4 Foods for Better Skin and Hair



Brazil nuts to fight breakouts 

Selenium is a powerful trace mineral that acts as a natural antioxidant in our bodies, and helps protect our cells. Some studies have also found that it can help decrease acne. Brazil nuts are exceptionally high in selenium, so it is a great ingredient to add to your diet for clearer skin! A recommended dose is only 2 brazil nuts a day, so they are a good addition to your favourite recipes, here's some inspiration: 

- Creamy White Bean Pesto Pasta

- Watercress Soup with Brazil Nut Cream

- Crispy Quinoa-Cauliflower Cakes with Herbed Brazil Nut Cream


Portobello mushrooms for stronger hair 

If you are looking to improve the condition of your hair it is worth upping your Vitamin D intake, as it stimulates follicle growth and prevents hair loss. Portobello mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, and there are so many tasty ways to include them in your diet! Here's some inspiration: 

- Caprese Stuffed Garlic Portobellos

- Lean Lentil Burger with Portobello Mushroom 

- Harissa Portobello Mushroom Tacos


Aloe Vera for preventing cellular damage 

Aloe has historically been used in medicine for its skin-healing properties. It helps prevent lipid peroxidation, which can lead to cell damage. A good way to include aloe in your diet is by adding a shot of it in your favourite smoothie. Here's some healthy tasty ways to include it: 

- Anti-Inflammatory Tropical Turmeric Smoothie


- Hydrating Aloe Water 

- Strawberry Lemonade Aloe Vera Smoothie 


Garlic for healing skin

If you are prone to acne and breakouts you are likely to be low in antioxidants. Garlic is a good natural source of the sulfur compound allicin, which is a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Raw garlic, rather than cooked, provides the best effects, so here is some recipes:

- Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus Recipe 

- Stuffed Mini Peppers with Vegan Garlic Cashew Spread 

- Roasted Garlic Avocado Toast + Hemp Seeds & Red Chilli Flakes



Special thanks for inspirational credits to: Potluck at Oh My Veggies, Vogue, Natural Girl Modern World, Pearl xChange, Cafe Delites, The Body Coach, Healthy Nibbles and Bits, The Healthy Family and Home, Noming Thru Life, Wicked Spatula, Hello Glow, Blissful Basil

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