Nourish Your Skin: Raw Cacao and Chia Breakfast Smoothie
This week’s post is another on the topic of slow beauty, and is the first in a new series that looks at how we can nourish our skin. You might wonder why I am writing food recipes under the topic of slow beauty. The reason is simple- what you put in your body has a far greater influence on your complexion than anything you put on your skin. And the more you nourish your skin from the inside, the less you need beauty treatments or make up to cover up flaws. I myself have never liked wearing foundation or powder, even when I had blemishes to cover up. I found that the make up only dulled my complexion because my skin glowed. In my experience glowing skin with blemishes looks far nicer than made up skin with blemishes concealed. And the secret to this is eating food that nourishes you skin, giving it the nutrients and healthy fats it needs. So with healthy skin in mind, here is a breakfast recipe that feels decadent and indulgent, but it also incredibly good for you.
- 2 medium bananas (or one very large one)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (black or white or a mixture)
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs cashew butter (or almond butter or coconut butter)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbs boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
Add the bananas, cacao, cinnamon and cold water to the blender. Blend until combined. In a cup, combine the coconut oil, cashew butter and boiling water. The hot water will melt them together. Once combined, add to the blender and blend until combined. Finally add the chia seeds and blend until smooth. Chia seeds are added last because when wet they can form a thick glue-like consistency that can be hard on the blender blades if they have settled down the bottom before blending. Adding them last will ensure that this is avoided.
Pour into a glass and enjoy. This amount makes a satisfying breakfast for one person and will keep you satiated until lunch.
This smoothie contains many components that are essential for a healthy complexion. The nut butter, coconut oil and chia seeds are packed with healthy fats which keep skin looking young. Too little fat in your diet will increase the aging process of your skin. The nut butter and chia seeds are also packed with protein which will keep you satiated for longer, meaning you are less likely to crave unhealthy snacks mid-morning. Raw cacao is extremely nourishing, and is high in magnesium which is essential to cell renewal and the production of collagen. Magnesium can also help to regulate hormones and may improve acne. Cinnamon and coconut oil are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and can improve digestive health, which plays a major role in skin health. Poor digestion will show in your complexion as dull, blemished skin, so eating to improve your digestive health will do wonders for your skin. Bananas are rich in potassium which can increase water retention in your skin cells, reducing your need for topical moisturisers. Bananas are also high in natural sugars, and bring a lovely sweetness to the smoothie, eliminating the need for refined sweeteners. Finally, the lovely rich chocolaty flavour starts the day with a decadent (but healthy) treat, and I find this reduces my craving for sweets and chocolate throughout the day which is a bonus for the health of your skin. You can easily consume this smoothie on a daily basis and know that you are doing your skin (and you health) a favour. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.3