Valentine’s Day Brunch – Recipes


This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. If the key to your sweetheart’s heart is through his/her stomach, make a delectable, home cooked brunch that screams I LOVE YOU!

The special spread includes: lemon cakes, sweet french toast, coffee and even a Bloody Mary.

Gaea Lemon Zest Cake

Gaea Lemon Zest Cake


1 ½ cups organic rye flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
¼ cup finely ground pine nuts
Zest of 2 lemons
1 cup organic sugar cane
3 eggs
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Greek yogurt
2/3 cup Gaea Organic extra-virgin olive oil (MSRP $12.99

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sea salt, baking powder and pine nuts. Next, mix the lemon zest into the sugar cane. In a separate bowl mix the zesty sugar cane with 3 eggs for about 2 minutes, then add the lemon juice, Greek yogurt and Gaea olive oil. Combine both bowls and pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Coconut Banana French Toast

Carrington French Toast

Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes


1 banana

1 cup milk

1 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

11/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

12+ slices bread

2 T Carrington Farms Coconut Oil (MSRP: 12 oz. $7.99, 54 oz. $23.30,


Heat griddle and brush with coconut oil. Blend remaining ingredients (except bread) in a blender until smooth. Pour into a shallow dish. Submerge each slice in mixture and place on griddle.

Cook till golden brown, then flip over to cook other side. Serve with maple syrup.

Colman’s Mustard Bloody Mary

Colmans Bloody Mary

Serve Up to 4 People


3 cups tomato juice
1 cup pickling liquid
1 cup of Vodka
​3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Valentina hot sauce
2 teaspoons Colman’s Prepared Mustard
1 and a half Tablespoons horseradish
1 and a half teaspoons ground pepper
1 and a half teaspoons salt
1 and a quarter teaspoons celery seeds
Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder (available nationwide at supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway and Kroger for $4.99 – $6.99)

To Finish

In a pitcher, combine the celery seed and horseradish. Muddle the mixture with the end of a wooden spoon to blend and break up the celery seeds. Pour in the tomato juice, pickling liquid, hot sauce, Colman’s Mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together to combine. In Collins glasses, fill with ice (4 cubes) and pour 2 oz of Tito’s Vodka over top. Fill the rest of the glass with the Bloody Mary mix, and garnish with pickled vegetables (i.e. asparagus, green beans, celery) and an olive and lemon slice.

For the Rim

3 parts salt to 1 part Colman’s Mustard Powder as a salt rim

3 Layer Iced Bon Bon

IMUSA Espresso


1 can condensed milk  (14 ounce)
Ice cubes Shots of room temperature espresso coffee, unsweetened made in an IMUSA ESPRESSO MAKER (Available at for $10.99)


First, pour 2 inches of condensed milk into the base of 4 (4oz) juice glasses.

pour the equivalent of one shot of coffee on top of the condensed milk in each glass.

Take the remaining four shots of coffee and put them in a blender with four ice cubes. Blend in the blender until a thick foam is formed.

Pour the foam into each glass carefully. Serve immediately.

Slow Jam by KRUPS Brand Ambassador, Sam Lewontin



1 double­shot espresso (use  an espresso with a chocolaty  or nutty flavor profile here)
1oz. dark chocolate syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Bittermen’s Orange  cream citrate
5oz. steamed almond milk

Combine espresso, chocolate,  bitters, and orange citrate  in an 8oz. mug. Stir, and top  with steamed almond milk.

“Chocolate bon­bons are a  classic Valentine’s Day treat.  With this drink, I wanted to  recreate those flavors in liquid form:  espresso and dark chocolate  are naturally complementary,  Peychaud’s bitters and Orange  cream citrate lend an  alluring suggestion of  preserved fruit, and  the nutty sweetness of almond  milk ties the whole thing  together.”

3 Simple Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

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With holiday parties in full swing it makes you wonder is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on the pounds? I asked Amand Foti, Senior RD of Selvera Wellness, for 3 eating methods to incorporate for the rest of the month which will ensure a healthy and happy holiday season. Here are her tips:

  1. Cut down your portions. Most of us grab well over a recommended serving size. Consistently eating a bit more than you should can add up quickly. It only takes a couple hundred extra calories a day to gain weight.
  1. Drink water! Dehydration can cause unwanted food cravings, decrease metabolism, and even affect our energy levels. Drink at least 48-64 oz. a day! Try herbal tea on the colder days to mix it up a bit.
  1. Make sure you have a protein source, like eggs, greek yogurt, beans, chicken, fish, and nuts, and a fiber source, mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains at every meal. This will help keep you full and keep your metabolism up. Remember to eat something every 3-4 hours whether it’s a meal or snack.

Amanda Foti, MS, RD, CDN

Amanda Foti

Amanda is a Registered Dietitian and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She has broad experience managing disease with nutrition and lifestyle in the clinical setting, and extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy in relation to emotional eating and weigh management counseling. Amanda currently works one-on-one with clients developing personalized weight management plans that address nutrition, activity and lifestyle.

Muller’s Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt – Review #MullerMoment


*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

When Müller asked me if I’d be interested in tasting their newest yogurt flavors — Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip — my response was a very enthusiastic YES!

