Top Five Foods to Make Your Skin Glow

There is so much varying advice when it comes to taking care of your skin. Whilst one person swears by one thing, another person might be totally against it altogether! However, even though it can be confusing, skincare is definitely something that we should pay attention to – especially as we age!

As a teenager, I wasted a lot of money using different skin care products, trying to find an amazing product to do absolutely everything I wanted it to do. It’s only when I stopped looking at creams and lotions and turned to food that I found a genuine answer! By eating a well balanced, plant based diet, your skin will soon begin to glow and feel a great deal healthier.

Although eating well and eliminating animal products will get you on the road to having better skin, there are certain foods that you can aim to include to speed the process up. These five foods are my top suggestions!

figs_theflexifoodieFigs

Figs are full of vitamins and minerals that aid the body in the process of removing toxins and mucus from the body. It is only when these things exit the body that your skin will truly have a chance to shine. It’s easy to include figs in your diet and they’re delicious whether eaten on their own or even in a smoothie. Blending them down into a smoothie is actually a great idea as more antioxidants are released as the seeds become pulverised!

cucumber_theflexifoodieCucumbers

The enzyme-rich water in cucumbers makes them perfect for improving the health of your skin. Cucumbers are also packed with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. All of these things combine together to create some serious hydration.

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Rocket (or Arugula as we know it in the States!) is rich in Vitamin A which has shown to help with acne. It is even thought that a Vitamin A deficiency could be partially responsible for the occurrence of acne. On top of that, rocket is highly alkaline which assists in cleansing and neutralising toxins in the blood system. This in turn contributes to the overall health of our skin!

almonds_theflexifoodieAlmonds

Like most nuts, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is the antioxidant found in human epidermal tissue and goes a long way to promoting smooth, supple skin. It is particularly important to up your Vitamin E intake if you have unwittingly allowed the sun’s UV rays to cause damage to your skin.

Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are so incredibly high in Vitamin C that they actually help to regenerate collagen in the body! Although they are technically a fruit, red bell peppers are very low in sugar which makes them perfect to snack on throughout the day. They also contain silicon which has been shown to help keep wrinkles at bay by strengthening the connective tissue!bellpepper_theflexifoodie

So there you have it, five great food choices that will have you positively glowing! Why not include all of these things in one incredible salad to really take advantage of their fantastic benefits!

Sangita’s Tofu Curry

My friend Sangita was kind enough to share this recipe with me although it was originally intended as a prawn curry dish! To give this recipe my own touch, I’ve substituted tofu in to create a veggie alternative! Curry is a wholesome dish that is perfectly satisfying at the end of a long day and with ample opportunity to include a combination of herbs and spices, it is great for your body too! To make this recipe for yourself and three others, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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2 medium onions
450g block of firm tofu, cut into small chunks
½ a block of coconut cream
1 teaspoon of cumin
4 ground cardamom pods
2 teaspoons of coriander
2 teaspoons of turmeric
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
Lime juice to taste
1 inch of root ginger
3 tablespoons of safflower oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Before you start preparing the curry, you should first add your desired amount of rice to a pan of hot water and leave to cook.

So to begin, you should chop the onions into small pieces and peel and slice the ginger. Next you can drizzle some of the safflower oil into a pan and fry these two ingredients together for two to three minutes. Whilst continuing to fry, include the cumin, cardamom, coriander plus the turmeric and chilli powder. Stir the contents of the frying pan together well before adding in all of the tofu.

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Now you can turn the heat down a tad whilst you create the coconut milk. Do this by mixing the block of coconut cream with 475ml of boiling water in a jug and stirring well before pouring into the pan. Turn the heat back up and allow everything to cook together for between five and ten minutes.

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Before you take the curry off the heat, check to see if the rice is ready and if so drain off any excess water and serve onto dishes. You can then season the contents of your pan with salt and freshly ground black pepper before serving over the rice. Garnish with a dash of lime juice and enjoy!

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Curry is often thought of as an indulgent dish that is neither good for the body or your waistline, however when prepared with the correct ingredients and not full of fatty products, curry can actually be a healthy meal. Not only this but it isn’t too difficult to make and is loved by many! Also, by using tofu as an alternative to meat in your curries, you are providing the body with numerous healthy benefits. These benefits range from lowering your cholesterol count to helping protect against certain cancers. It is also believed that consuming tofu will help keep bones strong as it is a great source of calcium. Tofu is also full of vitamin E and is a fantastic source of protein. Every 100g of tofu contains approximately 17.19g of protein, making it easy to see that you can still meet your daily recommended allowance from this meat alternative!

The inclusion of spices like turmeric, cumin and coriander are also good ways to boost the nutritional value of your meals and also add to the taste. Also, when cooking it is preferable to avoid the traditional oils which have become the norm and instead opt for a healthier alternative. Safflower oil has been used since the Ancient Egyptian times and is a bi-product of a plant which is also widely used for colouring, flavouring and medicinal purposes.

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