Saturday, March 25, 2017

Contribution from Freelance Writer on Healthy Skin with a Vegan Diet

I am SOOOO thrilled to have another article from Jessica, a Freelance Writer.  This article is on how a Vegan Diet is beneficial for the skin.   Enjoy !!!!  THANKS Jessica !!!!

Stop the Spots and Break Up with Breakouts - Hidden Skin Benefits of Becoming Vegan

At first the changes are subtle as a general feeling of wellbeing overcomes the newly-appointed vegan disciple. This is soon followed by the realization that the world is indeed a better place, not just because the new recruit is doing something about the environment and the general wellbeing of animals. No, this sense of wellbeing stems from a body that experiences food from a whole new perspective. Wholesome, satisfying dishes that have a surprising side effect - a clearer skin.

The Science Behind this Wonderful Revelation

According to Dr Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic, some of the best foods for a healthy skin include yellow fruits and vegetables, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, tomatoes, beans, peas, lentils, and nuts. Although salmon, mackerel, and other oily fish also make the list, these are the only non-vegan items.  Dr. Gibson also states that although these items may feature high on a healthy diet list, it’s also important that the patient refrains from a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates or unhealthy fats. This corresponds closely to a vegan lifestyle as well.

Everyone Is Different

Although there are different skin types and dietary requirements, it’s important to know that the introduction of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any healthy lifestyle. For those who aren’t seeing the effects of a healthy diet on their skin, a trip to the dermatologist will make a world of difference. Concern about the vegan diet is often caused by the lack of proper nutrition.

Nutritional Benefits - A Closer Look

All the different nutritional groups need to be represented to ensure that vegans experience all the health-related benefits. Skipping out on one or two food groups doesn’t only have an effect on the body, it can also be dangerous as it results in malnutrition. Vegans should take care to have enough zinc, Vitamin C and E, and unsaturated fats to experience the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle. These are perfect for combatting inflammation and getting rid of pimples. Brown spots and wrinkles are also out the door where these foods are concerned. Fibre is also a must, to eliminate waste and prevent a pasty complexion. Water is the final addition to the diet and provides hydration from the inside for that fresh-faced, glowing appearance.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coconut Almond Snack Balls (DF, GF)

I just wanted to keep eating these !!  My co-workers loved them also and could have eaten more !!!

2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates)
1/3 cup water 
2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped

Soak the dates in the water for about 15 minutes to soften.

Blend the dates (with water) and coconut in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.  Stir in the almonds.

Form into balls and store in fridge.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I like these better after they have been in the fridge overnight.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.

My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;  go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (NLT)