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I was at work last week talking with our salon owner Mary. She cooks gourmet meals every night that even her 2 1/2 year old son enjoys! Not only does she cook fresh meals that could be on the cover of a cooking magazine, she also grocery shops everyday to ensure only the freshest ingredients for her family.

I was at work last week talking with our salon owner Mary. She cooks gourmet meals every night that even her 2 1/2 year old son enjoys! Not only does she cook fresh meals that could be on the cover of a cooking magazine, she also grocery shops everyday to ensure only the freshest ingredients for her family.

 
Mary has been logging her daily food intake and she was telling me about her menu the night before -- lean grilled steak with grilled romaine leaves that were brushed with infused olive oil! Grilling romaine leaves sparked my curiosity. I just so happened to have a few heads of romaine lettuce that I had no immediate plans for, and decided to try this unique preparation for these crunchy leaves. I sprayed them with organic olive oil spray and sprinkled sea salt, pepper and garlic on top. My instructions from Mary were to only grill them for 2 minutes on each side. Not only did this sound interesting, but super quick, too!


 
I decided to grill chicken breasts and dice green zucchini and red peppers as well. I also cut fresh green onions for garnish. The romaine leaves, surprisingly, kept their crisp crunch and were durable even after being cooked over a flame. Because they had already been brushed with olive oil and lightly seasoned, they did not need any dressing or additional flavor. 


A quick tip: top the bed of these leaves with whatever else you may be grilling up. I loved this!

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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