Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dill Dill Dill……

 

DillWe all like to try new things, right?   Well how about a refreshing Dill Face wash?  Dill and it’s feathery fun fragrance has beneficial properties that protect against free radicals and bacteria.  For a truly moisturizing cleanser, combine it with naturally exfoliating milk and calming aloe vera.

For a green routine the milk and dill in this everyday wash rids the skin of dead cells…great for all skin types.

1.  Cut fresh aloe lengthwise down the middle and scoop out about 1 tsp of the clear gel.

2.  In a small bowl combine aloe with 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp fresh chopped dill.  Stir until smooth.

3.  Massage the mixture on damp skin for approximately 1 full minute and rinse with warm, then cool water.  Pat dry and enjoy your day!

Yes….the magical food….

beans

What is so magical? Why BEANS of course!  Try to serve beans in some of the following forms a few times per month and enjoy the healthy benefits – quick serve and inexpensive to boot!

Quick or Slow, your choice.  Dried beans are the least expensive and most nutritious of foods.  Soak them overnight, rinse and simmer and eat.  If you are in a hurry then canned low-sodium beans are a great alternative.

Try a simple Buddha bowl for dinner.  Start with beans and whole grains then add raw or lightly steamed veggies and season to taste.

Whip up a new spread.  Cooked beans can become a delicious spread when whipped in your food processor.  Just add some healthy oil, herbs, nuts, etc and blend it up!  Use for a dip or on bread for a sandwich in place of Mayo.

Snack on Soy.  Edamame isn’t just for Sushi restaurants…try some at home.  Eat them just liked shelled peanuts.  Toss with sea salt or your favorite tamari sauce for some extra flavor.  Yummmmmmy

Life’s a beach

beach

I know I am not alone in my love and passion for the beach. A lake is fine. A river is nice. There is nothing like the ocean, though, to really get me rejuvenated.

Salt water: there is nothing more therapeutic for your joints and muscles than a soak in salt water. The ocean heals little nicks, cuts and scrapes, and if you take a minute to exfoliate with a little sand, your skin will be grateful for days. (Just remember to reapply sunscreen after time in the salt water and sand – it can eat away your suntan lotion).

Sense of stimulation: Go ahead and try to name one of your senses that isn’t stimulated by a day at the beach.

Recreate. I find there is nothing more cathartic than a long walk on the beach.

Unplugged. I really love it that the beach is entirely destructive to technology.

Sleep. Whenever I look around at the beach, I notice dozers everywhere. Rarely do I get more than a twilight and dreamy sleep while actually on the beach, but when I go home, I find that I am rested, relaxed, and ready to have the best night of sleep – it is truly therapeutic.

Bare feet. Having bare feet means freedom. It is nearly impossible to be formal without shoes on. If I am shoeless, I laugh more. I trip less. Bare feet mean comfort and I love being comfortable

Humanity. There is a lack of humanity in many aspects of my daily life. There is no patience, solitude, or connecting over the truly important things in life. At the beach I find people pull out more civility. Families connect. Friends play. Lovers relate and there is a different community for the day – one made up of people who are all out for a nice time. It is noticeable to me when I am on vacation or at a local beach for the day. I look forward to that.

Go out and enjoy the beach as soon and as often as you can!

Whole grains

wholegrains

It can be easier than you think, I promise.  Whole grains are a big improvement over typical white flour products because they give you fiber and key nutrients that are missing from refined grains like white rice and white flour.  Here are some easy and helpful suggestions.

Upgrade your noodles.  Try whole grain noodles in place of pasta made with refined grains. Don’t like the texture of whole grain noodles?  Then you should try quinoa pasta….if cooked right you will NOT know the difference!

Try new things.  Brown rice, pearled barley, quinoa, millet, bulgar wheat and lentils are among the most nutritious grains available.  Add these to family favorites like stuffed peppers or chicken sausage wraps.

Cook faster!  Whole wheat couscous cooks up so fast you can serve it on the busiest weeknight….only 10 minutes needed.

Spruce up your whole grain dishes with some sweet or savory items.  Mix in chopped dried apricots or cranberries, walnuts or hazelnuts.  Yummmmmm.

Fruity

fruit

Eating fresh fruit is healthy!  We all know it but do we always eat a lot of it?  The answer (if you are like me) is probably NO!  Here are  some easy tips to get you and your family to eat more healthy fresh fruits.

Snack smarter.  Try to encourage healthy eating with a bowl of fresh mixed berries, sliced bananas, apples, peaches, plums, pears, etc.  Increase the appeal by pairing it with a delicious cashew dip.  Soak cashews in water for about 4 hours, drain, then mix in a blender or food processor with dates, water, and vanilla.  Yummy!

Add a twist to you favorites.  Instead of PB&J try almond butter with date paste.

Mix your own.  Make your own blend of dried fruits, nuts and seeds for home-made trail mix…it’s great on the go!

Even dessert can be better and healthier with some fruit.  Try mixed berries, sliced pineapple or orange slices on your favorite deserts instead of whipped cream.

And don’t forget…healthy snacks do NOT spoil dinner like traditional sweet treats will.  So go ahead and eat more fruit starting NOW.