Looking to maximize your fruit and veggie intake? How about a day's worth of meals and snacks that are not only delish but almighty beauty boosters. That's right, your skin, hair, and nails will be ever so grateful. Maybe clear up some spots? Help regulate blood sugar? Feel happy as a clam? Check, check, check. Now all you gotta do is eat—ain't life grand?
Almond Butter, Apricot & Rose Cereal
In a bowl, soak ½ cup raw buckwheat groats in ½ cup almond milk overnight. In the morning top the creamy mixture with 5 dried apricots, 1 tablespoon almond butter, ½ teaspoon rose water, and 1 fresh chopped apricot. Garnish with some chopped up mint leaves for a chlorophyll hit that packs punch..
- Almonds and apricots are like mac and cheese; they just go together. What's more, besides being a great source of protein, ¾ cup almonds contains 45 percent of your vitamin E intake—awesome as this vitamin is an antioxidant that protects your cells from damage as well as supporting healthy hair and clear, glowing skin.
- Apricots are rich in potassium, an integral mineral in balancing pH and maintaining proper fluid levels.
- Despite buckwheat's name, it's not a wheat—and related to the rhubarb family—meaning it is gluten-free. It's also nutritionally dense in vitamins and minerals—1 cup of buckwheat contains more than 110 percent of your daily recommended manganese intake.
- Rose water is a heart-opening, soothing, and sweet-tasting addition that gives this brekkie its beauty edge!
Asian Rainbow Summer Salad
Combine 2 cups sliced apple, 1 cup fennel, 1 cup cucumber, 1 cup grated carrot, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a bowl. Sprinkle ½ cup hempseed and chopped walnuts into the bowl. Top with some fresh chopped up parsley and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar.
- The taste of hempseed and walnuts paired with the sweetness of the apple and carrot, is a total skin-brightening vitamin C and beta-carotene mouth party.
- Hempseed and walnuts are a rich source of omega-3s, DHA, and EPA, all important for minimizing the amount of cortisol released when we are stressed.
The Best Anti-Inflammatory Trail-Mix Ever
Preheat oven to 200°F, and while it's warming up, mix up 1 cup cashews, 1 cup hazelnuts, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 2 teaspoons turmeric, ½ teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, ½ cup dried cranberries, ½ cup dried raisins, and ½ cup dried figs. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- This mix is a great snack to keep in your bag, on your desk, in the car, or on an actual hike. If you're not mountaineering, you can close your eyes while eating this and pretend you're in a forest. The anti-inflammatory spices of turmeric, coriander, and cumin soothe sore muscles and skin irritation from the inside out.
- Pumpkin seeds in particular are one of the world's best sources of zinc, important for strengthening your immune system, balancing your blood sugar, and encouraging wound healing.
Sun-dried Tomato & Sweet Potato Zucchini Pasta
Slice one sweet potato, sprinkle with sea salt, coconut oil, oregano, and rosemary and bake at 200°F for 20 minutes. In the meantime, cut up 5 tomatoes and 1 zucchini and place them into a saucepan with a handful of torn basil leaves, 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, a dash of cayenne pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt.
Allow the vegetables to simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes while you spiralize 2 extra zucchini for your 'pasta.' Then mix them all together with the the pasta. Yum!
- Sweet potato is filled with fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants.
- Zucchini is rich in muscle-building protein.
- Tomatoes are rich in brain-protecting lycopene while zucchini contains no saturated fat or cholesterol, just a truckload of nerve-soothing B-vitamins and bone-protecting calcium.
Lemon-Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding
In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, ½ cup coconut milk, and ¼ cup fresh blueberries. Leave in fridge for a few hours if you have the time, or if not, eat as is! Top with 1 teaspoon cacao nibs and bee pollen sprinkles.
- Chia seeds are bursting with fiber, omega-3s, healthy fats, and plant protein, so you'll be glowing from the inside out.
- Lemon is loaded with vitamin C and is antibacterial.
- Coconut milk is lactose-free and rich in skin-moisturizing vitamin E.
- Bee pollen, the male seed of flowers, is an immunity-boosting, cell-healing superfood.
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