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Shaved Brussel Sprout, Grape & Manchego Salad

Los Angeles is populated with amazing restaurants - I still have dozens I want to try - and even more keep popping up…it’s the never-ending story.  

We unfortunately though, tend to stick to what we know when deciding fast because really, who wants to wait for 45 minutes for a table when they’re “hangry”.  Oh make a reservation you say?  i.e.. planning? That is just out of the question for this gang over here.

But this Sunday was different, we left the pocket we tend to get comfortable in and discovered something mouth watering and simple - something I went home and had dreams about.   Enjoy.

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What You will Need:

Salad

  • 4 cups shredded brussel sprouts (or one bag - I bought mine from whole foods)
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes (about 40) halved
  • 4 scallions (white and light green part only) sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped unsalted, roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded or crumbled manchego cheese
  • 14 small parsley leaves (this is optional but adds such a bright element)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of cayenne (pepper substitute)

Directions:

  1. Start by boiling a large pot of water to blanch the brussel sprouts.  I do this for literally 1 minute just to take away some of the fibrous texture and make the brussel sprouts extra green.  Strain them and run cold water over them and let them drain.
  2. In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon, agave, salt and cayenne and whisk well - set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add the halved grapes, sliced scallions, chopped almonds, manchego cheese and parsley.  Add the brussel sprouts and toss so all the ingredients are mixed around.
  4. Start by adding only 1/4 of a cup of the dressing - toss and see if you need to add some more.  You just want everything to be lightly coated.
  5. Serve this killer salad on it’s own or with some protein - personally I find this to be the perfect meal all in itself with the cheese and almonds.  

Tagged: #recipes

Whole Food Super Heroes

I have been researching a lot about maintaing a plant based diet and the benefits - out of total curiosity.  I don’t jump into anything but love the research that goes with it and learning about something I am passionate about.

Along my “whole food” research I came across some pretty crazy ways to use everyday super foods that made me think…”whole-y cow” - such a bad joke.  But honestly, below are some ways our everyday power foods kick ass in more ways than one:

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BENEFITS:

  • Compared to fruits like apples, oranges or bananas, strawberries have the highest amount of nutrients.
  • The anthocyanins can boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks
  • Lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body
  • Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

USES:

  1. Skin Toner
    Strawberry can be used as a skin toner. Grind the strawberries to extract the juice. Mix two teaspoons of strawberry juice with 1/4 cup  of rose water and refrigerate it. You can apply it instead of your regular skin toner and can be stored up to 10 days.

  2. Skin Cleanser
    Strawberry has great cleansing properties. Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face while tightening the pores. Ellagic acid being an antioxidant combats skin damage to maintain its youth and freshness. 

  3. Hair Moisturizer
    Strawberry protects the cell membranes of the scalp due to its potent antioxidant effects.  Applying a mixture of mashed strawberries and egg yolk on your scalp is a great way to moisturize your hair.

  4. UV-Protection
    Strawberry contains ellagic acid which, when applied topically protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

  5. Under Eye Puffiness
    Being astringent in nature strawberries can reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes. For this purpose, cut a strawberry into thin slices. Lying in a cool place, put the strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 to 12 minutes. 

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BENEFITS:

  • Packed with essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin B
  • Well earned reputation for keeping hair and skin looking young, beautiful, and soft
  • Healthiest food on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients
  • Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals 
  • Fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance which help to regulate blood sugar levels 
  • Cleanses intestine which is the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedy

USES:

  1. Eye therapy
    Yes, avocados can rid you of your eye circles & puffiness. Simply the ago into slices, lie down and place a few slices under each eye. After about 20 minutes you’ll be good to go!

  2. Hair mask
    An avocado hair mask does the trick. In a mixing bowl, combine one ripe avocado with 1tbsp coconut oil and 1/4 cup melted shea butter (or just use 1/4 cup coconut oil) . Apply to roots and ends, leave in for 30 minutes, and rinse out.

  3. Exfoliating Mask
    Mix together one avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. 

  4. The Perfect Sauce
    Combine 1 avocado, juice of 2 limes, 1/4 of a red onion, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper in a blender and voila - top toast, salad, chicken or fish.

  5. Baby food
    New baby in your life? Avocado is a great transitional food for babies at least 4 months old. Not only will your baby love the smooth, velvety texture and the mild flavor, but avocados are also loaded with healthy unsaturated fat.

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BENEFITS:

  • Extremely high in vitamin C and vitamin A
  • Good source of dietary fiber - good for the colon!
  • Vitamin C shows remarkable reduction in inflammation
  • Of all fruit juices, grapefruit juice is ranked among the highest in antioxidants 
  • Protects the skin from UV rays.
  • Half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals is associated with significant weight loss
  • Grapefruit is a natural antibacterial

USES:

  1. Scent your home
    Pour a cup of fresh grapefruit juice and a half of a cup of water into a small saucepan and simmer it on the stove. Your whole home will smell amazing

  2. Scent your laundry
    Mix fresh grapefruit juice with distilled water in a spray bottle and mist your towels, linens, curtains, and clothes. The water will evaporate as it dries leaving a sweet grapefruit scent. 

  3. Keep Animals out of your Garden
    Cats in particular hate citrus scents, so placing a small mesh bag filled with grapefruit and orange rinds around your outdoor plants or along your fence line will discourage neighborhood animals from coming into your garden. 

  4. Exfoliate Your Skin 
    Mix some 1/4 cup granulated, 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice with a little grapeseed or olive oil and use in the shower on your whole body, especially your feet. The grapefruit juice will tone and tighten your skin and the sugar will gently exfoliate.

