The foods that you feed your body with, can make a real difference on how your skin, hair and body looks. Powerful natural foods will make your skin look younger and naturally beautiful. Our modern busy lifestyles, fast and processed foods have a very dramatic damaging impact on our bodies, increasing inflammatory responses, premature ageing and oxidative damage.
There are plenty of nutritional secrets that we want to share with you! Nature can be your best ally to keep you healthy, strong, beautiful and youthful! It is no secret that gorgeous fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and nutrients than can heal your body, skin cells, help with tissue damage, premature ageing and your overall health, but how you combine them and use them in your everyday life is the key to enjoy all its benefits.
We have put a few recipes together that always proved to be so successful in our healthy cookery workshops. We make it easy for you to include important nutrients in your daily meals, but the real secret is that they taste so gorgeous, making it a real joy to eat them every day, while smiling and kissing goodbye the ageing process that it is relentless with today’s busy, stressful, modern world.
Beauty & Health Benefits to Make You Glow
Sunflower Seeds: These are loaded with Vitamin E which protects your skin from the damage caused by harmful sun rays and free radicals. Ample antioxidants in them prevent signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, etc. Since sunflower seeds have omega-6 fatty acid, they nourish your locks and maintain their volume. On the other hand, the richness of linoleic acid in these seeds helps moisturise the skin deeply. Being an excellent source of essential fatty acid, sunflower seeds stimulate the formation of elastin and collagen that make your skin smooth & youthful.
Walnuts: contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity, They are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your skin complexion’s texture.
Celery: is a good source of Vitamins A and C, which act as anti-oxidants and protect your skin from the signs of ageing caused by free radicals. They also contain Vitamin E, which nourishes and moisturises your skin, is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and pantothenic acid. Vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus & magnesium.
Ginger: Its powerful therapeutic and preventive effects make it usable in the treatment of various ailments. Ginger is full of anti-oxidants that are responsible for increasing blood circulation and cut down on toxins. These anti-oxidants essentially fight off free radicals, protecting your skin. This process fights off signs of ageing like dull skin, fine lines, wrinkles and keeps the skin as youthful. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, it helps settle your stomach, prevent nausea and sickness, most importantly it cleanses your intestines, which are responsible for mineral and vitamins absorption.
Ingredients (2-4 Servings)
– 100 g walnuts/pecans
– 2 red or green apples, grated/sliced
– Celery, thinly sliced
– Red chilli (optional), thinly sliced
– A handful of sunflower seeds
– A couple of handfuls of mixed salad leaves
– Pomegranate (optional)
– For the dressing:
– zest and juice of 1 orange
– 1-2 teaspoon ginger juice
– 1 tablespoon vinegar/lemon/lime
– sea salt & black pepper
1. Mix all salad ingredients and dressing in a salad bowl and serve! Adjust seasoning to your own taste.
2. Perfect salad on the go as a main dish with your favourite protein or on its own as an evening meal.
*My Nutrition’s Tip: Grate fresh ginger & squeeze the juice with your hands for the dressing.
Our recommended Wine Pairing for this Recipe
Insight Vineyard Pinot Gris €16.99
Pinot Gris 2012
This wine has a lovely nose with aromas of light citrus, apricots, peaches and almonds. You can almost smell the vineyard.
The palate is just as delightful with nectarines, hazelnut, dried apricots with a viscus body. A wine with plenty of character and balance.
This wine will pair beautifully with this delicious and nutritious salad. The fresh mineral character and fruitiness will work with the freshness of the salad.
Available from O’Brien’s Wines Nationwide or Online.
My Nutrition Ireland is a Nutritional & Health Consultancy which was set up by Thomas Coleman and his wife Jeeny Maltese in 2013. They understand the importance of Health and how it impacts on people, their well-being and performance both in the workplace, at home and in Sports Performance. It’s a marriage made in Heaven many would say.
Jeeny Maltese is a romantic, energetic girl from Venezuela and has a passion for Food, Health & Beauty without sacrificing taste; an extremely talented cook described as a “Latin Nigella Lawson” by many. Tom Coleman – her husband is a Nutritionist with a background in Science and Health Promotion, with a life time passion in Health, Sports & Science.
Together they have combined their passion into an exciting business with a growing following. Our aim is to spread the word that Healthy Eating with us is easy, quick, inexpensive, practical and sexy! Gorgeous food doesn’t have to be complicated and hard to reach.