Month: February 2013

Vegging Out

I came across this lightened up tuna salad last week and had to try it. For the record, I am very picky about salads in general but especially tuna, chicken and potato salads. People can add in the strangest things and I just can’t deal with the surprise. And there are way too many food poisoning stories going around that seem to relate back to one of these 3 items. That said, I’ve pretty much trusted my Mother’s tuna salad recipe as the one and only so I was really excited when the image above had my taste buds partying.

I think it’s the added vegetables that really make this a winner. Okay, no. It’s really the French vinaigrette. I modified the original recipe just a bit to fit my style.

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1 can of albacore tuna in water, drained | 1 tbsp reduced-fat mayo | 1 tbsp plain, non-fat greek yogurt

1.5 tsps spicy yellow mustard | 1.5 celery stalks, diced | 1 large carrot, diced

1/2 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped | 1/4 tsp each of sea salt + black pepper

1 tsp of Brianna’s French Vinaigrette

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I inhaled this stuff along with a handful of Kashi’s 7-grain Sea Salt Pita Crisps.

One serving is a whopping two Weight Watcher’s points…

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Hey, That’s My Jam!

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Fun Fact: R. Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) just celebrated its 10th birthday.

Anyone else feel old?

Most hits have a shelf life and gradually lose their luster. But this one might be one of the best songs ever played. When those first words, “Now, um, usually I don’t do this” hit my ears, I get myself prepared for throwing up hand gestures to each lyric. I still don’t understand the meaning behind “Lemme give you that beep beep” but this song will always occupy a little corner of my heart.

The summer after I graduated from college, my best friends and I celebrated our last days of freedom in the Bahamas before emerging into the responsible life of adulthood. Ignition had been on American airwaves for awhile but apparently the Caribbean was just getting around to it. We sipped on Coke and rum and ran our hands through our beach-curled waves a hundred times, probably more. Some guys at a nearby table even sent over bottles of Cristal as an ice breaker. We accepted gracefully, however, I thought it tasted more like melted butter so I didn’t understand the fancy price tag. It was a ballsy move to attempt to infiltrate a group of pretty girls from Alabama who had the choreography to this thing down to an art.

It’s songs like this that can effortlessly take you back to a time and place where you thought you couldn’t get any happier. The perfect recipe to having the best time ever.

And for that, I thank Mr. Kelly.

Even if he is a big weirdo trapped in a closet.

“I want people to say, I’m in a bad mood, let’s go watch a Jennifer Lawrence movie.”

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My favorite moment of last night’s Oscars was Jennifer Lawrence winning “Best Actress”. She’s hilarious, dorky and self-deprecating – which is refreshing to see in today’s Hollywood. And she handled that fall with such grace and wit. I probably would have just laid there on the stairs in a puddle of my own tears.

Who was your favorite?

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Healthy Eats

We try to keep weeknight meals simple and healthy and this one is a sure bet. I usually have a spaghetti squash and frozen shrimp on hand so this is can be thrown together quickly. Martha’s version does not call for Parmesan but I can’t have pasta, real or faux, without it.

The worst part is cracking open that squash. I’ve had some close calls with a sharp knife but I’m finally getting the hang of it. It also helps to bake it for a few minutes before cutting.

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Ingredients: 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley – roughly chopped, 1 medium spaghetti squash – cut lengthwise, 1 pound large shrimp – peeled & deveined, 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season squash with salt and pepper. Place cut side down in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add 3/4 cup water and roast until tender when pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheet, toss shrimp with 1 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Scoop out seeds from squash and discard. With a fork, scrape flesh into a large bowl. Add shrimp and any cooking juices, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon oil; toss to combine.

Season with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, top with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

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Aside from the ease and amazing taste, one hefty serving is worth just 2 Weight Watcher’s points!

Skincare

Choosing the right skincare products can be a pain in the eyeball but when you find what works for you, it’s like a thousand angels singing “ta-da!”. I suffer from sensitive skin that also has the tendency to get super dry in colder months. When that happens, my pH balance goes haywire trying to soothe the irritation by producing unwanted oils. So the result is an shiny, flaky mess. After almost a decade of dealing with that scenario, I finally figured out what works: gentle cleansing and a whole lot of moisturizing. And from what I hear, the key to not getting wrinkles it to have super moisturized, oily skin. So there’s that.

 Speaking of wrinkle prevention, I am slightly obsessed. Years of sun worship have made their mark and I am determined to diminish those fine lines – or at least thwart the number of new ones from appearing. Aging is inevitable but I feel like I must at least make an effort not to turn out like Magda. So far, I’ve found that Clinique has the best options for my sensitive skin. I know that I can layer all of their products without getting a freaky reaction and I like that the effects seem to last throughout the day. Same can be said for the Oil of Olay SPF – my skin stays baby soft without the extra shine.

Products have come and gone but here’s what’s working for me:

a.m. | Rinse face with lukewarm water, pat dry, work 3 drops of Clinique’s Repairwear into face, neck and chest, follow up with Oil of Olay’s Complete with SPF and my favorite BB Cream

p.m. | Scrub face with Fresh Soy Cleanser, pat dry, add another 3 drops of Repairwear, follow up with Clinique’s Youth Surge Night

Every two weeks I use a good exfoliator like the Turnaround Instant Facial which works well with my Clarisonic. And for those mornings I wake up with extra baggage, I reach for All About Eyes Serum – another Clinque all-star.

I try not to get into the major chemical-based products – instead, I’m focused on gentle, but effective, moisturizing. Not to say I never wake up and wish for a shot of Botox