices such as lychee, guava, pomegranate and mixed fruit juices.

 

5. Grape water

Preparation: Wash and cut a few handfuls of seedless white grapes in half. Freeze overnight. In the morning, pour some water into a jug or flask (if you’re taking this to work) and add a little lemon juice. Drink up after a few hours. The flavour of the grapes will infuse the water with a slightly fruity aroma. Delicious! Don’t forget to eat the grapes at the end!

 

 

 

We will be posting more Beauty Eats recipes here on the MIYU blog going forward.  So tell me, MIYU-ettes – what kind of recipes would you like to see?

 

March 17, 2014   0 Comments

MIYU is featured on Divya Yadava’s Magazine!

We are beyond excited to share with you our first press coverage about Connie Tai {MIYU’s founder}, how she came up with the MIYU concept and a sweet little recipe made with one of MIYU’s beauty teas!

 

MIYU is proud to make our first appearance on Divya Yadava’s Magazine, the Fall/Winter 2012 issue. Our talented friend, Divya Yadava, is a culinary maven and an incredible food photographer.  Because we are firm believers of achieving beauty from within, we have partnered up with Divya to create a beauty-approved dessert – a Layered Tea-infused Pudding with Pears and Goji-Raspberry Sauce.  It’s delish!

 

Below are our featured pages in the magazine.  It may be a little hard to read, but we have also included Divya’s full e-magazine at the end of this post (look for our pages 115-118).  And don’t forget to flip through the rest of her magazine for more amazing holiday recipe ideas… let the holiday cooking begin!

 


 


 

 

 

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November 7, 2012   0 Comments