Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yellow Salad


Last winter I read the cookbook The Forest Feast  and saw this yellow salad recipe which I couldn't wait to try but had to wait until summer to find yellow beets. Beets are high in folate and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as lutein for eye health. Yellow beets need to be eaten immediately after cutting because they oxidize and turn black within hours. To prevent this discoloration you can try squeezing some lemon juice on it.

I think it's a great recipe to bring to a potluck brunch (which my friend had last weekend). You don't have to follow recipe exactly and I added some chopped gruyere cheese to it.  I couldn't find yellow cucumbers so I just used a regular one, but next to everything else in the salad it looked very green so I hid them at the bottom. I omitted the raisins to cut down on calories. For the dressing, I just added some white balsamic vinegar and pepper.

  Ingredients:


  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cup yellow tomatoes
  • 1 yellow beet
  • 1 lemon cucumber
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 ts lemon zest
  • ½ cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 2 oz Gruyere cheese  (optional)

  • Directions: 

    Rinse the beets and cut off the stalks then cook the beets in boiling water for 30 minutes. Next rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the beets have cooled, peel the skin off. Then chop the beets and mix with all the other ingredients and add dressing of your choice. 


    Nutritional Analysis:
    3 servings, 209 calories, 40g carbs, 10g protein, 10g fiber, 10g sugar
    This is based on not using raisins or cheese, add 100 calories per serving if you include either. 

    Recipe source: The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson



    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Summer Styles at the LOFT

    Loft Summer



    I went kayaking this weekend which was so much fun! I've only done it once before in Cabo and just never thought to try again until a friend invited me. I'm thinking about getting a season pass for it now! I also stopped in the LOFT this weekend as they were having one of their sales and loved all the bright colors. I picked up the Riviera shorts in bright red. They have a 6 inch inseam and I really liked the longer length. They also have the shorts in an elephant print, how cute is that! The Ottoman wrap skirt reminded of those Zara skirts that were so popular 3 years ago. The LOFT also has some nice jumpers and white dresses. Definitely check it out when you have a chance. What are your recent purchases from the LOFT?

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    3 Diet Friendly Ice Creams

    Ice Cream in Barcelona

    If you're watching your waist line but still want a scoop of ice cream, try out these diet friendly brands.

    Halo Top Lemon Cake
    half cup is one serving and has 60 calories, calories from fat 18, sugar 4g, protein 6g

    They use stevia and erythritol to sweeten it and let me tell you it tastes delicious! The lemon cake flavor tastes like a lemon bar or ice cream cake. You could make an ice cream sandwich with it by putting it between waffles. Or use it to make a milkshake or root beer float with Zevia soda or put a scoop in your iced tea. You can find it at Whole Foods.

    Trader Joe's Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches
    90 calories, calories from fat 15, sugar 8, protein 2g

    These are a little smaller than regular ice cream sandwiches but you would never guess they were vegan, they taste like milk cream.

    Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls
    2 sandwiches is a serving and is 120 calories, calories from fat 45, sugar 10g, protein 2g

    These are oreo cookies with mint ice cream in between them.  They are so incredibly delicious!
















    While not ice cream, I've talked about how much I love Trader Joe's macarons. They're much more affordable than going to a macaron shop and low in calories. In the fall they have pumpkin macarons and this summer they have mango flavored macarons. I have to say the mango flavor is very strong and natural.

    Trader Joe's Mango Macarons
    3 macarons is a serving, 100 calories, calories from fat 35, sugar 14g, protein 2 g















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    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Stop Your Glasses from Slipping Off Your Face


    This unbelievable simple hack will save you a lot of hassle. On my last trip to New York I bought two pairs of purple sunglasses that I absolutely adore! Problem was they were always slipping off my face and it drove me crazy! So I tried the following three solutions: 

    First I bought a sharktank product called Nerdwax which comes in a chapstick sized container for $12.50 plus shipping. You're supposed to rub it on the nose pads and its supposed to create a tacky layer of friction between your classes and your skin. Well after many tries it did not work at all for me.

    Second I bought a pair of anti-slip holders for $6 and they work perfectly! I just can't easily slip on and off my glasses as it's a whole process to wrap the holder around my ear. 
    Then I just wrapped some ponytail holders around the ends of my glasses, and voila what a simple fix I could have done all along! 


    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles


    Two summers ago I was on a popsicle kick trying out new recipes every week but slacked off last summer. Well I've decided to pick it up again because it's such a refreshing low calorie treat. Have you noticed that strawberries lose some of their rich flavor after you put it in the fridge? I made these popsicles with the strawberries as soon as I brought them home from the grocery store. You also want to use freshly cut watermelon. The combination of the two flavors create a spectacular taste!

