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Vegan Thanksgiving Idea: Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

November 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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I was a vegetarian for more than a decade — and it was never more challenging than at holiday meals. 

“You don’t want turkey?  But what will you eat?” I’d hear time and again, no matter how many other dishes there were to choose from.  People assumed that I needed turkey made of tofu and without that, I’d be completely unsatisfied.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Holiday dinners are the perfect opportunity to try out delicious vegetable dishes — winter squash and turnips and potatoes are hearty enough for anyone to enjoy. 

So this holiday season, consider trying this a vegan-friendly dish to your table.  It’s beautiful, hearty and delicious, and the acorn squash contains antioxidants like Vitamin C, E and B6.  Your skin will appreciate the health benefits… even if you have an extra slice of pie for dessert!

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Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 small acorn squash, seeds removed
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Slice the squash into one-inch rings.

Mix the olive oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup together Put the acorn squash, and brush the mixture over the squash.  Season with salt and pepper.

Roast the squash for approximately 45 minutes, or until tender.  Serve warm. 

Serves four as a side dish.

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Three Surprising Cold Weather Essentials for Healthy Skin

November 13th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Cold weather can make you want to curl up and hibernate for a few months.  Between being stuck indoors, flu season, and fewer daylight hours, keeping your mood cheerful can be a challenge during the chilly months.  But as it gets cold outside, these tips will keep your spirits up until summer comes along again!

Relax in the Bath.  Bathtime isn’t a luxury for me — it’s a necessity.  When it’s frigid outside, sometimes the first thing I do when I get home is go straight to the bathroom and get the hot water going.  A few minutes soaking in a warm bubble bath does wonders for the mind and the body.  Be sure to apply a nourishing moisturizer like Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer afterwards to beat dry winter skin!

Ten Minutes of Mindfulness.  One of my favorite tricks to boosting my mood is to incorporate five or ten minutes of daily meditation.  It’s crucial in the winter months, when the winter blues can raise levels of stress and anxiety.  For just a few minutes a day, find a quiet place to sit and focus on your breathing.  You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes!

Whip Up a Delicious Dish. There are so many delicious vegetables in season during the colder months, it’s the perfect time to try your favorite root veggie dish.  I’ve been eyeing Elie Krieger’s Curried Pumpkin and Tomato Soup recipe — it looks like the perfect cold-weather dish.  And winter vegetables are packed with skin-loving nutrients — pumpkin is a great source of anti-oxidants like alpha-catotene, an anti-aging nutrient for great skin health.

Avoid Alcohol. Between holiday parties, sometimes it’s tempting to reach for a glass of wine or beer at the end of a cold winter day.  But alcohol dehydrates you, interferes with sleep, and take a toll on your immune system.  Instead of reaching for an alcoholic beverage, consider relaxing with a cup of hot tea or mulled cider.  Your skin will be healthier and more radiant if you do!

What’s your favorite trick for beating the cold weather blues?

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must-make fall recipe: old-fashioned apple crisp

October 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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When autumn rolls around, there’s nothing more exciting than baking a warm dessert, and if this dessert happens to be a healthy treat for your skin, so much the better.

Of course, eating dessert isn’t as good for you as eating fresh fruit, but if you’re going to treat yourself, do it the healthy way! Apples are full of vitamin C, which is a potent defender against free radicals and pollution. Oats, like all whole grains, have anti-inflammatory properties and are much better for your skin than regular pie crust.

This recipe is the perfect example of a traditional technique that works for a busy modern schedule — all you need is some apples, oats, butter, a few pantry staples, and you have a delicious, healthy dish!

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

INGREDIENTS
4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
1.  Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.

2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.

3 Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.

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