Seen on Saturday morning: May 24th

May 28, 2008 9:17:06 AM PDT
FEED YOUR SKIN, TOP CHEF HUNG and SUMMER READING BUZZ-----FEED YOUR SKIN-----

Soothe and care for your complexion naturally, by paying attention to the foods you eat.

Joining us this morning with ingredients for your 'Beauty Diet' is Patricia Reynoso, beauty director at the Ladies' Home Journal.

YOUR SKIN-CARE MENU

Add these skin-care essentials to your beauty diet - all the products contain ingredients that care and soothe your complexion naturally.

Berries can help ward off UV damage
Not only are they delicious, blueberries and raspberries are also rich in anthocyanins, compounds that help ward of UV damage

Various spices in your meals offer numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidant benefits
Many of your kitchen stables like cinnamon and garlic and some more exotic spices such as turmeric and cumin are far more nutritious than we ever imagined. Turmeric, for example, is full of vitamin B6, minerals and antioxidant properties

Healthy oils such as olive oil keeps the outer portion of our skin cells supple
Good-for-you fat is derived from olives and the key ingredient is oleic acid, which keeps the outer portion of our skin cells supple. This allows nutrients to enter and waste to exit. Also, without good fats, we're unable to absorb the antioxidants in fruits, grains and veggies

Dark chocolate increases skin hydration and reduces roughness
Once again, skin-protecting antioxidants are the star nutrient here. Just make sure that it's dark, which means it has higher levels of flavonol than milk or white chocolate. It increases skin hydration and reduce roughness.

Almonds, walnuts and peanuts can prevent dry skin and reduce wrinkles
Nuts can prevent dry skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. Look for nutrient rich almonds, walnuts and peanuts.

ROUND OUT YOUR BEAUTY DIET WITH THESE SKIN CARE ESSENTIALS

MOISTURIZERS

Aveeno Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($19.99): Contains a "shiitake complex" to tighten and tone skin. Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Replenishing Serum ($45): Omega-3 fatty acids help calm and condition inflamed skin.

MASKS

Korres Natural Products Cinnamon & Natural Clay Cleansing Mask ($27): Balances oily skin with cinnamon and zinc. Pangea Organics Facial Mask ($34): Treats skin to acai and goji berries

REFRESHERS

L'Occitane Red Rice Purifying Rice Toner ($18): Purifies oil-prone skin with red rice in powdered, vinegar and extract forms.
Mark Mist Opportunity Multi-Tasking Refresher ($8): Revives with lemongrass and grapefruit.

CLEANSERS

Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub ($11.95): Gently dissolves dead skin cells with tropical fruit enzymes and organic aloe vera.
St. Ives Elements Olive Cleanser ($6.99): Conditions and nourishes skin, thanks to the fatty acids in its olive oil formula.

EYE AND LIP PROTECTORS

40 Carrots Carrot + Cucumber Eye Gel ($14.99): Keeps eyes looking young with carrot oil, as cucumber cools and moisturizes.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Conditioning Lip Balm with Turmeric ($15): Nourishes lips.

For more information, go to www.lhj.com.

-----TOP CHEF HUNG-----

Keep healthy this spring with some light and easy- to- prepare dishes.

Joining us this morning is Hung Huynh, the 'Top Chef' season three winner, now the executive chef at New York City restaurant Solo.

Slow Baked Cod with White asparagus, Morels, Fava and mushroom sauce

Serves 6

Mushroom Sauce:
1 Shallot sliced
1/2 # white buton mushroom sliced
2 cloves garlic sliced
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt an pepper to taste
lemon juice to taste

Method:
Heat oil in Sautee pan add mushroom shallot, garlic and sweat till tender and aromatic, add white wine and reduce by 1/2 and puree in blender and season with salt and pepper

Cod:
6ea. 5oz portions of cod.
Quarter cup Extra virgin olive oil
2 tea. sea salt
Tbl. chopped Parsley
5 Sprigs of thyme (picked leaves)
2 cloves of minced Garlic
Marinate fish for 30 min. and bake at 400 degrees 15-20 min depending on thickness of fish

Vegetable Garnish:
amount desired
Blanch white asparagus
Morel Mushrooms Cleaned
Fava beans peeled and blanched
Chinese chives
chopped basil
Salt and pepper
olive oil

Method:
Heat up olive oil add all vegetables and season with salt and pepper

For more information, go to www.solonyc.com.

-----SUMMER READING BUZZ-----

A program that just launched called "Summer Reading Buzz" encourages our children to enjoy reading this summer, preventing them from falling behind when the "back to school" bells ring.

Joining us this morning to explain is Paul Niemi, from the scholastic store.

What is the Summer Slide?
The summer slide is the loss of academic achievement that kids experience simply by being out of school. Kids who don't read during the summer fall way behind in September. They come back to school reading weeks or months behind where they were reading before summer vacation.

