Anti-Aging Snacks For The New Year

The new year is a perfect opportunity for those who want a fresh start. You may have tried to make a change in the past, but then decided to postpone it until next week, or maybe even next month. Next thing you know, it is months later and you never accomplished the goal you wanted to achieve so long ago. Now is a great time to sit down and plan out goals and lifestyle changes that you want to make this year, and actually work to accomplish them! 

 A lot of New Years Resolutions include changing one’s diet in order to achieve the body that they have been dreaming of. But, have you thought about changing your diet to foods that help fight your skin’s biological clock? It is important to make healthy choices and choose foods that nourish not only our body, but our skin as well. So, what foods can you eat that benefit both your body and your skin?

1. Berries

It is no surprise that collagen is important in order to maintain a fuller and younger appearance. Berries, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which both aid in collagen formation. Snacking on berries will help produce more collagen, which we produce less-and-less of as we get older.

2. Nuts

Nuts not only keep you feeling fuller, longer, but they can also help with anti-aging. Nuts are a great source of antioxidants, and minerals, which provide numerous benefits for our immune system, body and even skin!

3. Low-Sugar Snacks

Having excess sugar in your diet can make you age faster than you’d like. It can cause chronic inflammation and contribute to wrinkles as well. Instead of going for the chocolate cake, try going for low-sugar snacks, such as carrots, celery or crackers. This will help regulate your sugar levels when you are craving a snack.

4. Oily Fish

Fish is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin stay firm. Fish, such as salmon, white fish and tilapia, are high in Vitamin D, which helps your immune system, cancer prevention and gives you the same benefits of being in the sun (in a way that is much better for your skin). 

5. Greek Yogurt

Keeping your immune system in good shape will help prevent breakouts and skin issues. Yogurt serves the same purpose of a probiotic and regulates the absorption of nutrients from your gut. 

 

National Boss’s Day: Q&A With Heather Funk

 

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Heather Funk, founder of H&H Science, has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and has lectured at numerous events on the business of beauty and the H&H Science brand. She launched her H&H Skin Science brand over 12 years ago and has expanded it to include a full mineral make-up cosmetics line and botanical based hair care line.

She and her husband, Aaron, are the co-owners of the H&H Science brand of products, and own and operate two boutiques in Ohio, as well as a full online retail store. They have also expanded their business and now offer select salons the opportunity to carry the H&H Science brand of products.

Heather enjoys educating clients and other salons on the H&H Science brand and is passionate about helping women and men look and feel their very best. Her number one passion is her family and spending quality time with them. Their son, Austin, is Heather and Aaron’s true pride and joy. They look forward to him being a part of the family business.

We had the chance to interview Heather on this Boss’s Day, allowing our readers and customers to get to know her on a more personal level. The transcription of the interview is below, enjoy!

 

Q: How long have you been interested in the importance of proper skin care?

Heather: “I have been into skincare since my early teen years— having a mom as a dermatologist helped me start a proper skin care regimen from an early age. She is my mentor and role model. She instilled my passion for skincare and all things beauty.”

Q: What does your skin care routine look like?

Heather: “My Perfect Formula includes all of the skin care essentials. Here are my daily essentials:

Q: Do you have dry, oily or combination skin?

Heather: “Combination Skin: I am oily in the T-Zone and dry on the cheeks!”

Q: What is your favorite H&H Science skin care product?

Heather: “I have so many…but if I had to pick one it would be my BB Cream. I never leave the house without my SPF 50+ on! This gives me a flawless finish with the universal tint, lightweight moisture and all day oil control.”

Q: What is your favorite H&H Science makeup product? 

Heather: “My H&H Science Baked Hydrating Mineral Powder in Sun Dune. I use this everyday over my BB Cream. It provides all-day coverage and provides me with a luminous glow because of the light-refracting particles!”

Q: What is one item that you can’t leave home without?

Heather: “My H&H Science makeup! I always have my makeup bag in my purse so I can touch up on-the-go.”

Q: What is your favorite late-night snack? 

Heather: “I have lots of them— hummus, greek yogurt and pretzels!”

Q: What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?

Heather: “Alaska.”

Q: What is at the top of your bucket list?

Heather: “Traveling the world and exploring new places!”

Q: What is the last book you read?

Heather: “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, a local author from Shaker Heights, Ohio.”

Today Is The Day: Tips From My Trainer

Hi everyone!

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My name is Kim Kessler. I am a personal trainer and nutrition counselor at Hutch Sports in Medina, Ohio.  I am extremely passionate about working with women (and girls) of all ages.  I want to empower women to believe in themselves and be the best version they can be throughhealthy eating and strength training.

As women, it is harder for us to build and maintain muscle.  We have more of the hormones that cause us to hold on to fat.  With that, we also have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that assists in building muscle.  When we reach the age of 50, we begin to lose 10% of our muscle mass each decade.  To combat this, we need to strength train and consume enough quality protein. Strength training also helps maintain bone density, in order to prevent osteoporosis.

