Glitters on the Way!

This year I’m relying on Saint Laurent’s “babies” to help me get into the holiday spirit… so obsessed with those Mary Janes that I slipped them on yesterday to head to the farmers’ market! Before I knew it I was humming Christmas songs and on my way back, my Mary Janes took me (squash and apples in hand) to The Chelsea Gardener where Christmas colors were already glittering!

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Go Nuts!

Nuts often get a bad rap for being high in calories but a handful of nuts is a fantastic crunchy and nutritious daily addition to your diet. Not only are they flavorful and filling but in fact, they make an excellent source of vegan protein and are high in fiber and other power nutrients such as phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and Omega-3. It’s currently harvest season for walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and pecan and they are at their peak in taste and nutritious value, so squirrel some away and enrich your meals and snacks!

Here’s what I found in my local market in Chelsea today:

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Walnuts’ power: Omega-3 fats  lower LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides and blood pressure

Hazelnuts’ power: Vitamin E  antioxidant properties associated with a stronger immunity and healthier skin and eyes

Chestnuts’ power: Fiber  lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease

Pecans’ power: Antioxidants  help protect our cells from damages such as cancer

The best way to enjoy nuts is to munch on them raw or to dry-roast them lightly in a pan for 3 to 5 minutes (no burning as it takes away from their nutrition value). Stay away from salted and flavored varieties!

Nuts are also a delightful add-on in so many recipes but here are some basic add-on tips:

  • Scrumptiously enjoy them in your breakfast by sprinkling some in your bowl of milk & cereal or cup of granola & yogurt
  • Make your salads more filling by adding a handful of nuts
  • Complement your steamed rice with some roasted or stir-fried nuts

So many ways to go nuts!

#WakeUpCall

Text SYRIA to 70007 to donate £5 in the UK or go to www.wakeupcall.org.uk or go to: UNICEF – Crisis in Syria if you are outside the UK

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While we are sleeping in the luxury and warmth of our homes, with our children by our side, millions of children in Syria and the surrounding region are in danger. They are torn from everything they know, they’re left vulnerable to many many risks, from the cold weather, to disease and malnutrition to violence and exploitation.

With or Without the Diaper Bag?

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Not that I always have the choice! #embraceyourdiaperbag

Quick Style Tip: Try to balance functionality with a neutral / soft colored or minimally patterned diaper bag, flexible enough to fit with more than one outfit! I know it’s hard to think of your diaper bag as another fashion accessory but if it’s going along for the streetstyle ride, it might as well fit in!