April 28, 2021
I’ve recently finished reading the book, Dirty Looks, by Dr. Whitney Bowes. It’s a great read if you are a skin care / healthy lifestyle junkie like me (Karen, btw. I’ll let Alicia speak for herself). I LOVE doing research and learning new things, and I’ve learned A LOT from this book.
Part of my job, as I see it, is to learn new things in the natural / organic / clean beauty sphere – incorporate what I learn into Essentially Haitos products – and keep you up-to-date on what I learn. In short, I do the work so you don’t have to!
So, since Alicia started the month of April with delicious smoothies geared toward healthy skin from the inside out, here’s a quick list of things to consider with your diet and how it directly affects the look and health of your skin.
(PS - see recipe for skin-healthy overnight blueberry oatmeal at the bottom of this article)
Trust me, I know sweeping change is hard, but make the recommended changes to your diet one-by-one. To help, here's a delicious (and easy), skin- and gut-healthy recipe to get you started:
All spring and summer long, we eat blueberries. They're loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals to help protect your skin from premature aging! Plus, I have a serious sweet tooth, so fresh blueberries and a dash of toasted coconut really satisfy my sweet tooth.
Oatmeal, almond milk and coconut milk are all low in glycemic index, so they won’t trigger inflammation in your skin. It’s easy to find a blend of almond and coconut milk, just make sure it’s unsweetened! Some brands pack in the sugar, so you have the mistaken belief that you are drinking something very healthy (wrong!). Moral of the story - check the labels.
Chia seeds are rich in skin-healthy omega-3’s and fiber to keep you full. Although chia seeds have some protein, I like to add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to ensure my skin, hair and nails are getting the building blocks they need. (You can make this without protein powder, but it makes it much creamier. Again, make sure it’s plant-based. Whey protein powder is not great for your skin.)
I try to make a big batch of these on Sunday night and portion them into jars. That way, I have grab-and-go breakfasts for the week. Alicia and I can’t get enough of them and I hope you enjoy them too!
Mix all ingredients – except toasted coconut – in a small bowl. Portion into smaller mason jars and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, stir everything together to make nice and creamy. Sprinkle each portion with toasted coconut, a pinch of cinnamon, and a handful of fresh blueberries.
Hope you learned something new - and that you decide to take small steps toward better skin and overall health. Let us know what you think - Enjoy! 💙💙
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