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Top 5 Immunity Boosting Remedies For Flu Season

Have you ever noticed that the “Flu Season” is always around (or right after) the holidays? It is not an accident. Simply put, when we eat sugar, processed foods, excess meats and dairy and drink alcohol, our immune systems get weaker.

According to many sources, including WebMD, sugar in particular can suppress the immune system for days. Combine that with cold weather that requires our bodies to work harder to protect themselves, and we can get a recipe for disaster. In this blog I share my top five immunity-boosting remedies that can help you create a recipe for wellness instead.

 

VITAMIN C

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Vitamin C is one of the most popular ways to boost immunity and probably one of the tastiest. But did you know that it is not only citrus fruits that are rich in it? Strawberries and red bell peppers have high doses of Vitamin C, too. As for traditional favorites such as oranges, I recommend eating an actual orange instead of drinking juice. Did you know that the heat during the pasteurization process can actually kill Vitamin C, leaving you with mostly sugar water?

  • So, if you are feeling under the weather, add fresh oranges and strawberries to your breakfast and include red bell peppers in your lunch and dinner.

 

GINGER

An all-time favorite of Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is known to heat up the body, break down toxins and kill bacteria. Additionally, it can help move the lymphatic system, which is known as your body’s sewage. When lymph fluid is moving well, your body is able to get rid of toxins that can accumulate from processed foods, alcohol, pollution, pesticides, etc.

  • A great way to include ginger in your diet is by juicing a couple of large roots at a time and adding a few drops of the juice to any regular juice, smoothie or hot water with lemon.

 

GARLIC

Similar to ginger, garlic is known for its great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and I highly recommend eating garlic with the onset of symptoms. However, garlic can be rough on the stomach, so please use the following tip when eating raw garlic: Always eat garlic with something that has fat and never on an empty stomach.

  • My favorite way to eat garlic is to slice it up thin, put it on a piece of gluten-free toast or cracker and top with cashew or almond cheese. If you want, you can put a dollop of pizza sauce on there and voila — you got yourself a lil’ Italian pizza masterpiece!

 

REISHI MUSHROOMS

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Reishi mushrooms are part of the medicinal mushroom family that is known to help boost immunity. Medicinal mushroom capsules are perfect on the go or when traveling. I particularly like the Mushroom Optimizer by Jarrow Brand that can be found at Whole Foods Market. This product has a 7-mushroom blend that includes Cordyceps, White Wood Ear, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake and Himematsutake.

  • I take 3 capsules each day when I travel as a preventative measure or if I feel I may be catching a cold. I usually feel better within an hour of taking the capsules.

 

WELLNESS FORMULA

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Finally, I recommend always having the Wellness Formula Capsules by Source Naturals on hand. Here are some of my favorite ingredients in this product that are known to boost immunity: zinc, propolis, elderberry fruit extract, astragalus, garlic, ginger and grape seed extract (there are many more). Because this wellness formula has so many ingredients, it is easy to carry just one bottle and take a few capsules at time.

  • The reason why I recommend capsules is because they are easier to swallow. If you can only find it in tablets, then simply break them in halves or blend them in a blender with a small amount of juice or smoothie that you can drink in a few sips. Just try not to smell this supplement — the cocktail of the natural ingredients in this product creates a very potent scent.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Local Scientists Discover Imbalance Resulting in Premature Aging

Associate Professor Shuji Kishi led the study on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute. (Photo by James McEntee.)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., have published a study on zebrafish looking at how premature aging might occur at the cellular level.

In essence, they found that when the spns1 and atp6v0ca genes are in balance, normal cell function occurs. But when spns1 is disrupted it can cause premature aging. The other gene, atp6v0ca, has the power to suppress the degradation of aging. Combined, the genetic disruptions can fight aging, even extend life, according to a Scripps press release.

Cellular degradation or premature aging is also called senescence. It’s the process in which cells stop dividing. It’s also a normal part of aging.

Theoretically, restoring balance could have far-reaching implications—treating disease, including age-associated degenerative diseases. The research by local scientists could also lead to the identification of new genes that impact aging.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Free Exercise Class for Teens During the Holiday

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Now here’s a way to throw in a little healthy fun for teens who have plenty of off-school time during the holidays. And it won’t cost parents a penny.

