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Eight Super Foods For A Beautiful Skin – Part I, Apples

1. Apples

Many people probably heard of this popular saying growing up: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are known for their tremendous health benefits but did you know eating more apples will keep your skin hydrated and skin tone more even as well?

Lets take a look of apples’ nutritional value. In a hundred grams of apple contains about 10 grams of natural sugar and 2.4 grams of dietary fiber. In addition, apples contain many minerals necessary for the health of your body such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, as well as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and and iron.

Apples are naturally high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C. If your skin tone is sallow and lacks radiance, vitamin C is one of the most effective way to increase your skin’s natural glow. Better yet, vitamin C will also prevent free radicals damaging your skin cells, thus it has become a popular ingredient for anti-aging treatment to keep cells from dying prematurely.

85.56% of an apple’s weight is water. Thus if your skin tend to be dry, eating more apples will keep your skin retain its moisture level. Another significance in apples’ nutritional value is their high concentration of natural fruit acid.  Fruit acid is an organic compound that can be used to treat acne and blemishes. Including fruit acid in your daily skincare routine will keep your pores unclogged and minimized, resulting in a smoother and more radiant skin texture.

Skincare products that contain apples:

1. Super Acne Treatment with Green Apple by Dr. Nicholas Perricone

This is a gentle acne treatment suitable for people with acne prone but sensitive skin. All other skin type can use this product as well. The product has a natural apple scented fragrance, which makes it very pleasant to use. In addition to its acne treatment abilities, Dr. P’s Green Apple Quercetin contains malic acid that firms and alpha lipoic acid that gently exfoliates for a smoother, cleaner skin.

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

2. Green Apple Antioxidant Serum by Juice Beauty

If you love antioxidants, if you love all natural products, then you will love Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Antioxidant Serum. This is an anti-aging treatment that utilizes the power of super foods and their high concentration of natural antioxidants to prevent aging of the cells.

Available at http://www.sephora.com (online only)

3. Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream by Fresh

This anti-aging body cream contains sugar apple extract to improve your skin’s collagen production and intercellular cohesion, which tightens and firms skin.

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

苹果

苹果 美白保湿

苹果营养丰富,苹果中的维生素C是许多爱美人士奉为美容元素。苹果中含有0.3%的蛋白质,0.4%的脂肪,0.9%的粗纤维和各种矿物质、芳香醇类等。其所含的大量水分和各种保湿因子对皮肤有保湿作用,维他命C能抑制皮肤中黑色素的沉着,常食苹果可使皮肤白滑。另外,苹果中所含的丰富果酸成分可以使毛孔通畅,有祛痘作用。苹果的营养很丰富。吃苹果时要细嚼慢咽,这样不仅有利于消化,更重要的是对减少人体疾病大有好处。

除此之外,苹果性能温和,可作为天然面膜,也可以切片涂敷。对油性皮肤而言,将1/3个苹果捣成泥状,敷于面上15分钟,然后洗净,再用冷水洗脸,可以软化角质层,使油脂分泌平衡。

温馨提示:将削掉皮的苹果浸于凉开水里,可防止果肉与空气接触氧化。这样做果肉依然白嫩、保持口感。

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Home Made Thanksgiving Dinner (感恩节的美食大餐)

每年11月的第四个星期四是美国的感恩节。曾有语说“Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.” 今年要感谢的事情和人真的很多。哪怕是你们的一个微笑,一声问候,都值得我感谢 。虽然不能和家人相聚共庆这个温馨的时刻但是希望他们可以感受到我远在他乡的祝福。

感恩节的故事其实也蛮感人的。 1620年在欧洲受迫的英国清教徒(pilgrims) 移民美洲大陆在Plymouth 建立了的第一个殖民地(colony)。当时正值寒冬。饥寒交迫的英国教徒在来美的110人当中,只有50人存活。这些英国人当时很是惧怕当地的印第安人。 直到1621年的一个春天, 一个名叫Samoset的 Abnaki 族人只身来到英国人的村子, 向这些恐惧的英国人伸出双手大声说”Welcome!“ 原来他曾经跟来美洲的船只去过英国,并且学会了英文。是这位勇敢的印第安人教会了英国移民们怎样辨识草药,有毒植物和可供食用的水果蔬菜。并且教会了移民们怎样种植当地的玉米。 在这位印第安人和他的部族的帮助下,第二年的秋天殖民地获得了在美洲大陆的第一个丰收。 英国人与印第安人一起欢庆了过去一年的共同努力耕耘。知恩报答,这便是感恩节的缘由。1863年,感恩节被林肯总统正式认定为国家法定节假日。

当然咯,过节与家人欢聚少不了吃吃喝喝咯。 美国的各大教堂也会分发免费的感恩节晚餐提供给无家可归的人们。感恩节的前几个礼拜学校也会组织学生向社会征集募捐感恩节所用的罐装食品分发给低收入家庭。

传统的感恩节食品少不了主食火鸡。 一般火鸡的肚内掏空被填上staffing (面包沫西兰花菜鲜牛奶和其他一些食品做成的混合物)然后放入烤箱烤上5-6个小时烤熟的。其他的一些食品还包括蔓越莓酱(cranberry sauce),staffing,  土豆泥 (mashed potatoes) 和卤汁 (gravy)。 传统的蔬菜类包括南瓜,红薯 ,玉米。

因为我们就俩人, 烤一只十几磅的火鸡一两个礼拜都吃不完, 所以就只好创新一下咯

 

 

脆皮火鸡卷 – Turkey and Sage Wrap

用薄如纸的Phyllo (发音:Fee-loh) Dough 裹上拌好的火鸡肉末放入烤箱烤半小时就好了Turkey Saltimbocca Roll-ups (火鸡煎肉片卷)

传统式玉米蛋糕 – Corn Muffin