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One of my favorite services that we offer at the salon is facials. Sadly they’re viewed more as a luxury than as a necessity. I personally don’t get as many facials as I would like but I do have a great at home skin care regimen. Once a week, in addition to my regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing, I do an exfoliation facial. We all have dead skin that dulls our complexion. It’s great to help clean our skin out and rid it of old cells and hardened sebum. I have a few great scrubs that I rotate through. My favorite is one that I get at the salon. I’ve been out of it for a while and just can’t seem to remember to buy it. So I decided to make it.

OATMEAL ALMOND FACIAL

makes one facial

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1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup almonds (or almond meal)
Tablespoon plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon almond oil
1/2 teaspoon honey

To make oatmeal almond facial:

 

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Grind the oatmeal into a flour like consistency. I used my magic bullet but I’m sure a blender would work well.

Next grind almonds into almond meal. You want it to be the tiniest chunks of almonds possible. Almost like a flour. Be careful not to grind too long or the almonds will start to turn into almond butter. Again I used my magic bullet but you can try it in a blender.

After both the oatmeal and almonds have been ground down mix them together with the almond oil, honey and yogurt.

To use oatmeal almond facial:

Wash face with your usual cleanser. Apply a small amount and rub in a circular motion moving up and out all over your face. Let facial sit on skin for five minutes. Rinse with warm water. Tone and moisturize. Enjoy your smooth and clear skin!

This is me before my facial.

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This is during. Remember to stay away from your eyes. (unlike me) The skin around your eyes is very delicate and shouldn’t be exfoliated.

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This is me glowing after. I wish you could feel how smooth and soft my face felt after this.

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I want to break down the benefits of these amazing and natural ingredients.

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory agents. It also removes dead skin cells and is very moisturizing.
Oatmeal is great for treating acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes.

Almonds/ Almond Oil is fabulous for dry skin. Almonds are rich in vitamin E which is a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants are great for anti-aging. This wonderful nut relieves dry, flakey and itchy skin.

Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a natural alpha-hydroxy acid, an ingredient found in many face cleansers. Alpha-hydroxy acids help to smooth and exfoliate the face. Yogurt is antibacterial and anti-fungal so it’s great in treating and preventing acne.

Honey is very very hydrating. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. Honey helps protect the skin from sun damage and helps to rejuvenate. Honey most importantly has the ability to absorb impurities from pores.

All these ingredients combined make a super anti-oxidant, hydrating, anti-aging, acne fighting and skin smoothing facial. And I’m sure you have all or at least most of these ingredients at home already. It only takes a few minutes to make and use so there’s no excuse not to! Plus it’s edible 😉 I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Baked Blueberry Protein Oatmeal

I’ve seen quite a few blog posts on baked oatmeal recently.  I actually have never had baked oatmeal before.  I eat oatmeal for breakfast most mornings and I’m far to lazy to cook it on the stove top so I (gasp!) microwave it.  It’s way quicker and tastes great to me!  For some reason the idea of baked oatmeal really intrigued me and I have loads of time on Wednesday mornings so I decided to give it a whirl.

I didn’t have a recipe to base this on, mostly because I was to lazy to look one up, so I just winged it.  I wanted my oatmeal to have a decent amount of protein to keep me satisfied until lunch time so I added some protein powder and chopped walnuts.  The walnuts give it a nice random crunch.  This recipe doesn’t have any added sugars to it due to the fact that I used sweetened almond milk and ripe bananas.  Feel free to add your sweetener of choice if you like it your oatmeal on the sweeter side.  I have to say that this turned out fabulous.  It smelled amazing while it was baking and it made a ton of oatmeal.  I was able to reheat it in the morning for an even quicker breakfast.

Baked Blueberry Protein Oatmeal

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients

2 Cups Old Fashion Oats

1/2 Cup Vanilla or Unflavored Protein Powder ( I used Sunwarrior’s  Vanilla Warrior Blend)

1/3 Cup Ground Flax seed

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

4 Cups Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Ripe Bananas mashed

1 Cup frozen Blueberries

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Start by pre-heating oven to 350° and spraying a casserole dish with cooking spray.  I used my Misto filled Olive Oil.  Mix the oats, protein powder, flaxseeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Mash your ripe bananas.  Combine the almond milk, vanilla and mashed bananas together.  Add you wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix well.  Fold in the frozen blueberries and walnuts.  Pour into your prepared casserole dish and bake in pre-heated oven uncovered for 30 minutes.

I love using my batter bowl from Pampered Chef for this recipe.  It’s big enough to mix everything in it and it has a handy dandy pour spout to make for easy pouring.  I also use this bowl for pancakes!

Here it is ready for the oven.

I like my oatmeal on the creamy side so I added a splash of milk and a dollop of almond butter.  Get creative with your toppings and dress it up as you like.  Switching up the toppings each morning keeps this from getting boring if your eating it all week.  This is also a great dish to make for brunch!  This baked oatmeal has only 263 calories, 9.1 grams of fat, 7.6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and 16.3 grams of sugar [er serving, without the additional toppings.  Remember that the only added sugar comes from the sweetened almond milk.  This is really delicious and makes for a great winter breakfast.  I enjoyed this all week long!  I hope you guys try out the recipe and let me know how you top yours off!

Cheers!

Mandi



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