Recently, I put a post up (on Insta) detailing the benefits of nourishing your skin from the inside out. Today, I thought I’d elaborate on why it’s so effective, as well as share the full Recipe for this Clean, Skin Soothing Beauty Bowl.
Though I’m the first to admit, I love treating my skin with beauty products on the outside, as we all know, you can’t get very far without first working on the inside. I can attest to this first hand after a few years ago turning to an amazing Integrative Dermatologist to clear up a case of Dermatitis and gain insight into occasional Adult breakouts. He confirmed what we intuitively know, and used a three pronged approach to treat and heal my skin; Reduce Stress, Identify & Eliminate Food Triggers, as well as apply targeted (Magical) Topical Treatments. Since then, I have seen this same approach repeated from countless Wellness Experts in my own research. And on my personal journey to clear skin, I’ve found, that what you eat truly does have the biggest impact on your skin.
Below, is the Recipe for my Skin Soothing Beauty Bowl, and here’s how it works to nourish your skin. Start with a good base of Greens, such as Spinach or Kale. Greens are filled with Vitamin A (aka Retinol), Vitamin C and Antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Beta Carotene and Chlorophyl. Next in line are the Good Fats, not too much, just a little Avocado, in which the Good Fats work to plump and hydrate the skin. As well as a sprinkle of Hemp Seeds which are high in an Omega 6 called GLA, which unlike most Omega 6 fatty acids contains anti inflammatory properties, Hemp also contains Omega 3s which are anti inflammatory in their own right. Together, Hemp Seeds have the perfect ratio of Omega 3s to 6s. Hemp seeds are also high in Magnesium which work to calm the Nervous System.
Which leads us to including anti oxidant rich foods which work to protect from inflammation & redness, foods with calming, anti inflammatory properties such as Turmeric, Sweet Potatoes and Superfood Veggies such as Broccoli. Next, we add in some veggies rich in a high water based content, such as Cucumbers (I also LOVE to use celery, though it’s missing here). And lastly, a good splash of Apple Cider Vinegar, known for its support of good digestion and gut health, and we all know good Gut Health is where good skin begins. And so here we have one hard working, skin saving Salad. If any of the ingredients disagree with you, of course switch them for ones which work best for you xx
Skin Boosting Beauty Salad
1 cup broccoli florets
1-2tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 generous handfuls of Spinach, roughly chopped
1/2cup organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1/2 Lebanese Cucumber, sliced
1/2 Zucchini, grated
1 tomato, diced
1tbs Hemp Seeds
1tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Line two baking tray with baking paper.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the potatoes and 1tsp Olive Oil, mix well to combine. Spread out evenly on baking tray and transfer to the oven. Meanwhile, using the same mixing bowl, combine the broccoli with 1tsp Olive Oil plus a sprinkle of Sea Salt, mix well to combine. After 20minutes, add the broccoli to the same baking tray, spreading spaciously so the veggies don’t steam themselves and transfer to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Wipe bowl clean and combine the chickpeas, turmeric and a light sprinkling of sea salt. Add tray to the oven for the last 5-7 minutes of roasting or until all the veggies look golden / charred and crispy. This may take a little longer or shorter depending on the strength of your oven.
3. Compile your salad in a medium sized serving bowl, staring with the spinach, grated zucchini and cucumber. Add the roasted veggies, chickpeas, chopped tomato and avocado. Sprinkle with Hemp Seeds, a splash of ACV, lemon juice and a good sprinkle of Sea Salt xx