I know we are all under pressure to manage our TO DO list this month. Wether holiday shopping or simply doing what you need to get done. We need energy. And not sugary things. Sip your fruit and veggies.
So I wanted to share one of my many smoothie recipes that I enjoy with you.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 cup of frozen pineapple
3 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup of coconut water
A few pieces of fresh mint leaves
1 squeeze of fresh lemon
1/2 cup of water (optional)
Place all your liquids in the blender. Add your green 🍃 leafy veggies, blend for at least 25-30 seconds. Lastly add fruit and herbs. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. It is even more delicious when you share it with those you ❤️ love!
I like to play with this creamy refreshing recipe! If you don’t have one fruit or veggie substitute with another. It’s so much fun and better than buying them. Do it yourself and know what’s in it!
This week on TV on River City Live I featured some ideas for snacking,face and body masking and for GLOWING skin! I hope you will enjoy them too.
I try and eat the right stuff and love most fruits and veggies. But sometimes I am looking for a little cheat drink that gives me energy and can help give my skin a boost over time. I discovered an easy recipe that actress Reese Whiterspoon shared on Instagram last year. I am kinda addicted and make and drink this recipe weekly. IF you have not tried it its worth looking into. Even my husband enjoys it.
All you need is:
2 HEADS OF ROMAN LETTUCE
1/2 CUP OF SPINACH
1/2 CUP OF COCONUT WATER
1 WHOLE BANANA
1 WHOLE APPLE
1 WHOLE PEAR
1 WHOLE LEMON
SCOOP OF ALMOND BUTTER (optional)
Mix all of the above to a Vitamix type blender for easy blending.
Sometimes I like to make a smoothie/ drink what I call “Everything but the kitchen sink” I simply pull out whatever leftover vegetables and fruits I have on hand and put it in a blender with a juice I might have leftover or some bottled water. It usually turns out quite delicious!
If you are really pressed for time, Dole makes some delicious options in the freezer aisle of a mix of fruits and greens blend. One of favorites is made with mango.banana,apple,pineapple and spinach.
Stay hydrated for plump happy skin for face and body. If you are not a water drinker snack on cucumbers or drink coconut water. Add a cherry in the glass or an umbrella and make it a fun ritual. you look forward to.
Celebrities just like I love using produce for prettier vibrant skin and a healthier body. Like a strawberry face mask with fresh strawberries or they use it as a teeth whitening treat.
Avocado masks are also good for your hair or face and neck. So nourishing.
Spinach is a rock star for skin and body! My friend Victoria Evelyn founder of the Chocolate Skincare Factory brand happens to be both a pharmacist and an esthetician recommended to me another way to get my greens for my on the go lifestyle! Simply keep on hand fresh bag of spinach in your fridge and pop a handful as a quick snack. I even take a mini snack bag with me on the road or on the run. Be like POPEYE and eat spinach.
I love baby tomatoes! I pop them like candy. Really! There is a magical ingredient in tomatoes that research shows may protect our skin from UV damage from sunburn. Naturally I have to protect my skin with a SUNSCREEN from a tube but I also eat these and also make Italian dishes with tomato paste which is loaded with lycopene. Since I have had a bad sunburn before I really never want to feel that again.
I also love a banana mask for dry elbows and knees. All you do is mash a banana and put it on those dry dull areas for the body. Or you can use it as a soothing hydrating face mask too.
If you crave a little crunch…mini baby carrots are a great go too instead of potato chips! Although I really love a bag of Kettle Chips! Your eyes and skin will love you too.
Grapes are hydrating bites of love that keep your skin looking good too.
Nuts and dried fruits are good for you snack too! You haven’t lived until you have tried dried cherries! I love them as a sweet treat alone or in a salad.
It is a pandemic and it is taking a toll on our face,hair and body.
So best thing for you to do is drink some smoothies for your skin and enjoy the beauty and nourishment from within. Your hair will shine and look sublime.
Once you start you don’t want to turn back! And it’s so delicious and good for you.
I love to make all kinds of juices with my juicer and with my blender. I love shopping the farmers market, roadside stands especially in the summer and buying fruit and veggies from Asian markets too. The exotic fruits are so fun to explore.
Here’s one of my many favorite recipes !
Fresh & Tropical Delight
1 Banana 🍌
1 pineapple 🍍 slice and skin temoved
1 orange 🍊
1 glass of coconut 🥥 water
Blend well! Enjoy this healthy tropical delight! Embellish with an umbrella and sip away and pretend you’re in the tropics.
Another favorite drink of mine is to make a simple recipe fresh carrot 🥕 juice.
5 fresh carrots. Tops cut off
Leave the skin on DO NOT peel for it is filled with minerals and vitamins.
Add a small piece of garlic and a a touch of ginger. Even better.
I try to make and drink fresh home-made juice and smoothie weekly. Get to know all the beauty from your garden and get a healthier start in the new year.
I’m really trying to enjoy being more green, clean and eco friendly…with my food and lifestyle.
And in my skincare too!
Skin is so in…Especially when it is healthy looking. If your skin is not looking the way you would like it to… Perhaps its time to try something fresh and new! Looking good takes a little effort girls and so worth it. If you do not have a skin care regime now is the time to start. Also if you have been wearing sweat pants and not taking care of your skin think about taking time for YOU and get your skin in shape too.
They say “You are what you eat” and it is so true. Eating right … with a little bit of a naughty is really best. All in balance and moderation darlings! I’ve been on a kick of making SMOOTHIE BOWLS and making them is so much fun too. Your whole family will enjoy.
I love to get glowing, use beauty from my kitchen, a local farmer’s market, and make a few D.I.Y. beauty recipes and beauty potions on my own.
I will share some of the them on my new podcast to come too! But here are a few for you to enjoy this Memorial day too.
