Happy Hands: The Cold Weather Survival Kit

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The winter weather can take a toll on many things: it can make you want to curl up under the blankets instead of going out, and frown at the thought of waking up to grey skies and snow. But aside from affecting your usually social and sunny disposition, it can also wreak havoc on your hands!

It seems like everyone is sporting dry, rough, and cracked hands but that doesn’t mean they’re in style! Save yours from all that winter damage by following the three steps to a home-made remedy below:

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Step 1: Give your hands a good scrub! You can use a store-bought version, or make your own at home. So if you’re feeling frugal, open up your cupboards and mix 2 tbsp of granulated sugar with 1 tbsp of oil, and 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil. Scrubbing will prep your hands for step two, allowing the moisture to stick!

Step 2: Use a heavy moisturizer. The best options? Either Shea butter or goat’s milk lotion. These creams are rich, and will leave your hands silky smooth.

Step 3: Love your gloves! The key to making this treatment last, is to protect your hands from further damage. Wearing a fleece-lined pair of gloves or mittens provides an extra layer of insulation. Plus, it’s nice to be cozy when it’s cold out.

And there it is, the secret to keeping your hands happy all winter long!

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Bite-Sized Walnut Brownies

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Baking brownies is always a good idea! But baking a big batch is not. Why? Because once they’re fresh out of the oven, chances are you’ll eat your way through until there isn’t a crumb left. If that sounds like something you would do, then there’s a solution: bite-sized portions.

These mini-muffin tin brownies are ideal for controlling cravings, and even taking them on the go. Not to mention, they’re loaded with walnuts and perfect for heart health! So you’re guaranteed to get the best of both words –an indulgent snack without the guilt.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sunflower oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

2  full tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

peel of 1 orange

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Mix the oil and sugar until well incorporated, then add the eggs.

3. In a separate bowl, mix your sifted flour, baking powder, and cocoa. When finished, add them to the egg mix.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of the mix to each section of a greased mini-muffin pan. Bake for approximately 24 minutes, and enjoy!

There you have it: portion-perfect brownies that are sure to please!

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The Last Sip of Summer: Peach-Chia Smoothie

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Prolong summer with this refreshing smoothie (while lounging by the pool, of course)! Packed with peaches, orange juice, and vanilla yoghurt, it is a fruity concoction that promises to make your taste buds sing. So take advantage of this season’s last long weekend and whip up a few cold ones to enjoy. Here’s how:

Ingredients(serves 3):

1 cup low fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

3 peaches

1 tbsp milled, raw chia

Preparation:

1. Wash and cut the peaches, adding them to the blender.

2. Pour in the yogurt, orange juice, and sprinkle the chia.

3. Mix on high speed until well blended.

 

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The Two-Step Vanilla Coconut Macaroon Parfait

ParfaitIn the mood for something sweet? Then this coconut macaroon parfait is sure to satisfy. It’s fresh, fruity, and light –so you won’t have to make a guilt trip to the gym.

Ingredients(makes 2 servings):

4 tbsp low-fat vanilla Greek yoghurt

2 coconut macaroons

1/2 cup raspberries

Putting it together:

1. In a bowl, add the yoghurt and crumble the macaroons. Mix the two together

2. In a separate glass or whatever you have chosen to serve the parfait in, layer one scoop of the yoghurt macaroon mix, one of raspberries, and another of the yoghurt.

Well, that was easy! It’s also relatively low in calories, because it’s made with yogurt and not vanilla pudding or more decadent alternatives. But rest assured, you’re not sacrificing flavour with this substitution.

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Tasty Tilapia Burgers

TilapiaburgerBurgers are great, right? But you can make them even better with some simple substitutions, and maybe have a second serving because they’re that healthy — only 390 calories (so you’ll never choose fast-food alternatives again). With less bread, and no meat this one is sure to satisfy most tastes, diets, and picky eaters!

Ingredients(makes 2):

4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup bread crumbs

2 thawed tilapia fillets

1 tomato, sliced

1 cup mixed greens

2 pickles,sliced

2 tbsp Hellman`s low fat mayo

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp fresh dill

2 flat-bread buns, each sliced in half

Steps:

  1. Pour the olive oil in a medium pan, and heat
  2. Take your thawed& rinsed tilapia fillets, and dust them with a generous coating of bread crumbs. Place them in the pan, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until crisp and golden brown.
  3. In the meantime, toast your flat-bread.
  4. When the fish fillets are done, place them on the slice of bread.
  5. For the sauce, stir the mayo, lemon, and dill in a cup and pour over the fillet
  6. Add the rest of your toppings(pickles, mixed greens, tomatoes) and bite in!

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Zucchini Bruschetta/ Halloween “Frankenstein Fingers”

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To close out Veggie Month on ThePoshDish, here’s the third recipe! And because it’s also Halloween, why not use it as a healthy treat for a party –kids and kids-at-heart will be equally happy to taste it.  Sure, it’s not candy but it’s the most fun way to avoid a sugar rush. Not to mention, an excellent bread-free alternative to bruschetta for any occasion to come.

Ingredients

2 medium zucchinis

2 tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

Basil

1 green onion

½ cup goat cheese

3 tbsp Parmesan

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Wash and cut the zucchinis in half, horizontally
  3. Wash and dice your tomatoes, basil, and onions
  4.  In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes, with the olive oil, green onions, and
  5. Place spoonfuls of the mix onto the zucchini halves.
  6. Crumble the goat cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, and enjoy!

So whether you savour them as a Halloween treat or an everyday snack, keep this recipe on the ready for a bread-free alternative to bruschetta.

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