Evelyn Chats with Mitch Mitchell (Video)

Happy Friday!

Mitch Mitchell, of I’m Just Sharing interviewed me on Google Hangouts. Mitch is a long-time blogging friend who blogs about social media, blogging, motivation, and general topics for which he does commentary. I have  learned and continue to learn a lot from Mitch.

I have never used Google Hangouts, but after downloading the Google Voice and Video Setup file, I was able to use it without any problems.  Google Hangouts is a cool feature on Google Plus that I will use more in the future.

This interview is not scripted and I did not know what questions Mitch would ask me.  I had fun, but I was very nervous.  My built-in webcam is awful which resulted in bad lighting and I apologize for that in advance.

I’m just being me and chatting with Mitch like I’ve known him for years.

Please take the time to watch my interview with Mitch to learn more about me and why I do what I do.

Thank you,

Evelyn

Egg-Less Egg Salad: Mindful Meals (book review & video)

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Egg-Less Egg Salad on a Bed of Greens

Carolyn Akens, author of Mindful Meals:  Recipes for a Healthier Spirit, Soul and Body, sent me her recipe book to review.   Thank you Ms. Carolyn for sending me your recipe book.

The Mindful Meals recipe book is for those who:

  •  eat a plant-based diet
  •  need raw vegan recipes
  •  eat a clean, whole food plant-based diet
  •  anyone interested in eating healthier foods

What’s In The Mindful Meals Recipe Book

The Mindful Meals recipe book has the following:

  • Entrees
  • Soups
  • Side Dishes
  • Salads
  • Dressings
  • Desserts
  • Breads
  • Goodies
  • Smoothies

The recipes do not have any faux vegan food as ingredients.  Every recipe has healthy, whole food ingredients listed.

The Mindful Meals recipe book also has raw vegan recipes as well as cooked vegan recipes.  There are also beautiful photos of Carolyn’s creations.

Egg-Less Egg Salad

I prepared the Egg-Less Egg Salad recipe with some reservation, because I did not know what to expect.

I have had Carolyn’s food in the past and it was delicious, but it was me making the recipe and not Chef Carolyn.

I also had reservations because I tried recipes from other books and was sometimes disappointed.

I am happy to say that Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad is a hit. The first bite had my taste buds dancing for joy.

I could not believe how much it tasted like traditional egg salad.  I look forward to trying other recipes from the Mindful Meals recipe book.

How To Make Egg-Less Egg Salad

This recipe is easy and the preparation time is around 15 minutes or less.  I served the Egg-Less Egg Salad on a bed of herb salad with sliced tomato, and sprinkled with a few chopped red bell pepper.

See how I made Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad in the video below.  If you cannot view the video below, click here.

10 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

Surely you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”  While you won’t turn into a hot dog just because you eat them, there is some truth to this saying; what you eat affects your health and your appearance, so in essence, you are what you eat.

While it’s obvious that your diet affects your physical health and well being, many forget that skin is also greatly affected by what we put into our bodies. That said, if you want to have healthy, glowing, and radiant skin, spending tons of money on super expensive creams and washes is not always the best solution; instead, try changing your diet. The next time you go to the grocery store, pick up these 10 items; you’ll be doing more than just your body good, you’ll be doing your skin good, too.

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Greek Yogurt:  If you want to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, try eating Greek yogurt. The protein found in all yogurt is great for firming up your skin, but because Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein, it has even more of a positive effect on decreasing the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.

Salmon:  Although most know that salmon is a super brain food, you might be surprised to learn that it also has fantastic effects on the skin. Since this fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, it helps to promote the development of strong and healthy membranes in the skin cells. The result? Skin that looks younger, healthier and more radiant.

Note from the Editor:  If you eat a plant-based diet, you can get Omega-3 fatty acids from eating walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and other plant-based foods.

Blueberries and Strawberries: Fresh blueberries and strawberries are quite delightful to eat, and since they have a powerful effect on the skin, they are even more enjoyable. These berries are so skin-friendly because of their high concentration of antioxidants. Between exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants, skin cells are damaged each and every day. Antioxidants help to protect skin cells, preventing them from breaking down and keeping you looking younger longer.

Chocolate:  For those with a sweet tooth, this will be welcome news. While you may have grown up hearing that eating too much chocolate can cause you to break out, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the components found in chocolate help to hydrate the skin, which makes it stronger and firmer. Eat some dark chocolate and you’ll add the benefit of antioxidants, as well. So, the next time you have a chocolate craving, indulge and know that you are actually doing a great thing for your skin.

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Pomegranates:  People have been buzzing about the amazing health benefits of pomegranates for some time. This super fruit is not only awesome for your physical health, it also improves your skin. Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates help maintain proper blood flow to the skin and protect the skin cells from damage.

Peppers:  Add some peppers to your diet. These veggies, especially the yellow and orange variety, are also high in antioxidants, which are proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, spice up your favorite dishes with some raw or sautéed peppers.

Kidney Beans:  Tired of breaking out with blemishes? If so, instead of reaching for those harsh pimple creams that can dry your skin out, try eating some kidney beans. These legumes are bursting with zinc, which has been found to reduce blemishes.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Although not a food, per say, it is something that can be consumed and does wonders for the skin. Drink a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of cold water each day and you will have less blemishes and a healthier glow.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is packed with nutrients that heal the skin. Add some strawberries and blueberries and you’ve got the perfect meal for your skin.

Almonds:  Last but not least, don’t forget about almonds. These seeds (yep, they’re seeds) are loaded with vitamin E, which helps to combat the damaging effects of the sun and strengthens the skin cells.

In addition to adding these fabulous skin-friendly foods to your diet, arrange to have a spa treatment at least once a year. Such a treatment will deeply exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate your skin, making it look its absolute best.

 

About the Author:  Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. She specializes in beauty and health topics, and is always on the lookout for foods to improve the look of her skin.