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Autumn is upon us and this soup could not be tastier, and not to mention easy peasy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Organic Soba Noodles
Soba Noodle

Mushrooms (I used Shitake, Belly Bella, Oyster).

Mushrooms

Celery

Carrots

Red Cabbage

Broccoli

Spinach

Sugar Snap Peas

Scallions

Vegetable Soba Noodle Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s What You Do:

In a large sauce pan bring the quart of stock to a boil. Add all of the vegetables in order of most dense (needs more time to cook) to least.

 

Stock and Veg
Before adding the fast cooking vegetables in another sauce pan, bring 4-6 cups of boiling water to a boil. Once it is at a steady boil add a few pinches of salt and add Soba noodles (you may need to add a little olive oil so the noodles don’t stick to one another). Follow cooking instructions.

Cooked Soba

 

Once all the veggies are cooked to your likeness, spoon into bowl and add a sprinkle of chopped green onion.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Enjoy and if you make this recipe, take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram and #ReneesRecipes

Oils

 

When doing research on different oils and why they are good for your skin, hair, and nails I didn’t know quite what to think. I have very combination skin with an oily t-zone, but can be prone to breakouts and sensitive skin, so thinking of putting pure oils on my face made me very skeptical. Now eating them is a different story. I’m a big fan (minus the castor oil, which you will read about below).

I decide to jump in head first. Here’s the lowdown.

Olive Oil:

Food– In addition to bolstering the immune system and helping to protect against viruses, olive oil has also been found to be effective in fighting against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. While studies have shown that high fat diets may increase the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and diabetes, it appears that it is the type of fat that counts rather than the amount of fat. We now know that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as the ones found in olive oil, nuts and seeds actually protects from many of these chronic diseases.

Face– Olive oil contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating, making it a great skin moisturizer. You can add a bit of olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak. Olive oil also contains at least four different antioxidants, which can help “neutralize damaging free radicals that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer.

Avocado Oil:

Food– Its unusually high smoking point and aromatic flavor make it suitable for both high temperature frying and grilling, as well as an emulsifying salad oil. Nutritionally, avocado oil ranks comparably to olive oil with a copious amount monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is also loaded with proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and vitamins A, D and E.

Face– Vitamin A, D and E are all involved in skin cell growth and regeneration. Vitamin A and E have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions that promote faster healing of cuts and wounds, and prevent scarring, acne breakouts and dermatitis. They also give you natural sun protection. Studies have shown that both intake and topical application of avocado oil can reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

Coconut Oil:

FoodCoconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain free baked goods, and practically any other cooking. It’s sweet and nutty taste makes coconut oil a great addition to smoothies. It creates a wonderfully creamy texture and makes smoothies rich and smooth.  It also adds a bounty of nutrients and a big dose of healthy fats.

Face– It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily feeling at all. It makes skin incredibly silky and has wonderful antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil is an excellent eye-make up remover that has been reported to help remove wrinkles and help restore elasticity to the skin. Try it for shaving too!

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Food– Rich in potassium, which is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses. Contains acetic acid which is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals. ACV contains ash which gives it its alkaline property. This helps your body maintain proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. This is important for you coffee or wine lovers. It can also help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.

Face– When diluted in a little bit of water, this makes for a great antibacterial toner. Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

Castor Oil:

Now here is one you don’t want to consume.

Face– Castor oil fights off infection by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi and the oil is also believed to have great anti-viral properties. It is an excellent anti-oxidant and contains many compounds which help to fight of the effect of aging. Castor oil for skin care is certainly one of the best natural skin tonics and it can be used to cleanse, moisturize and detoxify. It can be drying though.  I ust this mixed with olive oil, place a hot towel over the fave for a minute and wipe off. Works as a deep pore cleanser.

If you use these oils for cooking or for your skin regiment, let me know how. I would love you see your favorite recipes or combos for the face and skin.

 

Green SmoothyThis recipe is super simple and packed with extra good for you whole foods.

All you need is a high powered blender of some sort. In my case I like using a Nutri Bullet because of its size (great for portion control), its motor, cost (about $99 at Bed Bath and Beyond), and cleanup.

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For this recipe I used:

~ Two handfuls of baby spinach

~ One banana

~ One packet of RAW brand protein powder

~ About a 1/2 cup of frozen berries and mangos

~ Almond milk

~ Bee pollen

~ Spirulina

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This is just a basic outline to the possibilities of a green smoothy. Adding flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds would also be a great added source of nutrition.

Put all of the ingredients into a blender, blitz away and enjoy.

Let me know what you like in your smoothies.

Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be sued directly by the body. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to one’s protein needs.

* Spirulina is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients.

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