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THE Foods for THE Healthiest Skin

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10.03.16

Eating a diet packed with nourishing foods has endless benefits, increased mood and energy, decreased risk of chronic disease, and weight management to name a few. Lucky for us, the benefits don't stop there. The foods we eat can have a huge impact on helping us feel great from the inside out.

Make these 10 foods go-tos on your weekly shopping list for a daily dose of skin protecting goodness. After all, our skin is our largest organ so show it the love it deserves!

Green Tea

Green tea is a great source of flavonoids, a type of phytochemical that gives plants their bright color. These flavonoids, called catechins, appear to help block UV penetration, promoting DNA repair and helping to reduce inflammation. For an even more potent source of these beneficial compounds, try Matcha. Matcha is a form of green tea where the leaves are actually consumed vs. being steeped and then discarded before drinking. Try a matcha porridge made with Chi Coconut Milk!

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Citrus

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are high in the well known antioxidant, vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a role in collagen production and protects the skin from the aging process.

Broccoli

This comes as a surprise to many, but broccoli is actually one of the best sources of vitamin C. It is also in the cruciferous vegetable family, well known for their anti-oxidant, cell protecting properties. Don't forget to try Giving Tree Broccoli Crisps as a fantastic, nutrient packed snack. Or even on top of guacamoles, for crudities, salad and soup toppings too!

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Brazil Nuts

These nuts are packed with selenium, a potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage caused by sun exposure. Selenium also helps maintain skin elasticity to prevent premature aging. When it comes to Brazil nuts, more isn't always better. Although they are nutrition power houses when taken in small doses, keep it to 1-2 nuts per day to ensure you're under the tolerable upper limit of 400 micrograms per day. Over indulging can lead to selenium build up in the tissues, which can become toxic.

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Chickpeas, Beans and Lentils

Legumes are a good source of zinc. Zinc plays a role in preventing and repairing cell damage as well as building new cells. Zinc is often found in sunscreen and acne treatments.

Avocados

Avos are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, so consuming it in the form of avocados will actually help you absorb more and reap the benefits. Consuming this delicious fruit provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to keep skin healthy and glowing.

Salmon

Salmon is best known for its high Omega-3 content. These fatty acids, appear to help protect against UV radiation and sunburn and may also help reduce wrinkling in sun exposed skin. Don't forget to lather up though, food does not replace the need for the gold standard, sunscreen!

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, another powerful anti-oxidant to help keep skin glowing. Bonus: it's also high in vitamin C to further support its title as a skin protecting food.

Water 

OK, this isn't exactly a food but staying hydrated is key for healthy, smooth, supple skin. Add a squeeze of lemon or orange for extra flavour and a vitamin C boost. Coconut water also makes an excellent hydrator, packed full of electrolytes too! Try CHI Raw Organic Coconut water..delicious and refreshing!

SVOATS.. Porridge like you’ve never tried before

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12.02.16

SVOATS? Sounds a bit like an up and coming bar or restaurant..but in actual fact these are porridge oats like you've never tried before.

Move over the avo toast, smoothie bowls and poached eggs, please make way for Savoury Porridge!

Now we're not talking just adding a pinch of salt Goldilocks style..

SVOATS are bowls of ridiculously tasty, warming, healthy and filling goodness. Don't get us wrong we love our Giving Tree topped porridge with all the trimmings. But with the Winter months still very much upon us, and it can get repetitive having the same breakfast every morning we thought it was time for a little bit of change.

Now, you probably have alarm bells ringing and thinking, I can't possibly confuse my tastebuds this much. However, just trust us when we say you won't regret it with these wondrous recipes.

Not only are oats tasty, studies have shown that eating oats may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates, iron and full of both soluble and insoluble fibre helping keep you full and also to keep things moving.

Go on, be a rebel and try these SVOATALICIOUS recipes..

1. Poached Egg, Avocado and Hollandaise SVOATS (serves 2/3)

90g oats 500ml water salt and pepper 1 tbsp green pesto shredded cheese like parmesan or cheddar avocado cured good quality ham 2 eggs hollandaise sauce cayenne pepper

Method;

In a pot place oats and water, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat. When it’s thick and cooked, it means it’s done. Mix in a tablespoon of pesto into it.

Making a poached egg is not the simplest thing in the world, but it’s not as difficult as we think. It helps to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and ½ tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and then, just before adding the egg, you need to stir the water (you can always replace it with a soft boiled or fried one).

Hollandaise sauce:

200 g butter 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ tablespoon salt pinch cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons cream First you need to melt the butter (don’t heat it too much), meantime mix all the other ingredients in a bowl until the colour lighten. Very slowly add the butter and blend it until everything nicely connects. Your hollandaise sauce is ready!

Make a little portion of porridge with salt and pepper (you can add whole egg while you cook it) and a poached egg. Serve it with some good ham, pour a hollandaise sauce on a top, avocado and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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(recipe with thanks to 'whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday')

2. For those of you that are still a bit wary of the SVOATS this recipe incorporates sweet too.. Maple Syrup, Bacon and Egg

Ingredients:

90g oats

500ml water (follow same cooking method of oats as above)

4 eggs

Streaky bacon

Maple syrup

Fill oven proof dishes with the cooked porridge (a little butter inside doesn't hurt too) ramekins would work well. Make a little well for the egg and crack it right in. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approx 15-20 mins. your cooking time depends on the temp of your cooked porridge (your porridge should be warm), the type of dish, and how you like your egg. We know everybody likes their eggs different so just keep checking the middle 'till it is to your liking.. remember it will keep cooking a little bit after you take it out, so if your not serving right away take that into consideration. While they're in the oven, crisp up your bacon get it ready ( we fried ours with a little coconut oil in a frying pan).

If your not into bacon or don't want to fuss with it some toasted pecans or almonds would be yummy...you just need something that will add a little crunch and texture.

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 Serve with bacon, maple syrup and enjoy! :)

3. Mushroom, Thyme, Spelt SVOATS

Ingredients 75g  spelt flakes 75g  oats 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 fresh thyme sprigs Pinch of salt

Toppings: 2 poached eggs Sautéed mushrooms (we sauteer ours in a little coconut oil) Small handful chopped spinach or kale leaves Chilli Flakes Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or truffled oil (optional)

Instructions Boil the kettle with 250 ml of water or bring to a boil in a pan. In a separate pan melt your coconut oil on a medium-high heat. Add the spelt and the oats and stir to coat. Reduce to a more medium heat and stir occasionally, making sure all the flakes are getting nice and toasty evenly. Toast for about 5 minutes, and once it’s lovely and fragrant (I think it starts smelling like popcorn!) carefully add in your boiling water - and be careful, as it’ll splutter! Turn down the heat to low, until it’s just barely a simmer, throw in the thyme sprigs and salt, give it a quick stir and cover. Leave undisturbed for at least 5 minutes. Once it’s reached your desired consistency, take off the heat, remove the thyme sprigs, and place into bowls. Add any and all toppings that you want, and enjoy straight away.

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(picture with thanks to sprinkleofgreen)