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White Bean Summer Salad

Temperatures are heating up, and for me that means keeping meals light and simple (and the oven OFF). I love eating fresh, seasonal salads for lunch and/or dinner in the summer because they are easy to make, have a cooling effect, and are so very nourishing. This White Bean Summer Salad is the kind of meal I’ve been craving lately. 

The components of this salad are simple, flavorful, and come together quickly. Plus, it contains great sources of protein and healthy fats, so this salad can act as a meal when you don’t feel like cooking. You can use any fresh greens you have on hand. I like arugula for its spiciness and romaine for its crunch, but baby lettuce or spinach would also work well. The lemon vinaigrette pulls it all together, and adds brightness and a touch of sweetness to the salad. Continue Reading

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My journey to healthy skin

I’ll be the first to admit that I do not have perfect skin. I wish I could title this post “How I healed my acne,” but the truth is, I still break out sometimes. I haven’t found all the answers yet, but in the last few years I have made some significant changes to my diet and skincare routine and my skin has drastically improved.

My struggle with acne began when I was in college and has continued into my adult life. It has caused me a lot of pain, tears, money, and contributed to my insecurities, anxiety, and extreme lack of confidence and self worth. 

I am already a shy person, but the embarrassment of walking around with pimples all over my face made me become even more introverted and socially awkward. It’s hard to be fully present, happy, confident, and strong when you have to hide behind layers of makeup and hear a constant voice in the back of your mind saying “you’re not pretty, smart, or good enough”. This might sound silly to you, but it’s what I went through everyday before my skin started to heal.  Continue Reading