6 Foods That are Better Than Botox For your Skin! Mornings with Maria Bartiromo

If you want younger looking skin, here is your food formula! We break it down for you with the amazing Maria Bartiromo!


It’s true, there are foods that can keep your skin looking young!  Buh bye botox, these foods are so potent that we refer to them as the skin fillers, plumpers, and Botox of the food kingdom. 🙂

It’s true, the foods that you eat really do impact the appearance of your skin!


Certain foods no-no’s for the skin—these are any foods that cause cell damage—it ages the skin and creates wrinkles.   Balance out skin “no-no” foods with foods that act a natural wrinkle cream.


  • No-No: Alcohol = Dehydrator —creates free radicals which damages cells and accelerates aging. Alcohol contributes to dehydration, and when our skin looks dry it also looks aged. It also can lead to broken blood vessels on the face which make the skin appear damaged. Think of that person we’ve all who after they drink their skin looks more weathered and older.


  • Natural Anti-Wrinkle Cream & Skin Hydrator: All Vegetables. Veggies naturally are rich in water, so they create moisture within your skin, plumping the cells and filling the crevices.  Think of them as your body’s natural lotion—plus a whole lot more.  They contain potent antioxidants that mop up the damage caused by alcohol, pollution, the sun, etc.  Vegetables (and fruits too!) are water and potassium rich so they hydrate skin, restore fluid balance and prevent it from looking wrinkled and withered.


  • Skin Hydrator: Avocado: As we get older our skin gets thinner and avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, and they moisturize skin from the inside out with their oil. Plus your skin will get a rejuvenating glow thanks to avocado’s anti-inflammatory properties which will minimize flare-ups and tone skin.


  • Skin Enhancer:  Tart cherries.  Alcohol disrupts sleep so cells can’t rejuvenate.  Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin so they enhance and promote sleep– and your body repairs and regenerates your cells, including your skin cells when you sleep.
    • Tart cherry juice has been linked to improved sleep quality and duration



  • No-No:  Inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates (white bread, white flour products), sugar, fried foods, processed meats, MSG. They create a low-level systemic inflammation that you may not realize is even happening, but inside, this is what damages cells, leads to disease and aging and creates weathered skin.


  • Skin calmers & Smoothiers: Anti-inflammatory foods:
    • Spices like turmeric and ginger. These are calming and fight inflammation. They repair cell damage and counteract the effects of inflammatory foods.
    • Wild salmon as well as sardines, tuna, and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are often lacking in our diets. These omega 3-rich fish are powerful anti-inflammatories and help to keep skin supple and soft with their oils.
    • Soy Ginger Salmon
    • DIY Brown Rice Sushi
    • Broccoli also contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, such as sulforaphane.
    • Spicy “Fried” Broccoli
15865443 - grilled salmon and vegetables

15865443 – grilled salmon and vegetables

  • Collagen Destroyer:
  • No- No: Collagen Destroyer–Sugar—refined like white bread, noodles and pasta (which break down to simple sugars) they enter our blood stream where they can then attach to the skin’s collagen and elastin. This causes the skins structure to weaken which results in visible signs of ageing by a process called glycation.


  • Anti-wrinkle Cream- Collagen Rebuilder: Tomatoes and other vitamin C rich food. Vitamin C keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation–this helps the skin to snap back into place when you make expressions, rather than staying in the wrinkled expression.  Added bonus of foods like tomatoes that are typically red  in color is that they’re rich in lycopene and beta carotene, both act as a natural sunblock—so they also fight age spots and sun damage.


Here are a few great skin beautifying recipes:

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado

Ginger and Carrot Slim-Down Smoothie

Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea

..and for beta carotene for a natural sunblock (protector against age spots and sun damage) Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Some more skin beautifying food tips?

