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Summer squash comes in several varieties including yellow, crookneck, and (my personal favorite) zucchini. They are part of the cucumber/melon family and have been shown to have many health benefits and are a great source of carotenoids and antioxidants that are so good for your skin! (Remember our mini bio lesson on antioxidants?) Summer squash are also high in vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene, and fiber. Click here for more on the health benefits of summer squash!
When I was young, my mom would make fried squash and zucchini – YUM! Yes, I am a southern girl! 🙂
But here are two of my favorite ways to prepare these yummy veggies for a great health (and beauty) bonus!
I LOVE grilled squash and zucchini and it is super simple to make! Just slice the ends off and slice it in half long ways. Then lightly coat it with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Then put it on a hot grill for a few minutes on each side until it starts to brown. Take it off the grill and let it cool for a moment, then enjoy!!
Zucchini pizza??!! YES, my friends!!! This may be my new favorite way to eat zucchini, even my kids love it! 🙂 I learned this one from my cousin!
For this recipe, I have found that it’s better to have a larger zucchini. Again, slice off the ends, and then continue to slice it into circles about 1/4 inch thick. Lightly coat with olive oil and grill or broil for about 3 minutes. Then take them off the heat and add your favorite spaghetti sauce, top with mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings and put back into the oven (or grill) until cheese it melted and bubbly. Again, wait until they have cooled for a moment before eating so you don’t burn yourself. Trust me, it will be hard to wait!!!! These are so good!
Do you have any favorite squash or zucchini recipes?? I would love to hear them!! (Who am I kidding? I would love to TASTE them, so please share!!) 🙂
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! Thanks for stopping by!
- Featured Food: Summer Squash (bodychange.net)
Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This is one of my favorite skin care products of all time. Seriously. I have been using this for the past two years, and I wouldn’t want to ever be without it. I’ve shared it with several friends and family members who have also fallen in love with it.
- fragrance free
- 10% glycolic acid
- contains an impressive list of mostly natural ingredients
- helps fade acne scars
- helps diminish fine lines
- not widely available in stores
- can make skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so using a good sunscreen is essential
Conclusion: If you are looking for something to take your skin care to the next level, this may be just the product for you. I use this only at night, pouring a nickel sized amount into the palm of my hand and applying it all over my face and neck (avoiding the eye area). This absorbs quickly without feeling sticky. I’m on my 3rd bottle in 2 years, so that gives you an idea of how long this lasts.
I wish I had before and after photos to show you, but I’ve been using this for the past 2 years and didn’t have the foresight to take photos back then. However, I can tell you that I once had breakouts like crazy on my chin, cheeks and forehead. Not that my skin is perfect now, because it’s not – but you would never know how bad it once was.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate the top layer of skin. This keeps dead skin cells from building up and causing your pores and fine lines to appear bigger and your skin to look dull.
The directions on the bottle say to start by applying this just once a day and if no irritation occurs, to move up to twice a day. I will be 33 on Sunday (!!) and I only use this once a day at night and I am very happy with the results. For those who are more mature, twice a day may be right for you. See what your skin tells you works best for you. 🙂
At one time this was available at Ulta, but it seems they no longer carry it. However, if you have a Rite Aid in your area, you should be able to find it there. It is also available online from drugstore.com and soap.com.
What is your favorite skin care product?
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- Definition: Glycolic Acid (bellasugar.com)
Some days a girl just needs some color.
This was one of those days!
I used these eyeshadow samples that I purchased from the All Natural Face:
- Pulsar Yellow – inner corner
- Sunflower – inner lid
- Fireball Fuschia – mid lid
- Boysenberry Shimmer – outer V (Funny that they call it “shimmer”. I found it to be fairly matte.)
- Peacock Green – lower lash line
And threw on a couple of coats of L’Oreal False Fiber Mascara.
So was my color craving satisfied?
Nope. Next came my nails.
Stay tuned for that!
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