Tequila-Tini’s and Tacos

The decision to eat clean is an active one—an action that involves developing a closer, better relationship with your food. It’s about bringing food back to the basics and find the right flavors to meet your palette and your diet.

Ahi Tuna Taco + Skinny Margarita

Ahi Tuna Wonton Tacos

Why Ahi Tuna? Tuna is widely known to be rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids and it’s packing a lot of flavor.

  • To make wonton taco shells – Preheat canola oil in a deep fryer, turkey fryer or a large stock pot to 335° F. Place the shells into a stainless steel taco molder. Submerge the taco molder with wonton shells into oil for 50 seconds or until light golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • Toss the Asian Slaw with the Lime Vinaigrette in small bowl. Evenly distribute the slaw within the 4 taco shells.
  • Toss the diced tuna with the Ahi Tuna Taco Dressing in small bowl until incorporated. Spoon evenly on top of the slaw in each taco.
  • Drizzle the Wasabi Lime Avocado Sauce on the tuna on each taco and sprinkle with the sesame seeds, red bell pepper and scallions.

and for the Skinny Margarita…

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, feel free to use a mason jar with a tight fitting lid. To the ice, add the tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, and agave nectar. Agave nectar is a great natural sweetener and perfect substitute for simple syrup that is in a typical margarita. You’ll still get a sweet, but not overly syrup-y cocktail when using the agave nectar.
  • Once you have the cocktail ingredients in the shaker, secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously. Immediately pour the margarita into the prepared glasses and enjoy right away while cold.
Skinny Watermelon Margarita

Chicken Tacos + Tequila-tini

  • With a simple spice rub – chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder – the chicken is seasoned just right, thrown on the skillet and cooked through completely before dicing them up into bite-size pieces.
  • Serve in warmed tortillas with desired toppings – pico de gallo , diced avocado, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice 

Paired nicely with a tequila-tini…

  • Pour 2.5 oz of blanco tequila and .5 oz dry vermouth into a mixing glass and add ice.
  • Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an lime twist.

Why You Should Start Your Vegan Beauty Journey

Back when beauty product selections were far and few between, deciding which products worked for you (or not) was fairly simple. We asked ourselves two important questions: What are my focus areas? and which products offer the best solution? Today, there are thousands of products to choose from; leaving us the opportunity to make smart decisions on our beauty, health and the environment.

Vegan Beauty was a nuanced term in its early years because many didn’t understand the point of a vegan product. Isn’t vegan reserved for a diet? We now know that being vegan is more than just a diet, it’s a conscious lifestyle. We’ve found some of the best products on the market that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free that leaves your skin feeling refreshed. 

Just like you’ve heard of clean eating habits, clean beauty habits are a thing, too.  Vegan skincare products are also much safer for you than non-vegan. Think about it, your skin is like a sponge. It soaks up everything you put it through during the day, which means not only the good but also the bad. When you’re not using clean beauty products, it can cause a greater effect on your body that goes beyond your skin. Products can go as far as entering your bloodstream and this is especially true if you have sensitive skin.

Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply to it

This level of awareness can change our perspective on what types of products we place on our skin. A greater amount of products are synthetic, processed and full of preservatives, chemicals, and toxins. All of the above are the last things you want to face on your journey to healthy skin.

Shayde Beauty

At Shayde Beauty, they value the importance of healthy skin; all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. Your skin is at the forefront day-in and day-out and it needs to be armed for those daily encounters – the sun, the wind carrying dirt, interacting with people and so forth. When a product is created without using any ingredients derived from animals, it is vegan. Yes, this includes bees. Meaning no animal products are used anywhere in the formula. Instead, vegan skincare products are made primarily from plants and minerals as well as safe synthetic ingredients. 

Pairing clean eating, with consistent physical activity, then finishing off with vegan beauty products are good for not just you but the ecosystem. That’s what you call a complete package.

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What is “Good” hair?

Alexa. Don’t play India Arie until the end.

Before Chris Breezy’s recent public affinity for black girls with nice hair. Before Beyonce would use lemonade to spill tea on Becky with the “good hair”. Before a Chris Rock documentary of the same name.

From a behavioral perspective, one could really dissect this issue at its core. Take for example an occurring social media fixation of wanting to create life where you could state: “my baby gone have some good hair”. Where was it that hair texture and appearance became a defining factor in dating and an indicator of not only ones personality but priorities? That somehow having “nice hair” places someone in this space to be praised and admired.

When did we lose the happiness for nappy-ness

Most people trace the path of the afro texture plight to Madam C J Walker but, even from there we must explore her roots. Her roots were grounded in the late 1800s where the conditions of the blacks living was everything short of death. Unable to acquire the resources for simple hygiene needs let alone a “new doo” and left to use goose fat, bacon grease and even lye to maintain a look.

If the track to nice hair starts with straight hair, the hot-comb would become a baton passed down from generation to generation. Although Madam CJ would be honored for the discovery, it would be Annie Malone who would patent the hot-comb here in America nearly 30 years after Francois Marcel Grateu would invent the hot-comb and introduce the curling of hair coined marcelling (seen on the likes of Josephine Baker).

Some believe that the desire for straight shiny silky hair in America would come from wanting to imitate the Europeans. But in retrospect, it would be the Europeans seeking to acquire a look that they would credit to the Egyptians.

Why the term “good hair” is a misnomer

A phrase in our culture that causes such dissension among black men and women and possibly another piece of pain in the puzzle of our history finds its meek beginnings across transatlantic waters. 

Generationally we’ve internalized an idea that’s not even real. That our natural hair is unacceptable. This straight look is somehow required for social and professional access and acceptance. This unwarrented bias is as old as America itself.

There is no such thing as good hair or nice hair; it’s subjective at best. But knowing its history and its roots should be objective enough to show that is causes dissension within our community and for that alone deems it unnecessary.

Alexa.. I think this is the end…

Real cost of a perfect body

18 Million people underwent cosmetic surgery in 2018 in the United States

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Years ago, when complete fabricated bodies were becoming popular (way back when Nicki Minaj ass looked like two throw pillows balled up) there was a small subset of people who resisted this change. They took the position that an all fake body garnered through cosmetic surgery and silicone injections would only lead to negative outcomes.

In 2018, those assumptions begin to be proven as facts. A select few celebrities, who are brave enough, are sharing their challenges with unnatural bodies.

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