Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year Blue and Yellow Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup chopped yellow peach frozen or fresh
1/2 cup frozen or fresh chopped pineapple
1 cups almond milk or vanilla soy
1/4 bunch washed fresh chopped kale
1-tblsp. Fresh chopped mint
10 ice cubes
2 cups filtered water

Blend all ingredients in blender adding water last in till you reach your desired consitincey. -Enjoy!

Breakfast Berries and Quinoa

2 1/2 cups almond milk or vanilla soy
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries chopped
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1-tblsp. fresh chopped mint
1- tblsp. Flaxseed

In a medium sauce pan heat your milk of choice over medium heat. Add quinoa and bring to boil. Reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer while stirring 12-15 minutes. Reduce from heat. Stir in the fruit, coconut, mint, and flaxseed. Add more milk if you desire a different consitincey. Let cool to room temp, serve and Enjoy!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Watercress Salad with Blackberries

1 package watercress
4-Tblsp. Pumpkin seeds
2-Tblsp flaxseed
1 small red onion peeled and cut thinly
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2- cup fresh washed blackberries
1-Tblsp. Fresh chopped mint

Roughly chop the watercress and toss into large mixing bowl with rest of the ingredients. Mix well to incorporate the flavor. This can be made a few hours ahead of time and can store in fridge for up to one day. Plate your salad and serve. Drizzle with your favorite dressing. Trying to avoid vinegar based dressings as this will aggravate your rosacea symptoms.-Enjoy!

My favorite rosacea friendly dressing for this salad is as follows.

1Tblsp fresh chopped cilantro
1Tblsp yeah chopped tarragon (optional)
1-2 shallots sliced and minced
1 tsp. Fresh chopped garlic (dry will work too)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
Salt pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in blender or bowl using whisk. Drizzle on salad and enjoy.
This can be made day ahead of time and can store for 3-5 days.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup almond milk or whole milk is fine too
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
1/4 cup dry instant oatmeal
1-Tblsp. Flaxseed
10 ice cubes 
6 cups filtered water 

Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender adding water last to meet your desired consistency.-Enjoy! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Berries and Oats Smoothie

1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup pitted cherries (optional)
1/4 cup strawberries
1 cup almond milk or whole milk of choice
2- Tblsp. Flaxseed
2- Tblsp. Plain Oatmeal
1-Tblsp. Fresh chopped mint
1/2 Tblsp. Fresh chopped basil
10 ice cubes
2 cups filtered water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender and pour water in last blending infill your desired consistency. Serve cold and enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Fitness and Rosacea

If you love to work out and have rosacea then you know it's tough dealing with the facial flushing that comes with a great workout. I have been dealing with this for years and have found it best to moderate my routines to half hour intervals at about 50% of my capability to push myself. Its hard not being able to go full throttle and pump out a nice routine. But with sticking to 30minute workouts and trying to train in a cool atmosphere I have been able to control my facial flushing and restrict my flare-ups that come with excercise. Also at the end of each half hour session applying a damp cool towel to my face for a few minutes takes away the flushing if I push myself to hard. - I hope this helps and happy training.... Remember following a Rosacea trigger free diet and staying active in our daily lives will help our skin become healthier and have us feeling and looking great!

Good Morning Power Smoothie

1 large handful washed and chopped kale
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 cup frozen or fresh pitted cherries
1 cup almond milk or whole milk 
1 1/2 cups coconut water or filtered water 
2 Tblsp. Flaxseed or flax oil
1 Tblsp. Fresh Chopped basil
10 Ice cubes  

Blend all ingredients in smoothie machine or blender adding water last untill you reach your desired consistency.- serve and enjoy! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sweetdreams Matcha Green Tea Face Scrub

1- 1/2 tsp. Green tea matcha powder
1/2 tsp. Filtered water
1/2 tsp. Canola oil

Mix ingredients well in a small bowl with whisk or spoon. Spread on face before bed and let sit 10-15 minutes. Wash of with a lukewarm water using a soft washcloth. Rinse face with with cool water and pat dry with soft towel or cotton swab.-Enjoy and Sweetdreams!

Winter Mean Green Smoothie

1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup pitted cherries
2 cup washed chopped kale
2 broccoli florets chopped
2-Tblsp. Flaxseed
2 cups filtered water
10 Ice cubes
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients well in blender untill smooth adding water last for your desired consistency. -Enjoy!

Baked Rosacea Toast with Fresh Berries

Canola oil for greasing
5 large eggs
3 1/2 cups almond milk or your fav. Whole milk
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
1 lemon juiced and zested
Half loaf of your fav. Whole grain bread cut into cubes 1-inch.(I like to use sourdough or focaccia)
1 cup fresh washed blueberries
1 cup fresh washed blackberries
1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and arrange rack in middle of oven. In large mixing bowl add eggs and whip. Fold in the maple syrup, lemon juice and zest and mix all ingredients together. Add the bread cubes and coat evenly in till well coated. Add 3/4 cup of both berries to mixture reserving 1/4 cup of each. Mix ingredients one last time. Lightly grease 9x13 baking dish with canola oil and pour mixture into dish. Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes untill bubbly and golden on top. While this is baking place remaining berries in sauce pot with 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 maple syrup. Heat over medium heat stirring 10-15 minutes or in till mixture is reduced and syrupy. Set aside. Once baking is complete remove pan from oven. Let cool to room temp. And cut your desired slice from pan and place on serving dish, drizzle with your reserved fresh berry syrup.- Enjoy!

