Fruit juices and smoothies are popping up all over but are they really as healthy as they seem? Many experts say the processes of juicing destroys essential nutrients. And while you might not be getting the full nutritional bang for your buck, in many cases, what you are getting can hurt you: lots and lots of sugar.
Is your lack of sleep causing you to gain wait? Losing sleep may increase your appetite and result in weight gain. Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin. Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.
This isn’t a magic weight loss claim. Tucking in for 12 hours isn’t going to instantly turn you into a size 0. “Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain,” study researcher Kenneth Wright, an associate professor of physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said in a statement. “But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need.”
So what to conclude from this new research? If you are trying to manage your weight make sure you are getting some adequate snooze time.
Grilled corn is a staple of summer. Sweet and delicous nothing says summer BBQ like a corn on the cobb straight off the grill. There are hundreds of ways to grill corn but here is our favorite recipe from Food & Wine.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Maldon or Halen Môn Welsh sea salt
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
- 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse smoked salt
- 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 8 ears of corn, shucked
- Vegetable oil, for drizzling
- Unsalted butter, for serving
- Prepare the salts in 3 small bowls: Mix the Maldon salt with the orange zest, the kosher salt with the paprika and the smoked salt with the black pepper.
- Light a grill. Drizzle the corn with vegetable oil and rub to coat the corn thoroughly. Grill over moderate heat, turning often, until the corn is lightly charred all over and just tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the corn to a large platter and serve with butter and the seasoned salts.
March 20, 2014 | By Noelle Chehab
We can’t get enough of these brand new products that are sure to be our spring essentials!
There is something about spring that just makes us feel refreshed and rejuvenated, but after months of bitter cold it may not look like that’s the case. To address this issue, we scoured the market for the latest and greatest beauty products that leave you as fresh as a newly bloomed flower! Here’s what you have to try this month:
Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask
Sulwhasoo’s new Snowise Ex Brightening mask is quite miraculous! This ultra-luxurious at-home treatment is formulated with traditional Korean herbs, and fermented in ginseng for 2 weeks, which makes for some seriously clear and bright skin.
The Snowise Ex Brightening mask can transform even the most dull and dead skin, making it a great post-winter pick me up. You can buy yours here for $130 for 10 masks.
Palladio Herbal Lip Lacquer and High Intensity Herbal Balm
Palladio’s new Herbal Lip Lacquer and Balm is the answer to our chapped lip prayers! The Herbal Lip Lacquer delivers serious shine that lasts and lasts, and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize while creating a protective barrier from the elements that can parch lips. Meanwhile, Palladio’s High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm is equally as decadent, and delivers the precision of a pencil while helping to prevent chapping.
Palladio’s new Herbal Lip Lacquer and Balm will perfect your pout, and keep your pucker protected as the weather warms up. The Herbal Lip Lacquer is available here for $8 and the High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm is available here for $7.
Jurlique Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream
Can’t seem to get rid of under-eye problems no matter how much sleep you get? Then Jurlique’s Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream is the spring product for you! This advanced eye cream targets dark circles, eye bags and discolorations to make you look bright and perky, even if it’s Monday morning! Made from 95% natural ingredients, this powerful product will make you look wide awake.
Use Jurlique’s Purely Bright Eye Correcting Cream as your secret weapon this spring! You can buy yours here for $45.
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection
This nail polish breakthrough puts the meaning into manicure as the first peptide-infused color treatments for weak and fragile nails. The 2-in-1 comes in an impressive variety of shades, but most impressive is the product’s ability to strengthen brittle nails. UV protected and formaldehyde-free, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection will give you a manicure that you can feel good about.
Treat your tips with the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Revival Collection, available here for $14.
glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+
If you’re looking for the perfect foundation to transition into spring, than glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+ will certainly be your savior. The formula is made with light-diffusing diamond powder, which creates a dewy glow throughout the day. But perhaps the biggest benefit of this breakthrough formula is that it contains SPF to protect your skin as the weather warms up.
Pamper and protect your skin with the new glō minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation SPF 15+,available here for $54.
Which new spring products are you coveting? Tell us in the comments below!
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.
By Angel Fuchs
Part two of Hot Mom Angel’s experiment with an interesting new wellness trend.
Hi again! It’s Angel from Yay Baby! blog checking in with you for an update on my journey into oil pulling.
As you may recall from my previous article, I started oil pulling with organic, unrefined coconut oil almost five weeks ago and although the changes I have noticed so far aren’t earth-shattering, they are obvious and welcomed.
To achieve maximum benefits you are supposed to swish a full tablespoon of oil in your mouth for a minimum of 20 minutes a few times a day.
No way could I do that when I first started out, but I gradually increased the amount of oil and time spent swishing; and I’m proud to proclaim I can now manage to swish that entire tablespoon of oil in my mouth for a whopping 25 minutes! My cheeks and jaw are pretty tired after my final spit but it’s doable.
