Today, my good friend Rawvana and I want to show you an amazing skin food recipe. This salad is really easy to make, and every single ingredient in it is great for your skin and will give you a glow.
In Yovana Mendoza’s youtube channel, Rawvana, she shares tons of vegan recipes, specifying in helping people lose weight. Her recipes are so cool, and everything is raw, fresh, whole foods, which is such a big thing for me. Now, let’s get started.
For the salad:
- Romaine lettuce
- Sliced cucumber
- Half an avocado
- Sesame seeds
For the dressing:
- 1 lemon
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional 3rd tsp)
- Himalayan sea salt
- Black pepper
The main thing about all of these ingredients is the HYDRATION. When I stay hydrated, my skin is so much more glowing.
Romaine is a very easy green for most people to eat. It’s super rich in fiber, water, minerals and especially vitamin C.
Cucumber is really hydrating which is so important for healthy, glowing skin. Especially if you’re not drinking enough water, eating more water-rich foods is going to help that. Cucumber also helps tighten your skin, so when you’re eating it, it helps protect the elastin, which keeps your skin tight.
Tomatoes are also very hydrating and are rich in vitamin C AND vitamin A. Vitamin A is the anti-ageing vitamin. The active ingredient in Retinol and Retinoic Acid is vitamin A. Now that it’s summer, tomatoes are in season! It’s so important to eat food while it’s in season. We’re usually able to get any fruit or vegetable any time of year, but when it’s in season- it’s healthier, grown in soil the right way, has all the right minerals and nutrients, and you’ll actually digest it better.
Lemon is very alkalizing to the body, so we definitely want that …not only for glowing skin, but for just staying healthy. Our skin is a reflection of how we are inside. All of your major organs live inside the body, so you can’t physically see them. Skin is the one thing you can see, so pay attention to it!
Apple Cider Vinegar has natural probiotics and good bacteria for your gut. It also has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Turmeric is great for inflammation, so any type of inflammation you have on your skin or on the inside- this will do the trick. Ginger has great digestive properties, and digestion is a HUGE part of your skin. Cayenne stimulates your digestive system and metabolism.
The healthy fatty acids in avocado really keep your skin soft because the main ingredient in them is oleic acid. Sesame seeds also have omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats to give your skin that healthy, youthful look. They also have a lot of zinc, which can help you build your own collagen (what gives you that youthful plump). I’m not a fan of collagen supplements or powder, so I recommend eating natural foods that help you build your own collagen …The sesame seeds also add a nice crunch :).
For the dressing:
- Squeeze the lemon into a jar.
- Add apple cider vinegar, and shred the ginger and turmeric right in.
- Add cayenne, sea salt and black pepper to taste, and stir.
For the salad:
- Add the lettuce, cucumber and tomato to a bowl.
- Slice and scoop the avocado into the bowl.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds, pour the dressing on top and enjoy!