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Velvety Mediterranean Gazpacho 
with Avocado Cream

June 2, 2015
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Photo courtesy of: The Longevity Kitchen

Whether you want to be a hit at your next garden party or simply enjoy a warm weather refreshment, this Mediterranean gazpacho is just the ticket. The sippable snack is from Rebecca Katz’s newest cookbook The Longevity Kitchen, which features recipes designed to provide your body with health-promoting nutrients. The key ingredients in this gazpacho are avocado, olive oil and basil, but the plethora of additional veggies certainly won’t hurt!

Avocado Cream with Basil

1 avocado, halved and flesh scooped out
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons coarsely chopped 
fresh basil
3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt


3 cups low-sodium tomato juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 fennel bulb, cut into quarters 
and cored
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, cilantro, or a combination

To make the avocado cream, put all the ingredients in blender and process until very smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. (No need to rinse the blender before proceeding.)

To make the gazpacho, put all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Working in batches, transfer to the blender and process until completely smooth.Taste; you may want to add a pinch of salt or a bit of maple syrup. Pour into small glasses and garnish with the avocado cream.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Storage: Store the gazpacho in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Store the avocado cream with a spritz of lemon or lime on top in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

PER SERVING: Calories: 125; Total Fat: 7.5 g (1 g saturated, 5.5 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 13.5 g; Protein: 2 g; Fiber: 3.5 g; Sodium: 314 mg

Who Knew? According to nutrigenomics expert Colleen Fogarty Draper, MS, you can increase the body’s ability to absorb nutrient supplements by taking them with certain foods. “I suggest eating foods high in that particular nutrient concurrently to ensure maximum absorbability,” says Draper. This makes sense, considering that the interplay of different substances within a given food often makes a particular nutrient, say vitamin C, more bioavailable to the body.

This post was written by Calin Van Paris

Beauty, Gorgeous

Spray Tans Tips … Make it Last!

October 17, 2012

D Sharon Pruitt

Wanting to get that summer glow? Well for most of us that means either using bronzing lotions or going to a salon for spray tan. And we don’t have to remind you about the scary melanoma rates related to tanning booths, right?  On that health note, if you want instant results we suggest looking for a paraben-free spray tanning option. Katherine Goldman, founder and owner of Stript Wax Bar, with salons in Palo Alto, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Los Angeles and San Francisco, which offers these safe tanning options offers tips on how to make your next one last. 

  • Make sure to wax or shave the area a day before your spray tan. Waxing will remove the tan so always do so a day before your service.  Shaving or waxing the day of can make skin more irritated, so wait for your skin to calm down before spray tan application.
  • Exfoliate before a spray tan. Use a body scrub to exfoliate dry skin before a tan. This will help with even application of the product and ensure a flawless look.
  • Wear dark, loose fitting clothing to your appointment. Spray tans usually include a bronzer that can rub off on light colored clothing so always wear dark colors. Tight clothing can rub against the skin and create lines, so make sure to wear something that is baggy.
  • Plan not to shower for at least 6 hours. This allows the tan to develop, as water will wash away the active ingredient from the skin. Most people like to schedule their appointment in the evening so they can just go home, go to bed, and shower the next morning.
  • Use dark sheets the night of your tan. Make sure to put dark colored sheets on your bed after a spray tan appointment. The bronzer can rub off onto sheets and clothing so make sure to swap out anything white the day of your appointment.
  • Get a manicure before your spray tan appointment and then protect nails with a little Vaseline. This will help prevent darkening around the cuticle.
  • Purchase the right after care products. It is important to moisturize your skin after a spray tan as this will help it last longer.  You can also get a lotion with a small amount of DHA, the active ingredient in spray tans, to help keep the tan from fading.


Brainy, News to Use

Cute Animals Boost Productivity!

October 15, 2012
oscar- cute

We knew it! Time spent oohing and aahhing over sleeping kittens or kitty on the prowl is time well spent! According to a study on work performance out of Japan  Looking at cute animals, say researchers at Hiroshima University, whether they’re actual kittens or cartoon characters like Pikachu, creates positive feelings that translate to increased friendliness and productivity.

Kawaii (cute things) things not only make us happier, but also affect our behavior,” wrote research team head and cognitive psychologist Hiroshi Nittono. “This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.”

Start your week off with a boost of productivity -and share this with your friends!


Beauty, Cocktail Chatter

How to take a GOOD party photo!

October 12, 2012
Marin Magazine party pic

For most of us taking a good photo is not easy! Chin up, cheeks in, smile/ don’t smile…suck in your gut! It’s overwhelming. We’ve enlisted the help of Mo De Long (behind the camera), a professional photographer who specializes in making people look good!


MO’s Tips!
1. Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.  
2. Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin. Also try the swallow and hold method.  To do this, swallow and while holding the swallow, smile naturally.
3. Hold arms slightly away from your body or hand on the hip. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier.
4. Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in.
5.  Try the look away method.  To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen.

What not to do:

1. Never stand fully facing the camera and no slouching.  This makes you look boring and often wider than you are.

2. Never tilt your head back to avoid a double chin.  This just makes your neck look weird and strained.

3. Do not be the girl on the end, the people on the ends of group photos will look wider than the rest.  If you find yourself on the end, use the arms on the hip method so the elbow will appear to be the wide part of your body and not your hip.

4. Do not hold your smile for too long.   Take a break by looking  away and then turning back to the camera.

5.  Do not wear baggy clothes.  If you have to, wear a belt to accent your waist. Baggy clothing can make you look wider than you actually are.