Everyone strives for blemish-free, clear, and glowing skin – there are many factors that contribute to that, including genetics. In Singapore, the humid and hot weather causes increased oil production on our skin, causing clogged pores and blemishes.
The term “you are what you eat” cannot be more true. The meals listed are healthy, simple, and fast to make! Here are nine recipes that focus on using nourishing ingredients that feed what your skin and body craves. Everyone wants that healthy glow, so click [food title to view the recipes] away!
Switch your morning up by changing your typical oatmeal to quinoa for an extra boost of protein. Quinoa is a rich source of selenium, which can improve skin elasticity. Blueberries are high in anthocyanins, which is one of many antioxidants that fight off the damage in our bodies, caused by free radicals. Raspberries contain raspberry ketones (have been known to treat insulin resistance), lowering insulin in your bloodstream, which causes your sebaceous (oil-producing) glands to be less active.
What’s a morning without this superfood-packed smoothie? It contains the godfather of all superfood, kale, chewy goji berries, sweet apple, and tangy raspberries. Kale contains high levels of vitamin K, an essential vitamin known to suppress inflammation, which can result in wrinkles or acne. Goji berries are also chewy, adding texture to the smoothie, and are a rich source of antioxidants (ward off signs of photoaging), including freckles, spider veins and liver spots. Apples healthy-skin benefits adds sweetness to the drink; Fuji and Red Delicious rank highest for antioxidants.
Clear skin is thought to have a gut-brain connection. Your gut (intestinal system) has a sensitive balance of bacteria, and when that bacteria is off from stress, eating sugar, or too many processed foods, the first place for it to show up on, is your supple skin. Many fermented foods like Tempeh, Kefir, and Miso all supply beneficial bacteria for the body and keeps the immune system intact, but kimchi supposedly holds the secret to ultimate clear, glowing skin for the Koreans.
- Pumpkin Spinach Seed Energy Balls
Expensive pre-packaged energy bars are loaded with sugar, so why not whip up your own nutritious, homemade version! These small, wholesome bites are combined with pumpkin seeds, mixed nuts, spinach, dates, and cocoa. While all of these ingredients aid in healthy skin properties, spinach contains high levels of folate (a vitamin that may protect the skin from skin cancer), and nuts are laden with antioxidant flavonoids.
This delectable vegan burger is made up primarily of chickpeas, quinoa, and grated zucchini feat. sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which help prevent acne development and may help acne-scarred skin heal. In addition, zucchini is 95% water, and we all know that hydrated skin is key to healthy, supple skin. The green veggie is also a great source of Vitamin C, a nutrient required for healing damaged skin.
PS: If zucchini is hard to find here in Asia, cucumbers will do the trick + replace the bread to gluten-free bread if you wish, and you have yourself a scrumptious gluten-free and vegan meal!
Crushed almonds are a great alternative to you gluten-free lovers out there! It serves to coat chicken and create a crispy outer crust. The almond-based crust contains high levels of vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from sun damage. For a healthier sauce that’s beneficial for your skin, try a homemade cherry compote that uses less refined sugar (the sweets has been linked to not-so-perfect skin).
We all know that salmon contains ample amounts of omega-3, and this recipe does not fall short of that. This meal is made with low-grease preparation — baking instead of frying. When we consume greasy foods, it can affect our skin from the inside out, so opting for baked recipes instead of fried can reduce all the unhealthy oils.
If you are a chocolate and avocado lover, this sneaky dessert is for you. Inside those truffles is the secret: avocados. Avocado contains high levels of pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5. A number of B vitamins, including B5, promote clear skin by reducing oil production and the size of pores.
Sweet, spicy, and tart – melded together to form this super simple dessert. Both chocolate and pomegranate seeds contain antioxidants (flavonols and polyphenols respectively) that are known to protect the skin against the adverse effects of UV rays.
Tip: Look for dark chocolate with a cacao content above 70% for higher antioxidant power (the higher, the better).
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