Chris Blackburn, a performance coach at the Institute of Performance (IHP), is holding a camp for teens from 8th grade to their senior year in high school. The camp will be held for an hour, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., every day from December 26 to December 30.

Blackburn tells Bocamag.com that the camp is an introduction to using the gym for teens.

“Half of the class will be focused on teaching different equipment available and correct form [and] technique, while the other half will be a 30-minute workout. We will be touching on creating healthy habits and educating the group on the importance of exercise,” Blackburn says. “Class will help dispel the fear and confusion of stepping into a gym for the first time and provide each student guidelines on how to work out safely and effectively.”

The class is limited to 20 teens.

Sign up by calling IHP at (561) 620-9556 or emailing chris@ihpfit.com. IHP is at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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LLScene Holiday Gift Guide

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You didn’t think we would forget our famous holiday gift guide post did you? In all seriousness, we know that we have been lacking on the blogging side of things, but sometimes building an empire requires some prioritizing here and there! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the blog is going ANYWHERE.

Okay, enough of that! If you’re a #SceneGirl start making your list, and if you’re a #SceneBoy listen closely! We have something for everyone this season. As one of our most popular posts year after year, we are elated to finally bring you LLScene’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the #SceneGirls & #SceneBoys in your life.

 

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Get a Subscription

It’s no secret that subscription boxes make for the perfect gift. While doing research for this gift guide we noticed just how much these companies have stepped up their game since we last reported on this trend. Here are some of our favorites…

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FabFitFun VIP Box

Allure Beauty Box

Pop Sugar Must Haves

NewBeauty TestTube

Birchbox

 

Blow It Out

We all love our blowouts and can promise you that every girl craves a good blow dryer in her life. Why is this the perfect gift? Because this is the gift that she will never buy for herself.

Drybar ‘Buttercup’ Blowdryer

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Brush It Out

With every good blow dryer, you need a better round brush. Hands down Ergo Round Brushes are the best in the biz. Peter DeRosa of the Peter DeRosa Salon swears by brush, which means everyone should follow suite.

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Over the Knee

If you haven’t embraced fall’s hottest trend yet, now is the time to do it. Over the knee boots can do it all for an outfit.

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Sam Edelman Over the Knee Boots

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Ivanka Trump Kellyn Over The Knee Mid Heel Boots

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Pour La Victoire Serra Over The Knee Wedge Boots

 

There’s an IV for That…

Another service we can’t live without, IV treatments with IV2You. By now you know the hangover benefits surrounded around IV therapy, but it’s so much more than that! IV2You has an array of treatments that are customized to your needs. Whether you need hydration, energy or have a dreaded hangover, their team of medical professionals will come to your home and take care of it all. With all the holiday parties and cocktails coming your way, this is the perfect early Christmas gift to give.

 

Plan It!

It wouldn’t be an LLScene gift guide without spotlighting our favorite planners of 2017. By now you know our obsession with planners, so you can trust that these are the best out there.

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Me and my Big Ideas Planner

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Simplified Planner

 

Don’t Be Shady

Sunglasses are a great gift, but it’s important to be specific when it comes to communicating with your gift giver. “Reflective lenses” and cat eyes are styles to look out for.

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Aviator Flash Lenses

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Dior Reflective Sunglasses

 

Give the Gift of GLOW!

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When it comes to properly preparing your beauty regimens over the holidays, a spray tan is a MUST for us #SceneGirls. There’s no one we put our trust in more than Amanda, the founder of Goldie Spray Tan. She sprays us for every life milestone we can possibly think of. There is no one, we repeat NO ONE as good as her. The best part? She will come to your house with a private tent and spray you during your time in the comfort of your own home.

 

Monogram It!

This is an adorable way to show your family and friends just how much you care. Not to mention the fact that you can pretty much monogram anything these days. Check out our girl NamesByNikki. She has the most adorable ideas!

