My love affair with pine nuts is fairly recent. Although this beloved seed has been eaten since the ancient times for their nutritional benefits, I only tried it for the first time four years ago. But since then, pine nuts have become my go to addition when I want to take a simple dish to the next level. Aside from its delicious nutty taste, pine nuts are a great beauty boosting food. Here are my top three reasons to reach for the pine nuts:
- The majority of the fat in pine nuts is made up of monounsaturated fats, which is the primary fat in the Mediterranean diet. Monounsaturated fats are helps to keep the cardiovascular system healthy making pine nuts great for heart health. It is also great for skin health as it keeps the skin healthy and hydrated from the inside out.
- Pine nuts are packed with antioxidants such as selenium, Vitamins A, B, C, E & K and lutein. These antioxidants help the body to combat the signs of aging by fighting free radicals. They also help to keep the skin supple and young looking with good elasticity
- Pine nuts also contain many anti-inflammatory properties which help with a myriad of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne and itching.
And there you have it – 3 beautiful reasons to complement your dishes with pine nuts. What is your favourite way to include pine nuts in your cooking – let me know in the comments below.
I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS
Please Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for a consultation or medical treatment from a qualified physician or healthcare practitioner.
Now that the warmer weather has slowly but finally arrived it is time to step up your beauty routine. So as you reacquaint yourself with your razor and erase any residual signs of winter paleness, you may also want to consider adding in a few beauty boosters into your diet to help you glow all season long. My favourite dietary beauty boosters for spring are:
Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits of all time. These gorgeous little berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants, that fight free radicals and help to maintain youthful skin. Rich in vitamin C, blueberries also help to boost the collagen in the skin which is great for keeping your skin looking taut and smooth. Blueberries are also a good source of fibre which helps to keep your digestive system healthy. Remember: a healthy digestive system is integral to getting and maintaining healthy glowing skin.
Asparagus is one of the easiest vegetables to cook making them a breeze to add to many dishes. Filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as selenium, silica, zinc and iron this delicious vegetable helps to keep your skin clear and your hair and nails strong. Asparagus is also a great natural diuretic which is helpful in removing toxins from the body along with supporting any weight loss goals.
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. Many people only eat egg whites to achieve their weight loss goals but you should be eating the entire egg. The yolks are packed with important vitamins (such as vitamins A and D) which helps to keep the skin clear and youthful while the egg whites work to brighten and repair the skin. Buy organic or free range in order to get more beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Eggs are a complete protein and are a good source of selenium, B vitamins and vitamin D.
I know that coriander (aka cilantro) is a polarizing herb – either you love it or you hate it. For those that enjoy coriander here are a few more reasons to add it into your diet: they are rich in antioxidants which helps to destroy any free radicals in the body. It helps to fight signs of aging and brightens the skin. Coriander is helpful in preventing spikes in blood sugar which is a potential skin ager. It also supports detoxification in the liver which further supports skin health.
What are your favourite beauty boosters for spring? Let me know in the comments section below!
I hope that you have a beautiful day! ❤️XXS