I am always hearing about eating your way to better health and was wondering whether I could 'eat my way to better skin?'...So I decided to look into some ingredients that are great for our skin and create some recipes that I could regularly cook to improve my skin as well as my health.
I thought I'd start with a salad seeing that the warm sunny salad days will soon be gone. Stay tuned as I already have some great ideas for some heart warming dishes for the upcoming colder weather.
Super Skin Salad
4 cups of Baby Spinach
1 Cup Quinoa Cooked
230g Chickpeas Cooked (or 1 Tin)
1 Avocado Diced
1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Small Garlic Clove Crushed
1. Combine Quinoa, Chickpeas, diced avocado and chopped almonds in a large bowl and gently toss.
2. Shake the lemon juice, Olive Oil and Garlic in a small jar to make the dressing.
3. Add the spinach leaves to the quinoa, chickpeas and avocado and add the dressing, gentle toss all ingredients.
Skin Benefits of The Salad Ingredients!
Spinach-is packed with anti-oxidants which work to slow down the ageing process and protect skin cells, spinach also strengthens our skin tissue and is high in anti-inflammatory properties.
Quinoa-high levels of magnesium promote skin elasticity and regenerate skin cells, while vitamin B2 (riboflavin) builds up connective tissues and is integral to cell reparation
Chickpeas-The manganese in chickpeas helps skin cells produce energy and fights wrinkle-causing free-radical damage and they also contain large amounts of folate - a B vitamin that skin cells need in order to repair damage from sun and toxins.
Avocado-A good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin, brittle hair and nails.
Almonds-Are a great source of Vitamin E Omega -3's two elements that keep your skin cells plump and healthy.
Lemon Juice-Lemon helps in the detoxification process of the body and, is full of Vitamin C which is also responsible for building up collagen in our skin, which helps keep our skin firm and young
Garlic-is a natural anti-oxidant and also wonderful for our skin.
Do You Have Any Healthy Skin Recipes or Juices That You'd Like To Share?