Your Sunscreen Guide For Summer 2011

Another Summer is quickly approaching and many of you have already started planning your beach trips but have you thought of which brand of sunscreen you will be tucking in your beach bag this season?

If you plan on being out in the sun for more than 15 minutes, I strongly suggest the use of a safe and natural sunscreen which helps to prevent free radical damage to the skin. Afterall, sun burns aren`t pretty!

Many sunscreens on the market are either chock full of synthetic ingredients, hormone disruptors and nano particles while others make outrageous and misleading claims in terms of SPF ratings. Have you ever used a brand and went out in the sun, only to discover that you still received sunburns? This may very well be a brand that made such claims about their ratings.

Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their list of safe sunscreen just in time for summer.

To see the full list of Beach & Sport Sunscreen, kindly follow this link.

My top pick for the body, is by Melansol. It scored well on EWG! You may scroll down on this page to see my testimonial.

The lips being so delicate are also at great risk for sunburn.  Follow this link to see safe options. My favorite ones are by Badger & Burt`s Bees. 
Sunscreen formulas made for the body are sometimes too heavy for the face, especially if you wear makeup over top which is why I love the Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30. It`s lightweight and perfect for use with mineral makeup.  And for those of you who aren`t familiar with mineral makeup, this is a great addition to your SPF moisturizer due to it`s content of zinc and titanium dioxide.

Here`s to happy and healthy looking skin! Cheers! 

Chickpea Enchillada!

My family loves this recipe!   So much so that they requested me to make it tonight.  I love this recipe as it is so easy to make!  And of course I just use what I have on hand.  I also made my homemade tortilla's, and homemade salsa.  So yummy!!!!

2 cups                chickpeas(soaked and cooked as recommended) Today I am going to use my sprouted chickpeas!
1 cup                  salsa
1/2 cup               cottage cheese I have no cottage cheese in the fridge so I am going to use cheddar and add lot of add ins!

Add ins               onion, peppers, jalapeno peppers, mushrooms, corn, black beans, garlic, spices. what ever you have on hand or like!
1 1/2 cups           salsa
3/4 cup               shredded cheese
6                        tortilla's

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mash chickpeas, mix with salsa, cheese, and any add ins.
  3. Roll even amounts of the mixture in the tortillas. Arrange in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with salsa sauce and 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Best served with fresh guacamole, and a nice garden salad.
If you are looking for more Chickpea recipes click here!

Black Bean Quesadilla!

Tonight's Dinner!
This one of our favorite meatless meals!  I have share this yummy recipe before...but it is so good I thought I would share again! 
Prep all ingredients.
  • tomato diced
  • green onion sliced
  • soft cooked black beans(can substitute w/chickpea's, or leftover chicken or beef)
  • frozen corn
  • jalapeno pepper, diced real small, no seeds.(this gives it some kick...just enough that kids will still like it)
  • shredded marble cheddar cheese
Arrange ingredients in separate bowl and let you family members load up there own tortilla's!  When they are done, fold in half, and bake till cheese is melted and tortilla crisp!
So simple! So yummy!  No extra seasoning required!
Eat it with a side of salad and Enjoy!

I hope you have fun with creating your own quesadilla!  

Let me know, what do you like in yours!

Watch My Weight Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday All!

I have had a busy few weeks!  Right now I am really trying to get more "raw" foods in my families diet.  So I have been busy peeling and chopping fresh produce to add to all our meals!

I also have been sprouting lots of beans.  So yummy!

I want to share a great book I found recently from the library!
Hooked On Raw
by Rhio
Hooked on Raw, is a "cook"book full of raw recipes. Also full of info about health-related issues, such as bringing wild foods and organic foods into your diet, soil fertility, food irradiation, genetic engineering of seeds/plants, hybridization of seeds, fasting, rejuvenation and much, much more.  I found it very informative and easy to read!  I love the recipes and will share some of them soon!


This is Aprils Watch My Weight Wednesday blog hop! 

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I can't wait to see all the helpful tips/recipes/stories you have!

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