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Secrets to youthful skin (it’s easier than you think!) 

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One of those delicious ways to stop the aging clock is to eat fruit! 

Certain fruits contain high antioxidant properties that can keep your skin feeling firm, clear and young.
Here are some great fruits to minimise the wrinkles, discoloration and other signs of ageing skin, and make yourself a powerful anti-aging fruit salad!

“1. Kiwi
The strong antioxidant compounds in this little green fruit firm the skin and delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This is mostly due to their high Vitamin C and E content which help reduce skin damage due to free radicals.

2. Pomegranate
Pomegranate is a rich source of riboflavin, phosphorus and other vitamins and minerals that will promote beautiful skin by increasing its collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its firmness and elasticity.

3. Watermelon
Due to its high content of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, watermelon is another delicious way to keep your skin nourished and prevent wrinkles or skin discoloration that comes with aging skin.

4. Avocado
Avocado is rich in Vitamin E and the B-complex vitamins, both wonderfully nourishing for your skin while the potassium it contains help keep it moisturized and hydrated. It also contains a compound called glutathione, which assists in the anti-aging process.

5. Mangosteen
Mangosteen is a rich source of antioxidants like catechin, which again will help fight skin cell damage from free radicals while its high levels of Vitamin C will promote skin that is smooth and glowing.

6. Papaya
Whether eaten or used topically, papaya can work wonders on your skin. It is a natural complexion toner and fights the formation of wrinkles while its Vitamins A, C and E will nourish the skin.

7. Apple
Applied topically, apple residue is great for the skin: its enzymatic actions help the skin to retain healthy water levels and keeps it fresh and healthy; apple cider vinegar as well makes an excellent natural toner.

8. Banana
Youthful elasticity of the skin will be greatly helped by the high levels of Vitamin C and B-6, while its manganese and antioxidant contents prevent premature aging. It is also a wonderful natural moisturizer for the skin if applied topically.

9. Berries
Berries have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants out of any fruit and this, along with their high levels of Vitamin C, help maintain the collagen that keeps your skin looking firm and wrinkle-free.

10. Grapes
Grapes are a rich source of both manganese and Vitamin C. Together, these compounds can prevent damage due to ultraviolet radiation while their antioxidant properties fight against the ageing process.
So the next time you are in the mood for something sweet, do yourself a favor and make up a fruit salad with some of the delicious edibles listed above.

Not only will you be healthier for it, but your skin will feel young, firm and fresh because of the wonderful properties of these fruits.”

What’s your opinion? 
Do you struggle to eat enough fruit & veg? Do you find it too expensive when the fruit isn’t in season? 
What’s your favorite anti-aging fruit?
Let me know your thoughts 🍓

SOURCE- 
http://foodmatters.tv/content/10-powerful-anti-aging-fruits

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Snickers-style protein shake

I just wanted to share this really yummy recipe I had with my protein shake the other day! It tasted like a snickers bar!

Ingredients 

Organic meridian almond butter – http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/index.asp?selection=Our%20products

Frozen and fresh banana

Juice plus chocolate complete – http://www.juiceplus.co.uk/+ct53247

It’s so easy and yummy ! And has so much nutrition in it and it is easy to have on the go and fills me up for hours….just what a busy London model needs!
Not only that this brand is gluten and wheat free, perfect for me (and it’s vegan!).

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Baked Banana Crisps

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Ingredients

3 Bananas
Lemon juice
Water
Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 175-200ºF and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper, aluminium foil or a silicone sheet.

2. Peel and slice the bananas. Make sure they’re all fairly much the same slice width, to ensure even cooking.

3. Brush with lemon juice mixed with just a little water to prevent excessive browning of the bananas and adds a slight tang.

4. Arrange the slices across the lined baking tray and do not allow the slices to touch.

5. If you want sprinkle with a little cinnamon and salt.

6. Place the sheet in the oven.

7. Test after an hour to see if you like the consistency; if not, continue baking. Baking times may vary depending on the thickness of the slices.

8. Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool. Most likely the banana chips will be soft and oozing but in cooling, they’ll harden up and become crispy.
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ENJOY!!

Healthy ice cream

Fancy a healthy cold dessert or snack? Love ice cream and banana’s? This is for you!

I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it!

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I used half a banana and it had been frozen for a couple of days. I also mixed Total 0% greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of syrup and a 1 teaspoon of natural cashew butter together before adding the banana. Then i used my hand blender to mix!

If you cannot have dairy, then minus the yoghurt of use Soya.

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Enjoy with a hot dessert/cake, on it’s own, with some meringue, or jelly or even some hot porridge!

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Syrup Oat Pancakes (GF, DF, WF)

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Ingredients

Makes 10 pancakes (depends on size of your pancake!).

1 cup gluten free (GF) flour
1 cup GF quick or rolled oats (i used porridge ones)
1 tablespoon baking powder
( if you want 1 teaspoon salt)
1 egg (can use just egg white)

Cooking spray for pan

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon honey (this is not GF so i used Syrup, which is GF)

1 to 1 1/2 cups (vanilla) soy milk (or skim milk) (depending on whether you like thin or thick pancakes)

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Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, egg, cinnamon, and honey. Stir in the soy milk to the desired consistency.
  2. Place a skillet or pan on medium heat sprayed with cooking oil. After spraying the pan, pour batter into 4-inch diameter circles (or whatever size you like your pancakes!).
  3. Once the pancakes begin to bubble, flip them and cook for another minute or so on the other side until golden brown.

To serve:

chopped bananas

finely chopped nuts

chocolate chips (dairy free)

Nut butter

raisins

Syrup