Take care of your skin and your skin will always take care of you!
Recipe for pretty skin starts from within. Not only are these good to eat they are good to use as skincare. Especially when many of us are on stay at home orders.
Yogurt (plain Greek yogurt) makes a GREAT cheap and chic face mask. Apply to a clan face and leave on at least 15 minutes. Genty exfoliates dead skin cells too.
Avocados are a great for hydrating your face and neck. Add honey to a mashed avocado and leave on at least 15 minutes. Your skin will LOVE it.
Bananas work wonders on dry elbows and knees. If your bananas are beyond ripe and you don’t feel like making banana bread…give your skin a moisturizing natural treat.
In addition, when the weather is hot and you want to chill down and make your skin feel amazing. Take a plain ice cube and rub gently on your skin. Not your eye area but try on the face. It will tighten your pores and make your makeup glide on beautifully. I also like to use an ice cube on my chest and neck. So cool and refreshing.
It really makes me happier,think better and I knowmore productive.
How about you? What does the sun do for you?While I live in Florida. I spent more time at the beaches of New York and New Jersey shore than I do now.Crazy huh?After getting stung by skin cancer I just can’t spend a lot of time out there. Being in the beauty and spa business I really have to practice what I preach.
BUT when I do go here are a few of my fave things to take and do to make your day in the sun more fun.
At the top of my list I have to remind all you girls who are baking like cookies on the beach…to PROTECT yourself. Apply a shot glass size of sunscreen at least a half an hour before you leave.
Freeze fresh grapes and blueberries overnight and pack in snack bags to enjoy a refreshing treat at the beach. Watermelon (do not freeze)cubes is another cool you down treat.
Make your own fruit or vegetable infused water and put in a travel glass or bottle for sipping.
Examples: Kiwi and Strawberry slices or watermelon and mint. Get creative. But beware of citrus as it may interfere with your skin care and you can open the door to more sensitive skin in the sun = sun spots.
Apply a quarter size of almond oil to your hair and comb it back and up away from your face. Your hair will condition while you spend your day at the beach.
Give your feet foot facial by taking a walk on the beach near the water. The WET sand is cheaper than any potion you can buy on the beauty store shelf.
Rub in sunflower or almond oil on your cuticles (hand and feet) your skin will hydrate while you beach.
Get some exercise and rev up that heart and walk or take a short run.
Bring out you inner child and build a mini castle or sculpture …it will exfoliate rough fingers hands too.
Hunt for seashells that might have a hole in them and create a necklace when you get home of it to remind you of your time. I have some from Hawaii and every time I wear or look at them I think of my awesome trip.Beautiful memories.
It has been non-stop for me for 11 days with work and play. I have been traveling to the BEAUTIFUL state of Maine, next a trip to NYC (will share soon about these trips with you) and then back to FLORIDA for more work. We did another one of our signaturePop Up shop at an event with Jacksonville magazine. Yesterday was spent painting pretty faces at my makeup studio.
TodayI am going to celebrate my husbands birthday starting with breakfast in bed.
And for me I am eating clean as I am craving green! Don’t you just love the first bite into a green crunchy apple? God’s edible masterpiece! Last night I shopped the aisles and bought the freshest batch of colorful fruits and veggies. And this week I am going to back on a beautiful food track (with a little bit of his Birthday cake)
Travel and stress takes a toll on your body and skin. Sometimes you have to take a break and treat yourself to all the bounty from a farmer’s market.And feed your body what it needs.
Be well and take time to smell the strawberries,apples and papaya!!!
I love making my own fruit infused and other waters. It is so green and eco- friendly. My fave alongside the ones above is a mix of watermelon and fresh mint. Buy yourself a bottle like this and you will have fresh water on the go or in your home bliss!
Do you have a WATER recipe you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you and get to enjoy it too.
As we head towards Earth Day I wanted to share this bottle that and remind you to make your own flavored water.As seen on Shark Tank. Buy Buy plastic bottles!
Love Mother Earth! Recycle,repurpose, reLOVE!
Don’t forget this weekend I am doing a giveaway for a beauty bag…Sunday!
As we celebrate thanksgiving day I have a few things to say…
I wish the readers of my blog today and followers too a fabulous and yummy Thanksgiving day. I am happy to have you in my life in some small way.
Next,I’d like to ask is…
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful I opened my eyes and woke up today.It was even sweeter when I heard the glorious Star-spangled banner anthem outside my window. Today they amped up the volume but it was still beautiful.I live near a naval base. I am happy I was born and raised in America and happy it is my home.
I am thankful for my lovely family. And darling funny husband. I only wish my twin brother,mom and dad were here to share my days with me.Gosh how I miss them!!!
I am thankful for ALL the little things in life that can bring us so much joy. The sun,the moon,the stars the smell of fresh cut grass and more.
I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table.
I am thankful for bakersand chefs not only for making healthier fresh bread but dessert…yes I have a major sweet tooth!
I am thankful for the farmer I am an avid foodie and so love supporting them and eating fresh fruit and vegetables.
I am thankful for fuel for hot baths and warm showers. Especially with a bit of bubbly like a bubble bath.
I m thankful for music which fills my ear with joy.
I am thankful for the person who invented LIPSTICK! They were brilliant! A swipe of color goes a long way!
I am thankful for fuel to jet around town and jet around on a flight to all the amazing places I get to go for my work and to play.
I am thankful for good health.
I am thankful for all I have learned in life and can’t wait to learn more!
AND…I thank MACY’S for bringing me back home even if it is on the TV screen.LOVE the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade! The 90th year.
A true miracle on 34th street where I used to work! #theresnoplacelikehomeGive THANKS…Not just for today but tomorrow and always!
Have a yummy and beautiful thanksgiving day everyone !