Happy Holidays!

Tara Bitzan, Chicz Editor

Tara Bitzan, Chicz Editor

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback you sent us after our first issue of Chicz hit the stands in October! We knew we loved the magazine, but we were thrilled to learn that you loved it too! Not only did you send us your appreciation, but you also sent us your fabulous ideas to feature in upcoming issues.

A few of you even got so caught up with the new magazine that you sent us articles, and we’re happy to say, we printed them! A special welcome to contributing writer Amanda Herzog, a 7th grader who felt she had something to offer the “young chicz” in the area.

We’re already at work on your winter issue and would love your input. Please send us a note about what you think of Chicz or share your ideas with us.

In the meantime, enjoy every minute of the holiday season. Don’t get so caught up in the “to do’s” that you miss out on the real joys of the season – time with loved ones. My wish for you is that this time is unhurried, unharried and heartwarming.

Merry Christmas!
Tara Bitzan
Chicz Editor 

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Eat the rainbow!

By Carly Erickson, ND

What do a banana, a summer squash and ginger root have in common?
That’s right, they are all yellow! While eating a diverse rainbow of foods in your diet is important, yellow foods are wonderful because they contain compounds, called phytonutrients, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and help to protect the brain, eyes, heart, skin and vasculature.
Phytonutrients are the compounds in plants that give them their distinct colors, smells and tastes. Lutein, rutin and zeaxanthin are the phytonutrients that give foods their vibrant yellow color and health benefit.

Some of the yellow foods, such as banana, corn and potatoes, are considered starchy foods and can cause an undesirable increase in blood sugar. To help prevent this, these foods should be combined with others that are higher in fiber, protein and even fat.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble phytonutrients so they need fat to help to be absorbed by the body.

Tips for getting more yellow foods:
• Keep frozen corn on hand to add into stir-fries and salads. You can also add yellow bell peppers or summer squash for an added pop of yellow.
• Have a Golden Delicious apple or Asian pear with nut butter for a quick and delicious snack.
• Have sliced pineapple for dessert. Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which helps to break down food, making it a perfect dessert.
• Make fresh lemon ginger tea with grated ginger and fresh sliced lemon. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and this tea is great for digestion. It’s perfect served warm or cold.
• Slice banana into oatmeal or cereal. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts or almonds for added fat, fiber and protein.
• Most importantly, be adventurous; try new things; mix and match; and eat the rainbow!

Yellow
Food Options:
Apple
Lemon
Asian pears
Millet
Banana
Pineapple
Bell peppers
Potatoes
Corn
Starfruit
Corn-on-the-cob
Succotash
Ginger root
Summer squash

Carly Erickson of Alexandria is a doctor of naturopathic medicine at the Dynamic Healing Center in Alexandria.

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Citrus Crush: A sophisticated version of a snow cone!

By Crystal Dey

Summer is hot. Ice is cold. It just makes sense to combine the two for a summer treat that is just right.
The Citrus Crush is a sophisticated version of the snow cone. It’s light and crisp, yet sweet and satisfying.
Whether you grab a dessert spoon or splash a little lemon soda on top, it’ll keep you cool when the weather heats up.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups water
1 cup lemon juice (3 large lemons)
1 cup grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit)
2 cups sugar
Lemon and grapefruit slices for garnish
Makes 4 servings

DIRECTIONS:
In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in water; bring to a boil while stirring.
Cook solution uncovered for five minutes without stirring.
Remove from heat and chill in refrigerator until no longer steaming. Either place a towel under the pan or transfer to a ceramic bowl.
Juice lemons and grapefruit; add juice to water. Ladle into ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove cubes and pulse lightly in a food processor.
Rim a glass with sugar, garnish with lemon and grapefruit slices and spoon ice into glass.
Add a citrus soda if you wish to imbibe rather than scoop and savor.

Crystal Dey is a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. She enjoys converting cocktails to mocktails and concocting non-alcoholic drink recipes that people of all ages can savor.

