- 1 C asparagus stalks
- 1 C red peppers
- 1 t olive oi
- 1 t balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 t fresh thyme leaves
- Sea salt & pepper
- Peel asparagus if necessary. Cook stalks in steamer for 4 to 8 minutes, until fork tender. Rinse under cold water and set aside.
- Broil peppers on all sides until lightly scorched. Place the cooked peppers in a bag for 10 minutes.
- Remove peppers and peel the skin. Cut open the peppers and remove the stem, seeds and the white flesh. Puree peppers in food processor.
- Mix in oil, vinegar and thyme. Add more pepper if desired.
- Place asparagus on top of the pepper puree
Counts as: 1 Vegetable 1/3 Fat
As we’re in the first weeks of spring, some of us have already begun spring cleaning our homes, but most of us neglect one of the most important spring cleanings of all: our skin. After months of indoor heat and cold weather, our first impulse is to ditch the sweaters and boots, and break out the sandals, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, as the days get longer, and the temperatures begin to rise. Before you begin to reveal what’s hiding underneath your clothes, make these six changes to your beauty routine to protect the skin on your face and body:
- Choose a Lighter Moisturizer – Although it’s the end of winter, and your skin may not be as dry during spring, it’s important to continue to moisturize daily to protect your skin. Opt for a lighter moisturizer, and wear minimal makeup to prevent clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and acne, since the skin is typically oiler in warmer climates. Applying a lighter moisturizer will prevent pores from clogging and help your skin feel lighter, but hydrated and protected. A great moisturizer to choose is Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics hydrating lotion.
- Increase Sun Protection – Longer days and cool nights could only mean one thing: more sunscreen. More hours of daylight mean the greater the need for sunscreen application to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunscreen is considered to be one of the best anti-aging products that provides your skin with maximum protection. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outside to be most effective. Color Science Sunforgettables has a great sun care kit for spring, it includes a loose mineral foundation SPF 30, lip shine SPF 35 and a hydrating setting mist that works great for rehydrating skin after sun exposure.
- Exfoliate Before Hair Removal – With cold winter temperatures and snow storms every weekend, chances are you might’ve skipped out on shaving for a week, or all winter long. Whether you have a few dry, rough patchy spots, or have gone au natural, it’s best to exfoliate before doing any hair removal treatments. Use a salt or sugar scrub to sluff away dead skin cells and create a smooth, spring glow.
- Pamper Your Feet – Open-toed shoe season means most of us will be eager to show our feet in sandals or flip flops after months of hiding in suede pumps and knee-high boots. As we begin to ditch our wool socks and get ready to show our spring manicure toes, we must pamper our feet before breaking in the footwear. A pumice stone is a great way to deal with calluses on your feet to exfoliate dead skin cells. To keep your feet soft and moisturized, it’s best to slather on a layer of cream, lotion, or body butter on your feet after showering or bathing. To get really soft feet, slip on a pair of cotton socks right after moisturizing with the new well’s Rose Mint Tea Tree lotion and leave them on overnight to have baby smooth skin.
- Hydrate – Protecting your skin for spring is as simple as drinking water. It helps skin stay naturally moisturized and hydrated to prevent the skin from becoming dry and chapped. Also, drinking more water is a great way to reduce weight, especially from loading up on all the comfort food during the long winter months. If you need to add some flavor to your water, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon, peppermint or grapefruit. This would double this as a natural immunity booster!