You are what you eat! Food for healthy skin – Savory rice and oat bowl with green tea chickpeas

You are what you eat! Food for healthy skin – Savory rice and oat bowl with green tea chickpeas

We are what we eat, no questions or doubts on that. In order to be fit and healthy, to look good and, most importantly, feel good you need to eat good foods. And by good food I don’t (only) mean tasty food, I mean REAL, WHOLE, NUTRITIOUSLY DENSE type of food. At the very least, that means lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates; no processed foods; and minimal white flour and sugar.

I often have people commenting on my skin, complimenting on how smooth and bright it looks and asking me what I do for it. I sleep well and eat well, that’s what I reply. Which is true for the most part. I rarely get facials (an average of 2 times a year -no joke), I have a very simple and basic skin routine with a day and night cream, a clean foamer and I apply a facial mask on an average of once a month.

Lu Ming Tang, the brand I trust for my skincare, has recently launched a new DIY facial mask made from real ingredients, which are tea, oats and rice. It has been, in fact, scientifically proven that all these 3 ingredients have huge skin benefits.

RICE – it can really change the texture and clarity of your skin, smoothing it and brightening dark spots. In addition, adding whole rice to your diet can offer a rich source of Vitamin E and linoleic acids which benefit your skin and the rest of you!

OATS– oatmeal play miracles for sensitive, allergy prone skin because it is an excellent moisturizer with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and itch relieving benefits.

TEA – being high in antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and petrochemicals like polyphenols, B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine, tea improves skin complexion, reduces puff eyes and dark circles and fights aging signs.

In line with their new DIY mask, I have decided to design a recipe which features these 3 ingredients to nourish and treat your skin and health from the inside-out.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 250 g dry chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp green tea leaves
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup oat kernels
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin, pureed
  • 2 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin and sunflower)
  • 40 g fresh baby spinach

Start off by rinsing the chickpeas under clean filtered water

place them in a bowl, cover with salt and let them soak for 8-12 hours or overnight

Rinse again and place the chickpeas in a large pot, over them with water and add salt and tea leaves.

Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and let cook for about 1 h and 30 min or until beans are tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Meanwhile take the brown rice and oat kernels

Cook the kernels in boiling water, then drain and dress with a drizzle of olive oil

and in a separate pot do the same with the brown rice

To serve, divide baby spinach, pumpkin pure’, brown rice, oat kernel and chickpeas in 4 plates. Sprinkle with ground pepper, salt, mix of seeds and drizzle some raw EVO.

Simple, vegan, nutritious bowl which makes a super balanced meal!



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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.