Pan-Seared Salmon with Pineapple-Jalapeno Relish

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets

Directions

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
  4. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, chili powder, and black pepper, stirring well. Sprinkle evenly over fish.
  5. Add fish to pan, skin side up. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
  6. Serve with pineapple mixture.

For a healthy addition, serve over coconut rice accompanied by a side salad.

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Greek-Yogurt-ParfaitIf you love chocolate, this protein smoothie will have you swooning. Besides being high in fiber and protein, you’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants as a result of the unsweetened cocoa.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pear
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp raw oats
  • 1 scoop organic whey protein
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup water

Directions

Put ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Nutritional Value per Serving

Servings per Recipe: 1

Calories:  267

Protein: 22.3 gm / 35% of Calories

Carbohydrates:  38.9 gm / 55% of Calories

Fiber:  11.6 gm

Fat: 2.8 gm / 10% of Calories

Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! –

4. Enjoy a long weekend. Schedule a Friday off and head out of town for the weekend with your bestie for a mini vacation to recharge your batteries. Find a B&B and schedule a wine-tasting tour at a local winery.  You’ll be relaxed and ready to take on the world!

5. Reach for Aromatherapy. Calm your nerves quickly by utilizing essential oils. Bergamot, lavender or peppermint oils are sure to eliminate your stress in no time. Make a cup of herbal tea, light some scented candles with essential oils, and relax your cares away.  Stop by the spa to pick up your favorite scents so you can get rid of all that stress today!
6. Lend a helping hand.  Helping others can take the focus off of your own challenges for a while.  Not only that, but doing the right thing by being nice to others is a great self-esteem booster and helps to put your own worries in perspective.  It’s a win-win for all!
7. Get a massage!  Nothing is more relaxing than experiencing a much-needed massage to rid your body and mind of tension.  In fact, go ahead and make a day of it!  You’ll feel rejuvenated and stress-free!
Managing stress is all about taking charge of your daily activities and thought processes. You can reduce stress in your life by valuing yourself. It’s important to make time for fun and relaxation so you can be in a better position to deal with life’s stressors.

Zesty Deviled Eggs

deviled_eggsIngredients

  • 6 eggs, boiled, cooled, peeled, and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, ranch dressing, or Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of regular hot sauce or buffalo wing hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken, finely shredded or diced
  • 2 tablespoons carrot, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons celery, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese, finely crumbled

Directions

  1. Remove the yolks from the egg halves, and mix with the mayonnaise, hot sauce, chicken, carrot, celery, onion and blue cheese until soft.
  2. Fill the egg white halves with the mixture, garnish as desired, and serve hot.

 Makes 6 servings

Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month! (Part 1 of 2)

stress_awareness7 ways to reduce stress so you can be healthier and happier

Everyone experiences stress from time to time.  If left unchecked, stress can lead to health problems such as anxiety, depression, and heart attacks among other ailments.  In celebration of National Stress Awareness Month, take steps this month to reduce stress so you can feel your best!

  1. Decide to get healthy.  Taking control of your health can impact the level of stress you experience. Improve your food choices and add an exercise routine to your day.  Even 30 minutes of brisk walking each day combined with a healthier diet will make you feel so much better!
  2. Laugh!!  Laughter truly is good for you.  In fact, laughter has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and increase alertness and creativity.  So, laugh away!  It really is the best medicine!
  3. Write it down. No matter what obstacles you face each day, do your best to put a positive spin on them.  At the end of the day, take a few minutes to list 2 or 3 things about that specific day that made you happy.  Keep the lists in a journal so you can go back and read them.  Reflecting on positive moments in your life are sure to reduce stress and bring a smile to your face!

Part 2 coming soon

Neck and Décolleté Neglect

neck_neglectAre you paying attention to these special areas?

 

Spring is here, which means we finally get to pack away the sweaters and flaunt the tank tops and sundresses! But, many of us still try to cover up during this hot, humid time of year to hide unsightly brown spots and wrinkles on the neck and chest area, causing us to be uncomfortable and insecure.  It doesn’t have to be that way this year!  Read on to learn how to get your delicate neck and décolleté areas ready for some outdoor fun!

 

The neck and décolleté areas are the most neglected areas when it comes to skincare, yet they are extremely vulnerable to wrinkles and require special care. These sensitive areas must be cared for just like your face and body if you want beautiful skin all over.

 

While acne and other skincare issues are not prominent in these areas, the lack of care is eventually revealed through dark, dry, flaky skin, dark spots, and deep wrinkles.   Your esthetician can create a program to help restore soft, vibrant skin.  Call today to reserve your consultation.

 

To reveal glowing, healthy skin in the neck and décolleté areas between spa visits, follow these tips:

 

  • Moisturize!! Be sure to include the neck and chest areas when completing your daily face and body moisturizing regimen.
  • Use a thicker night cream before bed to restore firmness and softness.
  • Be sure to exfoliate weekly at home between spa visits to keep skin soft and supple.
  • Most importantly, ALWAYS use sunscreen with a high SPF when outdoors to avoid the sun’s damaging rays.

 

For best results and to keep your skin looking healthy and young, be as consistent as possible with your skincare routine while following your esthetician’s recommendations.

