Natural UV protection

Sweat is dripping, water is the choice of sipping, we can fry tempeh bacon on the road (your girl is vegan so there will be no eggs fried on any roads!), and our skin is exposed to some ultra high UV light that burns up our skin real fast. Especially if you happen to have some pale, weak skin like myself.

Sunscreen in all glory, never skip that! Even during the darker winter days – always use sunscreen!! Beauty tip 101. The sun is always shining and our skin is always exposed to the rays. Moisturizer with sunscreen is my go to face cream, all year around.

During the summer time sunscreen is especially important if you don’t want to become a burnt cookie. But, what if you can maximize your UV protection from within as well? Like a double power shield? I don’t know about you, but I really like the sound of that. Food have magical powers, and when you thought they couldn’t be amazing enough I’m going to tell you that they have more amazing benefits up their sleeve – natural UV protection. What your skin needs are antioxidants, lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E and good omega 3.

Carrots – Great source of lycopene aka vitamin A which helps protect against free radicals that damage your skin cells.

Tomatoes – Lycopene power house!! Tomatoes are amazing and packed with antioxidants. You get the best effect from them when your tomatoes are cooked in any shape or form, such as ketchup (yes, I’m serious), tomato paste, canned tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, you get the drill.

WatermelonI’ve been drinking, watermeloooon. Eat it, drink it, slurp it. I don’t care but not only is watermelon refreshing and cooling during the summer times, but there is also another lycopene party up in that juicy fruit.

Turmeric – Another antioxidant super star who makes magic happen all over the place. Turmeric is known for being one of the best spices when it comes to natural healing and medicine, and that it has benefits against protecting sunburn shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Cruciferous veggies – Cruci-what now? No, it is not a Harry Potter spell but they are a family of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Obviously packed with antioxidants and sulforaphane which protects the cells specifically against UV radiation.

Dark chocolate – Rich in antioxidants and some healthy fats to boost that sun protection. Make sure it’s a chocolate that contains over 70% chocolate. A Twix bar won’t cut it.

Citrus – We know what we can find in these guys, vitamin C. Slice up some lemons and drop them in your water like it’s hot, because most likely it is pretty how when you’re exposed to sunburns.

Almonds – Crunchy and cute. Quick snack or a nice spread upon your toast (when it’s in butter form obviously). Almonds have a ton of vitamin E which is one of our skins best friend. In addition to vitamin E you get protein, fiber, and a bunch of healthy fats.

Grab you bikini, bring your sunscreen, and pack a sun protective snack for your next beach day! Luckily these foods are naturally refreshing so it shouldn’t be hard to squeeze them in during the summer. Stay safe guys! And drink water. Always drink water.

Butternut squash Pizza

Pizza is a food group, its own food pyramid. This is a fact and we can’t deny it. Pizza is a love child between the naughtiest foods everyone loves. We love it, we hate that we love it, and love that we hate it. Either way, this guy is popular, and he won’t be leaving anytime soon.

If we should give credit to the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita for being the muse to the creation of the Margherita pizza, and bringing it to the fancy lime light, is still a mystery unsolved. Either way, we are grateful for the pizza!


Over time pizza has taken on all kinds of fancy twists and turns. From traditional to cray cray. We now have cheese stuffed crusts, white pizzas, calzones, dessert pizzas, big ass slices. Pizza have even caused heated debates over pineapples as a topping. Which, in my opinion, they totally are! Pineapples on everything.

Some people say “never mess with a classic”, and I can agree. But with a dish like pizza, so simple, yet so elegant, it’s almost impossible to not draw outside the edges and create new yummy food sensations.

In this recipe I’ve taken the healthy approach on our traditional cheesy pizza. If you find it offensive that I’m even calling it a pizza, we can call it a flatbread. With a thin gluten free crust, and a creamy butternut squash pure as the base, this new guy hits the spot when you want that explosion of crispy freshness in your mouth.



Ezekiel bread (for GF option) or normal pizza dough.
Butternut squash puree.
Crimini mushrooms (or mushrooms of choice).
Basil (fresh or dried).
Paprika powder.
Cayenne pepper.
Nutritional yeast.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring out your Ezekiel bread or pizza dough, take your butternut squash puree and spread it out nicely on top of the dough. Sprinkle over your spices and blend them in nicely together with the puree. Add the kale to the pizza and cut your mushrooms and eggplant into thin pieces. Place them in a nice pattern on top of the kale. Get creative, do a little smiley face or something.  Make it your own, you feel me? The final touch is to sprinkle on some nutritional yeast. It will make the pizza taste more cheesy, and give the kale a nice crispy, cheesy zest to them. Like kale chips on a pizza. That’s fancy health right there.


Feed your light bulb

You’re a smart ass, and you know it. But sometimes, even the smartest of asses can have brain fog, feel tired, and not be as sharp as they normally are. You know what I’m talking about, right?

It’s important and really helpful to be on your A-game all the time, or at least as often as possible. What you eat plays a huge role in your brain function, of course. Your gut and brain are really good friends, and they connect with each other on a deeper level. Our “second mini brain” is basically our gut, hence our “gut feeling”. Food plays a huge role in everything. Okay, food might not be the lead actor of the newest Marvel movie, but he is definitely the lead role in our bodies.

Blueberries – These guys are an army of antioxidants. Small, but deadly, in a good way. Blueberries, together with other berries are one of the most healthy things you can stuff your face with. Filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. Eat them daily! Slam dunk some on your morning granola, oatmeal, or straight up in your mouth.


Walnuts – With a shape similar to our brains, it’s a no brainer that walnuts are good for our thinker. They are an amazing source of plant based omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, and the healthy monounsaturated fats. Our brain loves this!!


Greens – Greens are just great for everything. They always top the lists of everything health related. They’re like the Drake, or Beyonce. Whatever they do, it’s just going to be good. Kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, grass. Okay, maybe not grass, that was a dry, stereotypical vegan joke. But, all our leafy greens contains a lot of vitamin A and K, plus a ton of fiber. They also slow down the process of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Avocado – Our brain is basically a little fat boll, and it needs the good fats to thrive! Avocados are another magical little fatty for our brain. Containing the helahty monounsaturated fats, it protects us against strokes, and with vitamin E and K it keeps our skin glowing. You can’t go wrong with avocados. Ever.


Beets – Not Beats by Dre, but the red, always staining your clothes kind of beets. These guys are one of the most healthy vegetables you can eat! They clean our blood form toxins, and increase the blood flow to our brains, which aids in mental stimulation. Beets are our brains hype man, and a pretty damn successful one.


Chocolate – Yass, bitch, yaaaasss!!! You are reading right! Chocolate is an amazing little antioxidant, which our brain obviously loves. But, just the dark kind. The chocolate made with only cacao beans, and cacao butter. No added milk fat, or sugars, or all that other crap. The darker you go, the better. Black guys are going, “oh hell yeah” right now (and so you should, because you guys are pretty gorgeous).


Turmeric – Another bad bitch. Turmeric heels everything. Know as one of the most ancient natural medicine, and still is, this magic root will slow down the aging of the brain, and keep your skin young and glowy. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an antioxidant with amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Eat it together with black pepper for maximal absorption.


Green Tea – Another great antioxidant in liquid form. It slows down the aging of both your brain, and your body. And yes, matcha is definitely a green tea, and an extra powerful one for that matter.


Our brain pretty much thrives on antioxidants and good, healthy fats. The more wholesome foods we eat in general, the more healthy our body will be, and in turn, our brains as well. In the end it is all connected. A healthy body, is a healthy mind.