Clear Skin Power Salad

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Looking for a salad that is full of nutrients, but can also help to keep your skin clear and blemish free? Well this combination of protein-packed, antioxidant-rich and vitamin-
full ingredients can do just that! See below for the full recipe, as well as why this is my “Clear Skin Power Salad”.

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

1 cup of spinach - The ultimate power food. This leaf is an amazing source of fibre, which can aid in digestion and prevent constipation. It is also full of Vitamin K, which helps to maintain healthy blood and bones.

1 cup of mixed lettuce -
Lettuce contains Vitamin A, which can help to reduce the appearance of acne. It also contains potassium, which can help to hydrate the skin from the inside out. 

*It is important, particularly for acne sufferers that you apply me at least once a week in combination to eating "clear skin food". Through the specific properties I am made from including, Neem Oil and Fuller Earth I strive to alleviate acne scars.

How do I alleviate acne scars? The Neem Oil makes me antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial which destroys the growth of bacteria whilst reducing inflammation and tenderness. Fuller’s Earth then compliments the Neem Oil by absorbing excess oil, balancing the pH level of the skin and removing scars with its natural lime content. 

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1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced -
Avocado is full of healthy fats, which can hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation. It also contains antioxidants, which  can  help protect against free radical damage.

1 red apple, washed and cut into cubes - Apples contain immune boosting Vitamin C, which also helps maintain skin elasticity. This can help keep your skin looking youthful and flawless.

1 cup cooked quinoa - In this salad, quinoa is the key to feeling satisfied! As well as containing essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, quinoa contains complex carbohydrates, which can provide you with long-lasting energy  and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

2 teaspoons chia seeds - As well as containing protein,  chia seeds contain Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help to combat inflammation and wrinkles. 

2 tablespoons toasted almonds, chopped - Like chia seeds, almonds contain protein and Vitamin E. Once again, this vitamin protects against cell damage while helping to hydrate and soften the skin.

Dressing:
1 lime, zested and juiced
4 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp freshly ground white pepper

Directions:
1. For the dressing: Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and let it stand for 10 minutes.

2. Place the spinach and lettuce in a large bowl. Add the sliced avocado, quinoa and apple cubes and gently toss to combine.

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3. Drizzle with the dressing, and top with chia seeds and toasted almonds before serving.

Enjoy with a freshly squeezed green juice and you have the perfect combination for a healthy, nutritious lunch - which can also provide enormous benefits for your skin!

Stay clear! Xo