Skip the meat on Earth Day (without feeling hungry)

Going vegetarian one day each week was one of my goals this year. I have been able to stick to this goal and sometimes even exceed it by having more veggie days. An integral part of being able to go vegetarian for a meal-lover like me was finding veggie recipes that satisfy these 4 requirements:

  1. Delicious
  2. Filling
  3. Healthy
  4. Quick

I encourage you to join Earth Day Challenge and skip the meat this Earth Day 2016!

Go veggie to help reduce carbon footprint and protect our environment. Animal farming alone causes 14.5% of all greenhouse climate pollution. That’s more than every single car, train, and plane on the planet combined!

Skipping the meat also benefits your health as it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, keep your cholesterol low and reduce exposure to antibiotics.

I have rounded up 5 healthy and delicious recipes that you could try this Earth Day. Enjoy!

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I have been eating quite healthy for the last few years but it hasn’t always been that way. While of course I always knew that eating healthy stuff is important for keeping your weight in check, I was really inspired to expand my family’s recipe repertoire after reading Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age  book by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. It took me several years to gradually switch to a much healthier diet and a key part of that journey has been finding healthy recipes that are easy to make, use simple ingredients available in local stores and are yummy at the same time. I will turn 37 in a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with my weight, my skin and my health so I think making an effort to eat good foods really pays off!

I hope that I can inspire you to eat a variety of healthy foods with this post series! I will try to select in-season produce, give you information on its nutritional benefits and suggest some interesting recipes.

So here you go, the first vegetable in the series: Asparagus!

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Do you want to look pretty on Valentine’s Day? Start with glowing skin!

Instantly Glowing Skin for Valentine's Day. Before and after photos using Clarins Golden Glow Booster. No foundation was applied to skin in these photos.

My skin is very fair and I adore people with darker skin tones very much and would love to have a nice tan, but I have always stayed away from sunless tan products as they look extremely unnatural on my skin. Last year I discovered Clarins Radiance Plus Golden-Glow Booster and I was hooked on it from the first use.  This is now my secret weapon to looking radiant even I have been neglecting my skin for a couple of weeks. This glow booster will give you a subtle natural glow instantly. I am not wearing any foundation in the photos above to show you how much glow you can achieve with this product in just 2 applications!

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Simple steps to reduce number of calories that you consume


10 easy ways to reduce calories without feeling hungry from

Eat well, stay healthy

1. Halve the amount of high-calorie ingredients in recipes

When cooking at home use only half of what the recipe calls for when it comes to high-calorie ingredients. For example, if the recipe says to use 2 tablespoons of butter, use only 1 tablespoon saving 100 calories on the spot. Similarly by using ¼ cup of sugar instead of ½ cup you can easily save 180 calories. Extend this method to reduce calories in your home-cooked meals.

2. Reduce portion size

This one is no brainer. If your meal is 500 calories and you cut the portion size by 20% you save 100 calories. Not bad for virtually no effort.  If you take baby steps in reducing the portion size you will gradually train yourself to eat smaller meals without feeling hungry. People who already eat adequate size meals should not follow this tip.

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Healthy Breakfast #1: Wild Blueberry Chia Oatmeal with Walnuts


Healthy Breakfast for Glowing Skin: Blueberries, Chia seeds, Walnuts, Oatmeal

Healthy Breakfast for Glowing Skin: Blueberries, Chia seeds, Walnuts, Oatmeal

Blueberry Chia Walnuts Oatmeal from Kathy at

Key Ingredients:

Steel-cut oats: Provide you with protein, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium.

Chia seeds: Are loaded with antioxidants and protein as well as fiber, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus while adding very few calories.

Ground flax seeds: Good source of Omega-3s and fiber. Use ground flax seeds for better absorption of nutrients.

Blueberries: Super high in antioxidants that help fight premature aging.

Goji berries: Excellent source of antioxidants and beta-carotene. Warning: goji berries may interact with some drugs. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), diabetes or blood pressure drug talk with your doctor first.

Walnuts: Rich in Omega-3s and Vitamin E that are essential for smooth, glowing skin.

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This homemade hair mask has only 2 ingredients!

DIY Hair Mask For Dry Curly Hair. This easy hair mask has only 2 ingredients: coconut milk + vitamin E! Great for dry hair and for making your hair grow faster.

Easy DIY Hair Mask For Dry Naturally Curly Hair


Being born with naturally curly hair can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Sure, curled hair looks sexy and beautiful but it also tends to be very dry and needs a lot of extra care. I find that leaving in conditioner after I wash my hair makes a big difference and so do the weekly hair masks.

I have purchased a lot of commercial hair masks over the years but I found that a good homemade hair mask works much better on my naturally curly hair. Below is one if the easy DIY hair masks from my arsenal for curled hair.

I like to use leftover coconut milk for this simple 2-ingredient DIY hair mask:

1/2 cup of Coconut Milk

1 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil (eyeball it)

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5 Affordable Beauty Goals for 2016

5 Affordable Beauty Goals for 2016

5 affordable and achievable beauty goals for 2016 

  1. Face exercise

Why: I have noticed that my face started to droop and this year I am going to try to make face exercise a routine in order to keep my face muscles toned and have youthful jawline. A few years ago I was carpooling with my husband so I did the exercise while riding in the car and I loved the results. My goal for this year is to do it at least 3 times a week.

Problem: I am not comfortable doing it when someone else is around because you look somewhat silly and when I happen to be alone, I simply forget about it.

Approach: Start with 3 basic exercises that I could do when I watch TV. Or set reminders on my computer to do it every couple of hours and hope that I do it at least once each day.

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1. Prince of Peace Peony White Tea aka Bai Mu Dan tea: This is a wonderfully light refreshing tea made of young leaves and buds from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Peony White tea has significantly more antioxidants than green yet while having a lot less caffeine that black or green tea! A winner for any beauty lover! I like to brew a pot of this refreshing tea whenever we guests and someone always comments on how wonderful it is. The taste is so light that you can easily skip the sugar if you are trying to kick the sugar habit! This Peony White Tea would also be a great option for those of you who are trying to drink more water but can’t get used to drinking plain water.

Your purchase would also benefit Prince of Peace Charity organization that helps abandoned and disabled children in China.

Prince of Peace Peony White Tea is certified organic by IMO Switzerland.

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