The Glowing Green Smoothie

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I have been obsessed with my NutriBullet … it honestly isn’t like the other blenders and if you haven’t tried it yet then you really are missing out! What truly sets NutriBullet apart from the rest is its incredible extraction abilities with its exclusive Bullet cyclonic action, specialized blades and powerful motor, it converts any vegetable, fruit, nuts, and seeds into an exceptional liquid smoothie…

I have tried many green smoothie recipes and was so happy to come across Kimberly Snyder‘s Glowing Green Smoothie. Drink one GG smoothie a day – packed with fruits and vegetables – and feel the effects that real, unprocessed, nutrition-extracted whole food can have on your health and well-being… I have been feeling more energized and been feeling that my immunity is much better than before… there is no miracle here! You have to drink it every day to see the benefits!!

Thought I’d share the GG smoothie recipe here but do try out different ones till you find one or two that you can stick to!
Ingredients
1-2 cups very cold, filtered water
¾ pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
½ head large bunch or small bunch organic spinach
3-4 organic celery stalks halved
1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic banana, peeled
½ fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)

Instructions
Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth.
Gradually moving to higher speeds Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth.

Note:

Kimberly encourages to mix and match your greens and fruit. Vary this recipe with kale, chard, arugula, and the like. Just avoid melons, as they don’t combine well with other produce.

This recipe is freezable!

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Health Benefits of Baking Soda

There are many Baking soda videos and essays out there…. I wanted to share this one from Chef Marcus Guiliano because I thought it was very informative

Important Note: Please consult your Dr. if you have high blood pressure or simply avoid it taking baking soda!

The No Make up Make up!

I love the no makeup look. This to me is the perfect day to day look… Lisa Eldridge is one of my favorites make up artists and I love her Youtube channel and Blog … Here is her video showing us how it’s done… I’ve been doing my natural everyday look this way ever since she put her video out and am so happy with how it turns out every single time!

Also, check out her Alexa Chung video … love that one too x

Super Foods

Eating well is essential to all of us … Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions this year!

Wild Salmon is probably the world’s most heart healthy source of protein. It is rich in long-chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids which protect heart health, inhibit inflammation, act as natural anti-depressants, increase feelings of well-being, and help keep skin young, supple and radiant.

Asparagus is one of the richest sources of rutin, a bioflavanoid which strengthens small capillaries in the skin and may help prevent broken capillaries and it contains glutathione–an abundant and essential tripeptide antioxidant found within the cells that plays a huge role in the cell’s ability to fight free-radical damage. Glutathione is our primary antioxidant defense and an effective suppressor of free radical damage.

Dark Leafy Greens are rich in the antioxidant plant pigments known as carotenoids, which enhance immune response, protect skin cells against UV radiation, and “spare” liver enzymes that neutralize carcinogens and other toxins. Their important anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory effects reduce the risk of heart disease and block sunlight-induced inflammation in the skin—which leads to wrinkles and skin cancer.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in oleic acid, which is a super emollient. The essential fatty acids present in olive oil nourish the skin and provide anti-inflammatory activity. The polyphenols that are found abundantly in olive oil are extremely efficient and multi-faceted antioxidants. Polyphenols are exceptionally stable and protective. The most powerful member of the Olive Oil Polyphenol group is Hydroxytyrosol. Extremely rare, and effective in even small concentrations, this super antioxidant, anti-inflammatory has been proven to be effective in improving general health and appearance.

Green Jasmine Tea—Enjoy a cup of green tea after your meal and don’t worry about the caffeine, since a compound in green tea called theonine blocks the negative effects of caffeine, while acting as a natural mood elevator and promoting feelings of well-being. Because green tea is rich in polyphenol anti-oxidants, it can help fight inflammation and age-accelerating free radicals, protect against heart disease and cancer, boost the body’s natural defenses, and exert anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects.

Nuts and Seeds such as hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds are rich in short-chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which inhibit the accumulation of fats in artery walls that promotes angina, strokes, and heart attacks. Nuts are also high in the amino acid arginine, which prompts the body to release vital hormones, stimulate sexuality, increase lean muscle mass, burn fat, lower cholesterol and boost the immune system.

Apples are unusually high in fiber, with an average of five grams. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, we need approximately 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day, so one apple provides about 15 to 25 percent of your daily fiber requirement. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber is known as “pectin,” and is the substance that is added to jams and jellies to make them gel. Pectin has the power to decrease the appetite for up to four hours, making it a more effective appetite suppressant than the insoluble fiber found in grains such as wheat and rye. (Oats, like apples, are also rich in soluble fiber.)

