Recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is a good source of vitamin A.

During the cold months, few things are better than a good cup of soup. This creamy and healthy butternut squash-based soup is filling, delicious and easy to make.

Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable and a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A. When bought in season, it’s budget friendly. Plus, butternut squash soup is easy to store. So what are you waiting for?

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 lb. peeled and diced butternut squash
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 package soft tofu, drained and diced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until tender. Add the butternut squash and sauté a few more minutes, and then add broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. Add the tofu and ginger, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper to the pot, and simmer a few more minutes until the tofu is heated through.

Purée the soup in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to the pan and reheat until the soup is very hot, but not boiling. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh thyme or thin strips of lemon peel, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

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6 Simple winter skin care tips

6 Simple winter skin care tipsIn some parts of the world, cold winter weather is on its way! With the change of season, comes a major change in skin. Let’s get ready for the cold climate with these six simple winter skin care tips.

I love the change of seasons and everything that comes with it. The crisp air is so refreshing, and it’s fun to bundle up! Winter signifies a change in wardrobe—swimsuits, sundresses and short shorts go to the back of the closet and out come long pants, cozy sweaters and anything with wool. Any time I can put on some fuzzy socks and a comfy sweater I’m a happy camper! One downside of winter can be the effects of cold weather on your skin.  Just as you winterize your wardrobe, you must also winterize your skin. Here are some simple winter skin care tips to help your skin look fabulous, even on the coldest, windiest days! 

During cold weather, your skin is exposed to so many factors that can affect it.  Think about being inside with the heat blasting and fireplace on.  Or, worse yet, think about driving your car with the heater blowing hot air all over your face. Going inside and outside, from the hot to the cold temperature extremes throughout the day can wreak havoc on your skin.

In winter, air becomes very dry. When this happens, air looks to pull moisture from wherever it can find it, and unfortunately it targets the skin. When this occurs, it depletes the moisture levels from the layers of your skin. It’s important to note that this process doesn’t discriminate and will pull moisture from your skin no matter your skin type—dry or oily! This means everyone needs to take extra measures to protect their skin.

When your skin becomes dry, it can develop little cracks that, in most cases, you can’t even see. This can mean a loss of moisture in your skin. The other problem with these little cracks is that they allow for impurities and irritants to make their way into your skin. This unfortunately, this can cause your skin to become sensitive to things that it normally wouldn’t be affected by.

Taking proper care of your skin is not negotiable. It’s an absolute MUST if you want to look your absolute best.  Just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower, implementing a good daily skin care regimen is crucial to radiant looking skin.  This may just take a bit more effort during the colder winter months. You must remember to protect your skin from the elements, indoor and outdoors. My winter skin care tips are simple enough to follow for just about anyone, including those who are minimalist in their skin care regimens.

Skip hot, steamy showers and baths

Nothing feels better then a nice hot bath on a cold winter day. This may be therapeutic for your mind, but it doesn’t have the same effect on your skin. The hotter and longer your bath, the dryer and itchier your skin may be. Avoid water temperatures that are too hot and try not to linger too long. A quicker bath or shower in nice warm water is best for your skin. When you’re done, pat, don’t rub, your skin dry and immediately apply body lotion while your skin is still damp.  This will help to increase the absorption into your skin. Be sure to massage lots of lotion into your heels, knees and elbows, which can suffer more dryness during the winter months.

Exfoliate more often

We all understand the importance of exfoliating our skin.  It helps remove the dead skin cells from the surface while revealing youthful, glowing skin cells beneath. This can be really beneficial in the wintertime when your skin gets dry and flakey.  But, there is another really important reason to exfoliate your skin.  It helps all of your other skin care products work to their best potential.  By removing that barrier of skin from the surface it allows for all of your other products to penetrate into the skin with greater ease.  So, your serums and moisturizers can give your skin the maximum moisture that it needs.

Pull a switcheroo on your day and night cream

If you aren’t going to be outdoors, exposed to the UVA and UVB rays of the sun, then by all means give your moisture levels a major boost by applying night cream during the day. Night creams tend to be richer in texture and more moisturizing then your average day lotions, so why not?

Boost your eye care

The skin around the eyes is different than the skin elsewhere on your face because it lacks in both sweat and oil glands. For that reason, the delicate area around your eyes is much more prone to the affects of dehydration. It’s usually the very first place you’ll notice the signs of aging. Those little fine lines and wrinkles, affectionately knows, as CROWE’S FEET are inevitable. To combat this, try a richer eye cream during the day too. When you’re winterizing your skin, you really have to kick things up a notch by trading out your daytime eye gel for a richer nighttime eye cream. The creamier textures will provide that much needed hydration to this delicate skin, to help keep it skin moisturized and looking refreshed throughout the day. Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses when going outside to help prevent squinting. It’s those little repetitive movements that can also lead to wrinkles!

