My good friend Maria Menounos knows a thing or two about, well, everything! Her EveryGirl’s Guide book series covers everything from organization to exercise. One of the things I admire most about Maria are her superb cooking skills. She knows how to create the most fun and loving environment in her home with delicious recipes to match. You can actually taste all the joy and love she puts into each dish.
Knowing firsthand how amazing it’s going to be, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking when it comes out tomorrow! Until then, Maria handed over one of the 150 recipes featured in the book so I could share here with you!
The dishes are made with fresh, healthy ingredients for what she calls “splurge worthy” recipes. Sign me up for that!
Let’s face it, fall is right around the corner and pretty soon fresh summer fruits will be replaced with all things pumpkin spice. I love this simple, sweet and savory recipe using some of my favorite in-season fruits. The spice and salt give the perfect hint of something extra while the lime keeps it light and refreshing. It’s the perfect dish to serve at a dinner party, and it’s light enough to munch on for a snack.
They say you learn something new every day so a few days ago, this was my lesson learned. I was pretty blown away to discover when we’re feeling the heat of the hot summer sun it isn’t an ice-cold glass of anything that will cool us off quickest, but rather a warm mug of something.
Yup, you read right! Research shows when you drink something hot, the nerves in your tongue send signals to your brain telling it your body temperature is rising. Our brain tells our body to go into cool down mode, which begins with producing sweat. When the sweat begins to evaporate off our skin it lowers the temperature of our body. Crazy, right?
What’s the best hot beverage to sip if it’s super hot outside?
As summer heats up, I give my beauty routine a few tweaks to make it work for warmer temps and increased sunshine exposure. Rather than adding to my arsenal of go-to products, I simply swap a few products for similar ones meant for fun in the sun. See what gets the cut and why:
In: Deep Conditioner
The glorious rays of the sun can make a wreck out of the gorgeous work done by your hair stylist. I protect my color and the health of my hair by using a deep conditioner that protects from UVA and UVB dry-out while keeping it shiny and soft.