Optimum skin health and mental wellbeing really does start from the inside out, and nutrition plays such a crucial role in that. I've never believed in a one size fits all approach to internal health, as we're all unique in our requirements, however one common denominator where I've seen glowing results for clients is when they make the shift to high quality, whole food nutrition. Yet something I often hear from clients is that they lack inspiration and reliable information when looking for new ways to incorporate more whole foods into their diet.
So It's with immense excitement that I'm able to share with you an excerpt directly from the new book — Eating Whole from Nutritionist Chantal Cuthers. A beautifully presented recipe book and nutrition guide, not only inspiring you to try something new, but educating you along the way. Along with the recipe, you'll gain a clear understanding of why each ingredient is good for you and how they’ll heal, nourish and energise your body.
Below is the one of the many recipes that your skin will love — a nutrient dense Chia Seed Porridge. What I love about a recipe like this is that it serves as a simple base, able to be adjusted to suit any taste preferences, dietary requirement, or simply whatever ingredients you have on hand.
Chia seeds have all essential amino acids required for metabolism, muscle building, gut repair and general well being along with omega 3 fatty acids for healthy cells and brain function. Combined with quality nuts for skin and hair too we are well under way for nourishing your body. You can mix up this recipe to suit your tastes adding coconut, grated apple, a small amount of oats, coconut water, and any spices you like which makes it a fantastically versatile recipe to have in your home. You're able to multiply the amounts below to suit either the number of people or number of days you'd like to prep ahead for. If you suffer from digestive upsets then chia seeds are great to help bulk out and remove waste. Soaking everything overnight makes this meal gentle and soothing.
1 T chia seeds
1 T sunflower seeds
1 T pumpkin seeds
2 T blueberries
1 t maca powder
1/2 C almond or coconut milk
Pure vanilla extract to taste
Mix ingredients well by whisking together and then cover and set in fridge — preferably overnight. You can enjoy cold, or heat with a little water or milk in a small pot for a warming chia porridge on cold mornings.
For more healthy whole food recipes and informative guidelines on the benefits of the ingredients used, you can now purchase Chantal's book Eating Whole online. The Kumara hash with Avocado is another personal fave!