Ch-ch-ch-chia! More Than Just a Child Memory

When you first think of chia, you recall those fuzzy green chia pets that we all knew and loved. Gone are the days of the chia pets! Say hello to the new chia in town… the chia seed. #98210131 / gettyimages.com Chia comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. It is an edible seed that contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and all that good stuff. Since they are unprocessed, they make a great whole-grain addition to any diet. This week, we want to share some of their amazing health benefits with you. We hope that these benefits will encourage you to add them to your lifestyle! Great source of omega-3s, which can help reduce inflammation and high cholesterol Plenty of fiber, which can regulate bowel function Fiber also keeps you full, which makes it a great addition to a midday snack Rich in antioxidants, to help protect body from free radicals, aging, and cancer Two tablespoons contain 24% for magnesium, which can help prevent hypertension Benefits those with type-2 diabetes, as it can help slow down digestion Has 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium – great for bone health Great source of protein for vegetarians or vegans, with 4.4 grams per serving So, how can you incorporate these seeds? There are plenty of ways! Smoothies Yogurt parfait Veggie dishes Rice Oatmeal Cereal Baked goods Salad And much more… Are you ready to get your chia on? Us,...

Tips to Avoid Acne

According to research from Brown University, approximately 17 million in the U.S. have acne. With a number that high, it may seem impossible that anyone is able to avoid acne. Hey, I guess they say it happens to the best of us, right? We’ve put together some helpful tips that may help you avoid being another statistic. View image | gettyimages.com Cleanse. It doesn’t matter if you have acne or not- everyone needs to wash their face. Your face may not even seem dirty, but over the course of the day oil, dirt, and bacteria build up. Start every morning with a fresh face and don’t go to bed before taking everything off. Use a mild cleanser, warm water, and a fresh clean towel- using an old towel will spread bacteria. Overwashing may be harmful, so try to keep your routine to twice a day, or after activities like going to gym or cooking in a hot kitchen. Moisturize. “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Some people think moisturized skin will lead to acne- but that is not the case. Keeping your skin well moisturized maintains oil balance and prevents breakouts. Look for an oil free or “noncomedogenic” (which means, unlikely to cause acne) moisturizer. Prevent. Only you can prevent breakouts! Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry excessive oil from skin. Start with a small amount at first. Use these products with caution if you have sensitive skin. Makeup. Cake is for eating- it is not a makeup technique. Avoid caking the makeup over a breakout- this may worsen...

Caring for Winter Skin

During the winter months, dry skin can leave you feeling itchy and flaky! If you have not been taking good care of your winter skin, your skin may be suffering. This week, we have some tips to add to your skin care routine. Healthy, moisturized skin CAN survive the winter! View image | gettyimages.com #1: Use a moisturizer. It is so important to choose an oil-based moisturizer for your face, body, hands, and feet. It helps to seal the skin, preserving the moisture in the low humidity. #2: Wear sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is still a must in the winter! Protecting your face is especially important when you are out and about. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. #3: Shower like a skin care pro. Did you know that showering/bathing everyday can strip your body from its natural oils? In the winter, you may want to wash up every other day. If you can’t do that, use warm water (hot will dry out your skin faster!) and limit your session to 10 minutes or less. When you get out, moisturize while you are still damp to preserve the moisture. #4: Cure cracked hands and feet. Hands and feet are usually the first to suffer from the cold! Aside from using your oil-based moisturizer, you should also protect your hands with mittens while out and wear warm, comfortable socks and shoes to keep your feet toasty. We’ve got a few more weeks of winter ahead. Use these tips to your advantage now and your skin will be feeling healthier in no...

Thanksgiving Recipe: Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Looking for something sweet to add to your Thanksgiving spread? Look no further! This week, we are switching up the content and bringing you one of our favorite recipes for the holiday season. Check it out! View image | gettyimages.com 8 sweet potatoes (peeled, halved, and sliced thin) 2 tbs olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbs butter 2 tbs brown sugar 1/3 cup pecan pieces 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper To make this dish: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper – divide on two separate baking sheets Bake until potatoes are tender, with an occasional toss – 30 minutes Once tender, take out and sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecans, and cayenne Bake again until sugar is carmelized – about 10 minutes Toss and serve! This recipe serves 8 people, so half or double as you see fitting....

Prevention Tips: Makeup & Acne

Who’s excited for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? The much anticipated film has everyone buzzing about it! We’re excited to see our favorites, especially Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the wonderfully eccentric Effie Trinket. Which got us thinking… How does Effie’s skin stay blemish-free with all that crazy colorful make-up? Seriously, that stuff is caked on! While make-up can help cover blemish and make us feel confident, it is not always a friend to skin. The wrong make-up can clog pores and lead to even more acne. This week, let’s take a closer look at how you can prevent acne caused by your make-up. Here are six tips: #1: Opt for make-up products that list the following: non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free. #2: Certain ingredients may cause irritation and may clog pores easier than others. Fortunately, Acne.org shares a great list of ingredients to avoid. Familiarize yourself with this list and be sure to read labels when choosing products! #3: Avoid products that have fragrance. This may irritate some skin types, especially sensitive skin. #4: If you notice that your skin is itchy and/or irritated after using a product, stop use immediately. #5: Stay clear of concealers and cover-ups that are heavy on the skin. #6: Clean your make-up brushes! These bad boys are loaded with dead skin, dust, and who knows what else. If you are not going to clean them, replace them! Did you get all this down, Effie? We’re ready to take a page out of your skin care guide, anyways! We hope that this information has been helpful, and we hope that...

Skin Care in a Cup: Chamomile Tea

Kicking off your day with a quality cup of tea may be one of the best ways to wake- up, not to mention the healthiest. There are hundreds of types of tea out there, each one with its own set of amazing health benefits. One type of tea that is exceptionally great for skin care is chamomile tea. You could call it “skin care in a cup!” View image | gettyimages.com   Check out these skin benefits: Instilled with healing, anti-oxidant, and cleansing moisturizing properties Can be used as an all-natural skin bleach, helping to lighten complexion Can promote and accelerate the healing process of minor wounds Antioxidants found in chamomile tea can help fight acne Soothes skin irritations and sunburns Tea bags can help reduce under-eye circles and puffiness Retains youth by protecting skin from free radical damage May help to reduce swelling and fight bacteria (for example, eczema) Aside from skin, there are a number of other benefits to reap: Treat the common cold by mixing chamomile oil with water to make a vapor Mild sedating properties for a good night’s sleep Muscle-relaxing properties (relief from menstrual cramps, upset stomach, etc.) Can help sooth pain associated with stomach ulcers (regular consumption) Has anti-bacterial properties, boosting the immune system Can be used to soothe and treat hemorrhoids (using cooled tea) Can reduce gas formation in the body May help rid of migraines So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a hot mug of tea and enjoy these benefits today. Are you a tea drinker? Share your favorite cup with us – tweet...

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