Friday Favs_2.28.14

Good news: My sink is fixed and it's Friday!
Aren't we all just so sick of the weather? I've been positive for so long, but, I've just had it. I'm even sick of comfort food... which could be a good thing because I've been EXTRA healthy lately.  I think all this coldness is making me focus in on things I can control... like my health. I've been paying extra careful attention to what I eat and my beauty routine. (Are you thinking... um, you're a health blogger... don't you always do that?) Well yes, but, there's always room for improvement. I'm testing out some new skin care techniques that I'll give you the results on in a few weeks. Also, my smoothie kick is still in full swing and I've been eating less gluten and some raw foods. I'll always be the 80/20 girl (be as healthy as possible 80% of the time), but, switching it up every once in a while and going 85-90% can create some long lasting habits with a lifetime of benefits. I'll keep you posted on my findings. Instagram will include a more detailed view. Stay tuned!

Have you heard about the Nutrition Label makeover? What do you think of it? I think there are some vast improvements such as increasing the serving size to reveal a TRUE serving and the addition of showing added sugars. That being said, the below image would be even better. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Click through the image to view the entire article.

Last Friday night, we stayed in for the first time in a while. I made one of my absolute favorite recipes: Chicken, Broccoli & Ziti (or penne). It is deeeelishhhh. I should really do a post on it, but, if you're interested in whipping it up this weekend, here's the down and dirty:
- Parboil Broccoli in salted water (ALWAYS SALT WATER BEFORE COOKING PASTA)
- Keep the water and add the pasta to it (so much flavor)
- In a saute pan: 3 garlic cloves, crushed red pepper, juice of one whole lemon, salt/pepper to taste
- Chop organic chicken breasts into chunks about the size of the penne, lightly flour them, and add both the broccoli and the chicken to the pan, add a little pasta water to the pan
- Finish cooking the pasta and add it to the saute pan with a little more of the pasta water  - stir it all around, add Parmesan and serve! 

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This article on photo-shopping is very telling. I can't emphasize enough how you should NEVER compare yourself to someone in a magazine. They aren't just photo-shopped, they have professional hair and makeup artists and THEN get photo-shopped. The women in this article are not models. (Click through image to view)

Roasting garlic makes me so happy. And it's SO HEALTHY. It's an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C, and a good source of selenium. Plus, it's anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial. We ate this entire thing last night - partially in bread and mostly in pasta with crushed red pepper and evoo.

Natalie Morales has always been my favorite anchor on the Today Show. This is a great article. Can we all just stop comparing ourselves to other women? Just stop.

Have an awesome weekend - keep shining! xo