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Tracy Frank, Published January 02 2013

Thursday review: Drink this and wake up beautiful?

FARGO – I love the idea behind Beauty Foods Nightly Beauty: Drink a mug of hot chocolate before bed and wake up well-rested and beautiful.

While it is a nice bedtime treat, after trying a free sample of the product, I can’t say with any certainty that it works.

I do agree that I look better the morning after a good night’s sleep than I do the morning after I’ve been up all night.

But part of my problem is I have a toddler who still wakes up in the night more often than he sleeps through it. No amount of hot chocolate, no matter how vitamin-fortified it is, can fix that.

Beauty Foods Nightly Beauty beverage mix is supposed to promote youthful skin and a good night’s sleep by delivering a dose of beauty supplements like vitamins A, B, C, and E, biotin, magnesium, a natural collagen complex and something called natural AlphaWave L-Theanine and AlphaWave Calming Blend, said to promote relaxation and restorative sleep.

Beauty Foods says the vitamins and antioxidants will nourish the body from the inside out to produce a beautiful complexion and healthy skin, hair and nails.

The nights I drank the beverage and my toddler let me sleep through the night, I did wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested, but I can’t say whether that was due to the Nightly Beauty.

The nights I drank the beverage but my toddler woke me up, I still felt and looked exhausted the next morning.

Nightly Beauty comes in chocolate, vanilla and chocolate chai flavors and is 30 to 40 calories, depending on the flavor.

Beauty Foods recommends mixing the powder with 6 ounces of warm milk, but I found it a little bitter that way, so I mixed it in hot water and added a splash of sweetened creamer.

All three flavors tasted good, and I enjoyed drinking them, but they did have a bit of an aftertaste and did not mix easily.

Beauty Foods Nightly Beauty is available on beautyfoods.com and sells for $49.99 for a pretty box with a mirror stamped with the phrase, “Relax … you’re beautiful,” and 14 single-serve packets. Refills cost $34.99 or you can pay $62.98 for a monthly auto-shipment. Auto-shipments include a 10 percent discount and free shipping. Shipping is $7.95, but Beauty Foods is currently offering free shipping with the code BEAUTYSHIPS.

Beauty Foods claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526