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When life gives you lemons…Use them for Beauty!

It’s funny they say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade~ I say use it in your beauty regime!

For centuries lemons have been used for their numerous health and beauty benefits. They are high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene. Lemons boost your immune system, balance ph levels and help promote clearer skin. Lemons act as a digestive aid and cleanse the liver, which when added to your diet can help with weight loss.

I wanted to share with all of you some great tips and tricks on how lemons are the perfect beauty tool and packed full of power for your health.

Digestion and cleansing the system~ First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I add freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon to a cup of lukewarm water and drink. This helps jump-start my system and purges toxins from the blood which helps keep my skin clear. Lemon juice helps in digestion and aids the liver to get rid of impurities.  “According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down”. I say what better way to start your morning ritual then to add these beautiful little yellow gems to your day!

Acne~ Lemons contain citric acid and vitamin C, which can be effective in treating acne and promoting healthy glowing skin. I like to take fresh sliced tomato with lemon juice on them, place on my face and relax for a bit. This not only brightens your complexion, the natural acid helps to clear up blemishes.

Constipation~ Combine 1 cup of hot water, ¼ lemon and 1 tsp ground flax-seed, mix thoroughly and drink. This home remedy can be taken daily until issue resolves.

Oily Hair~ You don’t need to be annoyed with oily hair anymore! Take 2 spoons of lemon juice, add it to some water and use in your last rinse. It will also help add shine to your hair too. I remember growing up and putting lemon juice in my hair while going out and sitting in the sun. This lightened my hair and added natural highlights.

Blackheads~ Take 5 cotton pads and soak in lemon juice and place them onto your  face. After 15 minutes,  remove and allow your skin to dry. This process can be repeated daily until your pores are clear.

Discolored nails or excess nail polish~ Whenever I take nail polish off I sometimes tend to have a little discoloration on my nail bed. I take a lemon and cut it in half and squeeze out the juice into a bowl. I then take the lemon half and rub on my nails. After I take the juice that I squeezed from the lemon and soak my fingers in the bowl for 10 minutes. To finish off I take a nail brush (or a toothbrush will work too) and scrub my nails. Lemons are a great natural bleach and can be used for dark underarms, elbows and knees too. Again take half a lemon and rub onto the darkened area. Regular application of lemon lightens the skin color.

The color yellow reminds me of summer and I especially love rocking a great polish. A few of my favorites are MAC “Al Fredo” , butter LONDON  “Cheeky Chops” and Sephora O.P.I “opaque bright buttercup yellow”

What are the favorite ways you incorporate lemon into your life?

Would love to hear what your favorite nail lacquer is in YELLOW!

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Spinach Power

When I was younger  I was told to eat my spinach so I would grow up to be big and strong (like Popeye). It wasn’t till I was older that I realized how true that statement was and how much power spinach really has. Learning more about this Superfood and all the health and beauty benefits it provides, I’ve made a real effort to include it more in my diet. This leafy green vegetable is full of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. Did you know that “one cup of spinach contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. Vitamin A is especially important for promoting healthy skin (like preventing wrinkles and improving acne) and is an excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein.” I’d say that spinach is definitely one of the superheros in Superfoods.

Now I am not a huge fan of eating raw spinach on its own (though a lot of people love a good spinach salad), so I have found a few creative ways to make sure I get my daily dose. Here are a few tasty recipes that I love to get more nutrient-rich spinach into my day.

Simple Sautéed Spinach:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (coconut oil is my #1 preference)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 20 ounces fresh spinach (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

*Weights & Measures:

  •                 10 ounces trimmed mature spinach=about 10 cups raw
  •                 10 ounces baby spinach=about 8 cups raw

Cheese and Spinach stuffed Portobellos:

  • 4 large Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce

oven to 450°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (I use coconut oil)

  • Place mushroom caps, gill-side up, on the prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mash ricotta, spinach, 1/4 cup Parmesan, olives, Italian seasoning and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Place marinara sauce in a small bowl, cover and microwave on High until hot, 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes.
  • When the mushrooms are tender, carefully pour out any liquid accumulated in the caps. Return the caps to the pan gill-side up. Spread 1 tablespoon marinara into each cap; cover the remaining sauce to keep warm. Mound a generous 1/3 cup ricotta filling into each cap and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until hot, about 10 minutes. Serve with the remaining marinara sauce.

Smoothies and Baked goods: Last the #1 way I love to add more spinach to my diet is in my morning shakes and baking. First off, I add a handful of either raw or frozen spinach to my smoothie. You can easily buy frozen spinach at the super market that comes in cubes, making it easy to drop a few in your shake. I usually mix it with chocolate protein powder, frozen berries and almond/coconut milk. You won’t be able to taste it and being frozen gives your shake an icy consistency. As for baking, you can add it to any cookie, loaf, or muffin recipe. I also do the same with zucchini and always make sure to add some nuts.

As you can see these are just a few ways I incorporate spinach into my daily meals. It’s really quite simple and the health benefits are incredible. Along with other vegetables and fruits, I try to buy organic whenever possible.

What is your favorite way to add spinach into your diet?

Would love to hear your recipes

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