 

Light Up Your Life

An obvious #SceneGirl gift is a Illuminated ‘Light Up’ Selfie Phone Case. Who doesn’t need perfect selfie lighting? Don’t be ashamed, we all want one.

 

Boxxle

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This shouldn’t come as a shock to you, since we’re always posting about Boxxle, but yes it will make a great gift as well. You guys, boxed wine actually tastes good, especially if it comes out of a Boxxle. The convenience of Boxxle is a game changing when it comes to refilling that inevitable wine glass.

 

Apricot Lane

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We featured this boutique during our Mother’s Day MOMents post and our message still stands true, LLScene LOVES Apricot Lane. They have the most adorable gift and accessory ideas along with styles that compliment any style. Check out their locations in the Delray Marketplace & Coconut Creek Promenade.

 

Bar Cart Inspiration

We add to our bar carts at every chance we get. So these items are a must…

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Pineapple Cocktail Shaker

 

Kylie Cosmetics

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This gift takes time and dedication. You should know by now that these Kyle Lip Kits, Kyliner Kits & Brush sets are LEGIT. Seriously guys, we’ve never come across better makeup products. The eyeshadow stays on perfectly from the moment you apply it to the moment you take it off. Ever wonder why their empire just keeps getting bigger and better…?When the Kardashians do it, they do it right.

 

Not Just Any Flowers…

Don de Fleurs have the most beautiful flower arrangements we have ever seen. Even though they’re a little on the pricey side, if you’ve got money to blow on a showstopping gift, this is the one for you.

 

Flywheel Gift Card

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Another boutique fitness studio we pretty much live at. We love everything about Flywheel Sports in Boca Raton. What is Flywheel all about? Flywheel Sports is an indoor stadium cycling studio, which is also home to Flybarre, a total body-sculpting workout. Each Flywheel class is a 45- or 60-minute experience that allows you to burn over 600-800 calories. Lets face it—a spin class is all about the instructors and the music, and the playlists at Flywheel are created from a collection of music carefully directed by an in-house DJ. Our favorite Boca instructors? Adrienne Grunes, Maria Dominguez and Angela Lutin for cycling and Sue, Cara and Lauren for Flybarre!

 

Core Evolution

What if we told you that we could give you the gift of a perfect body? You have to work your ass off for it, but it works! You already know how we feel about Core Evolution workouts. We have never seen results happen so quickly in such a short period of time, so why not share it with your family and friends this season? They have amazing holiday promotions going on too!

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For every $100 gift card you purchase, you can receive a bonus of $25.

$125 Gift Card for $100

$250 Gift Card for $200

$375 Gift Card for $300

$500 Gift Card for $400

 

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Oops! We almost forgot about the #SceneBoys didn’t we? Never. They’re just so hard to buy for sometimes aren’t they? Here are some of our “think outside of the box” gifts for the lucky #SceneBoys in your life.

 

Keep Him Stylish & Pampered

We came across this lovely company on Instagram and loved everything about it. Believe it or not, #SceneBoys are starting to change up their look a bit. This company has something for every stylish guy.

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Tie Breaker Bowties

HIM Handmade Outfitter

Loafers

Buck Mason Sweatpants

Bleu Chanel

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Conair for Men I-Stubble Trimmer

Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Shampoo

Chicago Comb

Clinique for Men Facial Cleanser

 

Make Your Life Easier…

Sick of hearing his shoes bash against the sides of your dryer? Okay, maybe that’s just us, but here are some gifts that will keep on giving…to you!

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Jason Markk Shoe Cleaning Kit

Power Tools

 

Let’s Travel…(hint, hint)

Another gift idea you can use to your advantage. Buy him these fabulous travel bags and accessories and he’ll want to plan a vaca!

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Cole Haan Pebbled Faux Leather Dopp Kit

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Weekender Bag

Carry On Cocktail Kit

Leather Care Travel Kit

Tech Drop Kit

 

Stocking Stuffers

You know your man by now, so you know that they never want to buy themselves “the little things”. They will little wear “the little things” until they’re ripped and worn to death. Here are some of our favorite stocking stuffers.

