Spa Foodie: Honey-Ginger Baked Salmon

Need a new recipe for all that salmon you’ll be eating in Dr. Perricone’s Eat for Beauty Spa Week Daily Challenge? Michelle gave her super-easy salmon recipe here… but just to make sure you’ve got salmon plans throughout, here’s another simple delish recipe (using a few extra ingredients) to help you get soft sexy skin – and hair too. Deck your salmon out with a sweet and salty taste by swapping salt and sugar for soy sauce and honey. Plus get the added benefits of onion, ginger and Vitamin C from the OJ!

Recipe Serves 4 (even though you probably won’t find 3 more people who will the Challenge with you at the same time).


  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) salmon fillet


  1. In a large self-closing plastic bag, combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, orange juice, honey, and green onion; mix well.
  2. Place salmon in bag and seal tightly. Turn bag gently to distribute marinade.
  3. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes. (If you have time, marinate overnight!)
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Remove salmon from marinade, shake off excess.
  6. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Reduce leftover marinade on a stove top for 8 to 10 minutes to create a thicker, tasty sauce.
  8. Spoon sauce on fillet and decorate with chopped green onions.

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Spa Week Daily Challenge: Eat For Beauty 3-Day Skincare Diet with Dr. Perricone

Welcome to the 3rd Spa Week Daily Health Challenge! First you ditched soda for your body’s health and longevity, then you breathed consciously 5 minutes a day for your mind and spirit, and now… it’s time for a little eating challenge to clear up your skin in 3 days flat, and make your face glow like you never have before.

I am personally VERY excited for you to give this challenge a try, because as some of you may remember, I tried this diet back in April and concluded that the only reason human beings need skincare is because we eat crap. The results were phenomenal. I learned a lot by doing it, and I am hoping you are able to get the same out of it.

Are you ready for CHALLENGE #3?

Dr. Perricone challenges you to get glowing, clear skin in just 3 days by following his strict and effective 3-Day Skincare Diet, filled with salmon, eggs, nuts, greens, extra virgin olive oil and other delicious foods.

CLICK HERE for details on how to do the diet, including your food shopping list.

Dates: Choose any 3 days between Thursday, September 8 and Thursday, September 22nd.

Who says?

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, expert dermatologist and author of Forever Young

A word from Dr. Perricone to Spa Week Daily readers: One of the cornerstones of my philosophy is “beauty from the inside out.” What this means is that what we put in our bodies will make our skin and overall appearance more healthy and radiant. While topicals can do wonders it is critical to not forget the dietary component.  Make sure that you have adequate intake of healthy fats such as those found in salmon and extra virgin olive oil, as well as fruits such as berries and veggies – my favorite is watercress.  Also, include high quality protein and drink plenty of pure spring water to get skin glowing. Enjoy my 3 day skincare diet!

What’s in it for me?

Besides learning the benefits that food can have on your skin and feeling that rush of confidence when your skin looks its best, join the Dr. Perricone 3-Day Skincare Diet Event on Facebook and share your success story or struggle. Once you RSVP and start sharing, you are automatically entered to win one of two $50 SpaWeek Gift Cards.

See the results!

Are you ready to go food shopping for beauty? Your counter will look a little something like this. Click HERE for all the details!

Eat For Beauty: Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Skin Care Diet


I’ve concluded that the only reason we human beings need skin care is because we eat crap.

What!? Okay, before I cut to the conclusion, let’s rewind to one of the best facials of my life: by Estella at the Perricone MD Flagship Store and skincare spa in New York City, a glistening Upper East Side skin care mecca created by beloved skin expert and author Dr. Nicholas Perricone. Estella has been named by our partner Allure Magazine as one of the top 10 estheticians in America—she even used to do Dr. Perricone’s facials! After she cleansed out every last pore on my face with deep yet delicate extractions followed by an Intraceuticals oxygen infusion, my skin was positively radiant, and it lasted for days and days—every blemish soothed, every surface smoothed. She didn’t even leave any redness! Needless to say, I was going to listen to anything she told me.

Estella instructed me to try Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Skin Care Diet before my next important event—it’s a strict anti-inflammatory regimen that is proven to give dramatic, immediate results of bright, clear, firm, glowing skin. She said all her brides do it, and it works every time! So, right before hosting the red carpet for the Spa Week Media Party, I did exactly that. And now, I’m leaving on Friday for a 10-day vacay in LA/Santa Monica (woohoo!) feeling less than luminous, so this morning I started it again for a second time. I already am seeing a difference in 12 hours. It’s truly incredible and I’m SO excited to share this with you!

Why the 3-Day Dr. Perricone Diet?

The diet is very restrictive, but for only 3 days anything’s possible, right? All your menu items are delicious, so actually, you should be excited to start. For 3 days you will be eating only specific foods rich in anti-oxidants and specific fatty acids; these foods aren’t just “not bad for your skin” – they are all tremendously good for it. The diet will control inflammation and fluid retention with foods containing DMAE, astaxanthin, and essential fatty acids that increase skin’s radiance, glow, and firmness. Best of all, it’s extremely easy to get started because your shopping list is outlined for you:


Dr. Perricone 3 Day Diet Shopping List

For the main course (breakfast, lunch, or dinner):

  • 1 dozen fresh eggs.
  • Old-fashioned oatmeal. (Instant oatmeal will rapidly raise your blood sugar, triggering a burst of inflammation.)
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds of fresh salmon minimum, cut into 6 portions.
  • 8 ounces of thinly sliced, low-salt turkey or chicken breast.
  • 1 can of sardines packed in olive oil, or 1 can of low-sodium tuna packed in water. I don’t like either, so I skipped this

