Grapefruit, not just for breakfast

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If you are having a difficult time to make grapefruit as part of your families regular food, you are not alone. At our home this amazing, beautiful, nutritious fruit makes its way into salads, sides for sandwiches, and mid day snacks.

Benefits:

Skin

Fights skin damage, reduces wrinkles, and gives you an all over healthy look since it  plays a vital role in the formation of collagen. We can even apply the juice directly to skin. 

Heart

Lowers blood pressure, helps with weight control, & lowers blood sugar.

Digestion

High in fiber & water, grapefruit promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

 

 

 

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How to? for a good night sleep

what can be more energizing & rejuvenating than a good night sleep?

You open your eyes & realize you slept the entire night tucked in your bed wrapped in the warm soft comforter.

One sure way to set our bedroom for a solid sleep is to pay attention to how we have placed the furniture in the bedroom.

The art of feng shui creating positive flow.

Any room with unbalanced energy not only can affect our health, but our relationships, and finances too.

Here are some feng shui rules to follow for the bedroom;

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Solid wood headboard

1- your head should be near a solid wall. Using a wood headboard or solid upholstered headboard.

 

2- Avoid these colors: reds, purples, blues, and black.

3- No mirrors, which would be difficult to do,  but mirrors make the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang. keep it to one only, and don’t hang it on the wall near the foot of your bed.

4- Try not to have a TV or any electronic devices in the bedroom.

 

 

 

Summer Snacks to satisfy the entire family

On the beach, by the pool, the car trip they all call for snack time.

with the warm temperatures how to keep everything fresh is a problem but to make tasty snacks to satisfy everyone is a bigger problem.

Here is a list of few snacks our family loves.

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Watermelon

Great way to stop your thirst & served with chunks of feta cheese replenishes the salt you need. Easy to transport cold or room temperature still good to eat.

Fruit & veggie bowl with cheese

grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers mixed with chunks of favorite cheese. Mozzarella sticks or cheddar cubes work well together.

Hummus, yogurt  with veggies

hummus with water-rich veggies like baby carrots, celery sticks or sugar snap peas.

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Peanut butter & jelly

with bread or whole wheat crackers, easy to pack & store since you don’t need to worry too much about keeping them cool.

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Oranges, tangelos 

Oranges are hydrating and thirst quenching. they are high in vitamin C, which has been shown it limits the damage of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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Target cooler

Pack everything in a cooler back pack any spills will be contained.

Be safe & Healthy😎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to have a healthy summer skin

 

 

 

With warmer weather comes less clothes, and more skin exposed to sun.

not only we should think of protecting our skin, but also helping it look better for no shirt days, and sandals.

You can get a sunburn when it’s cloudy, cold outside or swimming Under water. It’s also possible to get burned . UV rays can even penetrate glass. Using sunscreen is a must & even shirts & hats that have UV protection.

Following a routine to get ourselves ready for warmer weather can be easy & fun.

Get your feet ready:

Before moisturizing your feet get the dead skin off by using:

Pumice stone

Oatmeal scrub

Epsom salt soak

Vinegar soak

Baking soda soak

Lemon water soak

Keep moisturizing

To prevent dry skin use baby oil or petroleum jelly regularly. A great natural way to moisturize feet after a bath or a shower. Wear socks to keep them moisturized.

 

Love your skin

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So many of fruits & vegtables we eat & cook with are the perfect skin moisturizer & cleanser.

Strawberries – mash them up directly on your skin and let that beautiful pinkish juice dry directly on your skin.

You can also use Cranberries and grapes they are great as anti-aging masks 

and can help brighten up your face.

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Lemon, oranges, limes, and tangerines – contain powerful skin lightening properties, they tighten up your pores and clean your face, making it shine. 

Just rub a slice on your skin, wash off within 5 minutes. Don’t leave citrus fruits on your skin for more than 10-15 minutes, don’t go out in the sun for a few hours. 

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Tomatoes – have potassium which helps regenerate skin cells and vitamin A and C that helps nourish and lighten your skin. Take a slice & and rub it underneath your eyes, if you have dark circles.

Put them on your skin over wrinkled areas, dark spots, or acne scars. You can use them as often as you want. Leave them on for a few minutes, then wash your skin.

Cucumbers- the antioxidants and flavonoids in cucumber reduce irritation. Couple of slices on your eyes will reduce puffy eyelids. Great for even sensitive skins since cucumbers won’t cause any irritation. 

Bananas – They’re good moisturizer, so mash a piece of the fruit and put it directly on your face. Rub it a little, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it.

So next time you have a clean skin, grab a berry or a piece of tangerine or a cucumber and give your skin a well deserve pampering. Your skin will love you. 

Face Mists for dewy glow

All mists hydrate skin,  tone skin, set makeup, act as a serum to nourish skin throughout the day, or even cool skin down.

 Mists help your moods If scented :

Certain scents can be effective against depression, anxiety, insomnia or exhaustion. Just make sure to read the ingredients list carefully. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon, can cause irritation or breakouts.

Mists help you look good :

Mists, can temporarily give you a dewy glow if your skin is feeling dried, and help set or refresh your makeup.

When your skin is dehydrated, its protective barrier gets weaker, which means collagen and elastin can break down faster, and also heat can cause oilier skin which can clog your pores setting you up for pimples.

What should we look for in a Mist:

If looking to add some extra moisture to your skin with a mist, look for one with hyaluronic acid. To calm irritated skin and ease redness look for Rose water and Aloe.

 

 

List of Healthy sweeteners

The most difficult part of replacing white sugar with healthy sweeteners is missing the convenience of sugar. Any where out of our own kitchen replacing sugar won’t be easy, but more and more places will provide honey or molasses if you just ask for it . 

Here is a list of healthy delicious sweeteners:

honey; dates sugar; coconut sugar; maple syrup & molasses

Honey-  the nectar of the gods, is also used topically for centuries to heal wounds and fight infections. It’s also great for adding flavor to homemade dressings and marinades.

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Date sugar- made from dried dates. Haven’t tried this one but we love adding dates cut in small pieces to oatmeal, salads, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Coconut sugar- also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar, or coconut crystals is made from the sweet nectar of flower buds of the coconut palm.

Maple sugar- boiling sap from maple trees dried, powdered, and sold as maple sugar. Also great with cinnamon or ginger for added flavor to sweet potatoes, and grilled vegetables.

Molasses- dark syrup is the byproduct of processing sugar cane, but it has antioxidants, making it a better option than refined sugar. With its bold flavor it is a tasty ingredient for cookies, smoothies, barbecue  and beans.