I swish at night after my daughter has gone to bed because there is no way I could be mute with swishing for 20 minutes with a toddler running around. Sometimes I swish again while she naps, but not every day.
The biggest change I’ve noticed with this regime is remarkably fresher breath in the mornings. I used to have terrible “morning breath” and a bad case of “cotton mouth” when I first woke up. Now, after these past several weeks of oil pulling my mouth feels moister and from my teeth to my tongue, there’s an overall greater feeling of clean. I no longer feel the need to avoid my husband’s good morning kiss until I brush. And he hasn’t complained either.
Also, my lips are getting super moisturized. I haven’t had to use lip balm in weeks. My pucker feels plump and smooth.
- Fresher breath
- Cleaner Mouth
- Softer Lips
Sounds like a recipe for a smooch fest if you ask me.
Tune in again next month for my final installment of A Journey into Oil Pulling.
If you haven’t already be sure to check in with Part One of this series for tips on how to start your own oil pulling adventures.
Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Baby blog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby!
Turn your favorite instragram into a tangible object with the new app NailSnaps. NailSnaps lets you turn your photos into one-of-a-kind nail polish stickers you can apply yourself in minutes for custom, wearable art. They are currently in fundraising mode and we can’t wait for them to be in production. So fun!
Five fat-blasting recipes you can actually feel good about enjoying, just in time for the weather to heat up.
Despite the temptation to hit snooze on your alarm, daylight saving means that spring is right around the corner. Warmer weather, longer days and a serious dose of sunshine have never seemed more exciting after an especially brutal weather. But, if you’re anything like us, the first thing that comes to mind as the sun starts shining is the imminent approach of bathing suit season, a time that can be equal parts terrific and terrifying.
This year, we’re determined to avoid the latter with fat-blasting recipes that will bring your bikini body back in no time. Yes, you heard us right! We sought out a series of mouth-watering meals made from ingredients that have been shown to reduce fat and even burn more calories. We know it sounds too good to be true, but looking svelte in your swimsuit has never been easier. Check out the healthy recipes below!
Roasted Habanero and Mango Salsa via Life’s Ambrosia
Let’s face it, warm weather basically screams creamy guacamole and fiery salsa, so why not combine the two to create the best of both worlds. That’s exactly what this mouthwatering dip does, all while boasting impressive fat-blasting abilities. That’s because hot peppers, particularly spicy habaneros, contain a compound called capsaicin, which is shown to speed up the metabolism while curbing the appetite.
Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken via Life of Meg
Forget about parfaits and smoothies because Greek Yogurt has so much more potential! The versatile ingredient can be substituted for a variety of unhealthy options like butter and mayo, and the health benefits it provides are seriously impressive. In fact, the high protein content in Greek Yogurt means you will feel full and satisfied longer, while the body burns extra calories during digestion.
Iced Green Tea Limeade via Kitchen Treaty
The health benefits of green tea have been touted for years, but new research shows that it’s particularly effective in burning belly fat. Therefore, it’s no surprise that green tea is a go-to ingredient during the pursuit of a toned tummy. Take advantage of the increasingly warm weather by indulging in this chilled version of green tea while you watch the pounds pour off.
Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries via The Pioneer Woman
This recipe is a triple threat when it comes to delicious and nutritious ingredients, but balsamic vinegar is the star of the show. Not only is it tart and tangy in all the right ways, but balsamic has also been shown to break down fat in the body. Impressed? Try this dish that can be served as a main course or a side, and finish feeling both slim and satisfied.
Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps via Foxes Love Lemons
Lentils are a great vegetarian options for meat lovers because they share a similar rich and hearty taste and texture. So before you indulge your craving for a double cheeseburger, try this take on a classic sloppy joe. Why? One reason is lentils contain 35% of your daily iron needs, providing a fix for the nearly 20% of Americans who are deficient in the vitamin. Because the body’s metabolism slows down when it lacks necessary nutrients, indulging on this savory ingredient may cause an extra fat-blasting boost.
Which fat-blasting recipes are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.
As we spring the clocks forward this week and start thinking about spring (despite the temps outside) the first thing that comes to mind is fresh herbs. There is nothing better than topping your delicious caprese salad with a sweet basil leaf straight from your kitchen. For those out there that were not blessed with a green thumb fear not – Garden in a Bag has you covered! Simply cut the bag open, mix the seeds and soil and a few days later you have a fresh herb garden growing on your counter top. These would make a perfect housewarming gift or thank you gift!
Prep for the Oscars this year as if you were primed to receive the evening’s highest honors yourself.
The Academy’s biggest night is coming up this weekend, and of course, we can’t wait to see who takes home the big awards. Even more importantly, maybe, is who shows up in the best (and worst!) attire, and who will earn nods for beautiful hair, makeup and skin. The stars themselves know how important this is, as well, which is why we’d imagine they’ve been spending all week prepping to look and feel their best. Here’s what we’d recommend for them…and these are treatments you, too can enjoy!
