After a long, cold winter many of us need to lose a few pounds to get ready for the fast approaching bikini season. We know that dairy, carbs and sugar make us gain weight. But we need something naughty to look forward to and fantasize on… Personally, I am unable to crack my sweet tooth. I wanted something to replace my winter German Chocolate Cake obsession with that would give me multiple benefits. I finally hit upon it.
As the summer heat wilts your skin, your smile, and your appetite, focus on cool fruit and vegetable snacks. My favorite summer skin refresher is the cucumber. The more I learn about cucumbers there more astounded I am by all of its magical properties. Who knew?!
Cucumbers, scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin). I became addicted to them thanks to the innovative cooking of the Serbian grandmother of my child. At every meal grandma serves a cucumber salad. Sometimes the cucumbers are chopped and mixed with plain yogurt, dill, lemon juice and olive oil and sometimes with mint and feta.
Cucumbers are an excellent palate cleanser and refresh the mouth and breath. (They are also a fantastic flirtation-starter for those of you who like to send a suggestive message to the opposite sex in the vegetable aisle of the store… Though some men may wilt when faced with the more intimidating specimens of Cucumis sativus, a little fondling of the impressive cucumber may rev your engines…And who knows what could happen then?)
But why are they so magical?? Here are 30 reasons:
You can spend as much as you like on expensive creams and procedures. However, these foods will re-vitalize your skin from the inside out for a lot less money. No need to buy them all at the same time and remember to eat what you cut into as quickly as possible – before the fruit or vegetable oxidizes… So get the golden glow of a goddess and take this list to the grocery store!
This drink is not for the faint of heart so if you are one of those people who aren’t capable of making a big effort for beauty, youth and immunity – stop reading now.
I drink this concoction about 5x a week and yes, I gag a little during the process. My baby always watches me with great fascination while I glug back this nut-spice smoothie. But ladies, I glow, I shine and I exude health and vitality… And I might be able to crank out a baby when I am 60!
You will need a coffee bean grinder – about $20 (worldwide). Below, are the ingredients and their amazing benefits.
Put a spoonful of curcumin/turmeric, nutritional yeast, cinnamon and wheat germ in a large glass. Grind all your seeds (make certain to keep your seeds ‘oil-ripe’ by preserving in the fridge) and put in the glass. Add water and stir vigorously. Stir before every sip as well. Swallow. Because you have ground the seeds they will be more quickly and easily absorbed and digested by the body. Remember, eating solids causes the body to produce stress hormones in order to break down food…
After drinking this drink you will promptly lose your appetite for the entire day. So it is an excellent nutrition-diet (and may have laxative effects on some). Continue reading
Grey skies and cold weather getting you down? Has your love life dwindled to romantic comedies with slappable characters? Are your kids making your hair grey? Feel like you need a little boost but you’re off the rock star diet? Well grab your shopping bag ladies because this simple smoothie made every root on my head rear forward like a lion opening its mouth to roar. I was full, electric, horny and energized all at once. When I left my apartment I positively BOUNCED along the street and found myself winking at everyone – men and women of all ages. This smoothie is a drug you can safely get addicted to that doesn’t require a huge budget or a dealer. Drink it and you will feel infected with joy and a desire to spread it!
Now – don’t you want to know what was in that smoothie? Continue reading
My crunchy vegan friends have been harping for years about sprouting. Sprouting beans, nuts, seeds – if there was a solid crumb on the floor they’d probably snatch it up and cover it in water. I had only half an ear cocked until I met Lola.
I met her at an art opening in Paris. She was your basic nightmare – clear-skinned, gorgeous waist-length chestnut hair, mysterious long hooded green eyes, tapering fingers and lips so naturally plump they actually had that little line of cleavage that looks like a cleft in the chin… I was drawn to her and followed her surreptitiously while mulling my opening gambit and wondering if I had finally become a lesbian. (It would make sense given my recent history – but that will be a book so stay tuned…)
Finally, we both lingered in front of a particularly abstract rendition of black and red chaos. I ventured a tentative comment coupled with a flirty laugh. She responded. But I didn’t want to talk about the art. I wanted to know about her canvas – her perfect skin. What were her secrets? It’s not as if she was 30. She was older. I could tell by her walk, her attitude. This was someone that had lived. Had I finally met another vampire? Maybe we could go somewhere and share a bite…
Like everyone Lola enjoyed a compliment. A few more and she was ready to share. Her secret: sprouted beans. Lola is a vegetarian and she swore up and down about the MAGICAL results of sprouting. She sprouts beans, nuts and seeds around the clock. They are her protein, her vitamins, her enzymes – her glorious skin.
But why? But how?
10 Reasons to Sprout Continue reading
I chose the word bloody not because I am pretending to be English but because the vegetable I refer to oozes blood red juice with every bite. That vegetable is the miraculous beet. Like vampires sucking life juice from their victims, I highly recommend you get sucking on some beets pronto for all the reasons listed below.
Now most people overlook the beet. They don’t seek it out or crave it. And that is because they have no idea about all it has to offer.
Here are 8 reasons not to ignore beets by the amazing Diana J. Herrington – head chef on Real Food for Life. Continue reading
Most women think that cranberries are useful only for helping eradicate or prevent UTI infections. But the health benefits of cranberries are far more wide-ranging and even a tad surprising.
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a small round red colored fruit which is native to America. It typically grows in bogs. If you’ve ever been in Nantucket you may have seen its extensive bogs. Nantucket is home to some of the largest contiguous cranberry bogs in the world where cranberries have been grown since 1857. American cranberry is one of the only three species of fruit native to North America. The other species are blueberry and bilberry. Cranberry gets its name from “crane-berry” because its stem and flower resemble the head, neck, and beak of a crane.
Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. They have strong antibacterial effects in the body and eating cranberries prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching itself to the body. Something else to think about before sleeping with someone you don’t know well! (While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.
One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. Continue reading
I have been eating literally pounds of cherries in the past few weeks and because my skin looks more fabulous than usual I started did a little bit of research – and ran out to buy some more!
Cherry season is NOW and once you read the below you won’t want to miss out on the chance to eat as many as possible while you can. Aim for organic as always.
A member of the plum family, most commercial cherries are derived from just two species: the sweet – or wild cherry – known as Prunus Avium, and the sour cherry, known as Prunus Cerasus.
Cherries have been used as a medical aid since the 1950′s to treat gout sufferers, since their ability to reduce uric acid in the blood improves symptoms significantly. But as studies into this bright juicy berry advance, more and more is being discovered about how cherries can improve our health: Continue reading