So this Halloween I am keeping it simple. I paired this cute devil headband and pitchfork with a black and white sweater from Old Navy. Which is on sale right now. Find it at http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=60790&vid=1&pid=977887072. I topped it off with some black skinny jeans and tan riding boots. I also added my favorite bag in my collection, the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Damier. Find the bag at http://us.louisvuitton.com/eng-us/products/speedy-30-damier-ebene-008788.
It is pomegranate season and this makes me happy. I love pomegranates. Not only because they are such a beautiful color, but because of the nutritional benefits. Did you know that pomegranates are low in fat, free of saturated fat, sodium free, and cholesterol free? If that isn’t enough to make you run out and grab one, then maybe the fact that pomegranates are a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and K will. They are also a good source of folate and copper. The one thing I do not like about them is deseeding them. So here is a easy way to deseed them without staining your fingers, clothes, and the rest of your kitchen.
Steps to Deseeding a Pomegranate
1. Cut the pomegranate in half with a sharp knife.
2. Fill a large bowl half way with water.
3. Place one half of the pomegranate in the bowl of water.
4. Start peeling the rind and separating the seeds from the translucent white flesh. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the rind and flesh should float to the top.
5. Remove the rind, flesh, and drain the water off the seeds.
All pomegranates contains hundreds of seeds. These seeds and its translucent flesh are edible. So enjoy eating them raw or add them to your favorite yogurt, salad, or even juice them for a healthy drink.
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|One of London’s famous red phone booths|
|Tower of London. The Crown Jewels|
|Of course all fashion bloggers have to visit Harrod’s #Loved|
|Big Blue Cock in Trafalgar Square|
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October and November are two of my favorite months. Not only because it is fall and you can see all the pretty colors, but because it is all pumpkin everything. Did you know that a pumpkin is a squash and that it has great nutritional value that can help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases? Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies. The NIH indicates that beta-caroteine may reduce certain types of cancers and protects against many chronic disease. Check out their info on beta-cartene here http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/999.html.
Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
|Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg
Not only is pumpkin a very nutrient dense food the seed inside are also good for you. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, containing 9.3 g of protein per 1 oz serving size. Pumpkin seeds contain 108 international units (IU) vitamin A, 0.5 mg vitamin C, 0.493 milligrams (mg) niacin and 16 micrograms (mcg) folate per 1 oz serving size. Pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals containing 12 mg calcium, 4.23 iron, 0.854 mg magnesium, 332 mg phosphorus, 228 mg potassium, 5 mg sodium, 2.11 mg zinc, 0.392 mg copper and 151 mg manganese per 1 oz serving size.
So eat up buttercup! Here is a great pumpkin dip recipe:
2 pkgs of 8oz. lite or fat free cream cheese
1 15oz. of pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 table spoon of cinnamon
1 table spoon of ginger
1 table spoon of nutmeg
Beat soften cream cheese and pumpkin in large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with fresh fruit or graham crackers.
This is my first post and I am so excited about starting this journey….I have always loved following fashion and beauty bloggers to get great style tips to change up and enhance my wardrobe, or following fitness and food vloggers to learn great ideas to stay healthy and active. So one day I thought to myself “Hey! I’m stylish, I love makeup, I like taking pictures of myself and I have done a couple of half marathons……why don’t you tell your story.” So ladies and gents this is how Absolutely Alli was concocted (yes I know that is in terms of food). I am very enthusiastic about this journey so stay tuned for more post about fashion, food, fun and a whole lot more.