By: Bec Robertson
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Food is not just medicine, it is also BEAUTY. If you want clear skin with a vibrant glow, you have to eat the right foods. Remember that the skin is part of our body systems. What we feed our cells, we see in our skin as a result.
If your diet isn’t wholesome and health promoting, it will show on your skin. To maximise that radiance, a plantbased and natural diet is the way to go. Here are my top 10 recommendations for natural foods that will give your skin a beauty boost:
- Coconut oil. Use it in for cooking curries, soups, vegetables stews, muffins, cakes, slices. Use the extra virgin variety.
- Ginger. Great for the digestion. Good digestion = good skin!
- Cinnamon. A fantastic blood sugar stabiliser, which means that you don’t suffer such lulls in energy. When our energy is low, it shows on our skin.
- Kombucha (no added sugar). This fermented tea drink contains probiotics, which assist with maintaining healthy digestion and immunity.
- Berries. I love raspberries and blueberries but anything with a high anti-oxidant content is good! I use them in smoothies and smoothie bowls.
- Almond butter. Almonds contain Vitamin E, which is fantastic for the skin. I like to use almond butter in my raw treats (recipe coming soon!).
- Dates. Not too many because they are naturally very sweet! But a date with a handful of raw nuts, makes a great energy boost. Dates are high in fibre, which helps with digestion.
- Pumpkin. Roasted pumpkin is such an easy, warming meal. I use coconut or olive oil. In warmer weather, roast the pumpkin and then use it in a salad. It contains anti-oxidants.
- Olives. I like the kalamata variety. They contain Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. I often blend them with some olive oil, basil and garlic for a homemade tapenade (recipe below).
- Dark chocolate. Only the varieties that are 95% and above. Antioxidant content is high!!
Homemade Olive Tapenade Recipe
1 cup of Pitted kalamata olives
1 bunch of fresh basil (washed)
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
OPTIONAL: To make a creamier version, throw in a handful of raw nuts such as cashew, almond or macadamia
Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
Enjoy on gluten free almond bread/flax crackers, stir through a vegetable stew or use as a dip for carrot/celery/capsicum sticks
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