You all know how much of a health nut I am, and I truly believe taking care of the inside is just as important as taking care of the outside. I watch daily what I put in my mouth, And try to eat organic as much as I can.
I try to share one of my favorite recipes with all of you each month. These recipes are healthy and super delicious. One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because it’s not only delicious, but loaded up with tons of vitamins and antioxidants. This is a favorite around our home, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. This is a favorite of mine from Martha Stewart.
-4 medium tomatoes , halved
-1 shallot, halved lengthwise
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-Himalayan salt and black pepper
-2 large eggplants , cut lengthwise into 1 inch planks
-1 pound fresh mozzarella
-1/4 cup thin sliced fresh basil leaves
Preheat grill to medium high. Brush cut sides of tomatoes and shallot with 1 tablespoon oil . Grill , cut side down , until charred in spots. 4-5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until vegetables are slightly softened. 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board . When cool enough to handle , roughly chop and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush both sides of eggplants with remaining 3 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once , until lightly charred in places and almost tender. 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
Top eggplant with mozzarella. Return to the grill and cook. Covered and until cheese melts. 1-2 minutes. Top evenly with tomato mixture , and sprinkle with basil , drizzle with oil, and serve with rustic bread.
I use all organic products, but you are more than happy to use whichever ingredients you choose.
Breakfast is a very important part of our day. It gets our motors running. and puts our metabolism in to full force. It is always best to start off your day with a healthy meal, and nothing too over the top. When we eat a big, heavy meal it can slow our digestive process down and wreak havoc on our whole day. I usually start off my morning with some warm lemon water, and then an hour later I will either have a morning green smoothie or this fabulous toast if I’m heading to a crazy workout. You want to fuel your body the correct way because it really does make a difference in your energy levels. The last thing we want to be is feeling sluggish.
This toast tastes just as good as it looks. It is healthy and full of antioxidants as well. I love adding cracked chili pepper flakes to this. It gives it a bit of a twist and tastes divine. I do want to add that I always use organic ingredients. You do not have to use them for this, but its at your discretion. Whatever your heart desires. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
- 1 Ezekiel English muffin
- 1 leaf of fresh basil ( sliced)
- 3 black olives sliced
- 1 fresh organic tomato
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 5 mozzarella cubes
Take the olive oil and spread on the Ezekiel muffin. Place the muffin in the toaster. Let it brown. Once it is brown, place the basil on it , then layer the olives and tomato and then place the mozzarella cubes on top. Sprinkle with a bit of pepper or cracked red pepper. You can also pair this with a small side salad of Aragula greens and a bit of olive oil. This is the perfect start to any morning .
I’ve always loved Yoga, but I never realized what it could do for you on a spiritual basis. Yes, you here things and read stories on these people who claim that Yoga changed their lives, but until you actually practice it everyday, and realize the basis behind it, it becomes a entirely new workout. I tried my first Yoga class years ago, and I would go here and there , but until about a year ago, I started going at least three times a week. I started reading on the fundamentals and how it really works your body, mind and spirit. The more I read, I started becoming obsessed with the practice. Every time I traveled, I would find a yoga class or take my mat and do my yoga on my balcony or in my room. Here I am a year later, and it has truly changed my life. I can’t get enough of the way it makes me feel. I incorporate a class at least three times a week, and the other days ( which I try to work ), I find my mat, and get to work. The spiritual side of yoga is a whole other story. The calmness that it brings in your life is unreal. I feel my focus is better on my day to day tasks, and I find that I have truly slowed down my living. I embrace the small things, and find more time saying No to the things that really don’t matter to me. I am spending more time with my family because that is what truly matters the most. I have found that my sleeping is more solid . I truly feel blessed on how yoga has changed my life. I find that reflection everyday is what ground me and truly makes me appreciate how blessed I really am. I’m more in tune with my health. I feel like my mat is my best friend.
IT seems these days there are more and more cases of melanoma . many of us find ourselves in the midst of the harsh sun in the middle of the days, not really knowing or realizing what the sun is doing to our skin, as well as our health. Our skin is our biggest organ, and the sun rays can affect our health not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. It is known that to get our recommended daily Vitamin D, we only need sun about 20 minutes per day. We are not only getting more than our recommended allowance, but we are far exceeding the time it takes for sun damage to settle in. I see women every day going in and out of tanning salons. It astonishes me that these women are not concerned, nor really care about their skin health. I see women , young and old , who are starting to develop the Crepy skin. This is due from over exposure from the sun and years of sun damage.
Melanoma is serious. It is on the rise, and it doesn’t take years of sunbathing to get it. There are more than 200,000 cases each year. It is by far the most dangerous form of skin cancer. These skin cells can multiply and spread to other areas of the skin, and even into the organs. This is something to take serious. We all love vacationing. The most important thing to remember is to Sunbathe smart. Here are some great tips on keeping your skin healthy and vibrant as you age.
- Use a High SPF with both UVA And UVB protection – Try to buy SPF’s with star ratings. The best are ones with 4 stars. I love Aveda Sun blocks. They are rich , and high in factor ratings. Always apply your sunscreen at least 20 -30 minutes before heading into the sun.
- Apply your Sun screen everywhere. Apply it to the ears, nose, and even scalp. The lips need protection too. These are the areas where melanoma can set in .
- Don’t ever use sunscreen past the expiration date. The sunscreens become less effective with the expiration date.
- If you feel like sun bathing, try to lay under an umbrella, or a shade of some sort. Always wear a hat to protect your scalp, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- DONT ever use tanning beds. These are deadly. I truly have no idea why they are still legal.
- One of the best ways to protect your skin is to stay in during the hours of 11-3. These hours are when the sun is the strongest , and the rays are the strongest.
The most healthy way to beautiful skin is to love the skin you’re in. You don’t need to lay in the sun for hours on end, only to end up with wrinkled ,Crepy skin when you get older. You are taking risks every day that you put yourself in the sun. Stay protected.