To improve my diet, I recently began replacing sugary, after-dinner desserts with yogurt. Luckily for me, Müller’s delicious offerings provide a healthier alternative to sweet treats (like cake and ice-cream) for 210 calories or less. These perfectly portioned servings of decadence are a good source of protein and calcium, plus contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.


Müller’s new yogurt varieties retail for $1 and include these ice-cream inspired flavors:

Raspberry Chocolate Chip

Vanilla Bean

Strawberries & Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip

I love the combination of fruit and chocolate, so for me Raspberry Chocolate Chip was a standout flavor. The delicious blend of chocolate chips with creamy, fruity yogurt was a real joy.

I think one of the greatest benefits of Müller’s new treats is the versatility – you can enjoy the yogurts straight from the container or visit for recipe inspiration.

Nature’s Path Cereal Giveaway ($50 Value)

cereal-giveawayDid you know that March 7th is National Cereal Day? To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Nature’s Path to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a gift basket brimming with GMO-free, organic goodness. This $50+ cereal package contains fan favorites, including Envirokidz, oatmeal and the latest superfood cereals.


1 lucky winner will receive a Nature’s Path prize package filled with cereals — valued at $50.

Open to US residents only.


1. Visit and tell us which Nature’s Path product you’d like to try. Leave your answer in the comments below.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @NaturesPath and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS March 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.


LO Fruit Beverage Giveaway


Before you ditch your New Year’s resolution this month, beat the odds with LO Fruit Beverage! Whether you are in need of a refreshing fruit drink without all the added calories after a tough workout or just want to add a little flavor in your seltzer, LO Fruit Beverage will keep your sweet tooth at bay!

One ten ounce serving of LO Fruit Beverage contains the same amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) as found in one average whole fruit. Additionally, LO Fruit Beverage is a certified low GI (glycemic index) product, as clinically test by Glycemic Index Laboratories, kosher, vegan, and gluten free.

LO Fruit Beverages are available at natural foods and specialty grocers across the U.S. such as Meijer and H-E-B and online at

Want to win a LO Fruit Beverage prize pack? Keep reading to find out how!


1 lucky winner will receive a LO Fruit Beverage prize pack.

Open to entries worldwide.


1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us which LO Fruit Beverage flavor you’re excited to try: Pomegranate, Pomegranate Mojito, Acai-Blue or Mango Mojito


Share this post on Facebook and tag LO Fruit Beverage and My Beauty Source Blog

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CONTEST ENDS February 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

Nature’s Path Holiday Recipe and Product Giveaway ($50 Value)


These delicious shortbread treats, made with Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise® Cereal, are a fantastic gift for visitors as you welcome them in for the holidays.

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Prep Time:  5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 48 cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise® Cereal

1 lb bittersweet chocolate, melted (optional)


Using electric beaters, beat butter with icing sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Mix in flour just until combined. Fold in cereal.

Divide dough in half and shape into 2 logs, about 7-1/2 inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each log into 1/4-inch slices and place 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake, in batches, for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden on the bottom. Cool completely on a rack.

If desired, dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

Want to win a holiday prize package from Nature’s Path to try these Crunchy Shortbread Cookies or the No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars? Keep reading to find out how!


1 lucky winner will receive a Nature’s Path holiday prize package filled with coupons and cereals — valued at $50.

Open to US/Canada residents only.


1. Visit and tell us which Nature’s Path product you’d like to try. Leave your answer in the comments below.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @NaturesPath and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS December 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad Recipe

mason jar salad recipe

Mason jar salads are 2015’s latest on-the-go trend for a healthy and quick lunch. Salads packaged in Mason jars are portable, easy to make, can be prepped in advance and offer a wide variety of recipes.

Luke Saunders, founder of Farmer’s Fridge, a new healthy vending kiosk concept, offered me his Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad recipe. It looks amazing and will stay fresh and crisp in the office fridge when I bring it for lunch.





  • Red Wine Vinegar – ½ cup
  • Water – 3 ounces
  • Olive Oil – 6 ounces
  • Honey – 2 tsp.
  • Dijon Mustard – 1 tsp.
  • Salt – ½ tsp.
  • Black Pepper – ¼ tsp.
  • Oregano – 1 tsp.
  • Basil – ½ tsp.


  • Artichokes (canned) – 4 quarters
  • Grape Tomatoes (sliced in half) – 2 each
  • English Cucumbers (quartered and thinly sliced) – ¼ cup
  • Cannellini Beans (canned) – ¼ cup
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated) – 1 Tbsp.
  • Kalamata Olives (sliced) – 2 Tbsp.
  • Mixed Greens – 1.5 cups
  • Pine Nuts (roasted) – 1 Tbsp.

Start by layering the quartered artichokes followed by grape tomatoes, English cucumbers, cannellini beans parmesan, Kalamata olives, mixed greens and pine nuts. To make the dressing, whisk together the red wine vinegar, water, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, oregano and basil in a medium size bowl. While you are still whisking slowly pour in the olive oil. Dressing can be stored in a 2 ounce portion cup on top of the salad.