Dress Socks

Dollar Shave Club

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Emergency Cash Stash

Big Ass Brick of Soap

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For the Techy

Whether it’s your dad, brother or significant other, we all have a techy lover in our life. Here are some of our favorite tech-related gifts!

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Bluetooth Headphones

Amazon Echos

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Docking Station

 

The Sports Lover

Sports lovers enjoy life all year long and that’s because sports are on all year long. Usually, this irritates you, but use it to your advantage and get him what he really wants this year.

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Team Polo

Tickets to a Game

Golf Shorts

Golf Shirt

Golf Shoes

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Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Healthy Drinking Options for the Holidays

Holidays are here and that means parties, which usually means drinking. If you don’t want to give up alcohol but would like to learn about the healthiest options to enjoy, then in this blog is for you.

Best alcoholic drinks at the party:

Organic or Bio-Dynamic Red Wine without sulfites added

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Red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One five-ounce glass contains only 100 calories. Check out the award-winning Coturri Winery that is famous for their Zinfandel. https://www.coturriwinery.com/

Organic or Bio-Dynamic White Wine without sulfites added

One five-ounce glass contains only 120 calories. My favorite kind is the organic award-winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by Kaimira Estate. http://kaimirawines.com/our-wines/kaimira-estate/

Champagne/Sparkling Wine/Prosecco

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Each glass is usually 3.5-ounces and has 70 calories. Check out Zonin Prosecco Grey Edition. It is 87 percent Glera and 13 percent Pinot Grigio giving this bottle a hint of apples and a light ginger finish. http://www.zoninprosecco.com/

 

Z-Tips:

  • Drink flavored sparkling water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors of Whole Foods Italian Sparking Water.
  • Avoid martinis and instead have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, therefore easier to process by your system.
  • Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol free and they offer additional benefits such vitamin E and good-for-you fats.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Five Best Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Did you know that by buying from local and eco-friendly businesses you can create a tremendous change in our community? In this blog I want to share gift ideas that will make your loved ones happy, support our environment and help entrepreneurs who are passionate about making this world truly a better place.

 

It’s All Good Organics Body Products

This local boutique company hand-crafts fabulous skincare products that are made with wholesome, real ingredients and of course, with love. Here are three great products that make excellent gifts and stocking stuffers. Face Toner – Unlike conventional toners, this one is actually good for your skin as it has no harsh chemicals. It is made with hand crafted organic rose water that softens and rejuvenates your skin while organic witch hazel helps soothe and heal it.

Face Serum – This little bottle of sunshine is made with calendula oil that can be used daily as face moisturizer. And did you know that calendula is known to brighten your skin and help stimulate the production of collagen? Eye Cream – I love this cream because it is rich in vitamins A, D and E and has fabulous skin-loving ingredients. For example, aloe helps hydrate your skin, castor oil helps with the natural production of collagen, shea butter reduces inflammation and carrot seed oil tightens, nourishes and rejuvenates.

Itsallgoodorganicsbydeb.com

 

Military Hippie Fitness Clothing

This local, Boca-based company makes quality fitness clothing that will last through tough workouts and stay strong during years of wear, giving you better value out of your purchase.

All of their tees, tanks, sweatpants and sweatshirts are made from natural organic cotton, which offers natural benefits like breathability, antibacterial effects, UV protection and biodegradability. Their yoga wear is manufactured with cutting edge sustainable processes that reduce waste and leave less harmful chemicals on your skin and in the environment. They even use recycled polyester for their yoga pants.

And if you think this new line of fitness clothing is boring or earth-crunchy, think again. Their pieces are absolutely gorgeous and fun to wear. And with all honestly, I now wear their yoga pants to lounge around, not just to workout. After all, it feels good to feel comfy and look fabulous!

Use COUPON CODE BOCA20 to get 20% off!

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Hydro Flask Beverage Containers

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Did you know that plastic water bottles and cups create an enormous damage to our eco system? Instead of buying water, juices or smoothies when you are out, I suggest making your own and carrying them in a fabulous Hydro Flask. This brand has a terrific array of eco-friendly containers that will keep your beverages at their temperature for 24 hours! I tested this by making my smoothie and keeping it in the flask for a day. It stayed perfectly cold.

