Start. Eating. Parsley. Now. + Easy Tabouli Recipe

parsleyWhat’s up with North Americans being  soooooo darn scared to try new foods  outside of our comfort zone??  Don’t you find it funny that so many of us are simply terrified to try something new, like its somehow going to make us drop dead if we (gasp) take a bite?

So parsley probably isn’t  the most foreign flavour you thought I was going to talk about (but it is a good baby step towards more intense ones) , yet I think it is so worth mentioning because if you were anything like me growing up, you probably didn’t eat very much of it, except to push the garnish around on your plate at a restaurant, and you certainly would never think of making  a salad completely out of the stuff.  But did you know that in Middle Eastern cuisine, parsley is a staple green that is used on a daily basis, sort of like the way we use lettuce in North America.   Parsley not only adds an intense and distinguishing flavour to their food, but it also has some amazing health benefits to boot, that I think you need to start reaping, immediately.

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Look No Further Than Your Kitchen For The Quickest, Easiest & Cheapest Exfoliation

If there is one thing (other than SPF protection) that you can do for your skin, to make to keep it looking younger, longer- I truly believe that it has to be- exfoliation.  I am sure most of you know what exfoliation is all about (and I fully intend on writing a whole post dedicated to the benefits of exfoliating your skin), but for now, I will simply say that it is one of the easiest things you can do today to give your skin an instant and noticeable glow and refined texture.

Physical exfoliation is literally the process of taking an abrasive ingredient and rubbing it onto your skin  in order to buff away the surface layer of skin to reveal younger, fresher skin (think about how your feet feel after a day of walking on sand at the beach).  When you exfoliate, you will instantly notice how much softer and smoother your skin is- that’s why people often turn to it in the summer to give them awesome beach-worthy skin, but often neglect the whole process altogether in the winter,  as we tend to curl up and hibernate in sweaters and pants.  Well, I am here to put an end to all this neglect!  Let this post inspire you to let this be your first  fall/winter season  dedicated to pampering your skin at least once a week, because there is nothing better than feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

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Why You Should Be Eating The King of All Veg- KALE! + An Amazing Raw Marinated Kale Salad

IMG_7580Kale is one of my all time-favorite veggies.  Okay, maybe not ‘all-time’, as I really only discovered its existence about 5 years or so…but during that time, it has since taken top position in my veggie repertoire.   What I love most about it, is its simplicity and versatility- I adore eating it raw, sauteed, juiced, blended (with other goodies), or baked- plus it is one of the easiest  and hardiest veggies to grow in your home garden (I swear this stuff would grow through a snow storm).  Above, you can see two varieties of kale that my husband grew in our garden this summer.  My personal fav, is called dinosaur kale (it’s the kale with the long and narrow leaves).

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POMtastic: They Don’t Call Pomegranates a SuperFood For Nothin’

pomegranates“You need not spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetic counter; you can avoid wrinkles simply by placing healthy choices on your plate” – Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N

I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook.  I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source.  Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact.  You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.

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The Perfect Facial Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Moisturizer

acai_white_tea_oil-free_moisturizer-_pair If you are a person with extremely oily skin… you know,  the type that has skin which your friends can see their reflection in by 9 am, or if you have more balanced skin and simply want a great, everyday moisturizer that will provide you with light hydration, well today is your lucky day!  Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer, $24  62 ml, is quite simply one of the best all-round facial moisturizers I have ever used. Period.

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Why Cauliflower Is So Amazing + Quick & Easy Cauli-Mash to Subside Your Mashed Potato Cravings

thThis is a super quick, easy, and nutritious cauliflower-mash recipe that I created as a substitution for standard mashed potatoes.  Although I do adore mashed potatoes, I often find them overly heavy and rich due of the copious amounts of butter and cream which are used in most recipes.  This is perfect for those times when all you want is creamy, smooth, comfort food- but without all the heaviness.  What’s great about this type of recipe is that it is open to interpretation, so you can add or adjust the flavours depending on your tastes.  Please note that I do use a couple sweet potatoes (higher in nutrients than your standard spud) in this recipe, simply as a way to bind the ingredients and make it taste smooth, not chunky.  The bulk of the recipe is still organic cauliflower. Make it as a side for dinner and then bring the left-overs for lunch the next day- as this recipe will yield quite a bit.

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The Perfect Addition To Your Morning Ritual- Why Lemon Water Is Amazing

lemonwaterI know a few people who are Holistic Nutritionists and I swear that everyone of those individuals has told me that the first thing they were taught in school, was to drink lemon water- first thing, every morning, every day. 

Before I even started delving into the reasons why adding this drink to my morning ritual was so beneficial,  I went out and bought a bunch of lemons and started drinking the stuff everyday, as I figured it seemed like a pretty simple, cheap (probably less then 25 cents a day, give or take) and beneficial thing to do for my health.   I have personally always loved lemon water- its’ refreshing quality, its’ zestiness (is that even a word?), and its’ tanginess,  were all qualities I had always adored- but once I got into the habit of freshly squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water each and every day- I noticed something…I felt more energized!  I now drink lemon water in either hot or cold water, first thing when I wake up, before I start my day.  Below are just a few of the beautiful reasons why I think fresh lemon juice in your water will rock your world too:

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Green is for Gorgeous: Why You Should Be Drinking More Green Tea.

green teaFor me, beauty doesn’t just come from a bottle or a pot of expensive cream.  Oh sure, the latest cream on the market or that great new foundation may provide you with some immediate gratification in the way you look- but in reality, I think that long term, ageless beauty, comes from treating our bodies with a ton of respect, by feeding it the most natural food possible and by drinking antioxidant rich beverages on a daily basis.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably well aware that green tea (or any tea for that matter) is a great choice to sip on. There has been so much talk in the media that supports the drinking of green tea in order to prevent a multitude of diseases, including cancer.  But did you also know that drinking Green Tea packs a serious beauty punch as well?  That’s right, you can drink yourself pretty with this tasty beverage.  So before you grab your usual ‘cup of Joe’, consider these reasons for drinking more Green Tea…you mirror will be smiling back at you, I promise :)

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