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Lipstick on the Rim: How Do You Find Balance in Life as a Mom? The Multi-Hyphenate Daphne Oz on Finding Balance Between Health and Flavor in the Kitchen, How Food Is the Ultimate Unifier, Healing Her Relationship With Food, Her Holy Grail Beauty Products, and More


Daphne Oz‘s motto is that taking good care of yourself should always be delicious, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s also why millions of fans flock to her channels for her delicious, healthy recipes as well as her beauty, fashion, and wellness recommendations. I mean, she is sort of our dream girl, and admittedly, we’ve been girl-crushing on her for a while now. We wanted to pick her brain on all things about bringing balance into your life because she has truly mastered that. From her go-to kid-friendly recipes, to learning which indulgent moments count for you, to her curated makeup bag, this episode is packed with inspiration, practical tips, and a whole lot of heart.

[Daphne] On Falling in Love With Cooking

“I grew up where having family dinners with always 20 people there. There was never a, ‘we’re cooking for two’ type of meal. Itt was always a party, it was always a celebration, it was always really loud. It was a lot of amazing culinary backgrounds coming together.  Food for me was love. Food was like the mass connector. It was the way that we shared about our family, our culture, and our history. It was how we unified at the end of the day. It was where the best gossip happened and it was how I felt helpful and useful as the oldest child, too. So falling in love with cooking really happened naturally.”

[Daphne] On The 2 Days Off, 5 Days On Technique

“When things feel too long-term or like too long of a commitment to something (like for months and months or years and years), whatever it is that’s off-limits starts to feel much more compelling. It becomes all you can think about. So this technique is a plan I presented where you commit 5 days of your week to eating wonderful, healthy, fulfilling, delicious but clean meals. Then the other 2 days of your week, which can basically be every other day, you can enjoy yourself. In my mind, what would end up happening is that the healthier and better I’d feel about my body, the less tempted I’d be to go crazy… It left me open and it freed my mind from the fear of feeling like I shouldn’t or I’m not allowed to eat something. So ultimately, it’s not off limits to me. I can have it tomorrow. I can have it in two days. This technique just provides a really clear and easy-to-follow set of rules that are very flexible to my real life.”

[Daphne] On Her Makeup Routine

“Once I find things that I love, I will not let them go. But I’m always adding new things into because it is it is fun to play around. I will say, I’m not a minimalist. So I’m not a put mascara on and run kind of person. The clean girl aesthetic just doesn’t work for me, I need more. But I also only have 15 minutes to do my makeup, so I’m always trying to perfect getting the most impact during this time, while still looking like myself, just a little bit better. I love the Charlotte Tilbury foundation. I wear the color five, which is actually quite a bit darker than I am naturally, but it gives this very healthy glow. For my eyes, I love like a nice smudged winged liner just to lift my outer corner up. And then I always blend it out a little bit with a dark brown shadow. Contour is super important. I use ROSE INC in the color Seychelles, and I fluff it up in my cheekbones, under my jawline, and do a little “T” on each side of my forehead. And to top it off, my highlighter is Westman Atelier in Brûlée. Also, I swear by  the Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum+. I will not put makeup on without it. It is the single most effective, instant, brightening, more hydrated, more plumped look to my face. So when I’m in a real pinch, that’s my number one go-to.

How To: Daphne’s Spoon Salad

Serves: 2-4

6 baby or Persian cucumbers, minced
2 red or orange bell peppers, cored and minced
2 Fresno chiles, minced (optional)
5 scallions, white and light green parts thinly sliced and then minced
1 cup loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves and tender stems finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh dill, finely chopped
1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed, and drained or cooked from dry according to package instructions for beans with the best firm bite!
1/4 cup olive oil
2-4 tbs apple cider vinegar depending on how tart you like it
2 tsp maple syrup
Crumble of sheep’s milk feta (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup Microgreens or baby arugula to include and as garnish, optional
Flaky salt

Add the vegetables, herbs, and beans to a medium bowl with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup and toss to combine. Crumble feta overtop and add the microgreens if using. Season with flaky salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste and enjoy!

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