Seems LA is *finally* getting the memo it's winter.. so I had to swap out my usual smoothie for something a bit more warm and nourishing.

As it is, cold foods/drinks are not the best for your digestive health, but when it's cold outside, it's particularly important to incorporate warming elements to the diet for healthy digestion (which is the basis of optimal wellness... and glowing skin ;)

I put together what I've coined a "warming beauty tonic" with lovely ingredients to support healthy digestion, glowing beautiful skin and an overall warm feeling. 


  • Green tea: wonderful antioxidant, provides calming energy in the form of L-theanine
  • Dandelion: considered a cooling herb but great for digestion and liver health; improves the efficiency of waste removal from the body which is key for healthy skin
  • Ghee: good source of fat to provide sustained energy. Also key for healthy skin
  • Collagen: the building block for healthy, firm skin/hair/nails; for healthy digestive lining, for healthy joints. Basically, my favorite ingredient to put in everything!
  • Lucuma: natural source of low-glycemic sweetener (i.e. doesn't spike your blood sugar and drop it down quickly), full of minerals and antioxidants. Nutty, maple type flavor.


  • Steep green tea, dandelion (either loose leaf or tea bags: I used organic green tea dandelion tea bags from Traditional Medicinals. I like a stronger flavor so used 2 tea bags.)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee (for this particular tonic, I used a ghee infused with raw honey and a range of amazing herbs from Flora Ex Machina.) 
  • 1 scoop of collagen powder (I love using Neocell for collagen; they have a wide range of products including marine sources of collagen for vegans. I like to use their Derma Matrix Collagen Skin complex because aside from collagen it contains vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen to form, and hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin. For purchasing, I usually go to my nearest health foods store or get it delivered from Thrive Market
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lucuma (I use the one from Moon Juice)
  • Once tea has steeped thoroughly, remove the tea bag(s)/strain the tea and blend with the ingredients above. Because of the fat from the ghee, you'll notice it's frothy like a latte :)




It seems every place that sells food now has gluten free options/alternatives. Which is really great especially for people who are really affected by gluten. What I'm noticing however, is that a lot of people opt for gluten free simply because it's a trend and it's there but have NO clue why they should avoid it!

I actually had a waiter once tell me "right on, low-carb." Wait.. WHAT?! Gluten free does not mean low carb! Processed gluten free foods actually often have HIGHER carbohydrate content than their gluten-containing counterparts. That experience inspired me to shed some light on this fad.

Let's start with a basic definition: what is gluten? it's a protein found in wheat.

Gluten sensitivity vs Celiac disease:

Sensitivity is basically when your body launches an exaggerated immune response to the gluten and if this continues, it contributes to continuous body-wide inflammation (which can lead to a leaky gut and then a whole slew of other stuff).

A person with Celiac disease has a much more serious and extreme immune response in that the body is attacking itself by destroying the lining of the intestines.

Basically, all people with Celiac disease have a gluten sensitivity but not all people with gluten sensitivity have Celiac's, make sense?

Who should definitely avoid gluten:

  •  Someone with Celiac disease
  • Someone with a known sensitivity
  • Someone with a known autoimmune disease

What foods have gluten: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, oats (unless it's specified as gluten-free)

**note: gluten is often hidden in alcoholic beverages that come from grains like beer, whiskey, gin, some vodkas. There's also gluten hidden in many sauces, condiments, dressings as it's usually in food starch, emulsifiers, stabilizers and artificial colorings that those items typically are made from. 

Hope this provides some clarity!