6 Foods That are Better Than Botox For your Skin! Grilled Salmon Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry Sherry
  • 1¾-inch cube peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¾ teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (see note below)
  • 4 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large bok choy, cut crosswise into ½-inch-wide strips (about 7 cups)
  • 4 ounces fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • Note: You can find this in most grocery stores in the Asian stores
  1. In a blender add 1 garlic clove, the onions, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, sugar, sesame oil and garlic sauce and blend.
  2. Meanwhile place salmon in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon marinade ono top and allow to marinate 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 500°F. Using a rimmed baking sheet, place fish, with some marinade still sticking to it on top. Move any marinade in the dish to a small saucepan.
  4. Roast fish until just opaque in center, roughly 8 minutes.
  5. Heat the marinde in the saucepan until it begins to boil. Then set is aside to use for the glaze.
  6. Meanwhile, using a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bok choy and mushrooms and press in 1 garlic clove using a garlic press.
  7. Heat for about 4 minutes. When it’s ready mushrooms will betender and bok choy will be wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Divide the veggies over the four plates. Place salmon on top and brush fish with glaze. Enjoy! 🙂
  9. Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
  10. Calories, 10 g Carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 36 g protein, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar,
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 249 Fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 36 g


The Secret To Getting your Kids To Eat Healthy Meals & Snacks

It’s never too soon to start planning for healthy back to school meals and snacks!


The secret to preventing your kid from trading off their meals? Our “MIF” method! “Make It Fun!” Some of these you may just want to make for yourself! 😉  This clip below was taken from a stop in Arizona on our recent satellite media tour  (with Wonderful Pistachios and POM Wonderful).


Looking for more healthy lunch ideas for yourself? And a few of these may be ones your kids love too–especially the first one 😉

Check out our:

Peanut Butter Banana Dog

Apple, Brie & Arugula Flatbread

Kale & Chicken Burrito Bowl

10-minute Curried Chicken Salad

Easy Burrito Bowl




Anytime, Anywhere 90-Second Muscle Toner & Metabolism Booster

Get a workout in 90-seconds! Fast, easy, effective way to tone muscles– strengthen you legs, abs, chest, arms and back and burn calories. It will wake up your entire body! Our first iMovie attempt– we’re working on improvement! 🙂

Love this calorie blaster–Repeat 3 times to increase the burn!



Is that you we see with a six pack?! 🙂

Psst… looking for more at-home exercises?  Try these!

Easy At-Home Shoulder Toner

Triangle Push-Ups

Leg & Butt Toner

3 Pieces of Nutrition Advice You Should IGNORE

When we were growing up, our wholesome, granola baking, cook-it-from-scratch mom taught us many healthy habits that we still practice today, including-

1) Satisfying our sweet tooth with her healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (we now make them in 5 minutes in the microwave!) & strengthening our arms by scrubbing the dishes clean using what she would call “elbow grease”.

2) Creating nourishing meals from protein, a fiber-filled carb & veggies. Open Faced Mediterranean Veggie & Tuna Sandwich, anyone?

3) Never skipping breakfast (or any meal for that matter!)- This was even a key piece in one of our weight loss books.

BUT times have changed—check out the video below to find out why we no longer recommend breakfast for everyone.  And you’ll see 3 Pieces of Nutrition Advice You Should Ignore!

The Nutrition Twins on Mornings with Maria Bartiromo: Shaking the Salt From Your Diet

There’s how much salt in your whole wheat bread? There’s changes coming to your food! We weigh in with Maria Bartiromo and talk about the the new government regulations on salt.

Find out which food that Maria’s dad makes that we’d love to snag!





Check out this  low-sodium recipe!  Low-sodium DIY Sushi

Slash The Salt & Puffiness! The Nutrition Twins talk with Maria Bartiromo about Changes Coming To Your Food


Nutrition Twins Visit The White House for “Let’s Move!” Campaign


If you’ve read our blog before, by now you know that as registered dietitians and personal trainers, all things health, fitness and nutrition (and family, friends, laughter, broccoli, and of course, chocolate!) are our jam.  So you can only imagine our excitement when we were invited to the White House to join Michelle Obama as she discussed her Let’s Move! campaign, as this is SO up our alley!  Plus, after growing up outside DC and even with our brother currently living less than a mile away from the White House, the closest we ever got to the large white building was on elementary school field trips or exploring the city as we got older– and we’d have to stare across the distance of many football fields and tight security fences just to get a glimpse.



