Hand Saving Recipe!

Honey Sugar Scrub Hand Treatment 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp powdered milk

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Mix together into a slightly runny paste in a bowl.

Apply gently rubbing the mixture into damp hands. Let mixture sit on hands for at least 10 minutes. I recommend applying the mixture onto hands over the sink and putting each hand in a baggie to contain any mess. Wash hands in warm not hot water without soap. Once rinsed off apply hand cream.

I like to do this treatment once to twice a week at night.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients please don’t try this recipe.

Cucumber-Melon Spa Water Recipe!

cucumber melon spa water

Rejuvenate and refresh without stepping foot inside a spa. This recipe for Cucumber Melon Spa Water from chef and author Candice Kumai is a hydrating treat.

Cucumber Melon Spa Water

Ingredients:
12 thin slices cucumber ** unwaxed cucumber-organic is perfect
5 -1″ cubes of honeydew melon, skin removed
1 bunch mint, torn off, and tossed into the water
6 cups chilled still spring (or mineral water for a fizzy treat)
** Add in fresh basil, or even lavender, orange slices or even some simple syrup for an even sweeter treat!

Directions:
1. Place the cucumber, the peeled honeydew melon, and a handful of fresh mint into your pitcher

2. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for a few hours before guests arrive.

3. You have the option to strain the mixture and discard solids, or use the infused spa water as a visual treat, and have a strainer on the spout/lid. Pour water into gorgeous, tall, clear glasses, with big ice cubes for a real refreshing treat, add more mint and even a few thin slices of cucumber on the brim of the glass for garnish. Fancy!

Via Heidi Klum AOL

Recipes for Healthy Skin!

Organic Pore-Minimizing Bread
Organic Pore-Minimizing Bread
A delicious way to minimize your pores by cleaning out your system

Active prep time: 10 minutes
Inactive prep time: 2 hours
Bake time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
3 cups of spelt flour
1 to 2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups of ground flax seeds
1 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 packet of dry yeast
1 tablespoon of honey
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 cup of warm water

Directions:
Bloom yeast in warm water by combining yeast, water, and honey in a bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients. Add bloomed yeast and extra virgin olive oil. Mix until well incorporated. Knead for 5 minutes.

Apply just enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bowl. Gently place dough in bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let rest for 2 hours in a dark, warm place. This dough will not rise much at all. It is a super-dense bread.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Allow oven to heat up for at least 20 minutes before baking bread.

Punch down dough and shape it into a loaf of desired length. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. When you tap on the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow. Let cool on a wire wrack.

This is a nutrient-dense bread that will help stimulate your colon and will naturally cleanse your system. Flax seed and chia seeds are excellent for you. The cleaner your colon is, the smaller your pores will be, and you will have fewer break-outs. It is delicious toasted.

Skin-Refreshing Salad
This is a very nourishing, anti-aging salad. It is loaded with anti-oxidants that support healthy skin.
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Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 head of Romaine lettuce
2 carrots
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 stick celery
½ cup basil leaves
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions:
Clean lettuce in ice cold water. Wash herbs, carrots, and celery. Slice carrots and celery. Rough chop lettuce with ceramic knife, if possible. Leave herbs whole. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Toss with salad dressing.

Skin-Refreshing Dressing

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon walnut oil
½ teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Directions:
Blend all ingredients.

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Skin-Quenching Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a summertime staple and picnic essential. Try Susan’s recipe for an update on the classic that is both nourishing and hydrating. It quenches your skin from the inside out.

Ingredients:
1 English cucumber, peeled, sliced and seeded
2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
1 cup jicama, peeled and sliced
supremes from 1 pink grapefruit
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced paper thin
½ cup fresh mint chiffonade*
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
Juice and rind of one lemon juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a chilled glass bowl. Be sure to serve the fruit salad in chilled glass bowls, as well.

* Roll several leaves into a cigar shape and slice very thinly.

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

From EatingWell

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, (4-5 ounces), peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices
  • 16 thin slices cantaloupe, (about 1/2 small cantaloupe), rind removed
  • 1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach. Top each salad with strawberries, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame se

Beauty Food: Asparagus

Via Daily Perricone

Known as “the ultimate detox vegetable” in some circles, Asparagus is an incredible anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory all start. The nutrients present in asparagus make it a shining light for chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other systemic diseases. Here are some of the other key nutrients may be that make Asparagus such an incredible health and beauty food.

Folate – This nutrient works with Vitamin B12 to help fight cognitive deterioration. So this is increasingly important as we age, since the ability to absorb B12 decreases with age. Folate also helps reduce pain and inflammation.

Glutathione – This antioxidant, known as the master antioxidant, present in asparagus, helps break down cancer causing carcinogens and other free radicals. Asparagus is great as a detox vegetable, an anti-aging vegetable, and no surprise – an aphrodisiac, and much more.

Vitamin C – Asparagus contains over 30% of the RDA of this vitamin. It’s a strong antioxidant and can help lower blood pressure, promote a healthy immune system, and prevent other age-related declining eye problems.

