Staying away from foods that bloat your belly before the beach is helpful, but a girl's got to eat! Grabbing goods from the market is always an available option, but packing some homemade snacks that are easily transportable to the sea can be a real treat. Here are a few ideas we love for picnic-friendly healthy beach eats.
Prevention is the key to burn-free skin, but sometimes SPF lotion and a cute hat don't stand up to the Summer sun. Once you've been burned, start out by replenishing your fluids from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. If you're still in pain — or looking a little fried — then try out one (or a combination) of the following natural sunburn remedies to soothe your skin naturally.
Collodial oatmeal: Think that oatmeal baths are just for kids with chicken pox? You won't be saying so once you've soaked in some milky oatmeal after a long day in the sun. But tossing the rolled oats from your kitchen into the tub won't do. Look for a colloidal oatmeal bath like this Aveeno Oatmeal Bath ($7) that calms down and works to heal inflamed skin.
Vitamin C: Instead of popping aspirin, upping your vitamin C can help alleviate sunburn damage. "I tell my patients to take 1,000 milligrams [of vitamin C] for three days, as opposed to the recommended daily allowance of 75 milligrams, and also apply the vitamin topically," says dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD. She suggests Philosophy's Turbo Booster C Powder ($36) as a topical solution for sunburn woes.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera is king of the natural remedies. Whether you have an inexpensive gel lotion or a fresh plant at home, aloe vera will help soothe your skin naturally, since it contains nutrients that heal your skin back to health and prevent infection simultaneously. To heighten the cooling sensation, refrigerate your aloe vera gel before you apply.
How do you deal with your skin after a bad sunburn? Tell me below!
This Summer, make swimsuit season even hotter with the addition of spice. It's true; spices curb your appetite, leading to a hotter you — no pun intended. According to Kate Geagan, MS, RD, author of Go Green, Get Lean, herbs and spices can play tricks on your sweet tooth. Adding a spicy combo to your meals expands your palette without extra calories. It may also decrease the amount of salt, fat, and sugar you use, keeping you satisfied without sacrificing flavor.
Take red chili peppers for example, research has found that sprinkling them on meals curbs your appetite because capsaicin — the heat factor — not only reduces hunger, it increases energy levels too. Try adding a spice rub to your meal's protein or a dash of cinnamon in your next cup of coffee. Because cravings are so overrated . . .
A holiday weekend is the perfect time to relax — and indulge — but come next week, you may be thinking that you've had too much of a good thing. Take a trip to your grocery store and stock up on fresh, detoxifying produce like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli; then, make a big batch of any of these vegetable detox soups to help you feel and look your best.
Even if you're not a dessert junkie, you might be shocked at some of the everyday foods that pile on the sugar. According to the American Heart Association, most women should be consuming no more than 100 calories from added sugars per day, or about 24 grams (six teaspoons of sugar). Added sugars come from sugars or syrups and are cooked into foods or sprinkled on at the table. While you should be concerned about all the sugar you're eating, generally speaking, naturally occurring sugars are less detrimental to your health — especially when they come in the form of a piece of fruit. The following list offers a mix of the two, but learning about all high-sugar foods will help you make smarter decisions in the future.
Spaghetti sauce: One cup of jarred marinara sauce from the store contains 14.5 grams of sugar, much of it from added sugar. Instead of buying the store-bought stuff, up the nutritional value and lower the sugar content naturally with this light and tasty raw tomato basil sauce, perfect for a refreshing Spring supper.
Juice: Robert Lustig, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital has said "juice is just like soda . . . there is no difference." It's not surprising that fruit juice is filled with sugar, but even a glass of V8 vegetable juice has eight grams of sugar per serving, and some store-bought green juices contain a large amount of apple juice. Grab your blender or juicer and go for a leafy green smoothie instead of a sugar-laden beverage. There's no need to drink all your sugar and calories for the day in one sitting.
Bread: Bread may seem like a strange place to find sugar, but two slices of whole wheat bread have four grams of sugar. Opt for stuffing all your sandwich fillings into a large whole wheat pita that only has 0.5 grams of sugar.
Keep reading for two more surprising foods loaded with sugar.
This corn is unforgettable, it is so good. We love to eat it in the summer because that’s when it’s corn season. If you are having a sale to raise money on your street, we recommend you bring out a grill and do this recipe since it’s so simple.
Serves 6 people
The Batali Brothers Cookbook
6 ears corn
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 cup balsamic vinegar (enough to fill a not-so- deep dish)
2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano
1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
2. Shuck all the corn.
3. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and put it on the grill.
4. Turn the corn every 3 minutes to make sure it gets cooked on every side.
5. Pour your balsamic into a shallow bowl or dish, and in another bowl, do the same with the cheese.
6. Then take the corn off the grill and roll it through the balsamic, then the cheese (so the cheese sticks). Do that with every ear.
7. When you are done with that, drizzle a little balsamic and sprinkle a little cheese on all the corn.
Perfect for a party and ultrasimple to prepare, homemade pico de gallo is a recipe you're bound to trot out time and time again. Fresh tomatoes are the star in this Mexican food staple, so seek out the best, juiciest ones you can find. We used roma tomatoes here, but feel free to substitute whatever variety looks ripest at market. Watch the video to see the technique behind this fresh salsa, then print out the recipe.
A combination of eggs, tomato, eggplant, fish sauce, and Edam cheese might sound bizarre — unappetizing, even — but before you shy away, let me implore you to give this savory and satisfying breakfast bite a chance. A ramekin-bound spin on poqui poqui, a Northern Philippines eggplant and egg scramble of sorts, this exotic option tastes fabulous rather than funky, as the fish sauce and Edam cheese add an umami punch rather than a domineeringly cheesy or fermented flavor.
Add to its virtues a solid dose of Summer vegetables, its ease of preparation, and a brunch-friendly nature, and it quickly becomes clear why you'll be singing its praises on first bite. If this creative take on an Ilocano classic is any indication of the quality of content tucked between the pages of The Adobo Road Cookbook, then I'll be coming back to this cookbook for further inspiration with fervor, and you should follow suit.
If your wedding day is around the corner, it's time to employ a few healthy tips so you meet your big celebration looking and feeling your absolute best. From ways to debloat to tricks to quash stress, read on for our favorite last-minute healthy tips to start two weeks before your wedding day.
Memorial Day is almost here, and that means camping, grilling, and backyard parties. While classic barbecue sides like potato salad and macaroni and cheese are big favorites, they don't always work for those following a vegan diet. If you're planning a barbecue this holiday, here are 20 side dishes that will have vegan friends coming back for seconds.