I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.
This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take … Continue Reading… →
There is something elegant about green beans. Sweet and dainty they seem to the perfect companion to a crisp roast chicken or juicy pink steak. Green beans are used in a wide range of cuisines including french, chinese, italian, english and indian– and I like all of them. Restaurants and banquets love green beans because they can be cooked in advance without going limp and grey.
I was psyched to learn that for such a tastie veggie, green beans had a very respectable anti-aging profile. One cup clocks in at just 31 calories . While they are not high in fiber, the folacin and skin friendly vitamin C levels are impressive. Add about 20% the RDA for vitamin A and a daily serving of green beans adds genuine anti-aging nutrition … Continue Reading… →
I like mussels and I was so psyched to learn how much of a nutritional punch they packed. One 3 ounce serving of shelled mussels contains an entire daily supply of selenium and 3X the RDA for vitamin B12. But wait there’s more . That little serving offers 10 grams of protein at a mere 70 calories and mussels have less cholesterol than any other shellfish. And I’ve saved the best for last– 3 ounces of mussels have almost a gram of those anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids– 2-3x the amount of most fish including sole, haibut, cod, shrimp and clams. And then there is the price. Mussels are just about the most affordable of all fish, currently just $3.99/lb at the new Fairway that just opened in my hood.
The NHANES study found that women who had diets high in vitamin C had fewer lines and wrinkles. Good to know, but what does that mean in terms of real food? I started to look into vitamin C rich foods, and discovered that tomatoes offered a great nutritional package. In the US, over half of our daily vitamin C intake is from tomatoes. In addition to being essential for the formation of wrinkle- busting collagen, vitamin C is also a uber anti-oxidant that protects against aging free radicals. And the benefits don’t stop there. From the tiny cherry tomatoes to the giant beefsteak, tomatoes are packed with potassium, beta carotene and disease protecting lutein and lycopene. Even the skin of a tomato is super rich in quercetin, a much studied anti-aging anti-oxidant. And what’s really awsome, every … Continue Reading… →