Give Thanks by Helping Others

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The holidays are here. What a hectic time of year! But, aren’t you thankful to have the means to enjoy it? You have your health, your friends, and your family. In the midst of giving thanks this Thanksgiving, take time to remember those who are less fortunate than you. As a way of showing how thankful you are for all that you have, wouldn’t it be nice to help someone in need?

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, National Adoption Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Epilepsy Awareness Month. What an appropriate time to choose a charity to support and help someone else! After all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?

Whether you volunteer your time, or donate funds to a cause in need, providing assistance to charities is a thoughtful way of giving thanks.

Want to help, but don’t know where to begin? Check out the following organizations for opportunities to assist both financially and/or by volunteering your time:

  • Aids United
  • Give Kids the World
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Epilepsy Foundation

Turkey Club Wrap

turkey_club_wrap Ingredients

1/2 ripe avocado, seeded

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Dash of ground red pepper

1 small garlic clove, minced

2 (2-ounce) low-carb, low-fat sandwich wraps (such as California Lavash)

4 ounces sliced leftover Thanksgiving turkey

4 (1/4-inch) slices tomato

1/2 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion

1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

4 center-cut bacon slices, cooked

(Adjust measurements according to number of people)

 

Directions

 

  1. Scoop pulp from avocado. Place in a bowl. Add lemon juice, pepper, and garlic.

Mix together with a fork to desired consistency.

  1. Spread avocado mixture evenly over wraps. Layer 2 ounces turkey, 2 tomato slices,

1/4 cup onion, 1/2 cup lettuce, and 2 bacon slices on each wrap. Roll up.

Cut wraps in half. Secure with wooden picks. Serve immediately.

Healthy Tip: Avocados are loaded with vitamins B6, C, K, and folate, and are also a great

source of fiber and potassium.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, finely chopped, about 1/2 cup

3 cups vegetable broth

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 1/2 cups skim milk

2 tablespoons prepared polenta, creamy

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 pinch salt and pepper

 

 

Directions

 

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  1. Cook chopped onions until soft and golden brown.
  1. Heat the broth in a good-sized pot, add pumpkin slowly, and bring to a partial boil.
  1. Stir in onions, milk, polenta, honey, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, salt, and pepper (pressed garlic might be suitable at this time).
  1. Make sure that the ingredients do not clump but are spread throughout the soup.
  1. Cook for about 5 minutes or longer until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed and dissolved and so the soup is thoroughly heated.
  1. If at this point it seems chunkier or thicker than desired; use an immersion blender or a regular one to liquefy the soup and blend in the onions.
  1. Serve warm with pieces of bread if desired

Serves 6-8

Win the War on Hair Removal!

shutterstock_130970495Win the War on Hair Removal!

A hairy woman is not generally considered an attractive sight. And unfortunately, as we age, our hormones turn against us and we tend to grow coarse, thick hair in unconventional places…even our face!

Women fight the battle of full-body hair removal on a daily basis. Shaving is an inconvenience that often results in painful nicks and cuts as we hurry to head out the door. There has to be an easier way!!

Laser hair removal is a technique of removing unwanted hair by exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. This new trend is becoming increasingly popular with women as a convenient, permanent method of hair removal. Keep reading to discover the benefits of this popular treatment.

 

Say goodbye to your razor!

 

Eliminating unwanted hair usually translates into a lot of time spent shaving. Because laser hair removal permanently removes almost all of the hair treated, you can spend less time shaving and more time completing meaningful tasks or enjoying your family.

 

Eliminate painful ingrown hairs.

 

Many of us suffer through painful, unsightly ingrown hairs due to shaving. In most cases, laser hair removal reduces the incidence by nearly 90%. That’s significant! Many women discover that laser hair removal offers the only long-term solution to their complications with ingrown hairs.

 

Reveal healthier looking skin.

 

Laser hair removal leaves the skin softer and smoother, without unappealing stubble that causes discomfort. Your skin will have a healthy glow without the discoloration sometimes associated with shaving.

 

Confidence

 

Our personal appearance plays a key role in the self-confidence we exude. When you look good you, you feel good. In turn, you will have a positive self-image that transforms into greater success…both personally and professionally. Laser hair removal is an excellent tool to include in your beauty regimen.

Did you know Savanna MedSpa has an Exclusive Laser Hair Removal menu? Specialty laser features only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! Click Here to see our Exclusive Menu and call today 520-795-3341.

Thank a Teacher This Month!

3205338-educationDid you have a favorite teacher when you were in school? That one person who encouraged you and inspired you to be more than you ever thought you could be. You know…that teacher who taught you those life lessons that textbooks simply can’t impart. We all had those teachers who were so dedicated to our education, causing us to never forget them. October 5th is World Teachers Day. In honor of these significant individuals, let’s consider the importance of the role they play in young people’s lives.