Here’s the rundown of our day– and some neat info we learned about!:

First up, we were so excited to see Michelle Obama’s tweet (@FLOTUS) welcoming us to the White House!  And so honored to be called a leading online influencer!!  Wowzers!!


We are thrilled to welcome leading parenting bloggers and online influencers to the @WhiteHouse today for a conversation on #LetsMove!



After going through many security checks (and one that was airplane style with security belts), we’re on the White House grounds!  How did security let these two crazy huge smiles through? 🙂




Then, we entered the building and took our seats and waited to start.  The chandeliers were breathtaking!  We were trying to figure out how many crystals were on this hot number! We never got a final count– any guesses?



Soon we began, and first we heard from the staff of the First Lady’s team.

We also heard from 3-time Olympic gymnast and fellow University of Marylander and all-around awesome gal, Dominique Dawes (she grew up a few towns over from us!).  One of our fave things she said was that she’s always finding ways to give her kids more veggies– and she has put peas in their ice cream.  Now that’s a new one!


Representatives from Partnership for a Healthier America, USDA, and HHS  shared exciting accomplishments that have been made since the Let’s Move! campaign began in 2010.  Their goals are to foster environments that support healthy choices, work to provide healthier foods in schools, ensure that families have access to healthy, affordable food, and help children to become more physically active. (We love it!)

Here are some of the Let’s Move! program’s impacts so far:

  • More than 30 million kids are now eating healthier school breakfasts and lunches (97% of schools are now meeting the new standards, in fact)
  • More than 4,000 Let’s Move! salad bars have been installed in schools, reaching more than 2 million kids
  • Nearly 80 million people (1 in 4 Americans!) now live in a Let’s Move! city, town, or county where kids can walk to school on new sidewalks, participate in summer meal programs, and join athletic leagues
  • Over 10 million kids attend Let’s Move! active schools where they strive for 60 minutes of physical activity per day
    1.6 million kids are now attending healthier daycare centers where fruits and veggies have replaced cookies and juice, thanks to Let’s Move! Child Care initiatives
  • Thousands of chain restaurants have created healthier kids’ menus, and food and beverage companies have cut 6.4 trillion calories from their products
  • Families are getting active in our national parks through the Let’s Move! Outside initiative – did you know that 4th graders can get a free entry pass for themselves and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands/waters nationwide? (Check out everykidinapark.gov for more info!)


After a fun cooking demonstration from Cris Comerford, the White House Executive Chef and a Physical Activity Break (which of course we are all about!), there she was… the First Lady!!  Inspirational! #FLOTUS



Then off to our tour and some fun in the White House…


Apparently the White House library is filled with nothing but bad lighting and shadows. Oh, yeah, and a few books. 🙂



Barbara Walters said there was one thing she stole from the White House — the disposable bathroom hand towel!  We had to do the same!



Next we had to have our moment with Abe Lincoln.  The dude is SO serious!




Well H-E-L-L-O West Wing!



And perhaps one of our fave highlights? A visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.  We’ve always dreamed of having our own garden and this one, well, it’s certainly dream-worthy! And yes, you better believe that with Lyssie’s rather ‘unique’ kale love obsession ;), it took everything in her power not to pluck it straight from the White House lawn and run for the hills! 😉  #CaughtInTheAct

NT_kale_white_house_kitchen_gardenThe ground was a bit wet from rain the day before and our entire heels of our shoes were coated in mud–yes, the entire heel! And now we ask ourselves why we didn’t let the mud dry on there and save some White House mud, ya know?! 😉


A HUGE thank you to Babble as well as Michelle Obama and her staffers for making this event so incredible for us!!