Perfect light salad for those Summer nights. Vegetarian, Gluten Free
This recipe is easy, quick and super delicious. Here’s what you need.
Pickled Red Onions (optional, love them though adds more color to the salad)
Balsamic Vinegar (1/2 cup)
Honey (1/2 tbsp)
1 pinch of Salt (for flavor)
Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Handful of Pine Nuts (Optional)
Handful of Feta Cheese
Slice the onions and place them in a bowl. Add your pine nuts, feta cheese, pinch of salt and arugula. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Mix it all together and you have a delicious bowl of salad. Great for those sizzling summer nights. Pair with a glass of Rose, Sancerre or Chardonnay. Bon appetite! Enjoy!
Hey Loves, how are you? I hope everyone is having a great week so far!! I can’t complain, the weather is gorgeous in New York City now, and when the weather is on point, it does wonders for my mood and overall well-being. But for today’s post I want to talk about beauty + health. And in addition to my skin care routine and products here is another contributor to aiding in my overall health as well as having radiant skin.
As of late, I’ve been getting asked a lot of questions in regards to my skin. Everyone has been asking and saying that my skin looks FLAWLESS…. I’m my worst critic when it comes to my skin, because it’s come a long way to get to where it is today. But, nonetheless I appreciate the love, even though I know I have flaws here and there. If you haven’t read my post yet about my day and night time skin care routine, check it out. There you’ll find a list of my MUST HAVE products that I use and that have helped keep my skin hydrated, moisturized and glowing all year round.
As much as I LOVE make- up, my husband calls me a make up junkie. I love trying and testing out new products whether its drugstore or high end, I all about it. But there are times where I love having a bare face. The feeling of wearing no making is truly amazing too. I like to give my skin a break too from all the products and just let it breathe every now and then. So what do I do to get radiant, glowing, healthy, hydrated skin, you ask???? Keep reading and you’ll find out!! 🙂
I’ve preached about this to so many of my friends and family, because there are so many benefits from it. And not just beauty wise but for our overall health. As much as I’m big on beauty + fashion, I’m a huge advocate on staying healthy and leading a healthy life however I can. I mean think about it, I’ve preached about this to so many of my friends and family, because there are so many benefits from it. And not just beauty wise but for our overall health. As much as I’m big on beauty + fashion, I’m a huge advocate on staying healthy and leading a healthy life however I can. I mean think about it, we only have one body, so we might as well treat it right, right..?? Remember health is wealth and I believe in that 100%. So, I try to eat as best as I can, eating and choosing mostly natural and organic products. I’m big on feeding my husband, myself, family and friends only the healthiest, nutritious and oh so delicious types of foods. Being healthy overall, does wonders on your body and soul. And it goes a long way!
Here’s what I like to incorporate in my cooking, health and more….. I’ve always been a huge fan of coconuts, and my love for coconuts goes way back into my childhood days. I remember when my family and I would visit the motherland– The Philippines and we’d make a pit stops before heading to the province from Manila and my dad would get us all fresh coconuts from a local vendor. Straight from the tree, so organic and refreshing. And since then my love for coconuts has grown over the years. I make sure to stock up the fridge with a few bottles of coconut water for the week. And my all time favorite coconut water is by: Harmless Harvest. All natural and organic, and every time I sip on this water, I remember those days back in the Philippines when I had my first experience with fresh coconut water, straight from the tree to my mouth. You can’t get more fresh and organic than that.
In addition to drinking coconut water, I also LOVE snacking on raw coconut meat. And I’ve found that not only drinking coconut water but the raw coconut meat provides tremendous health and skin benefits. So, I believe that while drinking coconut water and snacking on the raw coconut meat as well as cooking with coconut oil has contributed in my clear, glowing skin. Below I’ve listed the benefits of Coconuts for our skin and overall health benefits.
Benefits of Coconuts (Coconut Oil, Eating Raw Meat and Drinking Coconut Water)
1. Aids in Weight Loss
2. Helps in Regulate Digestion
3. Eating Coconut Meat appears to protect agains Heart Disease and Stroke
4. The coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol, which are fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues and high levels of which have been found a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
5. Powerful Germ Fighter
6. Low in Calories and Sugar
7. Keeps your hydrated (When you drink coconut water)
8. Helps to promote Youthful, clearer and healthier skin
9. Consuming raw coconut oil can reduce the severity of bacterial and inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis
10. Eating raw coconut oil regularly is a simple and natural way to achieve vibrant skin.
11. Use Coconut Oil if you have dry skin– Helps to keep skin smooth, soft, moisturized and glowing
12. Combine Coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil to alleviate sore muscles
13. Coconut oil can help reduce stretch marks
14. Using Coconut Oil on a cold sore will help speed up the healing time, alleviates
pain and reduces the risk of scarring and discoloration.
15. Coconut oil can help soothe inflamed sunburn skin. Reduces redness and rehydrates the skin.
Some may not like the taste of coconuts or believe in it’s benefits. The facts and tips speak for themselves. Not only am I a HUGE fan, and love coconuts, I believe in the benefits. I love using coconut oil for cooking as another healthier alternative as oppose to olive oil. I also use coconut oil for my hair as a hair masque once a week, giving me smooth, shiny and healthier looking hair. The possibilities and perks of coconuts are endless. If you haven’t tried coconut water, ate raw coconut meat, cooked with coconut oil or used it as a hair masque and more I highly recommend you try it. Trust me you WON’T regret it!!
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey. Let me know what your thoughts are by commenting below. I would love to hear from you and what are your beauty secret, comment below or write to me.