My favorite is the wide-mouth bottle that is perfect for all drinks, including blended soups. Because this company has so many gorgeous colors and styles, it is easy to pick the perfect one for your special someone.

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We Are All Heroes and Rock Stars Electric Picks Jewelry

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Who doesn’t want to be a hero and a rock star in their life? If you have someone on your list who is looking to kick butt in the coming year, then check out this inspirational Bracelet made with Black Onyx by Boca’s Electric Picks.

Not only is black onyx great for grounding elevated energy and reducing the intensity of emotions, the “We Are All Heroes and Rock Stars” Guitar Pick on the bracelet will remind you of your amazing capabilities in this world.

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Omega 8006 Juicer

If you are looking for a gift that will keep on giving the joy of vibrant health for years to come, then check out Omega 8006 Nutritional Center. What I like about this particular model is that it can juice greens, wheatgrass and fruits without much waste. Pulp comes out pretty dry, meaning that all the liquid was squeezed out. And yet Omega 8006 is also so much more than just a juicer. You can also make sorbets, nut butters or even your own pasta. Talking about versatile! This company is also local and they provide a 10-year warrantee.

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Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Run or bike in the Treads and Trainers for Charity Event

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Whether you like to run or ride a bicycle, you can do your part this holiday season to make sure local kids in need have access to donated, new bikes and running shoes.

The Treads and Trainers for Charity event, by Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach and Doghouse Performance Cycling Center, is Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Runners should report to Fleet Feet Sports at 1705 South Federal Hwy., Delray Beach. Cyclists would go to Doghouse Performance Cycling Center at 7815 NW Beacon Square Blvd., Boca Raton.

The event involves individuals or teams of people running or riding during the 12-hour event, for the cause. Fleet Feet has the treadmill and Doghouse has the Computrainer, which is a trainer connected to a computer and TV screen. Cyclists should bring their bikes. If you don’t have one, however, Doghouse has a few on hand.

Each person or team has the goal of raising or donating at least $100 every hour. Team members can participate in one-hour increments or choose to run or bike longer.

The money raised, according to the event’s webpage, goes to buy new bikes and new shoes for children this holiday season.

If you don’t want to ride or run, 10 percent of what you buy in Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach the day of the event will be donated to the cause.

To sign up, go to: http://www.fleetfeetdelray.com/ctas/buttons/treads-trainers-charity. Or check out the event’s Facebook page.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Free Thanksgiving Day Workout

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Evolution Fitness in Boca Raton is offering a free 90-minute exercise session from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 24.

The folks at Evolution Fitness tell Bocamag.com that their Turkey Day Burn workout is designed for all ability levels.

The one-and-a-half hours of training will include body-weight exercises, resistance-band exercises and kettlebell exercises.

While there’s no cost to participate, newcomers to the fitness facility should arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a waiver.

Bring family and friends and, as Evolution Fitness notes on its Facebook page about the workout, “…workout like a beast before you feast!”

Evolution Fitness is at 9793 Glades Road. For more information, call 561/929-1768.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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The Benefits of a Vegan Diet

As a chef and Green Goddess here at Boca Magazine, I am committed to bringing different choices to our readers. Whether you are eating red meat, limiting your animal proteins to seafood or keeping to a strictly vegan lifestyle, we all can agree that eating your fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial for the body. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love vegetarian foods:

  1. Vegan foods don’t have any cholesterol. All fruits and vegetables are naturally cholesterol free, so they won’t clog the arteries. On the contrary, the fiber in fruits and vegetables will help clean out the body.
  1. Fruits and vegetables are the fastest-transient foods, meaning they won’t get stuck in the colon or make you feel weighed down. If you want to feel thin and light, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet and reducing animal proteins.
  1. Vegan foods promote health and happiness not only for the body but also for the planet. Conventional animal farming takes a big toll on environment and by trying vegetarian way of eating you can decrease your carbon footprint.
  1. Fruits and vegetables give us the vitamins and antioxidants that animal proteins don’t have. In order to survive and thrive, our bodies need vitamins and antioxidants to fight off the free radicals. Plant-based foods provide a plethora of the phytonutrients our bodies need.
  1. Fruits and vegetables can help us decrease cravings for many foods. For example, whole grains, such as rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, oats and oatmeal can provide the body with good complex carbs and help your body stop cravings for junk food.

