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Holiday Recipe with our Ambassador, Laura Mueseler!

Have you ever noticed how the foods you eat have an effect on your appearance? Healthy eating and healthy skin go hand in hand and there are a number of foods that will help you to get glowing, health skin from the inside out.

Foods like butternut squash and other winter squash are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with being rich in antioxidants, making them one of the best foods for healthy skin! The high Vitamin A content in Butternut Squash helps to produce skin cell turnover, along with keeping your skin both firm and healthy. One serving of butternut squash also contains about half of your daily dose of Vitamin C which boosts the production of collagen and helps to prevent signs of aging.

Butternut Squash and other winter squash are in season in the fall and winter months making them a great choice to serve at holiday meals as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. With Thanksgiving just days away these delicious Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini would make the perfect appetizer to share with family and friends. They are healthy and full of seasonal flavors and best of all, they’re so simple to make!

If time allows, try roasting the squash ahead of time so all you have to do is toast the bread and top it with the mixture of butternut squash, feta and arugula then finish it off by drizzling a little bit of honey over the top. The combination of the honey roasted squash and salty feta is oh-so delicious and the peppery arugula adds the perfect amount of crunch making for the perfect holiday appetizer!

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey + 1 tablespoon to top
  • 1 cup arugula
  • ½ cup feta crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, roughly chopped
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced ½ inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Toss cubed butternut squash in olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Roast for 30-40 minutes tossing halfway through
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the butternut squash and cook for 5 more minutes
  • Take out and let cool
  • Drizzle olive oil on the bread and toast in oven for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine butternut squash, feta, sage and arugula
  • Spoon the mixture on top of the toasted bread and drizzle with  tablespoon honey.
  • Cut in half and serve

 

Thanks to our lovely ambassador, Laura from Sequins at Breakfast for sharing this holiday recipe!

Get To Know Honolulu MedSpa’s Olivia Bears

Olivia Bears at Honolulu MedSpa

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Hawaii’s top medspa?

Get behind the scenes with our all-star team!

At just 23 years old, Olivia Bears is already one of our top medical aestheticians and laser technicians. You might have met her if you’ve come in for laser hair removal, Venus Freeze, or one of our rejuvenating facials. We asked Olivia about her work, her personal beauty routine, and her “famous last words.” Read on for her delightful answers.

Tell us a little bit about you. How did you end up working in the medical spa industry?

Olivia: I’ve always been interested in beauty, but as I got older, my interests were more specific to skin care. When I was 17, I went to a college fair and happened upon a booth for a beauty and wellness school in my area. That’s where my interest grew into a passion. When I moved to Hawaii in 2014, I decided to further my education in esthetics. With the help of my mentors at the Makana Esthetics and Wellness Academy, I was directed to the field of medical aesthetics. I don’t regret a single decision along the way throughout my journey!

What’s a typical day like at Honolulu MedSpa?

Olivia: Busy! Every day is different when you’re working one-on-one with clients because every client’s needs and expectations are different. I could be hopping from appointment to appointment every half hour in the laser hair removal room or I could be spending a little more in-depth time with a client in the facial room talking about different treatments or products he or she could try. It’s exciting!

What qualities do you think someone needs to have to be able to do your job well?

Olivia: Patience, listening skills, the ability to multi-task and be adaptable, and above all… passion for skin care!

What’s your favorite treatment to perform for your patients?

Olivia: I enjoy our medical grade facials the most because they give me time to sit down with a client and get a feel for what he or she is really wanting to get out of his or her treatment and skin in general.

What’s the funniest thing a patient has said to you?

Olivia: While performing a HydraFacial on a first-time client, he said, “Whoa! I feel like a cat is licking me, but I like it!”

What would you say to someone who’s never been to a medical spa before?

Olivia: Don’t be scared! Come in for a consultation. We’ll listen to you and get you started in the right direction.

What is the biggest misunderstanding people have about your job?

Olivia: I don’t get to get facials all the time. 🙁 Also, there is SO much thought that goes into treatment and products that I discuss with clients — skin care is anything but black and white.

What do you think makes Honolulu MedSpa the best medspa facility on the islands?

Olivia: I feel like we genuinely care about our clients’ well-being, but we also care about what’s doable for a client. We understand that beauty doesn’t come cheap, so we really try to guide our clients towards what will give them the best results for their goals and skin type. Not what will make us the most money.

What’s the best part of what you do?

Olivia: Seeing results and hearing how satisfied a client is.

Famous last words?

Olivia: Beauty is hard work and nothing worth having ever comes easy. 😉

Ready to book with Olivia?

Do it!

Four Tips for Fighting Dehydration this Summer

Hydration

Guest blog post with Family Health Hawaii

Fight Dehydration with These Four Tips

We are blessed as residents of Hawaii, no doubt about it. We have beautiful weather throughout the year; however, July and August are our “hot” months. We’re in the midst of our summer season, which calls for a quick public service announcement: Hydrate yourself!

Water is the essence of life. We are surrounded by it, we use it every day in countless ways, and yet we often forget to drink enough of it! In fact, about 60% of our bodies are made up of water, with 75% stored in our muscles and 85% percent in our brains! It’s our job to make sure our bodies are hydrated enough to run smoothly and help us feel ready for the world. Here are some tips for keeping hydrated:

  1. We all need water, but how much? Most experts agree that we should take in half our weight in ounces daily. In addition to regular water intake throughout the day, the amount of sweat you lose during exercise should be replenished as soon as possible. In fact, for every pound of perspiration lost, a pint (that’s 16 ounces) of water should be taken in.
  2. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Keep a stash of water in your bag and make it your mission to refill at every stop you make, every errand you run. Your goal is to keep water running through your water bottle and into your body throughout the day!
  3. Spice or sweeten up your water with an infuser. Choose berries, cucumbers, mint, lemon—get creative! Give your water some punch by adding these natural, satiating flavors to your daily intake.
  4. Redefine soda! By combining some sparkling mineral water (no salt, no artificial flavors) with a couple drops of honey or a splash of citrus, you’ll feel refreshed and invigorated—without the extra calories and crippling side effects that come with traditional soda.

Dehydration is extremely common because we’re busy people taking care of other busy people, working hard, and moving! It’s important to stop and remind ourselves of our basic needs throughout the day—that way we can continue to take care of our loved ones and ourselves while we operate at our maximum capacity!

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