Healthy Skin Recipes

food-1022674_960_720My friend was complaining the other day about how his food habits had made his skin look dull and dreary. Foods high in fat and sugar content can lead to skin losing its healthy and glowing look. Foods not only serve as a solution for your hunger, when chosen properly they can help you gain a healthy skin too. Some foods are real powerhouses that help retain the smooth and supple nature of your skin and prevent age related destruction such as wrinkles. Here are some foods that keep you looking healthy and vibrant.

Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant. It offers excellent protection for your skin from environmental pollutants. Foods such as pink grapefruit and watermelon are also rich in lycopene. Adding tomato paste to food daily continuously for about 12 weeks can give better protection form sunburns.

An easy recipe for a tomato pasta sauce is to saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add tomato paste, basil and oregano and water to get the consistency you need. Simmer for about 10 minutes and serve with pasta.

Cranberry-Grapefruit Juice Sparkler

You can easily make sparklers with organic and fresh juices. Choose juices that do not have any added sugar or fructose rich corn syrup and add sparkling mineral water. The effervescent, vitamin rich and low in sugar juice is a healthy and surefire way to keep your skin and body rehydrate. For a blemish free skin, using the advanced treatments  here also helps a great deal.

Glow with Chocolate

Cocoa is great for hydrating your skin. It makes your skin firm and supple. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonols, which is a powerful antioxidant.  To get the full effects of chocolate you should choose chocolate that has minimum of 70 percent cacao. Even topical application of chocolate is said to reduce puffiness in skin due to the caffeine content in it.

Yogurt for wrinkle free skin

Dairy foods are rich in protein. They keep the skin firm and free of wrinkles. This is particularly effective if you use Greek yogurt as it contains twice the amount of protein as in the regular yogurt.  Eat one serving of Greek yogurt every day to get a smooth and supple complexion. It also helps to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. For acne scars and other blemishes in the skin using the microdermabrasion system at CAMILASBEAUTY device helps, regain your normal healthy skin right from your home itself.

Fruits for protection

Pomegranates are rich in polyphenol antioxidants. The polyphenol fights against free radical formation and regulates the blood circulation in the skin giving the healthy pink hue to the skin. Drinking 2-3 glasses of pomegranate juice everyday will help in keeping you healthy. You can also apply the juice on your skin topically. The antioxidants help to smooth the lines and help in moisturizing your skin.

Yellow and green peppers also reduce the formation of wrinkles particularly near the eyes. The antioxidants present in the peppers help to reduce the sensitivity of skin from exposure to sun. Adding peppers to your meals daily will give your skin the healthy and supple look.

Nutrition in The Style of Bruce Lee

kick-185384_1280When we mention the name of Bruce Lee, nobody thinks about the nutrition. His name is associated with remarkable martial arts skills and movies. However, to achieve such fantastic results, to have enough energy, strength and body full of muscles without a lot of parts that are shaking as they are made of gelatin, he had to take care of his diet. Let me remind you – the sumo wrestling is a martial art too, but fighters do not look nearly as Bruce Lee.

The Bruce Lee diet is based on the eastern cuisine. It is part of his origin, from where probably stemmed and his love for martial arts. Of course, martial arts have their other roots, such as the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you deal with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bruce Lee advices can be useful too. For the success and progress in this sport, you need Gi like these and the following nutrition rules:

Avoid refined flour. Although many of us think that the bread and biscuits are a source of carbohydrates, realistically there is a better choice. Many of us cannot imagine a meal without a bread. Bruce Lee avoided these food because he felt that the white, refined flour does not have anything that would be useful to the body – only empty, useless calories. And when it is useless, it is not something you should have on your plate. Instead of bread, as a source of carbohydrate, he used rice and pasta.

Eat the “real” foods. This may be the attitude with which I, as a professional chef, must agree. If there is something I despise, that are those ready and semi-ready meals, that are more a poison than food. That’s why I chose to deal with food in my life. Under the “real” food, we talk about fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, and not on their products. In other words, learn to cook!

Drink tea and protein drinks. Tea is full of antioxidants, and it strengthening the immune system and help the body in a natural way. It is a part of Chinese tradition. Regarding the tradition or not, the Bruce Lee was drinking tea every day, often sweetened with honey. Honey and bee products have often been part of his diet. As an energy drink, he drank royal honey and ginseng. Bee Propolis is one of the supplements he was taking, in addition to vitamins C and E and other supplements.

apple-2391_1280Eat smaller meals more often. Well, this is probably the key rule of any healthy diet, even the one that has consumed this great fighter. This way of eating allows you to constantly be satiated. Having a steady schedule and eat always at the same time, helps a lot to bring your metabolism in order. Respect some rhythm and it’s going to work like a clockwork. Irregular meals and overeating lead to accumulation of fat and cravings for junk food and sweets that will quickly raise the level of sugar in your blood.