We all need some TLC (Tender LIP Care)

Our lips sure do take beating even on a regular basis, but throw in cold weather and dry indoor heat, and boy oh boy, do our lips need some help! When the weather gets colder, our lips become dry and cracked. This can be painful and unpleasant to look at. Some also make the unfortunate mistake of licking their lips to compensate for the extra dryness. This quick fix is very temporary and can actually worsen the condition by drying them out even further. In other words, do your best NOT to lick your lips. Instead, keep them protected with lip balm or cream to help seal in moisture and protect them from the elements.  Out of lip balm?  No worries, a little dab of olive oil or coconut oil will help you out in pinch.

Cover up

Besides keeping your skin extra moisturized with creams and lotions to help nurture it, you must also take extra precautions by covering up with protective garments.  One of the most important things to keep covered up is your hands.  Your hands suffer tremendously on a regular basis, but cold weather is the worst and we must do our best to help protect them. When hands become dry, they run the risk of developing cracks in the cuticles and on knuckles. This is never a good thing because not only is this very uncomfortable, but it can also allow for germs and bacteria to enter the body. Wear gloves or mittens whenever your hands may be exposed to the cold. Look for waterproof gloves if you’re going to be exposed to the rain or snow.  There are some awesome and totally fabulous gloves and mittens out there. They aren’t just a necessity; they can be a fashion statement for both men and women.  Also, be sure to apply hand cream throughout the day especially after washing your hands. Keep hand cream next to your sinks to make it easier to remember. Apply, apply and reapply throughout the day.

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I hope my six winter skin care tips help you during the colder months. What are some tips and tricks that have worked for you during colder months?  I’d be thankful if you would share your tips, no matter how simple or complicated they are!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at HerbalifeDiscover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.

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6 Tips for Flawless Winter Skin

Moisturize all year round.

Whatever the season, good skin is a cornerstone of beauty confidence. Sometimes good skin is harder to achieve in winter, but it’s possible to look and feel flawless. If you’re worried about losing your summer glow now that colder weather is upon us, don’t be. There are plenty of basic winter skin care tips that will keep your skin glowing all year long.

As the northern half of the world is starting to feel the chill in the air with the change of seasons, many of us are also starting to see changes in our skin. A winter skin care routine is a necessity, especially for those of us who live in cold, dry climates. In winter, there is less moisture in the air, and indoor heating systems can be dehydrating to the skin. It’s important to address this dryness in your winter skin care plan to keep your skin looking luminous.

Best Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter skin care rule 1: Stay hydrated

With hot temperatures during the summer months, it’s natural to automatically drink more fluids. Don’t lessen your water intake just because it’s getting cooler outside. You might not be craving a tall glass of ice water like you would in summer, but try room temperature water or a refreshing cup of warm tea to keep yourself hydrated.

Winter skin care rule 2: Take care of your lips

Chapped lips in winter are a downer. They can be painful when exposed to extreme cold temperatures, and chapping makes it harder for any cosmetics to stay in place and look good. Make sure to protect your lips with a moisturizing balm that includes SPF. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the sun can’t harm your lips, so don’t skip the sun protection either. Which brings me to my next winter skin care rule…

Winter skin care rule 3: Wear sunscreen

Just because it’s not warm outside doesn’t mean there aren’t UV rays in the air. So, don’t skimp on the SPF just because it’s winter. If you need extra moisture in your winter skin care regimen, look for moisturizing sunscreens or wear your sunscreen over your existing moisturizer.

Winter skin care rule 4: Don’t forget your hands

Just like your lips, the skin on your hands is thin and delicate and can be susceptible to chapping in cold weather. Keep your hands moisturized with hand cream, and reapply throughout the cold days. To make it convenient, carry travel-sized hand cream wherever you go—keep some at your office, in your car and in your bag. And don’t forget gloves. When venturing outside, gloves will not only keep you warm but they’ll protect the skin on your hands from cold temperatures!

Winter skin care rule 5: Choose cosmetics wisely

Ever notice how foundation or blushes don’t apply as easily during wintertime? That’s because skin tends to be drier in winter, leading to flaking and dry patches. In times like these, using a primer will help cosmetics go on more smoothly. You can also try tinted moisturizer, which will moisturize and give your skin a little coverage without drying. When picking cosmetics during winter, look for moisturizing formulas. Generally speaking, cream blushes and liquid foundations will give you more moisturizing benefits than those that are powder-based.

Winter skin care rule 6: Consider changing products based on season

Your skin care needs may change drastically between seasons. That’s particularly true if you live in an area with extreme temperature fluctuations between summer and winter (or between outside and inside air temperatures, thanks to fearsome central heating). Only you know what feels good on your skin. If you have skin that experiences more dryness in winter than other seasons, for example, you might consider switching to moisturizing formulas in everything from cleansers to cosmetics.

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