RECIPE: A Different Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

This is NOT your average Strawberry & Banana Smoothie! It’s like an ideal lover: Thick and Rich. Yet a delectable dessert, Sweet and Creamy. But it’s protein-packed so it won’t leave you unsatisfied as desserts and lovers often do.

Strawberry & Banana

In a blender combine:

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries

1/4 cup gluten-free oats

1/2 frozen peeled banana (if using frozen strawberries, banana can be unfrozen)

9 almonds

RECIPE: Cauliflower Frittata

Ready for a brilliant brunch idea or a healthy grab & go snack to stock the fridge?  Cauliflower Frittatas are vegetarian, gluten-free, protein packed and simply scrumptious.  Easy to make and easy to store.  Eat these instead of high sugar protein or breakfast ‘bars’!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Head Cauliflower

2 eggs, from a farm not a factory

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

4-6 basil leaves, chopped

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat over to 350

1. Boil a head of cauliflower until soft (~5 minutes); strain and chop cauliflower on a towel, which can then be used to soak up extra moisture.

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2. While cauliflower is boiling, in a medium-sized bowl whisk farm fresh eggs, parmesan, basil, salt & pepper (and optional) crushed red pepper; add a splash (~1-2 Tbsp filtered water) and whisk until thoroughly mixed

3. Add in cauliflower to mixture and pour evenly in to 12 muffin pan slots.

4. Cook for ~10-15 minutes, until desired crisping/browning

5. Serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 5 days

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RANT: SUNSCREEN 101

Whether you’re fighting Father Time and the nasolabial folds he bestows or trying to prevent the awkward “you-missed-a-spot-Gorbachev-birthmark-burn”, choosing the right sunscreen can be diffy!  Do I need a Sun Block or a Sun Screen? And what’s the difference? Do I care about UVA or UVB rays? And what’s the deal with nano-particles?

Here’s the dumbed down nitty gritty, what you need to know, Sunscreen 101:

Block vs Screen: If you don’t want cancer, a sunburn or crows feet, you want a BLOCK. Only 2 ingredients acutally block the suns rays: Zinc and Titanium Dioxide. And Zinc is better at it. All the others (Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Octyl Salicylate, etc) are garbage, harmful and simply ‘screen’ not block and only UVB rays….which brings us to:

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UVA vs UVB: Think A = Aging (UVA rays age you) Think B = Burn (UVB Rays Burn you). Sunscreen (not sunblock) only stops UVB rays, so you don’t catch a burn, BUT you’re still subject to wrinkles, oh and Cancer. Both UVA AND UVB rays can contribute to cancer.  But then, so can several of the chemicals in sunscreens… Which brings us to:

Nanoparticles vs non-nano.  A nano particle is really, really really small. Studies show nano-particle sized zinc oxide, commonly found in cosmetics and sunscreens, can get ‘up-in’ human cells and cause cancer, nerve damage and brain damage. So there’s that. Opt for non-nano zinc please. Especially when lathering up yo’ chillins and babies.

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There’s a lot more to pay attention to regarding the inactive ingredients, many of which are toxic, though they tout they are safe for babies (example: Neutrogena PURE & FREE BABY contains a preservative called methylisothiazolinone deemed unsafe by our friends in Europe) Thankfully many products are eliminating Pthaltes, parabens, and PABA)

WRAP UP:

Best: avoid sun

Next best: Hats, Sunnies, Umbrellas and Clothing, but if you don’t wanna look like Nicole Kidman at the beach Lather up! Use ZINC! but NON-NANO Zinc.

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