    Ingredients
    • 3 cups watermelon, chopped
    • 1 cup fresh strawberries
    • 1 ts fresh lime juice
    • 1 TB Ideal sugar
    Directions
    1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Taste to adjust sweetness.
    2. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
    Makes 6 popsicles


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    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Sephora Summer Hair Saviors



    I stop into Sephora monthly if not more just to try out new products and get samples of them to take home to try before purchasing. I have a ton of products on my Sephora wish list that I walk laps around the store trying everything out to find the perfect shade. I have a few new products that I recently bought that I’m excited to recommend! Every summer Sephora releases their Sun Safety Kit which just came out last week but is not online yet, only in stores. They also released their Summer Hair Saviors which I bought. It’s a  13-piece set of an assortment of hair essentials, designed to specifically address our unique summer hair needs for $36 though valued at $100. It comes in a cute shimmery pink/orange bag that I will definitely get a good use out of. This set is a great way to test out a bunch of new brands you haven't tried before plus their also travel size!

    Lately I’ve been going to my local Drybar which is a hair salon that only does blowouts. I’ve tried similar such concepts but wasn’t happy with the quality, but I lucked out and got a fantastic blowout at Drybar. One of the products in this kit is the Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot which is a single-use shot that delivers professional-strength moisture to deeply hydrate dry hair. In my frizz-free hair post I listed my top hair products so I'm excited to try the Living Proof No-Frizz Humidity Shield to see how that compares.
    Here's a compete list of products in the kit:

    - 1.35 oz Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt 
    - 1 oz dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse 
    - 1 oz Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk 
    - 1 oz Reverie Anti-Frizz Replenishing Leave In Milk 
    - 1 oz Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask 
    - 0.5 oz Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot 
    - 0.5 oz Madam CJ Walker Scent & Shine Coconut Oil 
    - 0.17 oz Marula Light Hair Treatment & Styling Oil 
    - 1 oz Bumble And Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer 
    - 0.5 oz Bumble And Bumble Don't Blow It 
    - 0.5 oz IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel 
    - 2.4 oz VERB Sea Spray 
    - 1.8 oz Living Proof No-Frizz Humidity Shield
     I also bought the one use Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask which I'm keeping my fridge.

    The Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care
    A two-step dry foot care system with a Foot Smoothing Board to exfoliate and smooth rough areas of feet and a fast-absorbing, non-slip Foot Fetish Cream to keep feet soft. The ingredients include Shea Butter, Cupuaçu Butter (a Brazilian super fruit), Açaí, and
    Coconut Oil.
    I got a free deluxe sample of DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler. If you didn't know DevaCurl is a line for curly hair. I already use their Low-Poo shampoo because it doesn't have parabens or sulfates and is very gentle on your hair. 


    I just noticed that my June Play by Sephora box has shipped! Did you know Sephora now has a monthly beauty box? Here's my past Sephora posts.
    I hope you’ve enjoyed my Sephora haul, let me know what you’ve recently picked up from the store.

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Me Before You - the Movie


    I read the New York Times bestseller book and couldn't wait to see the movie last weekend starring British actors Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones. The movie really did the book justice! A few spoilers here if you read the book, otherwise it won't matter. Will's sister isn't in the movie but she wasn't missed. Will's father isn't seen having an affair. At the racetrack you don't see Will being kidnapped by a bunch of drunk men for fun. lol Oddly enough they don't say where their vacation is to, it's an unnamed country. It's not mentioned in the movie that Louisa's grandfather is housebound which is another reason she's stuck there. You might recognize that actor as Bates from Downton Abbey. Louisa's boyfriend Patrick was Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter.

    While reading the book I truly got invested in the characters and learned some touching, heartbreaking lessons. I finished the book in 3 days because I couldn't put it down. This was one of those books that I wish could wipe from mind so I could have the pleasure of reading it again for the first time. 

    The book takes place in the British countryside with Lou, a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs and Will, a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. Will has decided his life is not worth living until Lou is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. They are two people who wouldn't have met and who didn't like each other at first. But Lou was determined to prove to Will that life is worth living as they embark on a series of adventures together while Will shows Lou that her life is too boring and encourages her to chase her ambitions and not settle. Neither of them realize how much they are going to change the other. The writing was amazing, the characters are real and the emotions the book makes you go through are incredibly moving. Here's my favorite quote from the book:






    After You (Me Before You #2) 
    Last year the author released the sequel to the book. If you loved the first book like I did, you wanted to know what happened to Lou afterward. Unfortunately, I have to say I didn't like it as much as the first book, isn't that what usually happens with sequels? But definitely check out the movie Me Before You. I took my mom to see the movie and afterwards she said she couldn't stop thinking about it. Here's an article from the author explaining the differences from the book and the movie.

    Have you seen the movie? Did you like it?
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