A 60-Second Designer Breakfast

I’ve enjoyed this ritual for months now, partly based on a recommendation from a Parisian nutritionalist, and I have never felt better in the morning hours.  It seemed right to share this formula since it has brought so much health and vitality to my life.

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LESS THAN A MINUTE’S TIME REQUIRED

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

There must be something miraculous about ingesting apple cider vinegar, since historical records suggest that even the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used it around 400 BC as a primary health remedy. A simple online search on the benefits of apple cider vinegar will yield a plethora of information.

1. Take a shot glass. Fill it with half water and half Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and drink it down in one gulp with your favorite supplement (my choice: kyolic garlic for disease fighting and anti-inflammatory effects).

Two tablespoons of almond butter has around 202 calories, 18 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 4 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese. It also provides fiber, calcium, iron, a few B-vitamins, potassium, and zinc.The flavor of almond butter is comparable to peanut butter only nuttier and slightly richer. It’s a tasty alternative for those with peanut-only allergies.  A recent ABC News article also reported that two-time American Olympic medalist and beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh eats almond butter and honey sandwiches, especially before she competes.” blog.foodnetwork.com

Two tablespoons of almond butter has around 202 calories, 18 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 4 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese. It also provides fiber, calcium, iron, a few B-vitamins, potassium, and zinc.
A recent ABC News article also reported that two-time American Olympic medalist and beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh eats almond butter and honey sandwiches, especially before she competes.” blog.foodnetwork.com

2. Take about two tablespoons of almond butter and a tablespoon of raw pumpkin seeds.  A burst of energy will soon be heading in your direction.

"Brace yourselves - pumpkin seeds contain a long list of anti-ageing ingredients, including (deep breath) zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin A, B, K, manganese, protein, niacin, thiamine and omega 3 fatty acids, the combined power of which is pretty unbeatable when it comes to slowing down collagen breakdown. Take that, wrinkles!" www.easyliving.com.uk

“Brace yourselves – pumpkin seeds contain a long list of anti-aging ingredients, including zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin A, B, K, manganese, protein, niacin, thiamine and omega 3 fatty acids, the combined power of which is pretty unbeatable when it comes to slowing down collagen breakdown. Take that, wrinkles!” from easyliving.com.uk

The beautiful thing about this quick breakfast is that I’m not hungry at all for several hours and not tempted to overeat at lunch; and, of course, the health benefits of balancing blood sugar levels, combatting aging and losing weight are nothing to complain about.

 

Q – Cumbered for Fresh Eyes

Summer is heating up all around the world and I am reminded of the special home brewed “spa treatments” I did as a little girl.

Surely, even Grace Kelly placed cucumbers over her eyes for a little self-pampering?

To add a little brightness to your eyes and to steal a little time to relax (and feel cool as a cucumber)…why not drop some sliced cucumbers on ice and apply to the eyes for 15 – 20 minutes?  It’s a beautiful idea recycled from days gone by.

What is the advantage of this summery, crisp, succulent wonder?

Cucumbers have a similar pH as our skin, which helps to restore our protective acid mantle.  And don’t forget, cucumbers also contain amino acids.  They have a cooling effect and offer a gentle astringent of alpha-hydroxy acids to soften, tone, and nourish skin stressed from exposure to the harsher elements of life (sun, dirt, stress, sleep deprivation).

Optimistically perhaps, but theoretically these green marvels tighten pores, reduce eye puffiness, and reveal a radiant, dewy-fresh look when applied to the skin.  OK, I admit, that is laying it on a little thick, but hey…the point is that cucumbers are just cool.