Bruce Lee avoided milk products. Not because he thought they are unhealthy, but simply because they did not like them. This is an item that I would personally skip in his diet. Proteins and calcium, which can be obtained from dairy products, are important for strong muscles and strong bones. And you need them, if you want to be successful in martial arts.

How Far Does the Food You Eat Travel?

How Far Does the Food You Eat TravelDid you know that the food you eat travels thousands of miles before they reach your plate?

As a master chef, I’ve always made sure that my dishes are made of fresh ingredients. And so it is important for me to know how foods get to my kitchen. I once tried to check how these ingredients get to my kitchen and was astonished at what I learned. From the farm to your plate, an average American meal travels almost 1,500 miles. Whatever happens in between this long trip is for you to guess.

Expectedly, tropical foodstuffs such chocolate, tea, coffee, bananas, and sugar are grown and shipped from other parts of the world. But nowadays, even vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and other food products, that were once sourced locally, are being imported from other countries. This trend has become apparent because of the wide difference in the cost of imported and locally-grown food products. This is because some foodstuffs are more suited in certain parts of the globe and are thus mass-produced there.

While it could be economically sound, for us chefs, transporting foods at long distances puts a question mark on the safety and freshness of the foods. For example, fruits that have to be transported are usually picked unripe and once they reach the destination, they are gassed to “ripen” them. Similarly, vegetables are also sealed tightly and preservatives are used to avoid spoiling during the shipment. There are also vegetable and fruit varieties that have been genetically modified so they last longer and are less perishable.

Since I’m not sure what happens along the way, I see to it that the ingredients in the kitchen are grown locally. When it comes to vegetables and fruits, I prefer shopping from local farmers market. I actually have a neighbor who grows organic veggies at her backyard and I’m her regular customer. Inside her home, she has LED grow lights which she uses for growing delicate vegetables and herbs. I was actually planning to buy an LED grow light and have even checked Grow Lights Base (a review site for different LED grow lights). I haven’t found any stall that sells the freshest vegetables and herbs as my neighbor!

Buying foodstuffs from a local farmers market not only ensures that the foods you serve are fresh; it also supports your local food system. If you have a local farmers market, I really recommend shopping there. If you have a green thumb, it may even be best to start growing your own foods. This way, you are certain that the foods you serve your loved ones are healthy and fresh!

Venison And Its Health Benefits

venison-542592_1920True gourmets know how to enjoy in food, and they valued venison on their plate. In addition to specific taste, it is also very good for our health. Here are some reasons why you should learn to hunt and occasionally enjoy as true gourmets.

Venison is full of iron. Therefore, it prevents anemia and affects the production of hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is very important, and has a role in providing enough oxygen to your muscles, tissues and organs.

In this way, eating of venison can affect your overall health and energy.

Venison meat does not contain fat. Is there anything better than a piece of pure meat? This meat is especially good if you deal with bodybuilding and try to develop muscles. For this, you need a lot of proteins, and in the venison is full of them. Besides, this meat is lean. Wild animals in the wood lead an active life, and their meat does not have too much fat. It is not a philosophy – it is the same with humans. I know many people who do not like fatty deposits on meat. The solution for these people could be venison.

You might be wondering now, where to get the venison. You can buy it, or order it in a hunter’s restaurant. However, when I already mention physical activity, perhaps it is not a bad idea to learn to hunt. Hunting has many advantages, starting from better concentration, better condition to the cheap procurement of tasty and healthy meals. To increase the chances to make a good catch, you will need an adequate hunting equipment, which includes clothing, gun, and high-quality rangefinder. Of course, you need a supply of water and food. It is best to take the one that has no complicated and rustling package, which will show your position. After speaking with my old pal who is a professional on this topic, I would personally recommend this one.

Are you trying to lose weight? Venison meat is an excellent choice for your diet, not only because it contains less fat, but because it has twice fewer calories than beef meat.

The best diet connects good and useful. In this case, it means delicious and healthy at the same time. Venison will give you a good portion of protein and iron, but it is a rich source of vitamin B12, which is also important in the fight against anemia. There is vitamin B6, which affects the conversion of carbohydrates, which is very important for people who have problems with diabetes.

Perhaps the most important thing is the fact that the venison caught in the wood is actually a kind of organic food. Such meat is not enriched with hormones and antibiotics for faster growth and is therefore, perfectly natural and healthiest source of meat.

Venison has a strong and specific taste. It’s a taste of the wild that was the inspiration for the development of hunting cuisine. Until you do not try to eat the hunting specialties, you cannot know what it means to be a true gourmet!

Best Snacks for People On The Move

wanderer-455338_1920My experience, work with people and a large number of contacts put me in different situations and the allowed me to attend various events. One of those that left an impression on me is the competition in downhill longboarding.

