Category Archives: Skin care

Zesty oil free vegan delicious dressing 

I finally made a dressing that I wanted to try for a while, it’s featured on http://www.theveganroad.com and it’s called is their zesty tahini oil free dressing.

Here’s the recipe:


I added more green onions then called for and I also added more garlic, but I think it’s best to stick to the recipe! Even though I had a lot of garlic onion flavor this dressing was awesome. 

My plan is to go buy a big bag of super greens and just enjoy this dressing with it. Also, this dressing goes along way. Use a little and it’ll coat your food well.

It blended well in my Nutri bullet:


 


Today I added it to three diced boiled red potatoes, one can of colorful chickpeas and one diced pan fried (no oil) zucchini:


It was so good. This week my goal is to cut out added sugar.

xxSerena 

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How I felt after my morning goji berry tea

I had a great morning, visiting and staying with my brother in Montreal this week.

He’s got loads of healthy food so I tried Goji berry tea for the very first time.

It was so easy to make, just took an ounce or two of goji berries put them in a mug and put some warm to hot water on top.


The tea was good, the goji berries became softer as they sat in the hot water, and I have to say I really do feel different! I feel good, energized! My skin is tingling, and I feel like I got some energy. I drank this in the morning, fasted, and soon we will go out to brunch. 

Here are some benefits:


xxSerena

Happy Valentines Day WordPress!

   
    
   

xxSerena

Flat belly work out

It’s combination of strength training, flexibility and cardio that will flatten your belly.
That’s why I like this workout. It combines strength and cardio with flexibility movements.

  
Have you done any of these exercises? Which ones are your favorite or least favorite?

xxSerena 

And illustrated guide on how to get healthier skin

Healthy glowing skin is a thing of beauty. And it’s not what you pile on top of your skin, hiding it, that makes it glow. Beauty does radiate from the insides.

Here are some tips:

  
What are your favorite tips for healthy skin?

xxSerena 

Blood orange binge documented with nutritional benefits

I got sick, and I’m still sick, the kind where you sneeze 30 times a day, have no energy, you get chilly then sweaty, and you’re exhausted. Plus no appetite. 

I couldn’t even taste food. But what I could taste, fortunately, were blood oranges. Ice cream. Caramel popcorn. I realized that I could taste sugar but not savory flavours. 

So I feasted on blood oranges. I started with one of course.

 

I started with one blood orange. photography by Serena Alibhai

 
Couldn’t resist another blood orange. Photography by Serena Alibhai
 

The oranges made me feel good. I was always thirsty so the oranges provided moisture, sweet delicious flavor and relief.  
 

Blood orange nutritional facts.
 
So the next day, when the sickness had not subsided yet, I ate more. I cut them into four’s and then peeled them. I realized I liked them refrigerated. So I ate them cold.

Inhaling more blood oranges. photography by Serena Alibhai

Have you ever eaten these luscious citrus gems? 

xxSerena  

The nutritional anti-inflammatory benefits of chives

They’re one of my favourite herbs. They are so perfect on a baked potato with sour cream, baked into cheesy toast or a main flavoring inside dumplings.

Chives. 

 

Chopping chives. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

I love how fresh green stuff always has a long list of nutritional benefits.

Chives are no exception:
  
How do you best enjoy chives?

xxSerena 

Beach meditations to relax and soothe your soul

I love the beach. I was born in Vancouver and for the first few years of my life I lived on the beach with my parents in peace, tranquility and calm.

  
I thought I would take some time out in today’s blog for reflections of the beach. Where I live it’s winter right now.

 

Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by John Kernick
  
Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Tulum, Mexico beach. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Just looking at the water and the sand is relaxing.

   
   
Do you love the beach as well? How often do you visit the beach?

Have a great weekend!

xxSerena

A beautiful and nutritious yogurt bowl

Food should look as good as it is nutritious for your body. Choosing the beautiful ripe fruit to add to your yogurt bowl can help make breakfast, snack or any meal more enjoyable.

Yogurt is nutritious on it’s own:

  
Think about eating a rainbow of colors.

 

Eat the rainbow for breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Choose fruit instead of simple white sugar.

 

Yogurt bowl with fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
The more colorful the more antioxidants, the more nutritious. And consequently, the more delicious.

 

Kiwi fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
How do you make your favorite yogurt bowl?

xxSerena 

Five ways to increase the humidity in your home without a humidifier

It’s very dry where I live and especially during the winter season! Through discussions with my coworkers I’m not the only one who’s suffering from sinus congestion, hangnails, dry skin, dry mouth, chapped lips and bloody noses. Every winter I notice more people with static cling, and an increased need for lip balm and thick moisturizer. Skin gets itchy when it’s dry and lips crack up.

 

Moisturize well so that skin remains soft, especially in the winter. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Why does this happen?

Well, it’s winter where I live and that means that the air around my environment is stripped from moisture. The cold has frozen any puddles, rain turns to snow and leaves on trees are gone. Also, there is no transpiration at night. Usually green grass, leaves, vegetation in general gives off moisture at night, we see this during the summer with morning dew and higher humidity levels.

During the winter, the grass dies and lies under, dormant, a thick layer of ice or snow. So this is why our poor nasal passages, fingers, skin and hair suffers.

I’m actually going to invest in a humidifier this week, but in the meantime, here are my top tips for increasing humidity in your home without a humidifier:

1. Add a houseplant

Plants breathe at night and purify the air by releasing oxygen and using the carbon dioxide we exhale. They also create moisture and release it into the air. When the plant is watered, it releases moisture through its roots to the leaves pores, which will consequently release moisture to the room.

   

Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
2. Dry clothes indoors

As your clothes evaporate, the moisture will release into the surroundings. Also, drying your clothes on a hanger, clothes line or door knob in your laundry room will reduce wear and tear on your delicates, making them last longer.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi
3. Use the shower

When you take a shower, if you allow your door to open immediately after, the steam will escape the bathroom and moisture levels in nearby areas will increase considerably.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi

4. Boil water

Boil a couple of liters of water with eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree for a pleasant humidifying moisture boost. The oils will also help to guard against colds and is helpful in killing airborne germs.


5. Place water near heat source

A radiator heat in your room can also be used to improve the moisture content in your room. Place a pot or water container near the source of your radiator heat for the water to evaporate; this becomes humidity and effectively moistens the air. Alternatively, try placing a pan containing water on the radiator. Note that you do not have to place the dish of water directly on the heat for the evaporation to occur.

 

Water near a radiator can help to increase humidity. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Do you have problems with a dry environment where you live?

xxSerena