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Sip into summer with this citrusy wine pairing

By Al Edenloff

If you like white wine, this story is for you. If you’re into reds and scoff at white varietals for not being complex or interesting enough, this story is also for you.
With summer kicking into high gear, now is the perfect time to uncork (or unscrew) a slightly chilled bottle of white wine to pair with your favorite grilled recipes.
Try Zesty Grilled Chicken Kabobs with a good chardonnay. Like a fine red wine with steak, this pairing complements both the wine and the food, taking each of them to a new level of deliciousness.
Chunks of chicken breast are marinated in a zippy, citrusy sauce of Greek yogurt, onion, garlic, saffron and plenty of lemon juice. Try not to skimp on the marinade time, so the chicken can absorb all those lemony flavors.
Also, mix the chicken around in the sauce a few times to get the full, earthy effect from the saffron. (Yes, saffron is on the spendy side but only a small amount is needed per recipe so it can be used in several other dishes as well.)
Remember to chill the chard. You want it to be about 50 degrees. If it’s colder than that, the aromas and flavors will be masked. Any warmer, and you risk losing acidity and structure.
Once the kabobs are done grilling, refill your guests’ chardonnay glasses and give a toast to summer.
Swirl the chard, notice its color, which can range from a pale yellow to a rich gold. Take in the aromas of fruit, butter, and in some instances, oak. Then take a sip. Depending on ripeness, you could taste lemon, apple, pear, pineapple, peaches or a blend. There may also be subtle notes of vanilla, butter and caramelized sugar. Who says white wines aren’t complex?
Now take a bite of the kabob and have another sip. The tartness of the kabobs should balance perfectly with the lush, creamy, citrus notes of the chardonnay. Hello, summer!

ZESTY GRILLED
CHICKEN KABOBS

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts
32 oz. plain, non-fat yogurt
Juice of 2 lemons
1 yellow onion
A pinch or two of saffron
1 clove of garlic

DIRECTIONS:
Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes and put in a bowl. Grate onion over the chicken.
Add pulp and juice from lemons, yogurt, saffron and garlic. Mix well.
Marinade for 12 hours, stirring occasionally.
Put chicken cubes on skewers and place over a medium hot charcoal or gas grill.
Grill on each side for about seven minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink (160 degrees). Don’t overcook.

Al Edenloff of Alexandria and his wife, Celeste, were married in the heart of California wine country and enjoy sipping wine on their weekend date nights.

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Don’t let the sun steal your hair color

By the Hair A’La More staff

It’s that time of year again when we want to absorb the sun’s rays but not lose our hair color in the process.
Sun damage to the hair can manifest as faded hair color, brittle and dry hair shafts, and split ends.

Here are a few tips on keeping your color from fading in the sun and keeping it healthy all summer long:

● Keep your hair covered as much as possible whenever you are outside.

● Use a salon product that is formulated for the outdoors and has SPF or sunscreen in it.

● Before going into a pool, wet your hair, or wet hair and add conditioner to it. Having your hair wet or by applying conditioner to damp hair, it will be more resistive to chlorine penetrating into the hair and lightening your color.
Blondes will also benefit from this. Chlorine can make blond hair look gray or green.

Hair A’La More is located in Alexandria.

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Sizzling summer drinks for young ladies

By Caroline Roers

Family reunions and get togethers are a fun part of summer break.
Add a fun new twist by ditching the regular water and soda, and blending up these cool summer drinks for you and your friends.

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade
Ingredients: 8 cups seeded watermelon, 1 cup fresh strawberries halved, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 cup white sugar, 2 cups water.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Shirley Temple
Ingredients: 6 ounces lemon-lime-flavored carbonated beverage, 1 maraschino cherry, 1 dash grenadine syrup.
Directions: Pour soda and grenadine in glass over ice. Add cherry.

Orange Snowman
Ingredients: 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 14 cubes ice.
Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Berry Mimosa Mocktail
Ingredients: 1/2 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup raspberry- flavored sparkling lemonade, 1 strawberry sliced in half.
Directions: Combine juice and lemonade in a pitcher and garnish with strawberry halves.