Low-glycemic fruits:

  • 2 ripe cantaloupes
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1/2 pint of raspberries
  • 1/2 pint of blackberries
  • 3 green (e.g. Granny Smith) apples
  • 2 pears or an additional 2 green apples
  • 2 lemons

Green vegetables:

  • 1 pound of asparagus
  • 1 pound of broccoli
  • 1 pound of fresh spinach Try baby organic spinach (pre-washed for super-ease). Read about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 for a guide on which fruits and veggies to always buy organic.
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce

Good sources of healthy fats:

  • Olives, fresh or canned
  • Raw, unsalted almonds I’m allergic to raw nuts, so although you see roasted nuts pictured above, I ended up not eating them to remain strict.
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • 8-ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil My savior for the week, and the best ingredient on Earth! Read about how to taste olive oil – from my trip to Tuscany.

Others not mentioned:

  • Plain, all natural yogurt This is not on his official shopping list, but it’s on his sample menu, so I’m adding it. Greek Yogurt is my preference.
  • Tea Tea is always good—try green tea or ginger tea, 2 of the most anti-inflammatory ones

Finally, 3 or 4 gallons of spring water. The Dr Perricone 3 Day Diet calls for six 8- to 12-ounce servings of water and an additional 2 glasses of water minimum throughout the day. Try keeping fresh water at your desk at work and in your car.

My Top 2 Go-To Meals

Sunnyside up eggs and satueed spinach for breakfast. Ever since this diet I’ve been having this at least 3 mornings a week. Pour about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil onto an oversized pan – if anyone tells you to use PAM, they are sorely mislead. Crack the eggs, and then place the spinach on the other side of the pan. Toss them around in the olive oil to grease them up good, maybe pour on some more EVOO, then sprinkle salt and pepper and then let them cook till they get stuck to the pan, crispy and brown. This will be your “bread” to soak up the yummy oozy yolk.


Salmon, salmon, salmon. I made so much salmon! The only additions this most versatile fish needs is a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and 12 minutes in the oven on 350 (I like it a bit undercooked). I also love it encrusted in Eden Organic brand’s Seaweed Gomasio, which I discovered recently at a luncheon with Pooja Mottl. It’s a mixture of Sesame Seeds, Seaweed and Sea Salt and adds hearty, seedy flavor to salmon, asparagus, salads and pretty much anything—it’s a healthier alternative to salt. Roll your salmon in olive oil, add the Gomasio, some black pepper (and extra sesame seeds if you like them as much as I do), stick it on a tray with some asparagus (here I used white asparagus), put it on a bed of baby spinach tossed with EVOO, balsamic vinegar, a spritz of lemon and Gomasio, and make yourself a dish that looks like this (my lunch today):


The best part: The Results

When you eat good-for-you food, your body truly knows how to kiss you and thank you for it. I couldn’t believe the results! Over the 3 days, blemishy redness in my skin began to go away, and a beautifully rich, smooth texture and bronzed hue surfaced. Pimples pending under the surface retracted rather than sprouting, my pores appeared to shrink, and I beamed with an A-list  dewy glow. Beyond just my skin looking its best… I dropped a few pounds, I de-bloated and trimmed down both in my body and face, and I felt an amazing, noticeable rush of superwoman energy.

When I went in to get my makeup done for the Spa Week event, 3 hardboiled eggs in hand, my makeup artist Lysette immediately noticed a WOW difference in my skin. Usually there are a few things to cover up and she occasionally uses her airbrush when it’s real bad, but today she was working on a smooth, clear canvas.

This is me at the event with makeup, but believe me, without makeup my skin was just as clear.

Conclusion? I seriously do think that if everyone followed this diet all the time, we wouldn’t need all these toners and moisturizers and skin products. Our bodies would regulate and keep our skin hydrated and healthy from the inside out. But because we are human beings who love sodium in our turkey breast and high glycemic fruits like bananas and bread and cheese and birthday cake… we have to care for our skin from the outside too.

After the 3 days were up, I transitioned slowly back to normal eating, however I couldn’t say goodbye to these results just yet! I kept the foundations of the Dr. Perricone Diet in my every day routine. I load up on salmon and try to eat it every day. I continue to eat lots of berries, pears, melon, eggs, spinach, olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and while doing this after the diet, my skin stayed gleaming for another week and a half.

And here’s the clincher: The very next time I had pizza, I immediately got a pimple. Dairy can indeed lead to skin problems, but come ON! Did it have to be so dramatic?

Please give this diet a try next time you have an event coming up, and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you, before, after or during… if you have any questions, rants or raves – get me anytime at michelle at spaweekmedia dot com.

Dr. Perricone also has a not-as-strict 28-Day Fresh Start Challenge diet for a longer-term diet plan on your quest to eat for beauty.

13 Golden Rules To Simply Amazing Skin – By Dr. Perricone

Beautiful skin should be simple. That’s why Spa Week Daily, with the help of our resident Skin Expert Dr. Nicholas Perricone, board-certified dermatologist and world renowned healthy-aging expert, created this simple list of rules to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. We have Dr. Perricone thank for the Eat for Beauty 3-day skincare diet that so many of you tried, and his flagship spa and store is always a Spa Week $50 favorite. We encourage you to print/plaster this list somewhere as a reminder that amazing skin doesn’t have to be someone else’s. You have the power to make it your skin, and it’s only a few simple rules away.

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