Vitamin K – Asparagus is the top source of Vitamin K. This vitamin helps your body with blood clotting, helping it to heal faster. It also has the ability to increase calcium absorption for your bones. After all, what good are all these wonderful nutrients if they can’t be absorbed?

Chromium – This trace mineral helps the body to be better able to transport glucose from the bloodstream to its cells. That basically means that it helps regulate blood sugar levels.

One last thing to note when storing your bunch of asparagus: these vegetables have a very high respiration rate making it more perishable. Wrapping by the ends with a damp paper towel or cloth, and wrapping it around the ends will help slow down this process. However, it is still a good idea to enjoy the asparagus within two days of purchase.

How do you enjoy asparagus?

 

Asparagus recipe

Grilled Asparagus with Cashew

Curry Sauce

 

Lately in my anti-inflammatory kitchen, I’ve been gravitating towards making nut-based recipes, especially those featuring the versatile cashew. Tasting as I was adding each ingredient that came after the base, this became a fun kitchen experiment. I thought I was done, but something seemed like it was missing. That’s when I thought to try a bit with a smidge of molasses, and I decided that I needed to add a teaspoon into the batch. It may sound curious, but trust me on this one.

Cashew Curry Sauce

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked, rinsed, and drained overnight
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 2/3 cup filtered water + more if needed depending on the consistency you want
  • 1 tsp Bragg’s amino acid or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tsp molasses, optional
  • Pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional

Asparagus

  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions

  1. Put the soaked cashews in a food processor with the lemon juice and filtered water. Pulse till it becomes a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients, and pulse till everything is well incorporated.
  3. To prep the asparagus break or cut off any tough bottom ends.
  4. Coat the spears with olive oil, and grill or sauté them in a pan. Be sure not to get them charred by turning them every once in awhile.
  5. Drizzle the sauce over the asparagus, and serve right away. You can decide if the sauce has enough flavor or if you would like to add more salt.

Katharina Knoll, a Manhattan-based food and art enthusiast has prepared a series of anti-inflammatory recipes celebrating simple, rustic foods. Enraptured by the intersection of health and nutrition, Kat is the founder and director of Behind Foods. Follow Kat on her blog, Katharina’s Food Adventures

 

 

 

Almond Sprouts: Yummy Nutritional Food to Make your Skin Glow!


It’s easy to sprout almonds. No, you didn’t miss read I wrote almonds!

Almonds contain high levels of catalase, an enzyme that may help slow the graying process by preventing a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in follicles that can cause hair to turn gray.  These nuts are one of the best food sources of vitamin E.  The vitamin E in almonds can help nourish your skin and protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. This is not an excuse to not wear sunscreen!  Just be sure to eat them in moderation, since almonds and other nuts are calorie–dense.

In just 10-12 hours the goodness locked inside the kernel changes into a growing, living food. Sprouted almonds are moister, softer to chew, and easier to digest. They taste so much sweeter and lose that strong “almond” flavor. The sweetness is a definite plus!

Sprouting wakes up the enzymes that usually remain dormant within each almond. These enzymes activate when they come in contact with water (the soaking process). The potential growth for each almond is to become a tree.  When we eat sprouted almonds our bodies receive this concentrated vital energy and nutrition.
Regular unsprouted almonds are nutritious too (see nutritional chart below.) The fat digesting enzyme, lipase, is only available to humans once the almonds have sprouted. Otherwise this enzyme remains dormant because of the almonds’ own enzyme inhibitors that change only when conditions become favorable for its growth (soaking). This is why seeds can still sprout after hundreds of years.

Another fun thing to try is Almond Milk!

Steps To Sprout Almonds

Use only raw, whole, unpeeled almonds. I start soaking either in the morning, or the night before. Check the almonds and discard any that are broken – these can be used in other recipes.

1. Put 1/2 cup almonds in a wide mouth glass jar or ceramic container.

2. Cover with two cups of pure, cold water.

3. Place anywhere in the kitchen away from direct sunlight to keep from overheating the water. Almonds do not need light to sprout, only normal room temperatures. Soak for about 10 – 12 hours. I like to rinse the almonds after they have soaked for several hours, then cover again with fresh water and continue the process.

4. After soaking for 10-12 hours, pour the water off the almonds (or directly through a strainer) and rinse with cold water. Don’t be surprised that the water is brown. This comes from the cinnamon colored skins. Drain.

5. Keep the almonds in the glass jar and cover. Or, if using a strainer, slip it inside a clean zip lock bag to hold in the moisture. Refrigerate.

6. Leave the almonds in the jar, or wrapped, until you are ready to use them. The almonds will become even sweeter and moister in another day.

Remember to rinse and drain the almonds each day. Store remaining almonds in the refrigerator—they will stay fresh for 4 – 5 days. If at any time they develop an odor, taste bitter, or look mildewed, throw them out and start another batch.