Blueberry Lemonade
Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 to 1 cup lemon juice, 2 cups fresh blueberries.
Directions: Combine water, sugar and blueberries in small saucepan. Simmer over low heat and stir often until sugar is dissolved and blueberries start to soften. Strain off blueberries and cool the sugar water mixture. Combine lemon juice and sugar water and add enough water to make two quarts of lemonade. Garnish with extra blueberries.

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Plans for a sunny day? Don’t forget to protect your skin

By Jessica Sly

Sunlight is seen by many as a positive ball of energy. It provides light, supplies life to Earth’s vegetation, pumps our bodies with Vitamin D, and can make the days seem cheerier.
However, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to your skin in more ways than one, especially when you get sunburned.
To reduce the risk of sunlight’s adverse effects and keep your skin healthy, limit your exposure time, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear sunscreen if you know you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
Here are some ways that the sun can damage skin:

TEXTURE
UV rays can cause both the thickening and thinning of the skin and hurts its elasticity. Over time, this can give the skin an appearance of leather, cause fine and course wrinkles, and make for easy bruising or skin tearing.

PIGMENT
When you tan, it’s because the sun has caused your skin to produce more melanin, a pigment that protects skin from UV rays. The most noticeable pigment changes are freckles, which occur when the melanin-producing cells are damaged and darken. These could eventually turn into age or liver spots, which in fact are not caused by age.

BLOOD VESSELS
When you are constantly exposed to sunlight, blood vessel walls can become thinner, causing easy bruising. It can also create the appearance of tiny blood vessels in the skin.

BUMPS
Moles can often form in sun-exposed areas, and UV rays can cause precancerous lesions that most often develop on the face, ears and backs of the hands. The lesions appear as small crusty bumps that can more easily be felt than seen.

CANCER
Skin cancer is caused by frequent and prolonged exposure to UV rays. Examine skin regularly for growths or changes in existing lesions.

Jessica Sly of Alexandria is a writer/proofreader and has a passion for art of all kinds.

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Can you handle the heat?

By Jessica Peterson

The heat is on! The trail, parks and beaches are busy. It seems as though everyone is excited to be outside. But before you head outside for the day, be sure that you are ready for a day in the heat.
Heat illness can occur quickly on hot, humid days. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all generally brought on by heat and dehydration. While most of the time we may associate these conditions with athletes, a heat illness can happen to anyone.

A HEAT CRAMP is a muscle contraction that generally happens in the leg. These contractions are forceful and painful and generally are connected to heat, poor conditioning and dehydration. Heat cramps usually improve with drinking water, rest and a cool environment.

HEAT EXHAUSTION can also be a challenge during summer months. The signs of heat exhaustion include feeling weak, dizzy or worried. It may also include fainting, paleness, nausea and a slightly increased temperature.
Water, rest, ice packs and a cool environment should help. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it could lead to the more serious heat stroke.

 

HEAT STROKE can cause shock, organ damage, brain damage or death. Symptoms usually include skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, confusion, frequent vomiting and high fever. It’s important to reduce the person’s temperature quickly. Have them to lie down in a cool place and remove unneeded clothing. Apply ice packs to the neck, armpits and groin. Be sure to seek help.

The good news is that the sun doesn’t have to be the bad guy. You can still enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine. So as you are packing up for the beach or park, be sure you are ready to handle to heat. Bring water, sunscreen and maybe even a sun umbrella for some shade.

Jessica Peterson is a health educator with Douglas County Public Health. Public Health’s mission is to prevent, promote and protect the health and environment of residents.

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Celebrate Independence Day in style with patriotic polish

By Jessica Sly

How will you be celebrating Fourth of July 2014? A picnic? Family day at the beach? Boating? Fireworks? While you’re at it, why not give your nails a patriotic paint job to honor our independence in all of its red, white and blue glory.

1. Apply a clear base coat and let dry.

2. Paint a slanted edge on nail tip with blue polish. Apply more than one coat if you prefer it darker.

3. Alternating red and white, paint stripes above blue polish. Start thick and taper off to a thin line. Leave a little space between each stripe.

Note: This step will be easier and more precise if you use nail art polish that comes equipped with a slender brush.

