You Are What You Eat! Food For Healthy Skin – Mediterranean Whole Wheat Spaghetti

You Are What You Eat! Food For Healthy Skin – Mediterranean Whole Wheat Spaghetti

Try this easy Mediterranean style pasta recipe! Packed with fibers, vitamins, healthy protein and fats. It will nourish your body and work with you in having a healthy and strong body!

After my first post about skincare, it’s time to get back on the topic! This time I want to talk about skincare and sweaty workouts!

Working out in the summer, specially in Shanghai super hot and humid weather, can feel overwhelming and might put us off our training, choosing instead to lay in air conditioned rooms at by the pool. Nothing wrong with having a few days like that, but sweaty workout do have some great benefits, from heavy sweating that flushes out the toxins in your body (goodbye, hangover!) to increasing blood flow, encouraging circulation and creating a healthy flexible body without harm to the joints due to the heat
This is why hot yoga has become so popular among women. On the other side of the coin, however, we know that sweaty workouts can have nasty effects on our complexion. Heated classes can cause increased inflammation in the body. Because acne is inflammation, this causes even more unwanted breakouts and unappealing marks. Add in the humidity, and your skin is working overtime to create more oil in the body. So, what’s or us fitness lover to do?

Here is what I do

  1. Use a natural cleanser – it is key for helping me neutralize and clean the skin. The ingredients in most facial products are packed with unknown chemicals, so finding a natural skin-care line can make all the difference.
  2. Ice your face – this might sound odd, but it actually helps a lot in cooling down the skin after a hot sweaty workout
  3. Freshen up with a light and fresh green tea dew. I love the Mediterranean citrus flavor of Lu Ming Tang. It awakens the skin with its boost of vitamins and radiant vitality coming from the concentrated blend of Longjing tea and the Mediterranean citrus. I just need to spray it on my face and neck and my skin feels hydrated and fresh plus it smells delicious!

As said already, product-based skincare is one side of the coin. What is key is our diet!
When it comes to health and fitness most articles and studies out there focus on the importance of incorporating fats into your diet. I couldn’t agree more! Fats are essential for our overall well-being and for women are fundamental in balancing our hormones, thus preventing breakouts and an oily skin.

What I feel is underestimated and also neglected is the role of carbohydrates. Often demonized as causing weight gain, I feel more and more people are cutting carbs out of their diet. This is highly dangerous and also soooo wrong.

I am, and have always been, a strong believer that balance is key to anything. When it comes to our diet this couldn’t be truer. My motto at dining table (as well as gym or life in general) is “listen to your body and find balance”. This helps in achieving physical but also mental health. When it comes to skin care, carbs are also very helpful and important.

Eating carbs is beneficial to women and men and helps them in having a healthy and beautiful skin. Carbohydrates found in vegetables are high in fibers which help in getting rid of harmful toxins and chemicals. They are also key to healthy guts and , as we know, that’s one of no. one factor for our overall health. Carbs can also help in purifying blood which promote healthy and beautiful skin. Moreover they also contain many  essential minerals and nutrients which helps in fighting free radical, thus preventing our skin from aging! All this contributes to a glowing, beautiful and healthy skin!

I am not talking here about sugar and refined carbs, I am talking about fruits, vegetables and whole grain which we should daily incorporate into our diet. Which is why my recipe today features whole grain pasta, garbanzo beans and zucchini!

Let’s start cooking 😉

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 370 g whole grain spaghetti
  • 1 whole medium size zucchini
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned and liquid drained
  • 1 tbsp McCormick Tumeric, Ground, 0.95 oz
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 6-7 Kalamata olives (pit removed)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Napoleon Nonpareil Capers, 8 Ounce

Start  off by bringing a large pot of water to boil, add some salt and cook the spaghetti “al dente”. Save a few tbsps of water and dissolve in it the turmeric.

Here is what we need to make our sauce, all simple wholefoods!

Cut the zucchini into tiny noodles or long strips. In a skillet heat up the oil and garlic and saute’ until golden in color, add the chickpeas and cook for 5 min. Add the ppitted olives, capers, zucchini and the water with turmeric. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-low for 2-3 minutes or until the zucchini are slightly soften.

Drain the spaghetti and add them to the skillet, stirring well but gently so they get well mixed with the sauce.

Serve with fresh mint leaves, grated lemon zest and some grated Parmesan cheese!

Super yummy and packed with nutrients to keep you strong and healthy and help you have a glowing and radiant skin!

Love

-Dani

 

 

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