Growing Longer
f you are doing a science experiment – or growing an almond tree seedling, keep Rinsing and Draining every 8-12 hours for as long as you like, but don’t expect to eat your crop.
Actually – if you want to grow a tree, you should start with an almond that is still in its shell.
Seed Storage
Almonds are best stored in a cool location – we keep ours in a freezer, but a refrigerator works well too. If you plan on storing Almonds for more than 3 months you should use one of these cool locations. If you leave them at 70° they will likely last for a year or 2, but they may not. When almonds go bad, they get rancid, so you will likely smell it if that happens to your almonds. Consider yourself warned

Nutritional Information for unsoaked Almonds:

 Nutrient Values of Almonds: Single Serving         (1 ounce)
Food Component % Daily Value % Daily Value in 3 oz.
Macronutrients
Calories 170.0
Protein 6.0 g 12% 36%
Carbohydrate 6.0 g 2% 6%
Fat 15.0 g 23% 66%
Alcohol 0.000 g
Fats
Cholesterol 0.000 mg 0%
Saturated Fat 1.5 g 8% 24%
Mono Fat 10.0 g
Poly Fat 3.0 g
Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g 12% 36%
Soluble Fiber 0.057 g
Insoluble Fiber 2.436 g
Sugar 2.0 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 0.0 IU 0%
Vitamin E 10.0 IU 35% 105%
Thiamin 0.06 mg 4% 12%
Riboflavin 0.22 mg 4% 12%
Niacin 0.95 mg 4% 12%
Vitamin B6 0.03 mg 2% 6%
Folate 17.0 mcg 4% 12%
Vitamin B12 0.000 mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.0 mg 0%
Biotin 6.0 mcg 2% 6%
Vitamin C 0.0 mg 0%
Vitamin D 0.0 IU 0%
Minerals
Sodium 0.0 mg 0%
Potassium 207.0 mg 6% 18%
Iron 1.0 mg 6% 12%
Calcium 75.0 mg 8% 24%
Magnesium 84.0 mg 20% 60%
Phosphorous 147.0 mg 14% 42%
Zinc 1.0 mg 6% 18%
Copper 0.27 mg 14% 42%

English: Green Almonds.

English: Green Almonds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Disclaimer
While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Healthy Beverages to give you a Glow from the Inside Out!

Kimberly Snyder’s Official Glowing Green Smoothie (R) Recipe

Glowing Green Smoothie

Please note: For maximum health and beauty benefits, it is necessary to NOT only drink the Glowing Green Smoothie but also follow the whole Beauty Detox program.

Drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies. A serving of the GGS contains over 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week!

Greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet. You might be surprised to learn that greens even have high-quality, easily-assimilated amino acids – enough to build the protein that supports the muscle mass of the mighty, greens-eating gorilla, which pound-for-pound is the strongest animal on earth!

Blending helps make greens’ full spectrum of nutrition readily available to the body. Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! Blending addresses this problem, helping your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens.

This is the drink that I drink every day, and have all my clients drink to feel and look their best. I hope that it will become part of your daily life as well.

I generally recommend starting out consuming around 16 ounces of the Glowing Green Smoothie, and then working up to 24 ounces or more. A Vitamix blender is definitely recommended to make this smoothie, so that it’s smooth, silky, and delicious in only a few minutes of prep time and cleanup.

The advantage of making a big batch like this one is time and convenience. Unlike juice, the Glowing Green Smoothie will keep in your refrigerator, as long as it’s covered, for about two and a half days. You can share it with your family or roommates, or have it yourself over that time period. You can also freeze portion sizes of it in glass containers and thaw out the night before in a bind.

Ongoing cleansing is a critical way to reach your highest potential of health and beauty. The Glowing Green Smoothie retains all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it. In nature, vegetables and fruit are found with both their fiber and juice intact, and we can’t improve on nature. Fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tent to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day.

Note: I encourage you to mix and match your greens and fruit. Vary this recipe with kale, chard, arugula, and the like. Just avoid melons, as they don’t combine well with other produce.

Ingredients (64 ounces / 2-4 servings)

  • 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 6 cups spinach, chopped
  • 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients

  • Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
  • 1/2 cup of organic cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of organic parsley

Directions

Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth.
Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

*For 1 serving, cut out one of the fruits and the celery.

Remember, your overall diet and lifestyle, and how you are cleansing out waste regularly are critical to you getting the results you want. You can’t just drink the GGS and expect maximum results…Be sure to read The Beauty Detox Solution to learn the entire program! It includes the crucial information to understand how to eat for beauty, as well as recipes, meal plans, and much more.

 

Dr. Oz’s Green Drink

Dr. Oz says he makes a breakfast drink for himself many mornings that he calls his green drink.

What’s in Dr. Oz’s green drink?

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups cucumber
  • 1 head of celery
  • 1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 apples
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

After everything is combined in a blender, this recipe makes 28 to 30 ounces—about three to four servings. Oprah takes a sip and is pleasantly surprised. “It’s a glass of fresh,” she says.

Dr. Oz’s second drink might not be as pleasant, but it’s still important—a shot of cod liver oil. “First of all, cod liver oil has the right kind of vitamin D in itvitamin D3. That’s why people who live in the north lands who don’t get any sun at all can still survive. It’s got the healthy fats that you want in it,” Dr. Oz says.  Read more

English: Spinach plant, Castelltallat, Catalon...

English: Spinach plant, Castelltallat, Catalonia Català: Planta d’espinac a principis de novembre, Castelltallat, Bages (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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