So it’s been quite some time since I have posted a recipe or blog post. It’s been an incredibly busy year and I thought after finishing renovations I’d have more time to spend on what I had planned: – i.e. update this site and post regular nutrition articles and weekly video blog recipes (I promise these will come eventually. I’ve discussed it with my partner countless times!) But then we moved house, I’m coming up to the end of my uni trimester and well, we had a whole year’s worth of social events and family and friend catch ups to catch up on, and so it seems we haven’t had a minute spare! Part of me almost thought maybe I should put this site aside for a while, until I had time to set it up properly and have it running and looking the way I want, and until I have time for recipe developing and photographing it all. But I just love sharing nutrition and health information and recipes with you, and this site is just a small piece of an outlet that enables me to do that.
Whilst I was chowing down on my quickly thrown together but incredibly delicious and nourishing lunch today, I had a thought. I’d taken a quick snap of my lunch from my iPhone; a very “real life” unstaged photo (in all its Tupperware container glory) that looks completely unlike the perfect, vibrant, magazine worthy food styled photos posted by my nutrition and food idols I follow on social media. I looked at the photo and I thought, you know what, this is real life and this is real everyday nutrition. It’s a perfectly nourishing balanced meal that was super simple and quick to make, made by and for a very busy person who places a high importance on long term sustainable health and fitness. That’s what hit me…
Real life! Isn’t that exactly what we need more of?! In a world filled with social media, airbrushing and staged images. You tell me? Honestly I’d love to know what you want to see and read, so shoot me an email at [email protected] or comment on IG @balanced.body.nutrition
I could spend hours planning, photographing and editing photos of food and amazing recipes to share with you, but what about the actual real food I eat that fuels me and keeps me fit and healthy everyday? I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to spend hours upon hours in my kitchen right now (as much as I’d love to). I need healthy, simple food with purpose. Food that will keep me fit and healthy for life. Food that I can pre-prepare easily and take with me to work or uni (you will notice meal prep is high on my agenda). So here’s a meal I prepped today, the recipe and nutrition info for you below. If you are vegan or vegetarian simple swap the chicken for tofu, eggs or your favourite vegan protein source.
This week I was focusing on my skin health as I’ve suffered acne on and off since I was a teen thanks in part to hormones. Good nutrition is the fundamental building blocks of great skin. Nourishing your skin with food from the inside out will provide your body with the nutrients to renew and repair your skin, improving its texture, strength and hydration and will give your skin a glowing appearance. When it comes to skin health, antioxidants, zinc, vitamin A, C & E and healthy fats should be high on your agenda. Cue pomegranates, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli in this salad.
Avocado: Packed with antioxidants and vitamins C and E which protect the skin against oxidative (free-radical) damage that can lead to dull and aging skin. These nutrients increase collagen formation and improve the elasticity of our skin, reducing fine lines and premature aging and improving skin tone and texture.
Pumpkin seeds: High in zinc and protein needed for the normal functioning of our sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin. Zinc assists in repairing skin damage, helps to control breakouts and keeps our skin soft and supple. Zinc also boosts the immune system, reducing infection and bacteria that can lead to breakouts and acne.
Berries (especially strawberry, blueberry and goji) & pomegranates: Super high in vitamin C and antioxidants which protect against free-radical damage, promote even skin tone and protect our skin against the skins of aging. Berries also contain the antioxidant quercetin which protects against UV rays that can cause skin cancer. Pomegranates help to clear skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
Turmeric: You’ve likely heard plenty about the active compound ‘Curcumin’ and its powerful anti-inflammatory abilities. Curcumin also increases the antioxidant capacity of your body, ensuring the antioxidants in other foods you eat are put to good use. Another less known fact about curcumin is it increases the growth hormone Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is linked to delaying and possibly reversing brain aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Skin Beauty Salad Recipe:
You will note there’s no proper measurements, so fill up on however much salad you need. When I write measurements for protein sources, carbs or fat, I will usually give an estimation for a standard serving for an average sized female and male. You can adjust it if your requirements differ. This recipe is more about the flavours and nutrients in the ingredients.
- 1 cup spinach
- a few different baby tomatoes from an organic tomato medley
- broccoli, roasted with turmeric, paprika & cayenne pepper
- pomegranates (more than whats seen in the pic – they were hiding underneath!)
- 1 tbls pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
- 80g – 150g roast chicken, shredded
- Dressing – apple cider vinegar & pepper
Enjoy! Don’t forget to leave me a comment – I’d love to know what you want to read and see when it comes to food, nutrition and health!