 

Here’s to healthy, vibrant skin all season long!

Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

clams

Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 slices apple wood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers from jar
  • 6 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions

  • Heat large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add bacon and onion.
  • Sauté until bacon is crisp around edges and onion starts to brown, stirring, about 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic. Stir 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes with juice and peppers. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
  • Add clams, cover, and boil until clams open, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes (discard any clams that do not open).
  • Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.
  • Divide among shallow bowls. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons parsley.

Serve with buttered (low-fat and heart-healthy, of course!) wheat linguine and side salad for a unique and tasty meal.

Spring into Action! (Part 2 of 2)

Family walking on beach

  • Get your Zzzz’s.  We are all guilty of not getting enough sleep from time to time.  But did you know that poor sleep habits affect many, if not all, areas of your life?  When we don’t get enough sleep, we simply aren’t running at full capacity.  We’re not giving our best to our jobs, families, or even to ourselves.  Turn off the television at night and head to bed.  Isn’t it worth it if it makes you better in every aspect of your life?
  • Reveal radiant skin!  The winter months wreak havoc on our skin. We are exposed to freezing temperatures when we are outdoors followed by dry heat when we step inside.  This is a recipe for dry, scaly, itchy skin.  As the weather is warming up, take this opportunity to get your skin in shape.  You must exfoliate and moisturize to reveal youthful, dewy skin.  Your esthetician can create a skin care regimen for you and recommend the appropriate home care products to keep your skin glowing this spring.
  • Don’t forget about your lips. Your lips suffer from the harsh winter weather just like the rest of your body does. Again, exfoliating and moisturizing are key to revealing smooth, moist lips.  Visit the spa so we can show you what products are best for you.

Spring is a time of renewal.  It’s time to get rid of the winter blues and breathe in fresh, clean air.  Make this season your time of personal regeneration. Go ahead and try these tips for a month.  We are confident you will experience an extra spring in your step!!

Spring into Action! (Part 1 of 2)

Reveal your vibrant, healthy side this spring!

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and it’s warming up outside.  Finally, spring is here!! What a perfect time to jump start a complete tune-up of your body, mind, and soul as you prepare for the carefree months ahead! Read on for tips to get healthy…inside and out. 

  •  Eliminate bad habits. We all have those annoying little habits that need to be addressed.  Do you procrastinate?  Do you overspend when you hit the mall? Have you been sliding into work a few minutes late?  Take this opportunity to recognize your areas of weakness and make the necessary adjustments to rid yourself of these pesky behaviors. Achieving self- discipline is a great way to boost your self-esteem.
  • Give your diet a complete overhaul.  Eating well is not just about losing weight.  It’s about being healthy. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats is essential for good health.  It’s a lifestyle, not a weight-loss fad.  When we put healthy food inside of us, we feel better and we look better.  Go ahead and commit to being healthy!
  • Make fitness fun!  Shed winter weight gain.  It’s a fact, most people gain at least a pound, if not more, during winter.  If you choose an activity you enjoy doing, you are more likely to stick to it.  Involve the whole family or perhaps a friend.  Go bike riding together or take a walk together a few times a week.  Get together for a game of touch football or basketball.  You don’t have to go to a gym to be fit.  Gather family members or friends and get moving!

Part 2 coming soon

Lash Extensions…Are They for You?

eyelashesWith today’s hectic lifestyles, most women don’t have the time to apply fake eye lashes every morning, yet we still want those long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop! So, it’s no surprise that eyelash extensions have become the most recent beauty rage.

Eyelash extensions are enhancements applied to the natural eyelashes to increase volume and length in an effort to emphasize the eyes. 
Here are some things to keep in mind when exploring lash extensions.
The lash extension application process takes about 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the look you want to achieve. The procedure is painless and lash extensions last approximately three to four weeks. 
You’ll have beautiful, full lashes without mascara! In fact, some women feel they need less makeup altogether when wearing extensions.

One of the biggest myths is that lash extensions damage your natural lashes. This is, in fact, a myth. When applied correctly and properly cared for, they are safe and your natural lashes will stay healthy.

Keep in mind, your beautiful lashes will require maintenance. Most women require touch-ups every two to four weeks.

A word of caution…some people may experience sensitivity or an allergic reaction to the adhesive used to attach the lashes, which generally requires removal. That is why you have to be careful who you go to for this procedure.

Also, DO NOT use waterproof mascara because it is difficult to remove and can damage your extensions. And be sure not to rub your eyes or pull on the extensions because this can lead to loss of lashes and damage your natural lashes.

Other Options: Lash enhancement serums such as RevitaLash and Latisse are additional options for longer, fuller lashes. These products have been known to cause brown pigmentation of the eye as well as other bothersome side effects to some people. However, many women do very well with these serums. They do not provide immediate enhancement, but increased length and fullness is noticeable over time.

The Verdict: While eyelash extensions may not work for everyone, they are certainly the ideal choice for today’s busy woman who wants to look fabulous without the hassle. When correctly applied and properly cared for, lash extensions are effortless as well as beautiful! They provide that extra special touch for a special night out, but accentuate your natural beauty when you are at the beach or relaxing at home.

Still have questions? Call us today to discuss your options with your spa expert.