Barramundi is one of my all time favourite fish, it is also excellent for your skin because it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of protein! Try this super simple recipe that is fresh and full of flavour. If you live outside of Australia you can substitute barramundi for any firm white fish fillet.
2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
200g cherry tomatoes halved
2 baby fennel, trimmed, sliced and fronds (green tops) reserved
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs olive oil
4 x 180g skinless barramundi fillets
chopped flat leaf parsley and lemon wedges to serve
Preheat oven to 200c celsius (about 392 fahrenheit). Combine beans, tomatoes, fennel, vinegar, oil and 1 tbs water in a bowl.
Lay out 30cm sheets of baking paper. Place a fish fillet in the centre of each sheet, top with bean mixture and season with salt and pepper. Bring the long sides of the paper up to meet in the middle, then fold several times to secure. Twist both ends and tuck under to form a parcel.
Repeat with remaining parcels, then place on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until the fish is cooked.
Open parcels and and slide fish and bean mixture onto a plate, top with parsley and fennel fronds and serve with lemon.
Here is one of my absolute favourite dessert recipes that’s actually not too bad for you! This chocolate banana pie is gluten free and the best thing is because you know what your putting into it, it has no additives or preservatives. Bananas are great for your skin, they act like natures botox by firming your skin with all their vitamins and minerals!
1 ½ cups almond meal
5 large medjool dates, finely chopped
large pinch of fine sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil
5 small, ripe bananas, cut into pieces
5 large medjool dates, chopped
1 cup light, unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powdered – sifted
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
½ cup sliced almonds
60 grams dark chocolate – chopped or shaved with a vegetable peeler
Preheat oven to 180 °c (160°c fan forced). Spray a 9 inch pie plate with gluten-free, non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the crust by combining almond meal, dates and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the dates and almond meal are well combined.
Add the oil and process until the mixture starts to come together like a dough. If the mixture is too dry add some more oil, a few drops at a time.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust has browned, it may seem soft but it will harden up as it cools. Let cool completely.
Prepare the filling by combining the bananas, dates, coconut milk, cocoa powder and vanilla in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the cooled pie crust, top with sliced almonds and chopped or shaved chocolate.
Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours. It can be made 1-2 days ahead.
Half an hour before serving, remove from freezer, take off plastic wrap and let set at room temperature until soft enough to cut. Slice and serve immediately.
Do you suffer from acne or breakouts? I know first hand how horrible dealing with acne can be and you simply don’t know where to start. There is so much information available and you don’t know what works. I’ve put together this list of 5 essential tips to help clear your acne based on my knowledge of skin, nutrition and what personally worked for me!
Follow these five simple skin tips to kick-start your journey to clear skin! These are five simple rules that I live by in order to keep my skin looking clean and clear.
1. Eliminate processed foods from your diet
Eliminate processed foods from your diet. A diet high in processed foods like pasta and bread cause your insulin levels to spike which in turn leads to increased sebum (oil) production in the skin and clogged pores. Opt for a diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein instead. Simple healthy swaps include: brown rice instead of pasta and herbal tea instead of coffee. 2. Limit dairy in your diet
Limit dairy in your diet – this includes lactose free milk. Milk contains hormones that are naturally produced by the cow and “activate” oil glands in the skin. Opt for a dairy alternative like Rice Milk or Almond Milk instead. 3. Keep hydrated every day
Keep hydrated everyday. Drinking water helps to benefit your body in many ways, particularly in keeping your skin healthy and clear. About 70% of your body is water and these fluids carry nutrients and vitamins to your organs as well as flush toxins from your body. A build up of toxins can cause bacteria to be trapped within your skin and require lots of hydration to flush them out and prevent breakouts from occurring. Recommended daily intake is 9 cups a day for females and 13 cups for males.
4. Get active 20 minutes every day
Get active for 20 minutes every day. Exercise has a number of health benefits for the body including increasing blood flow and nourishing skin cells. Regular exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins (happy hormones) and reducing cortisol (stress hormone.) If you are exercising outdoors, be sure to protect your skin with an SPF and keep hydrated with lots of H2O.
5. Keep your hands off your face
Our hands are covered in bacteria that can be responsible for breakouts spreading and becoming worse. Be sure to keep your phone and sunglasses clean too as they can sometimes be culprits for spreading bacteria and germs.
These are some of the tips you can expect to see in Clear Skin Project, including a full 14-day meal plan with BONUS recipes. It’s these small changes that make a BIG difference in your skin. With the right nutrition, self-care and skincare you too can regain your confidence and enjoy clear skin forever!
Have you tried any of these tips for your skin? Share your experience with me in the comments.