Pears offer protection from free radicals; Pears are high in both Vitamin C and copper, anti-oxidant nutrients that help prevent free radical damage to the cells. Both copper and Vitamin C also stimulates white blood cells to fight infections, and directly kills many bacteria and viruses. One medium size pear can provide about 11 percent of the daily value your body needs for Vitamin C, and almost 10 percent of the copper it needs. They also promote cardiovascular and colon health: The fiber in pears has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels. It also binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, preventing them from damaging colon cells. Pears also protect against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older adults and provide Vitamin B: Pears have a high concentration of folates, which make up the Vitamin B complex group. These vitamins are essential for metabolic activity and red blood cell production.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal is high in fibers that enhance weight control and discourages cardiovascular disease; the beta-glucan fiber in oats and also barley exerts beneficial anti-glycemic effects as well, helping to stabilize blood sugar.

Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar because it stimulates insulin receptors and inhibits an enzyme that inactivates them, thereby increasing cells’ ability to use glucose. Just one gram per day (approximately ¼ to ½ teaspoon) yields a 20 percent drop in blood sugar, and reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well. Cinnamon also reduces cellular inflammation—a key age accelerator. Fun fact: The mere scent of cinnamon enhances the brain’s cognitive processing, including attention, memory, and visual-motor speed.

Omega-3 Eggs are a terrific source of protein and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. The key is to make sure you purchase eggs from cage-free chickens that are fed flax meal. Not only are they much more nutritious, they taste wonderful.

Lemons and Lemon Juice contain important phytonutrients which protect lungs, alleviate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, help prevent cancer by boosting the activity of detoxification enzymes in the liver, lower blood cholesterol levels, and inhibit cancer in human breast cells, skin, lungs, stomach, mouth, and colon cancer in laboratory animals. They also play an important role in the maintenance of elastin and the stabilization of collagen.

Berries are antioxidant and vitamin powerhouses. They contain important phytochemicals including phenolics, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and more. Blueberries also contains phytochemicals that can cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the areas of brain responsible for learning and memory. Raspberries are a rich source of Vitamin C—key for collagen production and also very high in ellegic acid superior in reducing the damage caused to cells from free radicals—like blueberries they are super anti-aging foods in just about every category. All berries are superb for all organ systems including skin.

Yogurt is a very good source of calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin-Vitamin B2 and iodine, Vitamin B12, pantothenic acid-Vitamin B5, zinc, potassium, protein and molybdenum. Yogurt that contains live bacterial cultures may help you to live longer, and may fortify your immune system. Research studies have shown that increased yogurt consumption, particularly in immuno-compromised populations such as the elderly, may enhance the immune response, which would in turn increase resistance to immune-related diseases.

Chickpeas are low in fat and sodium but high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol, garbanzos’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. They are also an excellent source of protein, needing only to be combined with grains such as barley or oats to provide all the amino acids necessary to make a complete protein for vegetarians who do not have other sources of protein for their meals.

Turmeric. The golden root of turmeric has been used since ancient times for both health and beauty. A superb anti-inflammatory, the active curcuminoids help even out skin tone and color and have superior cell-protective properties, helping to keep skin soft and supple while protecting against the oxidative stress that accelerates skin ageing.”

The Official Spa Opening At The Chedi Muscat

One of my favorite hotels in the world is the Chedi Muscat! Yes I know what some of you are thinking… but No! ….that is not the reason!!!! The reason is simply because it is stunning…And I am so happy that tonight was the official spa opening….no detail was over looked ….and every thing was perfect as usual!….

This luxurious Spa has the longest outdoor pool in the Sultanate ( about 103 meters) as well as the most beautiful gym I have ever seen!…The hotel’s blend of Omani architecture and Asian contemporary design has also been extended to the spa and gym. I tell you it is style and luxury at it’s best!

I am so happy that the hotel is releasing a limited number of memberships. The members will have access to all three pools of the hotel, as well as its private beach. The membership will also include a complimentary laundry service, some spa treatments and a few sessions with a personal trainer …..discounts on food and beverage throughout the hotel are included as well.

Organic Food

I love lists! they make me feel organized and in control …. one of the most important lists that I have recently found is this one below:

 

 

So basically the fruits and vegs on the left hand side ( green side ) you have to get organic. Not sure why the potatoes and the sweet potatoes are not on the same side!! Regardless I feel that its a handy list to have.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

 

Audrey Hepburn is one of my style icons …. actually she is probably yours too since she is the most famous style icons of the last century and her simple yet fabulous sense of style is admired to this day. I think that one of her style secrets is that she kept it very simple. She wore clean lines and clothes that emphasized her slim physique and wore only what suited her…. Ofcourse it didn’t hurt to be best friends with a designer like Hubert de Givenchy. She was his muse and he designed most of her famous dresses ….. The most famous one is the black dress that she wore in Breakfast In Tiffany’s ( one of my favorite movies).

Her style was not only about her clothes though… it was about her charm and the way she held her self! I love this quote … it sort of sums up who she was !

 

 

…And since I was cleaning up my make up and am still in that mood…  I thought that I would share this cute video of doing make up Audrey style!