If you want to experience the benefits of vegetarian foods, here are three easy recipes!

 

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Banana Pancakes

1 cup oat flour (you can pulse whole oats and then measure out a cup)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 mashed banana

1 teaspoon agave or coconut nectar

1 Follow Your Heart egg replacer

1 cup almond milk

¼ teaspoon salt

Mix all the dry ingredients, set aside. Mash the banana and mix with the egg substitute and almond milk. Combine all ingredients and make pancakes.

Serve pancakes with your favorite syrup.

 

Superfood Quinoa Salad

1 13-ounce box of Organic Chickpeas

2 Cups Cooked Organic Quinoa

½ Avocado

½ Cup Organic Yellow Peppers

1/3 cup Cheery Tomatoes, Cut in Halves

1/3 Cup Goji Berries

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/3 Cup Organic Hemp Seeds

3 Cups Organic Fresh Spinach, Chopped

1 tbs 100% Italian, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbs Organic Balsamic Vinegar

Mix all ingredients to create a high-protein, superfood meal

 

Vegan Chili

1 10-oz box of organic un-flavored kidney beans

1 12-ounce jar organic salsa

1 Package of Beyond meat feisty crumbles

1/2 cup Daiya cheddar cheese

Preparation: Combine beans, salsa and meaty crumbles together in pan and sauté for about 10 minutes.

Drizzle with Daiya cheese.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Eleven Salon and Spa Hosts Masquerade Party on 11/11

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There’s nothing we love more than a themed party, especially when it’s done right. Being that neither of us have ever been to a masquerade party before, we couldn’t be happier to reveal the sexy masks we have in store for Eleven Salon & Spa’s Masquerade Party this Friday, November 11th. When Eleven Salon & Spa opened its doors in 2004, Delray Beach was a city in need of a sexy, swanky spa where trendsetters and influencers alike could call home (thank you)! Now, twelve years later Eleven and its founder, Nicole Oden, are celebrating their anniversary in true form with an 11/11 Masquerade Party!

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Upon the grand opening Eleven, it was imperative to founder, Nicole Oden, to honor the brave men and women that have selflessly served this nation through military service by having the event take place on Veterans Day. Twelve years later, her commitment remains the same as Eleven Salon & Spa announces their partnership with Wheels From The Heart.

Wheels From The Heart is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist single mothers in receiving or purchasing cars at a reduced rate, while providing them with reliable transportation in order to better their lives. For the past three years, Eleven Salon & Spa and Wheels From The Heart have teamed up to give away a car to an estimable Veteran who also happens to be a single mother. “We’ve had several women deserving of this opportunity, which is why we’re changing things up and surprising the Veteran on the evening of Veterans Day,” Steve Muschlitz , Founder of Wheels From The Heart. In addition to the car giveaway, the International Diamond Exchange will be gifting her with diamond earrings, while Eleven Salon & Spa will a day of beauty and outfit for the recipient’s big night.

There’s something to be said about a party at Eleven. If you’ve been a part of one in the past, you get it; if you haven’t experienced one yet, here’s your chance! What more can we say without giving too much away? Well…expect a night of endless selfie opportunities, decor that will blow your mind and surprises that are out of this world.

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For the first time in 11/11 history, they will be offering VIP tickets!

 

-Hosts? Nikki & Peter (the Dream Team) all night, all yours…

-Lines, not this time anywhere Ever! Valet rope Door check!

-Copious amounts of fabulous Champagne served in crystal glass… yes please!

-Powder your nose? No, we’ll do that for you…

-Go to the bar? We said no lines EVER

-Choose inside or outside…Roped off cabanas just for you

-Security, he’s tall and big

-Did we mention the only bubbles for the entire night is behind the ropes?

-Fun masks that light you up!

-Go home empty handed? don’t worry you won’t…

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.