How To Eat Your Way To Glowing Skin.
How to Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin.
— Our in-house Naturopath Karen Saunders discusses the importance of achieving glow from within, featuring a probiotic chia pod recipe for these winter months.
✎ Karen Saunders
Naturopath BHsc. /
If you have been following Noéma for a while, you will know that as much as we love a good product, we are as big on beauty from within, as we are from the outside. In past articles, we have covered what the best foods are for radiant skin, seasonal routines and best natural skincare ingredients.
Here we look at glowing skin.
Glowing skin relates to plump, well-hydrated skin. The best way to achieve this is making sure you have enough of these super skin-loving nutrients: Omega-3 fatty acids, collagen, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A. According to Noéma’s skin naturopath Natalie Earles:
‘If your skin appears rough and flaky and your wrinkles appear more pronounced, it may be sign that your skin needs Omega-3’s.’
Omega 3’s are important in the diet to maintain the structure and function of our skin.
Another essential component to glowing skin is skin that is well-slept. Sleep is the key ingredient to healthy, glowing skin – there is no getting around that folks, so make sure you prioritise those precious eight hours.
Lastly – clear, glowing skin is skin that is not clogged. This happens from within – by making sure that your digestion and liver is working well and you are able to remove toxic build-up effectively – daily! Ergh – that’s right, if you are not going to the toilet everyday you are recycling toxins back in to your body. This results in your skin having to do some of the elimination work! Your best way to manage this is good amounts of fibre and water, and a probiotic if necessary.
In light of the above, I have created the perfect recipe for a delicious chia pudding that contains all the above essentials (except the sleep – that one’s on you). Chia is a wonder-food, rich in omega-3’s, fibre and calcium. Since winter is fast approaching in Melbourne, I have made this a warming, winter chia pudding with the addition of some heat and warming spices. Cold chia pudding is not constitutionally recommended in the colder months.
This recipe contains bucket loads of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and plumping collagen – but remember with all that fibre it is essential to drink sufficient water otherwise your digestion will get blocked.
Winter Probiotic Chia Pudding for Glowing Skin
3tbs Chia Seeds
Grass-fed organic butter or ghee (for the veggies coconut oil)
½ tin coconut cream
Generous pinch of vanilla paste or vanilla essence
Liquid: Choose your favourite nut mylk (almond, oat, hemp) or use coconut water
Spices: Choose cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom
Hydrolysed collagen powder we recommend Nutra Organics.
Probiotic capsule or powder we recommend Inner Health.
Dates or honey to taste.
For extra crunch add a topping: I like a mix of hemp seeds, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for extra zinc.
In a small saucepan heat the butter. Add chia. Do not fry! Everything must be done at low temperature using as little heat as possible, we don’t want to heat the seeds too much.
Slowly add in the liquid of choice and coconut cream, stirring constantly.
Continue stirring until there is a thick, soup consistency (like pumpkin soup).
Add a scoop of collagen powder.
Take it off the heat and add a pinch of your chosen spices and vanilla essence.
Stir in your frozen berries. I like frozen – as they melt they make colourful streaks in the pudding.
Break open a probiotic capsule and sprinkle on the top
Either eat on the spot or store in a container in the fridge – use within two days.