From my point of view, it takes a lot of concentration, practice and control over your body and over the longboard to succeed in this. Did I mention the courage? The fact is that such events are not always in your neighborhood, and that participation means going on a trip.

I would like to take this opportunity to look back at snacks intended for people on the move, especially those people who want to eat a healthy snack.

When you start to ride a longboard is best to get a cheap one, that will well serve you to master the basics, and see whether is this activity good for you at all. A good review of cheap longboards can ease your choice, and I found one here. http://longboardingnation.com/best-cheap-longboards-under-100/

When you’re on the go, the last thing you need is a snack that is melted, crushed, broken. Driving a longboard is not simple and requires a lot of energy. Therefore, you should bring with you a healthy snack. Here are a few suggestions that are great when you’re on the move.

Dark chocolate

Whether you drive a cheap longboard, or your skills are at the level that you can deal with an electric longboard, running down the hill you will make you tired. If nothing else, you’ll want to recover from the adrenaline rush and reward yourself with something sweet. Dark chocolate is a great choice for a healthy heart and is an ideal choice for combination with other snacks.

Dried fruit

Fruit refreshes, but you have to admit that it can make a real mess sometimes. It can be squashed during the trip, and to create an additional problem. Therefore, the dried fruits it is a better choice. Make a healthy mix of dried fruits and take it instead of fresh.

Mixed nuts

Another dry and fun alternative suitable for people on the move is making mixed nuts. Oh, do not worry, you do not need to be a skilled chef. Just insert in the bag a bit of walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts … To make your mix tastier, you can add pieces of dried fruit or dark chocolate and make a super-power mix.

Muffins

There are many ways to make muffins. When you’re on the go, the best is the one that does not have a lot of fillings, which may leak and made a mess. Muffins are practical because they are small, almost bite-sized and easy to carry, packaging and consumption.

Nutrition bars

As there are a great number of muffins that you can make, you can also get a great number of bars. However, if you really want a healthy option, then it is necessary to read the ingredients carefully. I personally think that the best option is to make your own bars without a lot of sugar and calories.

As well as longboard choice, a choice of snacks is up to you. For those who live in the speed, the best is the one that provides quick refreshment and instant satisfaction.

Proper Nutrition as an Important Motivator for Exercising

cook-366875_1920I’m not a professional athlete, but I like to lead a healthy and active life. I often spend my free time in the gym. Many times I have experienced inflammation and strange flickering in the muscles after a workout.

Maybe I’m not professional in a building muscle through strenuous workouts, but it is not the only requirement to build muscles. Proper nutrition is very important too, and this is a field in which I am a professional.

Well, what should eat someone who lifts weights?

Many people go to the gym to lose weight. What often can discourage them is the fact that the training can be very exhausting. At the same time, they reduce food intake in a wrong way, so they do not have enough power for lifting weights. And motivation dries up very quickly.

I think that investing in a home gym is a great way to stay motivated. You do not have to leave home and to share the gym with other people. I don’t about you, but when I buy something, I use it. I found everything I need to install power racks at home on this site http://garagegympro.com/

Weight lifting is stress for the muscles. To persist in practice, it is important to be disciplined. So, make a schedule that will be followed when it comes to food and exercise. To respect the schedule, it is best to set these power racks in your garage, basement or another part of your house where you will practice. For the diet, follow a few rules:

  • Do not skip breakfast. Make a weekly plan for breakfast or eat without a plan, but do not underestimate the importance of this meal. It will give you energy for the shortage of the day. You can start the day with some tasty omelet, smoothie or cereals.
  • Eat every three hours. Yes, even though you have decided to reduce the amount of food that you consume. The best way to not be hungry and to prevent overeating or undernourishment is to eat more meals but in smaller quantities.
  • Eat proteins. Proteins are very important for building muscle and essential if you plan to burn fat and build muscle mass. So, what to eat? You can start the day with eggs, eat some red meat for lunch, have some dairy products for the dinner. Also, good sources of protein are fish and poultry.
  • Do not skip fruits and vegetables. Yes, the proteins are important, but also vitamins and fibers. Therefore, you should include fruit snacks, or add some vegetables to the meat that you have prepared for lunch. For instance, make a baked potato that will be a source of carbohydrates with a dark chicken meat because it is a source of iron and hemoglobin which brings oxygen to the muscles.
  • Eat carbohydrates. Many people will blame the excessive consumption of carbohydrates for their overweight. That does not mean you should completely remove them. Restrict them. For example, eat them after a hard workout. Carbohydrates are not just sweets. These are also the bread, rice, pastas, potatoes. Choose whole- grain varieties, and avoid white.

 

Proper diet will provide enough energy to exercise and to shorten the time to results. So you will long remain motivated and persist in exercising.