Luipita Nyong’o has been the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue all awards season long. From her outstanding breakout performance in 12 Years A Slave to nailing her red carpet look time after time, this supporting actress nominee has earned her status as the one to watch. We’re so happy for this deserving star…but we can’t help our jealousy over her maddeningly flawless skin! How does one get so lucky in the genes department!?
Well, it might not be all genes. Most A-listers indulge in regular facials to keep their skin glowing. For Lupita, and anyone else looking to mimic her angelic glow (read: everyone), we’d recommend the 80 Minute Bee-Alive Royal Jelly Anti-Aging Facial from Essential Retreat Day Spa in Norwalk, CT. A deeply exfoliating enzyme peel and pure royal jelly mask can help even mere mortals achieve skin (almost) as radiant as Lupita’s.
If you haven’t been following along, you may be surprised by which star’s hair is generating the most buzz this awards season. That accolade can be awarded to none other than Jared Leto and his ombre locks, which have been spoken about almost as much as his game-changing role of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Everyone is dying to know whether we’ll see loose waves or some man-bun action this weekend!
One thing is for sure— Leto must be planning to deep condition his strands and trim the ends this week to ensure his tresses are picture-perfect come Sunday. The Signature Hair Treatment and Haircut at Frasada Salon & Day Spa in Oceanside, NY should do the trick! Others with enviable hair may enjoy this treatment, too .
America’s sweetheart is also one of the hardest working ladies in Hollywood! Aside from her nominated role in American Hustle, Lawrence also starred in The Hunger Games: Catching Fireas heroine Katniss Everdeen last year. Plus, she’s set to star in the release of two blockbusters in 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I. That’s quite a few projects for one actress to take on all at once!
With all of that going on, Miss Lawrence is bound to be majorly stressed out. We’re sure she would appreciate a pampering, relaxing massage prior to awards season’s final show this weekend! We’d say the 90 Minute Hot Stone Massage at Synergy Spa in Raleigh, NC should do the trick, and leave her nice and relaxed for the big night.
American Hustle’s other female lead, Amy Adams, also had a standout performance this season. We don’t know what we loved more about her role in this year’s most nominated flick—her fiery red locks or feisty accent.
Adams is one starlet who has shown consistency with at least one thing this awards season—that is, showing a lot of skin, just like her character in American Hustle. A 60 Minute Silky Chocolate Full Body Scrub from A Little Touch of Heaven in Newport Beach, CA, is just what she needs to keep her skin smooth and perfected for her next low-cut ensemble.
Leo’s performance as Jordan Belfort, a quaalude-popping, swindling stock broker on Long Island in the 90’s, will be hailed as one of his best. Who knew this serious soul had such strong comedic chops?! Leo has definitely earned his accolades and truly deserves to bring home a statue (finally)—and with the pressure on, he’s got to be getting a little nervous.
For Leo, we’d go with the 80 Minute Champagne and Roses Deep Tissue Massage with Foot Reflexology to relieve his tension and center his energy for the big night. This treatment, at Euphoria Massage and Spa in Little Falls, NJ, comes with a glass of champagne, too because Leo, you’re always a winner in our book!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.
Three brand new products you are going to want to try this month!
It’s clear that here at Spa Week, we love makeup. Anything to do with beauty, skincare, and of course spa—we’re on it! As a part of our duty to society, we are obliged to report back to you with the latest and greatest. Here’s what we’re loving this month:
Lierac Hydra Chrono + Pink Lip Balm
Lierac’s new Hydra Chrono Lip Balm is a pH dependent lip color that will work with your natural tone and adjust its shade to fit you! Not to mention, the formula contains rose wax, shea butter and cocoa butter to create a super moisturizing product. Available in transparent or pink, this is just what you need to repair lips from this winter’s damage and protect them for the future.
Use this as a great lipstick base, or just to moisturize and add a bit of sheer color as a day-to-day lip balm! You can buy it here for just $19.
Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette
This collaboration with makeup artist Wayne Goss is one that makeup fanatics are definitely not going to want to miss out on. The Nude Mattes is a 12 color palette that can only be described as Urban Decay’s NAKED palette for the less-glittery gal. The quality is top of the line and the colors range from pale pinks to nudes and black for accent—all must haves.
The palette will be available on paulaschoice.com this Thursday for just $40…a bargain when compared to other similar palettes!
Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lip Gloss
Kevyn Aucoin’s Blood Roses Lipstick has a serious cult following and is highly regarded as one of the best red lippies of all time (all hail). Coming soon is it’s much subtler sister, Blood Roses the gloss. It still provides a noticeable dark color, but is not nearly as intense at the expert lip color and works on just about everyone.
It’s not quite out yet—pre-order it here and you’ll be rocking this vampy gloss by mid-March!
Will you purchase any of these hot new finds? Tell us in the comments below!