Nutrition

Skin-Boosting Snacks

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Radiate beauty from the inside out with these simple, super tasty snacks!

Avocado Cucumber Bites

This crunchy snack is great for curbing evening cravings and can be used as a healthy finger food to bring to a party. Avocados are rich in healthy fats, vitamins A, and vitamin C, which together enhance your complexion and fight against free radicals. As a good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Cucumbers are also high in a number of antioxidants including vitamin E, which helps defend skin from aging.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

½ medium avocado
2 tbsp (30 ml) nutritional yeast
¼ tsp (1.25 ml) garlic powder
¼ tsp (1.25 ml) ground cumin
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
10 slices of cucumber

Scoop out avocado in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add nutritional yeast and spices, mixing well. Spread a small amount of avocado mixture evenly on each cucumber slice and serve.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 194 cal
Fat: 15 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 10 g
Sugars: 2 g
Protein: 6 g
Sodium: 40 mg

Chia and Blueberry Pudding

Chia pudding is a delicious snack and can be part of a healthy breakfast. Chia seeds are high in Omega-3, the essential fatty acid that helps to strengthen skin cell membranes, making them essential for preventing the onset of premature ageing. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging skin.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk
3 tbsp (45 ml) chia seeds
½ tsp (2.5 ml) stevia
½ cup (125 ml) blueberries

Add 1 cup of almond milk in a small mason jar. Mix in 3 tbsp of chia seeds. Let sit for 5 min and stir again. Let sit for another 5 min and stir once again. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. Top with blueberries and serve.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 171 cal
Fat: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 22 g
Fiber: 10 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 6 g
Sodium: 185 mg

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

The combination of strawberries and raw cocoa in this delicious snack benefits not only your taste buds, but also your complexion. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that boosts production of collagen fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm. Cocoa is rich in flavanol antioxidants that defend skin against free radicals.

Serves 6 (24 strawberries)

Ingredients:

24 medium strawberries, washed and dried
2 tbsp (30 ml) coconut oil
2 tbsp (30 ml) raw cocoa powder
1 – 2 tsp (5 – 10 ml) stevia
⅛ tsp (0.625 ml) pure vanilla extract

Cover an 11” x 14” pan with wax paper. Add coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia, and vanilla to a blender and mix until smooth. Dip strawberries in chocolate to cover half of strawberry. Lay dipped strawberries on wax paper. Place in refrigerator to set for approximately 30 min. Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information (4 strawberries):

Calories: 55 cal
Fat: 3 g
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 3 g
Protein: 1 g
Sodium: 12 mg

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Carrot Sticks

Hummus and carrot sticks are a perfect afternoon snack full of nutrients beneficial to your skin. Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps repair skin tissue and protect against the sun’s harsh rays. The manganese in chickpeas helps skin cells produce energy and fights wrinkle-causing free-radical damage. Red peppers are high in vitamin C, which also increases collagen production and protects skin from damage.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

2 red peppers
1-14 ounce can chickpeas
1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin
½ tsp (2.5 ml) sea salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
½ cup (125 ml) carrot sticks for each ¼ cup (60 ml) serving

Place oven on broil and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and core peppers and cut in half. Lay peppers cut-side down on baking sheet and broil for 5-10 min, until skins have charred. Add peppers to a bowl covered with plastic wrap or place in a large plastic bag. Once peppers have cooled, gently peel charred skins off and discard. Chop peppers, setting aside some for garnish. Add lemon juice and tahini to a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Add oil and spices and blend until smooth. Add ½ can of chickpeas to blender and mix. Add remaining chickpeas and mix until smooth. Add red pepper and mix. If hummus is too thick, add water by the tablespoon until desired consistency has been reached. Serve with reserved chopped red pepper as garnish.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 120 cal
Fat: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sugars: 5 g
Protein: 6 g
Sodium: 322 mg

 

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