There are times of the month when all you want to do is eat something unhealthy. While everything in moderation is the best way to balance your diet, you can also make healthy swaps for your favourite unhealthy foods so that you feel less guilty! We have selected our favourite beauty foods for glowing skin to get your complexion radiant and gorgeous.
Top 3 Beauty Foods For Glowing Skin
You may have heard Miranda Kerr talking about Spirulina, or Rosie Huntington Whiteley singing the praises of Chlorella. It can be easy to get caught up in the beauty food trend, but we’re taking it back to simplicity by using every day foods you don’t need to spend a lot of money on to get glowing skin.
Sweet Potato is packed with vitamins and minerals to get your complexion back on track. It’s especially rich in Vitamin C, which helps skin cells to produce Collagen and keeps the skin firm and plumped up.
It also contains Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, which are known antioxidants to help protect the skin from damage to sun exposure.
Sweet Potato Brownies
These delicious brownies are packed full of vitamins and leave your skin glowing rather than congested and dull like regular chocolate ones.
Ingredients: 2 Sweet Potatoes, 3 tablespoons of Agave Nectar, 100g of Spelt Flour, 80g of Ground Almonds, 80g of Raspberries, 60g of Raw Dark Chocolate (melted), 60g Medjool Dates, a pinch of Salt
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Peel the Sweet Potatoes to remove all of the skin.
- Place them into a Steamer (if you don’t have one of these, you can use a normal pan, sieve and lid. Just place the Sweet Potatoes in the sieve on top of a pan of water, and cover. It will take about 1-20 minutes for them to soften.
- Blitz the softened Sweet Potatoes with the Medjool Dates to create a paste type consistency.
- Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and then add the Sweet Potato mixture and mix well.
- Place into a cake tin and bake for approximately 20 minutes. The brownies should be soft but when you pierce them, the fork should come out clean.
- Let the brownies cool! This is important otherwise the brownies will fall apart.
Known as a super-food, Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants. This means that they are great for skin health as they provide protection against environmental aggressors, keeping your complexion youthful and glowing.
Blueberries are also extremely high in a mineral known as Salicylates. This comes from the salt of Salicyic Acid, which is an ingredient present in so many acne-fighting products. It helps to kill bacteria, unclog pores and remove dead skin cells, so by taking it from the inside out, skin health will be improved.
Blueberry and Banana Ice Cream
You don’t have to use cream and sugar to create a deliciously creamy and tasty ice cream. This delicious recipe takes minutes to make and is packed full of vitamins and minerals to leave you glowing.
Ingredients: 2 frozen Bananas (must be ripe as that’s when they’re at their softest!), 75g of frozen Blueberries, 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.
- Place the frozen Bananas, Blueberries and Vanilla Extract into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
You might have heard already that nuts, and especially Almonds are brilliant for the skin, but did you know that Brazil Nuts are just as beneficial for your complexion? Brazil Nuts are packed full of Selenium and Zinc, which helps to promote natural cell turnover so your skin glows with health.
They are also packed full of Vitamins A and E, which help to promote Collagen production within the skin’s cells and keep your complexion taut, firm and youthful.
Raw Brazil Nut and Coconut Truffles
These easy to make chocolate truffles will satisy your sweet tooth and your skin health to leave you glowing and gorgeous!
Ingredients: 100g of Brazil Nuts, 200g of pitted Medjool Dates (these are brilliant for creating a soft texture!), 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil, 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter, 20g of Raw Dark Chocolate (melted), 40g of Coconut Flakes
- Blitz the Brazil Nuts in a food processor until they are very finely grinded (it will resemble a paste-like consistency.)
- Add the Medjool Dates, melted Raw Dark Chocolate, Coconut Oil and Almond Butter and blend until everything is well mixed.
- Roll the mixture into individual balls.
- Coat each ball in the Coconut Flakes
- Place in the fridge to chill the truffles so they harden in texture.