Children spend more time at school than they do at home. This means the people they encounter at school make a drastic impact in their lives. Teachers are not simply teaching lessons each day. They’re helping children develop socially and emotionally, as well. What a tremendous responsibility!

Teachers are self-esteem builders.

One of the biggest things that teachers impact is student self-esteem. Reinforcing self-esteem in the classroom is one of the most important things teachers do. Teachers communicate encouragement and positive feedback to their students, which is particularly vital to the success of struggling students.

Teachers are life skills instructors.

Each day in the classroom, teachers divulge life skills to students that are essential for future success. From completing a resume to appropriate behavior in social situations, teachers are preparing children for real-world events they will face in the future.

Teachers are motivators.

Teachers motivate students to become better than they think they are capable of becoming.  On a daily basis, teachers are reiterating the importance of discipline, responsibility, commitment, and always trying your very best at everything you do. These are values that are crucial to success.

Teachers deserve some relaxation! Gifting your favorite teacher to enjoy a relaxing stress relieving massage or facial is the perfect way to say Thank You! Click Here to purchase a Savanna MedSpa Gift Certificate!

 

Healthy Eating for a More Improved You!

shutterstock_50581876Eating healthy is easier than you think it is! If you think of eating as an opportunity to improve your health and overall well-being instead of a dreaded sacrifice, you’re one step closer to success. Check out some of the ways you can improve your quality of life by starting a healthy eating program.


Healthy eating keeps you…HEALTHY!

Implementing a healthy diet into your life is the easiest way to fight off many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. A healthy diet boosts your immune system and enables the body to function as it needs to. Combining a healthy diet with exercise increases the possibility of living a longer, more vibrant life.

 

Healthy eating is an effective weight loss tool.

For those of us trying to shed a few pounds, a healthy diet is a must. We hear all the time about people going on fad diets only to gain the weight right back when they return to normal eating habits. By sticking to a healthy diet that includes all of the food groups, you can lose the weight and maintain it because you are choosing a healthy lifestyle over dieting, which leads to long-term results.

Healthy eating increases energy levels.

Including foods such as lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and grains in your diet will keep you energized throughout the day. Processed foods lose the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and strong. But whole, natural foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that we need to stay healthy and vibrant.

 Healthy eating can make you look and feel younger.

One of the key components to youthful-looking skin is eating a balanced diet. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables promote supple, glowing skin. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Your skin thrives on water, so drink up!

Healthy eating eliminates holiday overindulgence!

The holidays are approaching and many of us struggle to keep our waistlines in check during the fun parties and family gatherings. By leading a healthy lifestyle that incorporates exercise and healthy eating, it is easier to limit fattening, unhealthy food choices.

With the celebration of Halloween this month, parents may be concerned about allowing their children to eat the large amounts of candy they acquire when trick-or-treating. We suggest setting boundaries to how much your children can eat on Halloween night…perhaps they can indulge a bit. After that, set a limit (maybe 1-2 pieces) of the amount of candy they can have each day forward. And be sure to continue packing them healthy lunches with fruit when they head off to school to keep them on their healthy track.

Don’t get frustrated during the holidays this year. Adjust your eating habits and get on the path to a healthier, more enjoyable lifestyle. Your body will thank you!

Wild Mushroom Tartlets

UntitledIngredients

  • 375g block all-butter Puff Pastry
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 25g Butter
  • 300g mixed Wild Mushrooms or just one type, cleaned and sliced
  • 25g Parmesan, finely grated
  • Small handful Parsley Leaves, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 1 Egg, beaten

 

Directions

  1. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and cut out 4 circles, about 15cm wide. Leave to chill on a lined baking tray in the fridge.

 

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat a large frying pan until hot, then add the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes until there is no liquid left in the pan. Season, then take off the heat and mix mushrooms with the Parmesan, Parsley, and Garlic.

 

  1. Score a 1cm border around the edge of each tart. Spoon the mushrooms into the center circle. Brush the edge with beaten egg,

 

  1. Bake the tarts for 20 minutes until puffed up and golden. Serve immediately.

 

 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

 

Serves 4

Say Goodbye to Unsightly Wrinkles and Hello to Smooth, Flawless Skin!

UntitledStill trying out a different night cream every month in hopes of finding that one miracle cream that will have you waking up looking flawless the next morning? Are you getting frustrated because you aren’t noticing immediate results?  Perhaps it’s time to consider an alternative method for a more youthful you!

Consider Botox! Botox is a purified protein molecule used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.  It works by interrupting the messages that the brain sends to the muscles through the nerves, stopping the muscles from reacting. This allows the skin to remain smooth and wrinkle free. It is most commonly used on the upper area of the face around the eyes and between the eyebrows to reduce frown lines. In short, Botox makes you look younger. Keep reading for a few of the benefits associated with Botox treatment versus other anti-aging techniques.

