Plant based nutrition
One of the most beautiful and creative ways we can think about approaching the way we eat is to imagine a garden in full bloom. There is an abundance of colour, fragrance, height and shapes of plants and an incredible sense of power and life emanating from it. If we approach our diet with this philosophy we create this kind of richness in our health too. And plants in our life, just as we see in the flourishing garden, lay the foundations.
Vegetables are the key to a nourished life. Most diets lack a strong presence of veges, there’s a sprinkling here and there when really, veges should be the most plentiful food source in our life. So the key to this is to look at our plate and before anything else goes on there, veges lay their ground. At least half the plate is full of non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, fennel, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and more (of course) before any protein or starchy carbohydrates make a feature. When we look at our meals this way, we ensure our bodies receive the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that nourish, protect and energise.
Jurlique skin care uses vegetables such as fennel, carrot, horseradish and cucumber in their range so if we were to eat our way to rich beautiful skin too we might use these in:
Walking through the garden that is our diet, fruit plays a lovely healthful part in making the garden grow. Fruits are a bountiful source of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals that can protect our cells within and on our skin from ageing, damage and improve regeneration. When selecting and eating fruit, do so with just 1-2 pieces each day and eat for the season. This ensures our bodies receive the richest of nutrients for that time, climate and season and respond accordingly. Some in particular stand out to nourish and protect our skin. Life and our skin simply would not be the same without them!
Beans and peas of the legume family are a wonderful means to up the plant nutrition, balance our diet and deliver sustenance to the body. Of all plants in the kingdom these provide the richest source of amino acids and proteins, which are the building blocks for growth and repair in our body. They’re also a wonderful source of fibre. The soluble fibre we find in chickpeas, lentils, kidney and butter beans just to start helps manage blood sugar and energy levels by slowing the rate at which glucose is absorbed into the blood stream, keeps our cholesterol levels in check and makes our digestive system churn and move. Think about combining and integrating legumes throughout the week by:
NUTS AND SEEDS
These little beauties are a game changer in meals, health and eating for beautiful skin. With a focus on integrating raw nuts and seeds into our diet we invite wonderful nutrition in too, the primary being omega 3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are protective and nourishing for the skin, heart, brain, keep our appetites in check and contribute to the healthy production of hormones in the body.
For some tolerating and digesting nuts is difficult so ensure you check in with what your body responds positively to. It may be no nuts at all (and that is often the case, so seeds are the next great alternative), nuts soaked overnight in filtered water to soften and begin the digestive process, or straight up, raw and good to go! Here’s a few ways we can incorporate them into our week:
RAW CHOC AVOCADO TART
1 cups almonds
1 cups pecans
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
pinch celtic sea salt
2 cups avocado flesh
1/2 cup cacao powder
5 tablespoons rice malt syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch sea salt
For the base:
Combine all ingredients for base in a food processor and blitz to combine.