While Dana was out in california for the week, our friend Olivia and I had a pizza night!
We used flat bread as our crust, and put Newman’s organic tomato sauce, 98% lean grilled chicken, broccoli and mozzarella cheese on it. We baked them in the oven until the cheese was a little bit brown on top.
For you sun worshipers out there, here are some quick little facts on how you can protect yourself from the harmful rays!
personal recommendation for sunscreen brands!
I’ve always sworn by Aveeno and Neutrogena products. I usually use Aveeno for facial sunscreens and Neutrogena for my body. If you specifically buy sunscreens made for your face, you’re definitely less likely to breakout from clogged pores! Aveeno also uses natural ingredients so it’s much less harsh on sensitive skin in particular. But if you care to go for a more generic brand, Coppertone is definitely the way to go!
also - stay away from using sport sunscreens on your face. I used a Banana Boat one once and it made my face sting for hours! No fun at all.
stir fry night!
Obi and I had a wonderful girl’s night at our friend Olivia’s house along with our friend Julie and made our own stir fry! Obi has her own wok so we joked around as to being professional chefs. The stir fry included carrots, bell peppers, baby corn, tofu, snap peas, and water chestnuts. We cooked them up in some canola oil (the only thing we could find) but it’s actually the best to use in this case. Olive oil, although healthier than canola, will burn when used in a wok because of the high temperatures that it reaches. Usually you’d add a dash of soy sauce to taste for a recipe like this but we went without due to not being able to find it in Olivia’s big kitchen!
Add the carrots and tofu first so that the carrots can soften and the tofu can brown. Then add in the peppers and baby corn and finally the peas and water chestnuts!
- one package of tofu cut into small cubes
- two large carrots finely chopped
- a red and orange bell pepper, diced
- a handful of snap peas
- a can of baby corn, each on cut in half
- and a small can of water chestnuts!
This recipe served four of us!
Green Tea is full of all sorts of great things, and there are tons of ways to enjoy it as well.
Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants, which although it is not proven to treat conditions, research has shown that Green Tea has also been implicated in the prevention of a number of things such as Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Cognitive impairment, Immune dysfunction, Cataracts, Macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s. Green Tea is also known to speed up metabolism and help with weight loss, although it takes about 4-5 cups a day for this to happen, which takes some dedication.
Pre-bottleled Green Tea drinks don’t have nearly the same nutritional value as home brewed green teas, also it’s much cheaper to make your own green tea.
If you don’t like to drink green tea straight, give some of these ideas a try!
Fill your mug up half way with your vanilla soy or almond milk, in another mug let your tea bag seep in the hot water for 6-10 minutes, when its done pour the green tea in with the vanilla soy/almond milk and enjoy!
Lemon-honey iced tea:
Let your tea bag seep for 6-10 minutes, add some honey, the amount will depend on how sweet you like your tea, and a splash of lemon juice for a bit of a kick. Let the tea chill in your fridge until cold and enjoy!
Spicy Vanilla Green Tea
Chop up some fresh ginger root and add it to the hot water with the tea bag. let the ginger and tea seep for 6-10 minutes. Add some vanilla soy or among milk to sweeten it, and enjoy! you don’t have to remove the ginger before you drink your tea, it’s perfectly fine to eat, and also helps speed up your metabolism.
Rainy days during the summer can either be the best or worst days for people. If you’re like me, I live for the sun and feel like my day is being wasted if it’s dreary outside, and especially if all of my friends are busy at work. In order to keep from being a lazy bum all day (which is definitely an okay thing to be every once in a while, but I spoiled myself yesterday by lounging around!) try putting any negative feelings into something more positive and productive. You may think I’m crazy when I say, “clean your room,” but trust me. Not only will it get you moving, but it’ll also give you that glorious sense of satisfaction afterwards! However, if cleaning isn’t your thing & you’d rather not be stuck at your house, try and think of any errands that may need running. Do you need anything at the drug store? Would your parents be totally ecstatic if you ran to the grocery store for them? Maybe even just grab a book and head out to your favorite coffee shop and sit awhile. Being busy is not a bad thing, especially when you can find a way to do things that are rewarding to you!