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BENEFITS:

  • Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc
  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins
  • Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin puffiness. 
  • Silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth

USES:

  1. Home Care
    Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.

  2. Relieves Bad Breath
    Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

  3. Hangover Cure
    To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

  4. Getting Rid of Bugs
    Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

  5. Cellulite Diminishing
    Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

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BENEFITS:

  • Cinnamon has demonstrated an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections 
  • Added to foods, the spice inhibits spoilage with its anti-bacterial properties
  • Cinnamon has anti clotting properties
  • Has a high content of easily absorbed manganese, calcium, iron, and fiber
  • Hldest form of medicine still existing throughout the world
  • Honey is clinically proven for healing diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Should use raw bee products of all types for longevity

USES:

  1. For a Cold Remedy
    Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days to cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

  2. Breakouts
    Apply three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water for two weeks to remove pimples from the root.

  3. Lack of Sleep
    Sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon increases the vitality of the body within a week.

  4. Feeling a Little Gassy?
    According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

  5. Bad Breathe
    Gargling with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning will keep the breath fresh all day.

Pretty neat right?  Try incorporating more healthful ingredients into all of your day-to-day activities.  We consume so many bad things, consuming the right things are in our control.  Maybe make an effort to try ONE thing from above live a more healthful lifestyle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided in this publication is for
informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. This information should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.


The publisher and the author are not responsible for any goods and/or services offered or referred to in this blog and expressly disclaim all liability in connection with the fulfillment of orders for any such goods or services and any damage, loss or expense to person or property arising out of or relating to them.

Tagged: #health

Summer Drippy Ice Cream Tutorial

If you’ve been experiencing the recent heat wave like we have been in LA- I’m sure you’ve been looking for all sorts of ways to stay cool… and what better way than with an ice cream cone!  
A recent trip to the ice cream parlor inspired me to turn one of my favorite nail looks (the slime manicure) into a cute and sweet ice cream cone  look that’s beyond perfect for summer and totally fat free (Tehee). Here we’ll show you how I did it!

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Materials Needed

  • Nude Nail Polish (LVX “d’Orsay”)
  • Light Brown Nail Polish (Zoya “Flynn”)
  • Multi Color Glitter Nail Polish (NCLA “Cookies N’ Gold”)
  • White Nail Polish (Deborah Lippmann “Amazing Grace”)
  • Red Nail Polish (Jenna Hipp “Room Service”)
  • Acrylic Paint or Nail Polish in Rainbow Colors
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Thin Striping Brush
  • Dotting Tool Medium Size
  • Dotting Tool in Extra Small size (Or can use the end of a paper clip)

Directions

  1. Paint four nails on each hand with two coats of a light nude nail polish and then paint your accent nails with two coats of your glitter nail polish. 
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  2. Next take your striping brush and paint on criss crossing lines over your nude nails with the light brown polish. This will resemble your nail polish cones!
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  3. Next you are going to paint on your ice cream drips. Take your medium dotting tool and dip it in your white nail polish. Then place white dots at different lengths down the nail bed.
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    Then take your white nail polish brush and fill in the tip of the nail connecting your drips in a curved swipe of the brush. You can use your dotting tool to create extra drips towards the base of the nail! 
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  4. Clean off your medium sized dotting tool and then dip it into red nail polish. place one red dot at the center tip of your nail as the red cherry on top of your ice cream. Then take all your rainbow colors of either polish or acrylic paint and create “sprinkles” on the white drips with your extra small dotting tool (or paper clip). I used the guideline of two sprinkles per color, evenly spaced away from each other, in order to make sure the colors look balanced! 
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  5. Lastly use Seche Vite to paint a top coat on all your nails. A top coat always locks in your colors and make your mani really last. It will also smooth out your drippy ice cream cones and make them extra shiny!
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Tagged: #beauty

Life’s A Beach

If anyone lives in LA then you probably know where we are heading this weekend…yup…THE BEACH!  With this scorching heat wave we will bring down our bikes, our beach bag essentials and stay until the sun goes down.  

For a day at the beach though you need to keep occupied - with healthy snacks, music, a good book and more!  Below are our Beach Bag essentials to make your day, a perfect beach day….and not a b*tch day.

Buy it Here:

  1. Beach Bag - Bop Basics
    This bag is large and in charge and ca fit it all!  Perfect colors so it won’t get dirty and won’t clash.

  2. To-go Salad - Margeaux & Linda’s Vegan Kitchen
    Cause we always are hungry - carrying around these awesome vegan creations are the best beach choice - though best served cold if they get a little warm you won’t get sick.

  3. Drink - CoCo Cafe
    Chill these in the fridge and enjoy an iced coffee to go right out of your beach bag.

  4. Book - Chelsea Handler’s “Uganda Be Kidding Me”
    This is one of those books you can read out loud to the gang and everyone will love it.

  5. Beach iPhone Case - Gray Malin
    Because your phone needs to match your surroundings.

  6. Pink Speaker  - Beats Pill
    This thing can play music…loud! And will hook up your iPhone through blutooth so when one phone dies you can attach another.

  7. Water Bottle - Lifefactory
    Instead of wasting a ton of plastic bottles - fill this one up and bring a large jug for everyone to share.

  8. Bikini - Triangl Swim
    This bikini is everything, seriously.

  9. Towel - Shop Bop
    This towel not only makes me laugh and is SO TRUE and fitting for a beach day, it also can fit two people….cozy.

*Beach banner image by Gray Malin

Tagged: #fashion
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