In regards to nutrition, eating protein with every meal is important, as it helps to maintain muscle and will keep you feeling fuller, longer. Aim for 20-30 grams of protein per meal. Protein includes your meats, seafood, eggs, tofu, beans, and peanuts.

Secondly, NEVER skip breakfast!  It is important to get your metabolism going again in the morning after a night of sleep.  Try to eat frequently throughout the day with small, controlled meals. Do not go more than four hours without eating.  If you eat your three main meals throughout the day, you can enjoy two protein based snacks.  A great snack can be greek yogurt or hummus.

Make sure you are drinking enough water.  Every metabolic process in our body requires water.  If you are dehydrated, you will hinder the weight loss process.  Research shows that individuals that drink two cups of water before their meals consume 75% less calories than those who do not.

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You need to move!  Every day you should do 30 minutes of physical activity.  Go enjoy a walk, ride a bike, or jog.  Add strength training 2-3 times a week.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn.  Some women worry that they will “bulk up, which is not the case.  Genetics prevents this “bulk,” as we simply do not have enough testosterone to build huge quantities of muscle mass.  You will tone your body and get healthy in the process.  You can begin strength training by doing body weight exercises, then progressing to dumbbells.  Once you begin, you will actually look forward to exercising because you will love the way it makes you feel afterward.  I always hear people say that they are too tired to exercise.  I make sure to tell them that when you start exercising, you will be less tired!

According to a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best day is today.”

So with that being said…make today that day!


I know we all need a treat once in awhile.  Here my recipe for Protein Brownies!

Protein Brownies

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Ingredients:

  • ‌6 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I use UMP because it has zero sugar and 4g of carbs. Plus it tastes great!)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash 6 overripe bananas. Mix mashed bananas with the other ingredients and pour into a greased 8×8 in. pan.  Bake for 30 minutes*.  Enjoy.

*Baking time may vary

 

If I can ever be of assistance to you on your journey to better health and fitness, please reach out to me at 330-310-0523.

-Kim Kessler

Vitamin C Shopping Spree

Vitamin C is one of the most important micronutrients, as it benefits your immune system, reduces your risk of heart disease and prevents wrinkled and saggy skin! It is recommended that you consume at least 65 to 90 mg of Vitamin C per day. It is found in numerous tasty foods, making it that much easier to eat something good for not only your body, but your skin as well.

In order to keep it short and sweet, the following are just a few of the foods that are high in Vitamin C, and can also be added into recipes to make delicious and healthy meals:

Kale: Just one cup of kale contains 134% of the Vitamin C you need daily. This dark, leafy green is perfect to add to your salads.

Berries: Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are all packed with Vitamin C, with strawberries containing the most. There is 17% of the daily Vitamin C you need in just one strawberry, therefore you only need six to get enough for the day!

Kiwis: Kiwis contain 64 mg of Vitamin C per fruit, meaning just one kiwi will get you the daily recommended amount of the important micronutrient.

Bell Peppers: Colored bell peppers contain 183 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of peppers. This is more the 3 times the amount that is recommended per day.

Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits and oranges contain the same amount of Vitamin C, while lemons and clementines deliver a lower amount (roughly 60-75% of the recommended value).

Broccoli: Broccoli is packed with antioxidants AND Vitamin C. One cup of chopped and steamed broccoli contains 135% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.

Try these recipes for a meal packed with Vitamin C!

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

The Vitamin C Salad

  • 1/4 head of lettuce (either iceberg or Romaine)
  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Small handful of pepitas
  • Feel free to add clementine slices and Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

5 Tips for Smooth Skin

Over time, many factors are to blame for the loss of your skin’s smoothness, such as stress, rays from the sun, pollution, dehydration, or even just aging. Not only can these factors affect the smoothness of your skin, but it also makes it more susceptible to wrinkles, age spots, bruises, rough or dry patches, blemishes and a loss of elasticity. Although it is an impossible task for us to regain the baby-soft skin from our childhood, there are still ways to get smoother and healthier skin as an adult.

1.  Start from within

Antioxidants are crucial to combat loss of collagen, premature aging and other health concerns. Adding berries and subtracting sugary treats will aid in improving the visible signs of aging, and help to reveal a more youthful appearance. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for smooth and radiant skin.

2. Practice a healthy lifestyle

Regular physical activity helps regulate the hormones that are significant in your skin, prevents free-radical damage, while also reducing inflammation. Other than exercise, it is important to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This rejuvenates not only your body, but your skin as well.

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3. Stick to a cleansing routine

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Remove makeup with a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner to remove any dirt, oil, cleanser or makeup left behind, and then moisturize. You only need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production. It is important to also note that over-washing can cause excess oil production, which can lead to breakouts.

4. Hydrate your skin

Using creams and serums with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E help nourish your skin, leaving it healthier looking and smooth.

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5. Take your vitamins

While the vitamins in your skincare products are important, it is also essential that you are putting vitamins and minerals into your body as well. Vitamins A, C, D and E work from the inside to clear and nourish the skin, while protecting it from a wide variety of skin issues. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Formula is formulated to help maintain a youthful and healthier appearance, as well as providing other anti-aging benefits.