Eat For Beauty
It is no secret that everyone wants great skin with a healthy glow. Though, not all of us are blessed with it. In my teens, I was crazily self-conscious about the pimple plantation on my face and would layer on the thickest foundation, what I thought at the time was the best solution to my problem.
Now in my 30s, I am more confident to unveil my make up free skin.
Whilst, using quality makeup is important to promote healthy skin so is eating whole foods in its most natural state. Where possible the highest quality and organic. No, this is not a gimmick or ploys for produce to be priced more expensively. Of course, it goes without saying that not all organic produce is truly organic, so we have to do our best to source good produce.
Your food choices give you the opportunity to reshape your body and rejuvenate your skin.
Don’t get me wrong I am not a fitness freak or nutritionist in any way. I am in fact a sucker for sweets especially pretty biscuits, macarons, chocolate, eclairs and Florentines. It came as a surprise to me that my blood sugar level when tested a few years ago was higher than my husbands who is FYI twice my weight. I thought I’d better come up with a recipe that satisfies my sweet cravings yet supports a look good feel good you.
Packed with nutty goodness and a big bold punch of Maple-y Cacao.
Let me know what you think!
The Beauty Bomb Pantry
You are looking at an Omega powerhouse. A great source for cell-strengthening omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and protect the skin from sun damage. A complete protein for healthy skin and nails. Bone-building Calcium and Zinc for blemish free skin are also present. Also, it acts as a great soluble fibre that helps with elimination.
Keeps blood sugar steady preventing insulin spikes that lead to wrinkles and blemishes.
Good source of protein. High in fibre and Acne Fighting Zinc. Not only has it cancer-fighting compounds in phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols but it also has stress relieving B vitamins, thiamin and tryptophan that produces serotonin, easing pain and assisting sleep.
I was first introduced to the use of linseeds, yes they are flax seeds, who knew, by a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who was on the team dedicated to the Duchess of Cambridge. Its use helped me significantly during my pregnancy. Full of phytochemicals, it aids digestion and helps prevent breast cancer, thanks to its ability to mimic estrogens in the body. It’s also an excellent source of Omega-3s that decrease the levels of a hormone that can clog pores and cause breakouts.
Raw Macadamia Nuts
Think little nuggets of healthy fats, protein and beauty minerals. 100 % cholesterol free, high in flavonoid content which helps prevent cell damage. Flavonoids convert into anti oxidants destroying free radicals and protect our bodies from certain types of cancers.Macadamia nuts have a high content of palmitoleic fatty acids. This is a nutrient that has great skin benefits as it delays the process of cell and skin ageing.
Superfood indeed, it has the highest concentration of antioxidants, like epicatechin to keep wrinkles at bay. It protects skin from sun damage and boosts hydration and oxygen supply to the skin.
A good source of anti ageing vitamin E. It helps with skin rejuvenation and beta carotene to reduce sensitivity to the sun. Essential fatty acids within the seeds also encourage the formation of collagen and elastin. They also have anti bacterial properties thus lowering the occurance of acne.
Dates are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin P. This helps enhance the skin’s elasticity.
The nutrients in dates also enhance the quality of the subcutaneous tissues, making your skin tender and smooth. Vitamin C present in dates helps resist oxidation.
It also prevents the accumulation of melanin in your body.
The nutrients in dates prevent fine lines and wrinkles. They are renowned for enriching and replenishing blood, thus providing you with a youthful-looking skin.
It is the function of manganese present in the maple syrup to supply the superoxide dismutase which is an oxidative enzyme. This enzyme helps in disarming the dangerous free radicals that are produced by the mitochondria when performing its normal metabolic functions.
Makes about 10 Balls
120g Pitted Dates
120g of raw macadamia nuts
2 tbsps of black sesame seeds
2 tbsps of cacao nibs (or less if you are not a huge fan)
1 tbsp of sunflower seeds
1 tbsp of linseeds/flaxseeds
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp good quality maple syrup
120g of gluten free rolled oats.
- Cover dates and leave to soak for 10 mins in hot water. Drain and squeeze out any water with a clean muslin or paper towel.
- Place all remaining ingredients in food processor and blitz. Then, Add 1 tablespoon of water or little by little until the mixture forms a sticky dough like paste.
- Scoop out the mixture and roll into balls with clean, wet hands and place in mini truffle wrappers.
- Lastly, store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer for whenever those cravings beckon.
P.S. Funnily enough, my toddler loves them too! I find it’s a great alternative to refined sugar filled candy for kids.
Happy Weekend My Lovelies!