Since the inception of this blog, I’ve always been wanting to share beauty food recipes with all of you lovelies. While I do consider myself a foodie, I’m not really.. well, a great cook. There, I said it.
And here’s my philosophy about beauty supplements. I can never commit myself to take them religiously – what good are the supplements if I never take them? (I’m sure I’m not the only lazy one!) Don’t even get me started on some of the beauty drinks on the market. I’ve tried many of them – bleh! Maybe I have finicky taste buds, but I’m not one to force myself to eat/drink something I don’t like.
Recently, I found the solution to my ‘being-a-bad-cook-but-wanting-to-share-beauty-recipes’ problem. I met my classmates’ wife, Divya who is a creative genius when it comes to cooking. In fact, she has started her own amazing food blog called Flavour Fiesta! and trust me, you’re going to want to check it out.
Anyway, we saw a golden opportunity to collaborate – I choose beauty foods, she comes up with the recipes… we now have our very own Beauty Eats recipes! That’s right Beauty Nerds, it is time to fasten your aprons because we are going to eat our way to healthy skin!
Yogurt parfaits are quick and easy to make and have enough calories to keep you going in the morning. However, what you put in the parfait can make it a healthy choice or a nutritional no-no. Store-bought parfaits are usually high in sugar and fat due to the granola used to prepare them. By making a home-made parfait, you can control the ingredients that go into it and therefore make a healthier choice.
Note: There are two different types of cocoa powder available in the market – Dutch-processed and natural. This recipe calls for unsweetened natural cocoa powder which has a higher anti-oxidant content. Read the label on the cocoa powder – it should mention how the powder was processed.
12 medium strawberries, sliced
1.5 cups low-fat probiotic yogurt
1 cup rolled oats, toasted
1.5 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tbsp organic honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Step 1: Mix the yogurt, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder and honey in a small bowl until smooth.
Step 2: Arrange the parfait by layering the oats, chocolate yogurt and strawberries.
Step 3: Garnish with a few sliced strawberries and desiccated coconut.
What a simple and delicious recipe with a ‘chocfull’ of antioxidants! If you want glowing, radiant skin on a daily basis, this recipe should become a staple in your diet!
Cocoa powder (unsweetened): reported to contain higher antioxidant levels than even red wine! In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, women ingesting a cocoa drink demonstrated improved dermal blood circulation, increased skin density, increased skin hydration and improved photoprotection against harmful UV rays.
Probiotic yogurt: Do you suffer from skin sensitivities? New studies are being released regarding the possible benefits of probiotics and its ability to strengthen the skin barrier, making one’s skin more resilient against potential irritants. The Chinese believe that nurturing gut health is the best way to ensure healthy skin.
Organic honey: Not only can honey satisfy our sweet-tooth cravings, but it is also a healthier alternative to sugar. It contains small amounts of vitamins such as B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium – all elements essential for lovely complexions.
Oats: Again, ensuring a healthy digestive system is key to great skin. Incorporating high-fiber ingredients such as oats is a great way to optimize digestive health. Oats are also known for its calming and soothing properties, so again, it is a fabulous ingredient for delicate skin types!
Strawberries: Did you know that strawberries ranks amongst one of the top 50 antioxidant-rich foods? It is loaded with Vitamin C (think collagen-boosting vitamin) and many other phytonutrients making it definitely one of my top picks as a beauty super food.
Who says eating healthy couldn’t be delicious?
- Heinrich et al. Long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced erythema and improves skin condition in women. J Nutr (2006) vol. 136 (6) pp. 1565-9
- Gueniche et al. Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-2116 (ST11) inhibits substance P-induced skin inflammation and accelerates skin barrier function recovery in vitro. Eur J Dermatol (2010) vol. 20 (6) pp. 731-7