Can kids and parents combat it?
It takes 4-or-more to stop the Summer Slide! Studies prove that kids who read 4 or more books throughout the summer months do better on their reading scores in the fall!

Does the Summer Slide apply to all kids?
Studies show that kids' reading falls off drastically starting at age 8, and according to the The Kids and Family Reading Report kids say the number one reason they don't read more is that they can't find books they like to read. Parents can play a key role in helping to suggest books kids will want to read.

Tips for parents to get kids reading during the summer:

- DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT - (a book that is)!! Pick up a book and take it with you - whether you are going in a car, plane or waiting on line at the Grocery Store or Amusement Park - a book is something you can ALWAYS pick up where you left off. Also don't forget an audio book as an option.

- SUMMER IS BEST TIME TO START A SERIES - Have you ever finished a book and wanted more? For kids over age 8, series are a perfect option for the summer. Find the series that your child loves... whether it is Harry Potter, Goosebumps or Allie Finkle. If it isn't a series, try searching for a book by the by same author.

- TECH IT UP - If you love the book, take it online and find the book's web site or email the author, or chat about it with other fellow readers on Scholastic's Summer Reading Buzz's site. At www.scholastic.com/buzz kids can read and log books and for every 4 logged, Scholastic will donate a book to kids in need through Room to Read, up to 50,000 books. The more kids read, the more you are helping put books into the hands of underprivileged children around the world.

- THINK OUTSIDE THE BOOK-Whether your kids love movies, sports, or fun facts, there are a variety of ways parents can get their get reading. If you child loves to read the sports age but won't pick up a book, that's okay. All reading is good reading. Try to use their interests to suggest a book on a favorite athlete or books that tie-into a movie. If they like trivia or science there are books for summer loaded with fun facts.

The following books from the Scholastic Summer Reading BUZZ! Lists are all available at the Scholastic Store in SoHo or online at www.scholastic.com

Pre-K (Ages 3-5)
It's never too early to get your child reading. These are wonderful books for parents to read to their children:

OWEN & MZEE: A DAY TOGETHER (Board Book)
New York Times Bestseller about the friendship of a baby hippo (Owen) and a giant tortoise (Mzee)
Teaches kids about friendship
True story
$6.99

ZEN TIES
Perfect summer book
From the author of Zen Shorts
Multigenerational so makes it a great read aloud book
Rich with values
$17.99

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
Kids have loved Clifford since 1963
If kids love to watch Clifford on TV, they'll love to read the books that are filled with characters they will relate to

DRAGON'S FAT CAT
Another TV series that kids love. If they love the show they'll love the books
Character that kids can identify with
$5.99

K-2 (Ages 5-8)
For this age group, picture books are best. Reading is a shared experience and these are great for read alouds:

HOW DO DINOSAURS....SERIES
This age group is really learning about good and bad behavior
These hilarious dinosaurs help parents teach kids about how they should behave whether it's eating or going to the doctor or going to sleep.
$16.99

LARUE FOR MAYOR:LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN
Another great book from Mark Teague
Since this candidate is a dog, he's kid-friendly and this book is perfect to talk to young kids about elections
$16.99

Grades 3-5 (8-10)
When kids fall in love with a character, they will want to read all the books. Great for keeping them engaged all summer long.

GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND SERIES
The latest in the classic series by R.L. Stine that just launched
Features favorite characters like Slappy the Dummy
12 books will be release all year long, so read one or read them all!
$5.99 each

ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS
From Meg Cabot author of The Princess Diaries
A great example of a book that has a cool online component-girls can read the book then go online to alliefinkle.scholastic.com write their own rules
Heroine that girls will be able to relate to
$15.99

THE CALDER GAME
The latest mystery by award-winning author Blue Balliett of Chasing Vermeer and The Wright Three fame
Great book to take online to learn about the author and art
$17.99

Grades 6 and Up (Ages 11 and up)
For boys, the summer is all about graphic novels that combine comics with books:

BONE (Box set)
Graphic novel box set
Popular series for boys
$29.97

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS
Graphic novel
$16.99

JULIAN RODRIGUEZ--Julian Rodriguez
Graphic Novel
$15.99

Think outside the book:

INDIANA JONES (Movie Tie-in Books)
$6.99 each

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS: YEAR IN SPORTS 2008
Action photos
"cool" sports facts
Team lists
$9.99

HOW BIG IS IT: A BIG BOOK ALL ABOUT BIGNESS
This is a great book for backseat travel
Teaches kids about size relationships like how big a tarantula or a tsunami is in comparison everyday things they know

RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT: SPECIAL EDITION 2008
Cool, freaky facts on a variety of subjects
$15.99

For more information, go to www.scholastic.com/buzz


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