9 Foods For Amazing skin

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/10/24/9-foods-for-amazing-skin/.

I came across this today and thought I’d repost, I love superfoods for skin! Like the Perricone Diet – amazing skin if you can make yourself eat COPIUS amounts of fish! For me, the sauerkraut and cabbage wasn’t a surprise, in Poland we know how good it is for your skin! And best of all, these are all really easy to incorporate into your diet, have loads of other health benefits, and and not obscure, and hard to get. I always have lemon and water first thing in the morning, have chia seeds in a brekkie or sometimes as a pudding, cucumbers in salad all the time, love a seaweed salad from sushi train, recently tried papaya for the first time (i know, hey, but I’ve always avoided it and thought I didn’t like it),  pumpkin seeds I put on a salad for crunch etc.

SkinWe may not be able to change our DNA or completely alleviate blemish-inducing stress, but we all can eat foods that contribute to amazing skin, says Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of the best-selling The Beauty Detox Solution. Snyder shares with us nine foods—from cucumbers to kale and sauerkraut (surprise!)—that can seriously impact the look and health of your skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber: Cucumber is a virtually a cure-all full of hydrating enzyme-filled water, and hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. It also contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why you put the chilled slices over your eyes for a DIY spa treatment!

Seaweed

Seaweed: Seaweed is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which helps with healthy blood flow to contribute to radiant skin. It is also naturally low in (bloating) sodium, but high in iodine, to help your thyroid and metabolism function at its peak. Order a seaweed salad when you go for sushi or add spirulina to your smoothies or diet.

Kale

Kale: The sexy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty vitamins A, C, and E, which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium that healthy skin needs. Make a green juice or massage a kale salad stat.

Papaya

Papaya: Papaya’s gorgeous reddish color is due to its high content of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and acts like a mechanic of on-going skin repair. The enzyme papain is used in all kinds of exfoliating facial masks, but when you eat it, it contributes its cleansing properties to your digestion and promotes both bright skin and eyes.

Sauerkraut

Raw sauerkraut and other probiotic-rich foods: Probiotics are one of the biggest beauty secrets for clear, radiant skin. They encourage the growth of friendly gut flora that helps keep your digestion in check, so there’s better nutrient delivery to the skin and entire body. And they help make B vitamins, critical for energy and beauty overall. How to eat more? Add a scoop of sauerkraut to a rice or quinoa bowl with steamed veggies for a zing.

PumpkinSeeds

Pumpkin seeds: A handful of these are like taking your B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin. Pumpkin seeds are also high in minerals, such as zinc, which in deficiency can lead to issues such as acne. Sprinkle them over anything from yogurt and salads to rice bowls and fish.

ChiaSeeds

Chia seeds: They’re an unbelievable source of essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and scalp. Chia seeds also contain skin-saving antioxidants (in the ballpark of blueberries) that fight free-radical damage. Be sure to soak them first before eating, or add them to a pudding or smoothie.

Cabbage
Cabbage: The humble cabbage is actually a wonderful beauty food. It’s high in fiber and contains the compound sulforaphane, which promotes anti-aging antioxidant activity in the body. It’s also high in vitamin C. How to eat more? Add sliced purple cabbage to your salads.

Lemon

Lemon: I recommend starting each day with hot water with lemon. It gives you a boost of vitamin C, and this simple drink starts you off in the day hydrated. Lemon’s enzymes have also been shown to help rejuvenate liver tissue and help support skin collagen.

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In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed

…And boy have I been enjoying!

Dear my body,
 
I promise to treat you better then I ever have before. To move you, and feed you nutritious food, (and not deny you a treat now and then). I promise to love and respect you, and be proud of you.
Love,
Me.

While I was having my week (or more) of excess, indulgence and general unhealthiness, I did actually try to do some healthy options. I made my chicken basil cashew nut dish, as well as my choc fudge balls. This time, I made them, even better – the best yet!! How? Why, with the addition of some superfoods.

Now I LOVE superfoods – I buy Acai berry power powder and chia seeds from Power Superfoods, and recently was given their Cacao Crunch nibs and Goldenberrys to try. They’re certified Organic, and you can have a look at their site here. So many good things that you hear of and can be hard to find – Maqui berry powder, goji berries, Coconut palm sugar, wakame seafood. The list goes on and you can but it all from their site, plus they’re better at explaining the nutrition than I am, so check it out just for that!

I hadn’t ever tried – or to be honest heard of Goldenberries before, but am happy to report they’re ah-mazing. They’re deliciously tangy, which I absolutely love. Especially so in baking or making sweets, gives that tang that prevents them from being oversweet. I added these, as well as the Cacao nibs to my choc fudge balls and they’re a MUST now. I was happy to see they went down a treat with guests, and will definitely whizz these up again when entertaining friends and maintaining a healthy diet (in fact I already have made up some more since). The balls are a great for entertaining, serve up and enjoy a dessert and know you can participate and not feel guilty or think you’ve blown out that day. Gives your guests some nutritional benefits too. I don’t know the exact amount I added of these, about 3 heaped tablespoons, but I just poured from the pack. The balls can be really sweet, and the addition of these in particular give the flavour a bit of complexity. I very much recommend.

I also added the goldenberries to my breakfast yoghurt parfaits (more on them later) I’ve been having lately and to my trail mix. If you’re not into sour or tangy then these Aren’t for you as they’re not a super sweet berry, but I do recommend adding them to sweets you may be having to add some zing!

Cacao nibs are awesome too. If you’re expecting super sweet chocolate, again, these are not going to give you that. But, as the pack says, if you’re going to eat chocolate anyway, give these a go. They’re chocolaty-coffee crunchy and great! I mixed these into the fudge balls and as well as flavour they gave a good crunch element. Again, something I’ll definitely be adding into the mix from now. I also used these in my hot chocolate, on top, and added them to the parfaits I’ve been having, and even topped a bowl of cornflakes with them ( I know, weird craving I had, I never have Cornflakes but I NEEDED them and no I’m not pregnant).

I also soaked some chia seeds and added them to the balls, but I think I’ll skip that step from now. Just went a bit Superfood happy. It messed with the texture and consistency, maybe because I soaked them before rather then just adding in, but the balls weren’t ‘setting’ and I ended up freezing that batch and making a new one without – much better. But Chia seeds in general. I love, and use everyday. So many uses, Chia puddings, smoothies, and just adding them for bulk.

Below are some pics for making up the balls, and even my cornflakes with cacao nibs, which by the way was such a yummy breakfast!

There’s even a pic of my cornflakes with cacao nibs, haha.

Now, the parfait.

Couldn’t be easier. Just toast some oats, nuts – I used raw almonds and shredded coconut in the oven or under the grill, with some honey or agave syrup, about a teaspoon of is enough. It’s important to keep a close eye on it, as it BURNS real quick! Then mix Cacao nibs after toasting, once the mix had cooled a little. Then layer some fruit – I’ve been loving peaches, but berries are great too, and I can’t wait until Mango season, or any other Summer fruits, a tropical version with pawpaw, lychees – YUM <3. Anyways, layer the fruit of choice, then add yoghurt, I like plain greek, then the oat mix and layer again. So yum, I feel like I am having a dessert for brekkie and look forward to it each morning. The mix of nuts, oats, cacao, chia, fruit and yoghurt works so well and keeps me sustained right through to lunch, no problems, even on weekends when I work out in between breakfast and lunch. Do yourself and favour and try this for breakfast, you’ll feel like you’re having a real treat.

Berry amazing-ness!