Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ugli Tropical Smoothie

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It's summer time, so what's better than some tropical flavors to sweeten up the day?  This tropical smoothie shines with the ugli fruit-- a very, well, ugly fruit filled with a delicious flavor profile similar to oranges but with a bit more of a punch.  What's great about the ugli fruit in particular is the fact that it is so easy to peel!  The skin literally falls off after you cut it open-- how easy is that?  Anyways, I try to include some ugli fruit occasionally, because, although they are expensive, it's always good to add some variety to your diet, and these offer something new for most people.  You can find ugli fruit at most asian supermarkets and occasionally at some higher end supermarkets (i.e. Whole Foods).  Of course, you'll pay a premium at the higher end places, but even at asian supermarkets, these are not exactly the cheapest fruit to buy.  In my opinion, though, they are definitely worth it as a treat.

As for the book I'm barreling through at the moment, Guy de Maupassant's collection of stories is a fabulous critique of Parisian culture, identity politics, amongst other many themes that run rampant through his work.  I enjoy including some of his work in the classes I teach, so I've been going through my collections to see what may be on the agenda for the fall. An intoxicating, enjoyable read-- a great profile of French culture in the early 20th century.

1 Ugli Fruit
1 kiwi
1 lime
1 orange
3 strawberries
1 cup kale
1 tbsp flax seed

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