For lunch today I threw together an easy dish of Southwest Style Quinoa Casserole.
This was a delicious and filling lunch…especially for after a workout. The casserole included:
- 1 serving cooked quinoa
- 1/2 of a cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup frozen pepper & onion stir-fry veggies, defrosted
- 1/4 cup black beans
- 1 tbsp Cuban-Style Mojo sauce
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
There are no instructions for this other than to simply combine all of the ingredients and heat through! Simple as that. Not to mention that these sort of casseroles are a great way to use up leftovers and pack an easy, one-tupperware lunch.
Tan Free Tuesday: Prevention Article Review
Today’s Tan Free Tuesday article review is actually one that my mom found while scanning through Prevention at the doctor’s office. Thanks Mom!
The article, titled Sunscreens Under Fire, addresses a few of the criticisms that have been brought up about sunscreen. The first topic, which I found to to be the most relevant, was regarding the fact that most sunscreens don’t provide protection from harmful UVA rays.
According to the article, “In a recent study of 13 popular sunscreens, only 5 offered a high degree of UVA protection (though not the highest possible amount); the majority yielded only a medium level. Those are scary findings, considering that UVA accounts for more than 95% of the UV rays we’re exposed to and triggers far more free radicals that lead to wrinkles and brown spots.”
Wait…what?! I don’t know about you, but I find that to be very disheartening. To make sure that you’re getting proper UVA protection, the article recommends making sure your sunscreen contains the following ingredients: avobenzone, Mexoryl, and zinc oxide. Also look for sunscreens that include antioxidants. Here are the sunscreens that Prevention recommends as being safe and effective.
Another concern that is addressed is whether the ingredients in sunscreen can raise the risk of breast cancer. According to this article, no studies have proven that sunscreen can increase the risk of breast cancer. However, this is an issue that I wouldn’t mind doing some more research on.
Regarding sunscreen possibly leading to a vitamin D deficiancy, the article recommends getting more vitamin D through food sources and supplements. “‘It’s so easy and a whole lot safer than frying your skin in the sun,’ says James Spencer, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.”
To read the full article with more facts and advice when it comes to sun protection, pick up the June issue of Prevention!
[Repinski, K. (2010, June). Sunscreens under fire. Prevention, 62(6), 61-67.]
- What brand of sunscreen do you usually wear? What SPF?