As we age, we experience moments when we look in the mirror and wish those fine lines and wrinkles would magically disappear.   While there is nothing wrong with aging gracefully, taking a few years off of your face to add a vibrant appeal is certainly okay, too!   Botox provides tremendous results without the side effects of invasive surgical procedures such as facelifts.  There are no incisions, cutting, or scarring.  You will not experience the downtime, pain, or financial obligation associated with plastic surgery.  Botox injections are perfect for individuals who want results comparable to plastic surgery sans the complications, expense, and discomfort.  Who wouldn’t want to opt for a few simple injections versus a day under the knife?

Within days of treatment, you will see beautiful results.  You will look rested and relaxed, not like you have been through a windstorm that left your face frozen in time.  You will be amazed at the compliments you’ll receive about how refreshed and alive you look!  In addition, Botox results last anywhere from 3-6 months.  What a hassle-free way to maintain your youthful appearance!

Botox has been used safely as an alternative to other anti-aging solutions for approximately 12 years.  To discover if you are a good candidate for this phenomenal treatment, click here to see injectable schedule and reserve your consultation.

Are You a Football Widow?

UntitledHere we go again!  Another football season to endure!  But it doesn’t have to be that way this year.  You have things you enjoy doing, right? Revamp the way you view football.

While he’s jumping up and down screaming at the television all weekend long, take the opportunity to do some things you like to do.  Out of ideas?  Here’s a list we compiled that will keep you busy from pre-season all the way to the Super Bowl!  In fact, you may even be disappointed when football season ends!

  • Go shopping. No need to be in a rush.  The game could very well go into overtime.  We promise…he’s too concerned with the score to worry about how much time you’re spending at the mall.  So go ahead and hit up all the sales!

 

  • Get in some gym time! Haven’t had time to take that spin class your friend has been telling you about? Go ahead and give it a shot.

 

  • Take advantage of your free time and enjoy a picnic-for-one in the park! Make a day of it.  You can even take a book to read.  Sit back and relax.  You deserve the “me” time!

 

  • Sit outside and watch the sunset with your favorite glass of wine. Now that’s therapeutic!

 

  • Have you ever taken a yoga class? The health benefits of yoga are numerous.  And what a great way to relieve stress!  Check your local listings for a yoga studio near you.

 

  • Take the kids bowling! Some healthy competition with loved ones is good for the soul!  And the kids will love it!

 

  • Spend a day at the spa. Nothing beats a massage and a mani/pedi to take your worries away!  Give us a call! 520-795-3341 We’re open all season long!

 

Are you missing him yet? Who knows?  You may even decide to cozy up beside him and watch the rest of the 4th quarter with him one Sunday afternoon.  He’s sure to think you’re pretty terrific for that!

But for the remainder of the season…have fun doing those extra little things you don’t usually get to do on the weekends. Don’t forget…a few extra visits to the spa will perk you up.  We look forward to seeing you!

Make a Great First Impression…..Every Time!

UntitledWe have all heard the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In both our personal and professional lives…we simply can’t help it…. we make a judgment about people the very first time we meet them.  We dissect their hair, skin, and overall appearance as we quietly decide if we want to be associated with this person.   Be advised….you are being dissected, as well.  Keep reading for a few tips to make a great first impression every time!!

 

Wash your face!
For radiant skin, it’s so important to wash your face morning and night, and follow up with a moisturizing night cream (insert recommended night cream) before you go to bed.  Sleeping in your makeup is a recipe for dirty, dull skin. It’s simple…just don’t do it.  Always wash your makeup completely off.  Contact your esthetician so she can recommend the facial treatments you need and help you create the perfect skin care regimen for home. 520-795-3341, Click Here to see our Cleansers

 

Use a deep-cleansing mask
A deep-cleansing mask (insert recommended mask) is an important step in relieving your skin of impurities because it brings everything to the surface to be cleansed away. Look for ingredients like kaolin clay and charcoal, which absorb excess oil and debris, as well as exfoliators like salicylic and alpha hydroxyl acids. See all of our Masks Click Here

 

Alter your diet
Toss out the sugars and starches!  Instead, choose healthy foods like fruits and vegetables to snack on. One of the best ways to get your skin, hair, and body back in shape is to include berries, carrots, and green vegetables in your diet.  The vitamins and minerals in these foods are crucial for glowing skin and hair, and a healthy body.  And don’t forget the water.  A hydrated body is a beautiful body!

 

Get a workout in
Not only does exercise get you in tip top shape, but it also boosts circulation and opens pores, much like a good spa steaming. Try hitting a low-impact cardio machine or taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes each evening.  You will be surprised how great you look and feel after a few weeks of sticking to a workout plan.

 

First impressions are so important!  If you follow these simple steps, you will make a fabulous first impression every time!