Friday, April 4, 2014

Salad Dressings

Meal prepping for the Ultimate Reset has me venturing out this round.  I've prepared one of my favorites and a new one I have yet to try.  There are so many benefits that come with making your own salad dressing, specifically NO ADDED GARBAGE!!  Fresh, natural ingredients and no added sugars or unhealthy ingredients! 

First Up is Creamy Garlic.  This is one of my absolute FAVORITE dressings I have EVER had.  It goes with ANYTHING.  Sometimes I even drizzle over green beans or asparagus!

Creamy Garlic Dressing Ingredients:
(Makes about 10 servings, 2 tbsp per serving)

1/2 Cup EVOO
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Cloves of garlic (I personally use 5)
3 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Parsley
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. Raw Honey

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Cover with lid and blend until smooth.  Store in a container in the fridge.  This dressing will usually solidify, just set it out on the counter about 30 minutes before using it and you'll be good. Make sure to shake it before pouring!

Next is the Ginger-Miso-Sesame dressing.  I just started really liking ginger so I figured to give this one a shot! You may not be familiar with some of the ingredients so I'll give you some help to know what to look for when you head to the store for what you'll need!

Ginger-Miso-Sesame Dressing Ingredients:
(Makes about 8 servings, 2 Tbsp. per serving)

1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
1/4 Cup Sesame Oil
1/4 Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Miso paste
1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 tsp. Fresh Chopped Ginger

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Cover with lid and blend until smooth. Store in container in the refrigerator.

I found this Miso paste in the refrigerated section at whole foods.  There are a few to pick from, each have a slightly different flavor.  I've only had the brown rice version so I went with that!

The Bragg liquid aminos can be found at whole foods as well or at a vitamin shoppe.  I purchased mine on amazon. :)

Hope you enjoy these dressing. They are a great way to keep things natural and add some variety! Xo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dry Brushing

 I have never been into skin health.  In my younger days I was going tanning, lathering up with baby oil, and even worked at a tanning salon.  Needless to say healthy skin was the last thing on my mind, as long as it was bronze and looked good nothing mattered.  Fast forward a few years and a little melanoma later, I have come to the realization that taking care of your skin is extremely important.  One thing that I have come across (thanks to the Beachbody Ultimate Reset) is dry brushing!  Who knew this simple brush would have so many health benefits! Let me break it down for you! Some of the key benefits that dry brushing can have for you include:

Lymphatic System stimulation
The Lymphatic System is responsible for removing waste and harmful toxins from your body.  When this handy system isn't living up to its optimal function, waste and toxins build up and can make you sick.  Dry brushing is a powerful detoxification aid, helping to stimulate the lymphatic system to rid those toxins and waste from the body!

By brushing away the dead dry skin, dry brushing will help improve the skins appearance and will clear clogged pores, helping the skin to breathe and regenerate.

Increased circulation
By brushing your skin circulation is increased which in turn helps eliminate waste and speeds up the process too!

Reduces cellulite
Ding Ding Ding we have a winner!!! This process helps break up those little fat deposits known as cellulite. While these hardened deposits soften from brushing, they are distributed more evenly creating a smoother appearance.

Stress relief 
Dry brushing is like a little mini massage for your body.  Your mind is relaxed because you are focused on the task at hand which in turn takes you to a peaceful place (at least for a few minutes before it's back to the daily grind).

Improved digestion and Kidney function
Not just skin deep, dry brushing can help with bloating and increased functioning of internal organs such as the Kidneys.

It's invigorating
Not only is your skin glowing and tighter but you feel great after!

Now that you know all of the amazing health benefits of dry brushing it's time to talk HOW to dry brush!

First things first: You'll need a dry brush! You will want a high-quality brush made from natural materials.  The bristles should be stiff but not uncomfortable.  Here is a good one!

I find the best time to dry brush is just before a shower.  This leaves for little clean up.  After all you are brushing away dead skin, might as well have them go down the drain rather than dust everything!

Starting at your feet, begin brushing towards your heart. Brushing towards your heart increases circulation, increasing all of the benefits that go hand in hand with brushing. Starting at your feet work your way up your legs, work your way to your hands, then to your back, chest and stomach.  You can even brush in a circular motion over your stomach to help with digestion. 

Use pressure when brushing.  Pressure should be firm but not painful.  Skin should be pink, not red or irritated.  Avoid brushing your face (unless your brush is specific for that), genital areas, and any areas that are broken or irritated including varicose veins. 

Brushing can last as long as you like and once you feel that you have covered all areas.  Average dry brushing session last anywhere from two minutes to 20 minutes.  

Take a few extra minutes a day and give your skin a little TLC.  Those extra few minutes for a few days a week can make a huge difference in your skin, your health and your overall well being!