Chefs note: a little dollop of whip cream on top with this recipe will make the kids very happy as well.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rosacea Fact

Rosacea involves swelling of the blood vessels that are under our skin, making a blush let's say so that it does not go away easily. A person with this skin disorder will experience embarrassment and stress due to this flushing. This is the second most common trigger worth us Rosaceans. - lets make a goal to try to eat rosacea reducing foods to help with reducing our vascular dialation.

Mixed Berry Caprese Kabobs

2 cups fresh washed  pitted cherries
2 cups fresh washed blueberries
2 cups fresh washed blackberries
1 package fresh mint washed
1 package 6-8 ounce mozzarella pearls
1 package 6 inch bamboo skewers

Start by washing all fruit and set aside. Take each mint leaf and rip in half with fingers. Skewer the fruit with the Mozz pearls and mint alternating the fruit while building up your kabob. These can be made a day ahead of time and chilled untill ready to serve. Fun party tip; you can use these as a garnish in a glass of sangria or skewer into a watermelon rind for a nice presentation.

Chefs note: cherries, blackberries, and blueberries are vascular constrictors helping to reduce redness and facial flushing.

Flaxseed Crusted Baked Cod with Cherry and Peach Salsa

1- cup diced pitted cherries
1- cup diced peaches
2 tblsp. Canola oil
1 lemon and lime zested and juiced
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1Tblsp. fresh chopped mint

16 ounces cod cut into 4 pieces or 4 pieces 4-6 oz. From market
1/ cup flaxseed meal
1 Tblsp. Canola oil

Directions: in a mixing bowl add first 6 ingredients and toss to coat, place in fridge for use later.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly roll fish into flaxseed meal coating fish entirely. Sear fish in sautte pan in canola oil on both sides evenly getting nice golden brown color. Remove from stove and finish in oven 8-10 minutes. Place fish on plates, and top with reserved peach/ cherry mixture from fridge. - enjoy!

Chef's note: Flaxseed is high in omega 3 as is cod, both help with symptoms of rosacea.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rosacea fun facts

Remember it is also helpful to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day between meals, chewing our food thoroughly, taking small bites, and eating slowly play an important role in reducing facial flushing. And most important for me is to let my meals cool to room temp before consumption, the facial flushing is drastically decreased when following these simple steps. :=)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tofu and tuna over greens

1 bunch watercress washed and loosely chopped
1/2 head romaine washed and loosely chopped
1 package prepared tofu
1 can tuna fish in water
2 cloves garlic crushed and minced
1/ 2 cp. Red onion minced
4 tbsp. Lemon juice
1/4 cup cherry juice
1/4 cp. Fresh basil rinsed and chopped
Canola oil for cooking

Layer watercress, romaine, tuna, tofu in serving dish and set in refrigerator. Heat in small sauce pan garlic in canola oil, lemon juice, onion, and cherry juice untill garlic is fragrant abou 5 minutes. Removed from heat and add basil, stir and chill. Once cool drizzle dressing over salad and enjoy.

Chefs note: tofu is easy to digest and has excellent cooling qualities.

Delicous winter cherryberry smoothie

Winter Cherryberry Smoothie
1- cup blackberries fresh or frozen 
1- cup blueberries fresh or frozen 
1- cup cherries fresh or frozen , pitted
1 1\2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup almond milk  
5 1/2 cup water
12 ice cubes
First, pour water and juice into the blender. Second, place the fruit on top. Blend on low for 10-20 seconds. Add ice and blend, Then increase the speed to medium/high until creamy smooth.- enjoy! 

Chefs note: cherries, blackberries, and blueberries are vascular constrictors helping reduce redness. 

plating rosacea introduction

This blog is designed to help my fellow Rosaceans eat and enjoy the foods they crave, eat healthy and learn some sweet fitness tips.  The recipes that will follow in the coming months have been created to have you feeling healthier and have your skin feeling amazing and looking great. I have changed my diet many times and know that it is not easy. Lets remember that everyone is different, we must give each recipe a honest try and see what works best for us. Remembering  that keeping a food journal can help you pin point your flare ups and determine what triggers you may have that differ from others. If you are determined (like I am) to eating the foods you love without the facial flushing and seeing your skin become healthier, all while feeling and looking great, then this blog is for you. Lets work together as Rosaceans to have ourselves looking and feeling great while eating some delicious recipes, making some amazing food, exercising and having fun along the way. -   let's get started on improving our quality of life while discovering some tasty recipes and great workouts!