4. After the colors have dried completely, apply a top coat.

Tip: To get a smooth, straight edge on the tip of your nail, use tape as a guide. Make sure the base coat is completely dry or the tape might pull it off. After painting the tip, remove the tape carefully, and don’t let the polish dry too much before you do.

Jessica Sly of Alexandria is a writer/proofreader and has a passion for art of all kinds, whether it be music, writing, drawing or Disney.

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Decorating with yellow

By Lori Mork

Whether you like it soft and pastel or bright and splashy, sunny yellow color always makes a statement. Yellow evokes energy, leaving a room cheerful and warm, and is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.
Using yellow shades in hallways, entries, small spaces and in rooms with plenty of light can make them seem larger, and you can accent those areas with weathered wood, or add some orange or turquoise to create dimension.
A baby’s room in warm, soft yellow, accented with light gray, makes a wonderful gender-neutral space. You can also pair that same soft yellow with white for a more delicate feel.
Rich yellow contrasts beautifully with dark woods for a dramatic effect, especially in living areas. But avoid using cool-toned yellows in south-facing rooms to prevent a cold look to the space.
Instead, use yellows that lean toward brown or slightly reddish undertones. Rooms can be made more neutral feeling if the yellow you use hints toward brown.
Spice up your soft yellow room with some apple green accents for a more modern, outdoor look, or create a classic country style with blues.
If you use a strong yellow color, make sure to soften it with some paler shades of a contrasting hue, such as pale violet or soft blue.
Using vibrant yellows and greens can bring a neutral room to life, so consider these colors when combining with natural elements such as stone and wood.
Some designers have noted that, even though yellow is a cheery color, it’s not always a good choice, since some studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow environment.
Babies may also seem to cry more in a yellow room and, in large amounts, yellow seems to create feelings of frustration and anger in people.

Lori Mork of Lowry is a mother, grandmother and dabbler in all things food, photography and decor related.

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The family file

By Karla Mikkelson

Even after you pay your bills and clean up clutter on your kitchen counter, there always seems to be extra paper in the house.
I love in-baskets for each family member, but as those in-baskets fill, and papers needing immediate attention have been attended to, what are we to do with the remaining paper we need to save?
Try a family filing cabinet.  For a typical family of four, a two-drawer cabinet will be sufficient.
Label your files consistently, how you would refer to them.  For example, if you would look at your insurance paperwork and think to file it under American Family, then that’s how you should label the file, and keep it under A.
If you pick up that paper and think “insurance,” then it should be labeled as such and filed under I. No matter how organized a file, it must make sense to you and your family.

STEPS TO SUCCESS:
Purchase a sturdy two-drawer file cabinet.
Label a stack of tabbed folders to suit your family’s needs.
File them alphabetically.
Always place the most recent receipts and information in the front of each folder as you file.

OPTION 1 – Label by category:
• Bank – checking Jane
• Bank – checking John
• Bank – savings
• Child care
• Dance lessons
• Dental (insurance/receipts)
• Eye care
• Insurance Health – Jane
• Insurance Health – John
• Insurance – Home
• Insurance – Life
• Investments & 401k
• Paystubs
• Phone – bills/manuals
• Swim lessons
• Workout Center

OPTION 2 – Label by name:
• ABC Insurance Company – Home
• ABC Insurance Company – Life
• BCD Bank – checking John
• BCD Bank – checking Jane
• BCD Bank – savings
• CDE Day care
• DDD Dance Studio – Emma
• HIJ Dentistry
• KLM Insurance Company – Jane
• KLM Insurance Company – John
• M&M Optometry
• RST Bank – 401k
• School District 000 – Bobby
• School District 000 – Emma
• SOS Swim Lessons – Bobby
• XYZ Company – paystubs

Don’t be afraid to put extra folders in for paperwork, ripped out magazine pages, notes, etc. that you never know exactly where to file.
• Costume ideas
• Gift ideas
• Manuals (all appliances)
• School sports & activities
• Tax write offs 2014 (next year, you’ll have all your deductions in one folder, ready to head to the accountant).
Get your family involved and stay organized, so you’ll never have lost paperwork again!

Karla Mikkelson is a graphic artist and organizer.

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